Junior Professional Officers (JPOs)

The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme provides young professionals interested in pursuing a career in international work with practical experience in a United Nations organization.

Under the guidance of a senior member of staff, JPOs assigned to UNOPS learn from experienced colleagues how to implement projects within areas central to UNOPS operations such as project management, procurement, human resources, finance, environment, health, physical infrastructure, census and elections, justice and security sector reform.

Assignments may have a regional, national or sectoral focus and can last for one to three years. JPOs are sponsored by their national governments.

Interested candidates can find details about the JPO programme and how to apply here.

The history of JPO retention in UNOPS and the high value we place on their services ensures a secure and supportive environment for their professional development in the United Nations. JPOs are given the opportunity to make a real impact and contribution to the goals of the organization.

Many members of  UNOPS senior management team started their UN career as JPOs.

JPO positions available for funding

UNOPS invites donor countries to fund currently available Junior Professional Officer (JPO) positions.

At UNOPS, JPOs currently serve in operations centers, regional offices and at headquarters. Under the supervision of a senior staff member, JPOs work with international and national personnel and are entrusted with responsibilities in the core areas of UNOPS mandate.

JPOs help UNOPS to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need. The list below provides some examples of JPO positions available for funding at UNOPS.

UNOPS may in some instances develop Terms of Reference (ToRs) around specific needs and focus areas. Donor countries are encouraged to contact for further information. Candidates for the Junior Professional Officer Programme are selected on a highly competitive basis.

The programme is open to nationals of certain donor countries and a few donor countries fund nationals of developing countries. Interested candidates should apply directly to the authorities in their country and not through UNOPS. Click here for a list of donor countries and their contact detail.