Junior Professional Officer Programme

The JPO Programme provides an opportunity for young professionals to acquire work experience in multilateral and technical cooperation and obtain training and exposure to the work of UNESCO. The purpose of JPO assignments may vary and have a country-specific, regional, sector-based or thematic focus. JPOs are appointed to posts funded by Donors governments.

Who can apply?

Nationality : Candidates for the JPO program are normally nationals of the donor country funding their assignment to UNESCO. Some donors may also consider financing the JPO assignments of nationals from developing countries

Age : Be under the age of thirty-two (inclusive) when applying

Education : Possess a Master's degree or equivalent advanced degree. A first-level university degree with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree

Experiences : Depending on the specific requirements of the JPO position, work experience may be required or considered as an asset

Languages : Be proficient in English or French

Participating / Donor countries:

Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, , Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

Recruitment process

  1. Sectors/Bureaux/Field Offices prepare terms of reference describing potential traineeship assignments in the Organization.
  2. The terms of reference are submitted by HRM to Donors for consideration and advertisement to potential candidates.
  3. The Donors will preselect eligible candidates and submit this list to UNESCO for evaluation.
  4. UNESCO will interview the most suitable candidates and make the final selection which will also be communicated to the Donors.

The standard duration of a JPO assignment is two years and shall not exceed four years.

JPOs are UNESCO staff members. Appointment as a JPO does not carry any expectation of extension or conversion to any other type of contract of appointment with the Organization.


← Back