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Guide to Junior Professional Officer Programme at UNICEF

The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme offers Youth professionals curious in seeking a career in international development with an outstanding possibility to gain hands-on experience at UNICEF. The programme provides its participants with a distinctive proficient development experience and brings fresh energy and ideas into the organization.

Through the JPO Programme, UNICEF helps the growth of young professionals interested in developing in the organization and making significant contributions to our future and work. On average, one in two JPOs continue at UNICEF as regular staff partners, upon completing their assignment.

The programme is supported by donor governments. Usually, these governments only sponsor citizens of their countries, but in some cases, nationals from generating countries are eligible to apply.

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Eligibility Criteria of the UNICEF JPO programme

  • National of a donor country (a few countries sponsor nationals from developing countries)
  • Usually under 32 years of age

  • An advanced university degree and fluency in English

Vacancies are posted throughout the year on both the UNICEF vacancies page as well as the donor government’s website.

For your application, you may need this: What is the Application Process for UN jobs?

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