Junior Professional Officer (JPO)
Description of the JPO Programme :
The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme provides young professionals pursuing a career in development with hands-on experience in multi-lateral technical co-operation.
The JPO Programme is administered by the JPO Service Centre (JPOSC) for the following agencies:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its affiliated funds/programmes: Drylands Development Centre (DDC, formerly UNSO), Inter-Agency Procurement Services Office (IAPSO), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), United Nations Development Group Office (UNDGO), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and United Nations Volunteers (UNV);
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS);
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA);
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO);
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS);
United Nations University (UNU);
World Health Organization (WHO);
Mekong River Commission (MRC).
Candidates for the JPO Programme sponsored by Saudi Arabia are selected on a highly competitive basis. The qualifications below are required for consideration:
Under 33 years of age;
Academic qualifications: Master's degree (or equivalent) in a development-related discipline;
Minimum of one to two years of working experience in a developing country is highly desirable;
Language skills: written and spoken proficiency in at least two of the UN working languages used: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese;
Excellent information technology skills, including word-processing, database applications, presentation software and Internet;
Evidence of ability to think strategically; to express ideas clearly; to work independently and in teams; to demonstrate a sense of self-assuredness combined with cultural and gender sensitivity;
A strong commitment to development; an interest in adapting to varied physical and professional environments; and a desire to work with people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds;
Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the participating UN agencies Mission Statements.
The UN's JPO Program - "What's In It For Saudi Arabia" - A special report by Anita Pratap - May 2006
For more information on the JPO Programme, and to view current vacancy announcements and their detailed post descriptions, please visit the JPO Service Centre official website: