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Junior Professional Officer Programme
Job Title: Junior Professional Officer Programme
Location: Various
Company: UNICEF
Job Summary: For young professionals interested in pursuing a career in development, an exceptional opportunity to acquire hands-on experience.
Job Description: The Junior Professional Officers (JPO) Programme offers young professionals interested in pursuing a career in development an exceptional opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in multilateral technical cooperation. Just as the programme provides JPOs with a unique professional and personal experience, it also brings fresh energy and ideas to the organization. The programme helps UNICEF identify individuals who could become staff members and make important contributions to UNICEF’s future and its work on behalf of children. Nearly 50 per cent of JPOs continue in UNICEF as regular staff at the end of their JPO assignment. Some 900 JPOs have served in the organization since the beginning of the programme in 1967. JPOs are typically between 28 and 35 years of age and are recruited as professional staff members at P-1 and P-2 entry level. Most JPOs are nationals of our donor countries. The only exceptions are Belgium, which sponsors nationals of programme countries with which they have bilateral development cooperation relations, and the Netherlands, which sponsors nationals of eligible developing countries listed on their government website.
Requirements: Eligibility criteria to apply for a JPO position vary from country to country, and the most accurate information can be found on the specific donor government page. In general, however, applicants should have: Citizenship of one of our donor countries. Nationals of other European Union countries as well as selected developing countries may also apply to be sponsored by the Netherlands or Belgium. A maximum age of 32 years A university degree equivalent to a Master’s Degree At least two years of relevant work experience Fluency in written and spoken English and preferably another UN official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish or Russian) Computer literacy in standard software applications A keen interest in the work of the United Nations in general and of UNICEF in particular, and a personal commitment to UNICEF’s mission and to the ideals of the UN Charter. The ability to successfully interact with individuals with different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes a willingness to learn, and to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.
How to apply: Candidates who are nationals of our donor countries can apply through their respective governments. Belgium and the Netherlands also sponsor candidates from other EU member states and countries with which they have bilateral development cooperation relations. UNICEF’s JPO programme welcomes applications from individuals who meet the minimum requirements outlined above.
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Additional information: For further details and FAQ sheet: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_to_apply.html
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