United Nations Junior Professional Officer scheme

The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programme provides young professionals, sponsored by their respective governments, an extraordinary opportunity to embark on a career within the UN system.

Participants are employed by the UN for two years at full salary, usually at the frontline of an ongoing humanitarian emergency. They receive training and support in parallel with their work, which will equip them to apply for other UN posts upon completion of their placement.

Jersey Overseas Aid joined the United Nations’ Junior Professional Officer scheme in 2021. Jersey became the 19th member of the UNHCR JPO scheme, alongside Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA.

“The JPO programme is a mutually beneficial recruitment stream bringing in new talent and ideas to the organisation, offering young professionals a unique opportunity to serve the most vulnerable, and strengthening partnerships between donor countries and the organisation. We are very excited to have Jersey join this flagship programme and sponsor passionate and dedicated colleagues where they are needed most, in field locations and emergency operations,”

Catty Bennett Sattler
UNHCR’s Director of Human Resources

How to apply

Jersey Overseas Aid undertakes recruitment for the JPO role once per year. Visit our jobs page for information about the role and how to apply.