The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Junior Professional Officer Programme 383 views



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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) invites nationals of UNFPA partner countries and nationals from developing countries that appear in the list of eligible countries of the Nedworc Foundation, who are keen on population work, to apply for its Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme, which is intended to provide on-the-job training for young professionals who wish to pursue a career in development assistance.

It helps them acquire professional experience in managing population projects in a developing country. Applicants have to be sponsored by their respective governments. They serve primarily in 1 of the UNFPA country offices in developing countries, where they work with international and national staff in the identification, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the UN organizations-supported programmes.

JPOs are offered 1 year fixed term contracts which are normally renewed for a second year, subject to satisfactory performance (2 years is the usual length of assignment). In exceptional circumstances, several partner countries sponsor assignments of up to 4 years.

The Junior Professional Officer Programme is administered by the JPO Service Centre (JPOSC) for the following organizations: UNDP and its affiliated funds/programmes, UNCDF, UNDOCO, UNV, UN Women, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNIDO (on occasional cases), UNITAR, UNOPS, UNRWA, UNSSC, UNU, UPU, and WHO.


JPO salaries correspond with those of entry-level UN professional staff (P1 to P2). The annual net base salary range for entry-level professionals (P1 to P3), is approximately from US$37,000 to US$80,000. Salaries, grants and allowances paid by the United Nations are normally exempt from income tax.

The base salary is supplemented by a post adjustment which varies according to the cost of living in the duty station and the exchange rate of the United States dollar, to ensure that all staff members at the same salary level have a similar purchasing power in every duty station by compensating for the differences in cost of living while taking currency fluctuations into account.


Applicants have to be nationals of donor countries or developing countries on the list of eligible countries of the Nedworc Foundation (see the Official Website for all eligible countries). Currently only the Netherlands is sponsoring positions open to nationals from developing countries that appear in the list of eligible countries of the Nedworc Foundation. Nationals from the eligible Developing Countries can only submit an online application when a JPO vacancy is advertised.

Applicants should usually be not older than 32 years of age, with a Masters degree in a in a development-related discipline, with proficiency in at least 2 of UNFPA’s 3 working languages: English, and either French or Spanish. Fluency in Arabic or Portuguese is an asset. They should have a minimum of 2 years of paid working experience in a relevant field, preferably in a developing country.

UNFPA is looking for applicants with 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.They should possess excellent information technology skills, including word-processing, database applications, presentation software and Internet. They need to be able to think strategically, to express ideas clearly, to work independently and in teams and to have a sense of self-assurance combined with cultural and gender sensitivity.

Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the participating UN organizations Mission Statements is a necessity.


Nationals from Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and from eligible Developing Countries are requested to submit an online application when applying to specific published vacancies.

Nationals from other sponsoring countries have to check on the Official Website the vacancies their country is currently sponsoring and to contact directly their respective government office.

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