We are pleased to announce that the Republic of Estonia has signed in April 2021 an MoU for the provision of Junior Professional Officers (JPO) to the UN Secretariat.
We look forward to a fruitful collaboration and to welcoming the first JPOs from Estonia!

Italian JPO Programme Applications - Open also to Developing Countries Candidates

Qatar joins UN JPO Programme in September 2020


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Participating Entities


The UN JPO Programme at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)/ Capacity Development Programme Management Office recruits and administers JPOs and SARCs for the UN Secretariat (all UN departments and offices) and its entities.

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How To Apply



The JPO programme is open to applicants from participating countries. Candidates from developing countries may apply for positions in the framework of the Dutch and Italian JPO Programme.

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Facts and Figures


As of April 2021, the UN JPO Programme @DESA is managing and supporting the assignments of 318 Junior Professional Officers (JPOs) and Special Assistants to Resident Coordinators (SARCs)

  • from 26 donor countries and from 36 different nationalities
  • 33% male and 67% female
  • assigned to more than 52 duty stations around the world
  • working for more than 43 different UN Departments/Offices including Regional Commissions, Peacekeeping Missions and Resident Coordinator Officers