Finnish JPO Programme

Finnish JPO Programme


The following two positions were open in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of Finland and were addressed exclusively to candidates with the Finnish citizenship.

1.  JPO in Human Rights (pdf vacancy announcement) VA# 18P034 –  We are no longer accepting applications!

Closing date was: 25 March 2018

United Nations Secretariat,
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),
Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA)

Duty station: Pretoria, South Africa                                                                                   

 2. JPO in Gender Affairs (pdf vacancy announcement) – VA# 18P050 – We are no longer accepting applications! 

Closing date was: 8 April 2018

United Nations Secretariat,
Department of Political Affairs (DPA),
Policy and Mediation Division,
Gender, Peace and Security Unit

Duty station: New York, USA

Candidates must meet all the following requirements to be considered eligible:

  • Be no more than 32 of age at the time of application
  • Hold the Finnish nationality

The selection process for the Finnish JPO Programme consists of two independent processes:

  • A psychological assessment arranged by the Finnish government and conducted by an external provider in Helsinki.
  • A competency-based interview via telephone or skype conducted by the UN receiving office (in this case UN/OHCHR)

More information on the Finnish JPO Programme can also be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.


Applications must be received no later than 25 March 2018 for the position VA# 18P034 or 8 April 2018 for the position VA# 18P050. Applications received after the regarding date will not be considered.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted thereafter.