Finnish JPO Programme

CLOSED: Call for applications – Closing date 6 April 2020

The following position as Special Assistant to the Resident Coordinator (SARC) was open in the context of the JPO scheme sponsored by the Government of Finland.

1.  Vacancy announcement #VA 20P089 RCO SARC in UN Coordination Dar es Salaam
United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office, Dar es Salaam apply here

Closing Date 6 April 2020, 6am NY time
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further assessment.

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

  • Be no more than 38 years of age at the time of application
  • Hold the Finnish nationality
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent Advanced Degree in a related field of expertise
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Knowledge and experience from the UN and the UN Resident Coordinator System would be an advantage
  • Understanding of the mandate and role of the UN

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

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 the closing date. Applications received after the regarding date will not be considered. Please apply here.  

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted thereafter.

Please submit your application ONLY if you are meeting all the above requirements and the job specific requirements set out in the vacancy announcement.

Information regarding the application procedure through the Online Application System (OAS) can be found here


The following 5 Junior Professional Officer (JPO) positions have closed and are currently under review.

1.  Vacancy announcement #VA 19P330 UN75 JPO in Programme Management New York
United Nations Office of the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Preparations for the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th Anniversary (UN 75), New York apply here

Closing Date was 9 February 2020, 6am NY time
The review of applications is in process. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further assessment.

2.Vacancy announcement #VA 19P324 UNDRR ROAP JPO in Programme Management Suva
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in Suva, Fiji apply here

Closing Date: 17 February 2020, 6am NY time 

3.  Vacancy announcement #VA 18P213 OCHA HAO JPO in Humanitarian Affairs Bujumbura
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Bujumbura, Burundi apply here

Closing Date: 17 February 2020, 6am NY time 

4.  Vacancy announcement #VA 19P301 UNCCD JPO in Programme Management Bonn
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Bonn, Germany apply here

Closing Date: 17 February 2020, 6am NY time 

5.  Vacancy announcement #VA 19P195 OHCHR JPO in Human Rights Beirut
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Beirut, Lebanon apply here

Closing Date: 17 February 2020, 6am NY time