Junior Professional Officer

Online event for US nationals

JPO career fair


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency will be hosting an online careers event for young American citizens on 13 December.

If you have a background in Law and Social or Political Sciences don't miss this opportunity to chat to our recruiters and learn more about the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme.

Secure your spot

Most JPOs are between ages 25 and 35, depending on donor country policy, and are recruited as professional staff members at the P2 level. While most JPOs are citizens of their donor countries, the Netherlands may also sponsor citizens of other countries under the Developing Countries Scheme (JPO/DC). Nearly 69 per cent of JPOs continue in UNHCR as regular staff at the end of their assignment. UNHCR manages around 60 JPOs yearly sponsored by 15 Governments. Most JPO assignments last from two to three years.


  • Degree equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree or a Master’s Degree in a field relevant to the functions requested in the job description.
  • At least two to four years of relevant work experience (two years with a Master Degree - or higher - or four years with a Bachelor Degree).
  • Proficiency in English (spoken and written) and working knowledge of a second language of the United Nations is strongly recommended asset (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish).
  • Keen and demonstrated interest in the United Nations and humanitarian issues, in particular, and ability to live and/or serve in hardship locations.

Applicants interested in pursuing a JPO experience need to regularly consult the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or a governmental institution of their country here: JPO Programme: Government Authority Contact Details

Current opportunities 

For the JPO opportunities listed below, candidates should apply through International Vacancies and either search with the “JPO” keyword or the job ID.

Candidates should kindly note that the following JPO positions are only open to candidates with the US nationality.

  • Associate Protection Officer in Amman, Jordan. JOB ID: 18726. Closing Date: 23 December 2019
  • Associate Protection Officer in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. JOB ID: 18720. Closing Date: 23 December 2019
  • Associate Protection Officer in Ruyigi, Burundi JOB ID: 18724. Closing Date: 23 December 2019
  • Associate RSD Officer Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. JOB ID: 18729. Closing Date: 23 December 2019
  • Associate Resetlement & Complementary Pathways Officer in San Salvador, El Salvador. JOB ID: 18730. Closing Date: 23 December 2019
  • Associate Resettlement Officer Nairobi (CO), Kenya JOB ID: 18728. Closing Date: 23 December 2019

What are the benefits of being a Junior Professional Officer

"There is no doubt that I have grown professionally in the last three years with UNHCR and shall continue to work with the same spirit in the days to come. I feel more professional, ready to learn more and to continue to grow. The JPO programme is an excellent entry point for any newcomer to learn and to determine their future goal."

-Suprity Timilsina, Associate Protection Officer in Nairobi, Kenya.