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Junior Professional Officers

​What is the JPO Programme?

The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programme offers young professionals who are graduates from universities or institutes of higher education an opportunity to acquire professional experience in the different sectors of in the General Secretariat of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). JPO vacancies might be based at headquarters in Geneva or in one of 12 area offices. Successful candidates are considered as full members of staff upon joining ITU.

Junior Professional Officers are recruited under trust fund agreements between ITU and donor governments to work on development projects or regional projects within the ITU's wide scope of activity. These agreements outline the respective obligations of all contracting parties.

Within the UN system, there are nineteen governments that participate in the JPO/Associate Experts programme:

Austria​​ The Netherlands
Belgium​ Norway
​Denmark ​​Poland
​Finland Republic of Korea
​France ​South Africa
​Germany Spain
​Italy ​​Sweden
​Japan Switzerland

The following donor governments have also sponsored JPO positions in the past:

Saudi Arabia​
​United Arab Emirates
​United Kingdom

The selected JPOs are usually nationals of these countries. However some of these governments may agree to finance the participation of candidates from developing nations.


​Candidates for the JPO Programme are selected on a highly competitive basis. The qualifications required for consideration can be viewed below.


Appointment and Supervision

​JPOs are usually appointed for an initial period of 12 months. The total duration of JPO assignments varies from two to three years, depending on the donor policy and the nature of duties performed.


JPO Funding

The JPO programme is financed under Trust Fund arrangements between ITU and the donor. The latter contributes to the JPO’s salary, staff entitlements, and other expenses as per the agreement to signed between ITU and the donor.



Job Descriptions

Job Descriptions for JPO opportunities are currently not available. Interested candidates should apply through the JPO Focal Point in their respective country, and not directly to ITU.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there age restrictions?
  • Are JPOs provided with compensation and benefits - such as salary and health insurance – during their assignment?
  • Do JPOs receive formal training as part of their assignment?