UN Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Program
The JPO Program is an established program run by the UN and other multilateral organisations to provide young professionals with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in multilateral technical cooperation and international development.
Australia is investing $25.6 million over four years (2020-21 to 2023-24) to support Australian JPO placements at international institutions critical to Australia’s interests. The program is a whole-of-government initiative led by DFAT.
Current JPO opportunities
JPOs will need to have a strong understanding of Australia’s strategic priorities and policy interests. To be eligible for the program, applicants must be employees of the Australian Public Service (APS) and corporate Commonwealth entities. In accordance with UN requirements, JPOs must hold Australian citizenship, be no more than 34 years of age, and hold a post-graduate degree in a discipline related to the specific vacancy.