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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

Please check the APS Jobs Mobility Board – Temporary Opportunities for Commonwealth Employees for current JPO vacancies. To register your interest for future JPO vacancies or to learn more about the JPO Program, email

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.

UN Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Program: Frequently Asked Questions [DOCX 29 KB]

UN Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Program: Frequently Asked Questions [PDF 118 KB]

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