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Overview UNICEF Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme

The UNICEF Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme is a unique opportunity for talented young professionals for hands-on experience in development

The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme provides young professionals interested in pursuing a career in international development with an exceptional opportunity to acquire hands-on experience at UNICEF. The UNICEF Junior Professional Officer programme offers its participants a unique professional development experience and brings fresh energy and ideas into the organization.

How it works

Through the JPO Programme, UNICEF supports the development of young professionals interested in growing in the organization and making important contributions to our future and work. On average, one in two JPOs continue at UNICEF as regular staff members, upon completing their assignment.

The UNICEF Junior Professional Officer programme is sponsored by donor governments. Usually, these governments only sponsor citizens of their countries, but in some cases nationals from developing countries are eligible to apply.

General requirements for UNICEF Junior Professional Officer Programme

Donor Country

National of a donor country (a few countries sponsor nationals from developing countries)

Years of Age

Usually under 32 years of age

University Degree

An advanced university degree and fluency in English

Work Experience

Minimum two years of relevant work experience

What UNICEF offer

Professional coaching

Professional coaching 


Mentoring programmes 


Career counseling 

Online Learning

Online learning courses

Stretch Assignment

Stretch assignments


Buddy programme

Career Transition

Career Transition programme

Learn more about career development and learning initiatives at UNICEF

JPOs are fixed-term UNICEF staff members and are therefore entitled to compensation, benefits and allowances comparable to International Professional staff. In addition, UNICEF has designed a number of tailored resources to improve their overall career development and learning journey:

Checkout the UNICEF Junior Professional Officer Programme Vacancies below:

Human Resources Officer (UNICEF Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme), (P-2), Fixed-Term, Talent Engagement and Partnerships Team, DHR, Istanbul, Turkey, Post #99825, (requisition # 560167)

The position is based in the New Talent Team, Talent Engagement and Partnerships Team, Division of Human Resources (DHR). The HR Officer will operate under the direct supervision of the HR Manager (New Talent Unit) and will manage and promote UNICEF’s Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme, with a focus on the areas of donor relationship management, JPO recruitment, contract administration, learning and career development, and management and monitoring of all JPO and secondment activities.

Location: Turkey

Deadline: 24 Mar 2023 11:55 PM

JPO: Education Officer, P-2, Phnom Penh, Cambodia (open to Canadian nationals only)

Based in Phnom Penh and reporting to the Chief of Education, you will contribute to the UNICEF Cambodia Education Programme, with a particular focus on strengthening the institutionalisation of cross-sectoral programming aimed at promoting greater equity and inclusion. Your key areas of work will be support for the implementation of activities associated with quality teaching and learning, including foundational learning, 21st century skill  development, digital educaiton and education in emergencies. Additionally, you will assist in strengthening the gender-responsiveness of programme activities.

As part of this work, you will support processes associated with the programme cycle, such as contribution to programme design, implementation, monitoring and reporting for results and budget monitoring. You will provide dedicated support to the Ministry of Educaiton, Youth and Sports (MoEYS), particularly to the Primary and Secondary Education Departments, Special Education Department and Department of Information and Technology, and will also work with other partners, such as NGOs, research institutes and other sectoral development partners.

Location: Cambodia

Deadline: 28 Mar 2023 11:55 PM

Chief Child Protection and PDET Manager (P4), Fixed Term, Bogotá, Colombia, post # 87445 (Only international candidates)

At UNICEF Colombia we are looking for a Chief Child Protection and PDET (Programas de Desarrollo con Enfoque Territorial) Manager responsible for managing and supervising all stages of child protection programmes/projects from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable contributions to national and international efforts to create a protective environment for children against all harm and to protect their rights to survival, development and well-being, as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/frameworks and UN intergovernmental bodies.

The Chief Child Protection is responsible for establishing the plans of action and overseeing work progress to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable programme/project results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology. As PDET outcome Manager is in charge of ensuring a multisectoral convergent interventions in some municipalities to serve as models for all 170 municipalities covered by the 2016 peace agreement.

Location: Colombia

Deadline: 15 Mar 2023 11:55 PM

External Outreach :Programme Officer (Children with Disabilities) -P2/NO2, Rapid Response Rosters, Eastern and Southern Africa Region

The Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) roster provides the region with additional emergency surges and staffing capacities to respond to emergencies in line with the organization’s strategic goals through a predictable and coordinated approach to emergencies in sub-Saharan Africa. The purpose of this external announcement is to attract suitable Programme Officer (Children with Disabilities) from outside the organization for inclusion in UNICEF’s Rapid response roster for the Eastern and Southern Africa region.

Therefore, it is not a regular vacancy announcement but rather a campaign to attract candidates with emergency experience interested in temporary emergency assignments with UNICEF when the need arises. If you have the required profile, you are highly encouraged to apply.

Location: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Seychelles

Deadline: 16 Mar 2023 11:55 PM

Re-advertisement: Chief Child Protection, (P4), Suva, Fiji, #43777

The UNICEF Pacific Multi-country office is seeking to recruit a fixed-term Chief Child Protection at the P4 level to be based in the Fiji Office, Suva.

Location: Fiji/Pacific Island Countries

Deadline: 22 Mar 2023 11:55 PM


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