BFIO’s Junior Professional Programme (JPO)

August 19 2019 by Miguel Pone
JPO-Stellan

BFIO’s Junior Professional Programme (JPO)

Your gateway to the International Public Sector


The JPO Programme recruits Junior Professional Officers for the UN network of organisations. JPOs are recruited under bilateral agreements between the UN and donor countries such as Germany.

Candidates are young professionals, usually with an advanced university degree and a minimum of two years of professional experience. JPO positions are generally at P1 and P2 level.

The German Büro Führungskräfte zu Internationalen Organisationen (BFIO) has been promoting and placing German nationals in UN organisations worldwide for many years.

If you are a young German professional looking for a new challenge, interested in a career that will broaden your horizons and where you can use your skills with a meaningful purpose, the JPO Programme could be what you are looking for!

Do you have medical training? Or are you a scientist? Perhaps your skills are better suited to Peacekeeping and Human Rights? The JPO is for people with a variety of skills and experience.


What are the recruitment criteria?

  • You will need to have a post-graduate qualification in one of the following areas:

Political and Social Sciences, Economics and Law, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, or Natural and Engineering Sciences.

  • You will also need to have between two and four years of work experience from the date of your first degree
  • The only other requirements for the JPO Programme are that you are a German national, a high level in a foreign language and a cosmopolitan mindset. 

How do you apply?

The application process is straightforward:

  • Complete the application form (in German),
  • Write a letter of motivation (in English),
  • Send your CV (in English).

You will be able to apply to more than one post and can even apply more than once, which we actually encourage!

The selection process has two stages, a written assessment in English, followed by an interview with a representative of the participating German agencies.

The shortlisted candidates are then proposed to the organisations and they will conduct their own interview, usually via telephone.

Successful candidates will have a contract of employment with the UN organisation, usually for 3 years, and will receive intensive training through seminars and personal conversations.

If you meet the selection criteria,

Apply Now to the JPO Programme and join the long list of German nationals that have been making a difference.