Young talents at the ILO - The Junior Professional Officer Programme


International Organizations

Location (s):

  • Switzerland
  • Worldwide


For 35 years, the Junior Professional Officer Programme (or JPO Programme, formerly known as the Associate Expert Programme) has been an important and flexible tool of the ILO to attract and retain young talented professionals. The programme reflects the interest and priorities of different donor countries that fund young professionals for a duration of 2-3 years in different areas and locations.


For the ILO, the programme is particularly valuable because it can cope with the changing needs in terms of staff and priorities, as it offers on-the-job training opportunities to young professionals and enhances the source of potential future talents for the Organisation.

Once a donor has approved the final choice of a candidate, the young professional receives through the programme, and as a first or second working experience, a unique opportunity to discover the UN system.

Currently there are 30-40 JPOs assigned worldwide (to ILO field offices, decent work teams and/or TC projects) and at Headquarters (with interregional projects, research activities and/or programming work).

Objectives of the programme

The basic principles of the Junior Professional Officer Programme have been set forth in Resolution 849 (XXXII) issued by ECOSOC in August 1961. The objectives of the Programme are to:

• give young professionals a hands-on experience of ILO development projects;

• promote ILO's multi-bilateral technical cooperation;

• enhance ILO's technical assistance to developing countries;

• train selected university graduates from developing countries in line with donor government funding commitments; and

• prepare a body of future experts for UN and bilateral aid programmes

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

A JPO usually has a Master’s degree in combination with some years of working experience. Most are recruited at P1/P2 level and the specifics of the desired profiles are defined by the donor.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

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