What is the JPO Programme?
The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programme offers young professionals who are graduates from universities or institutes of higher education an opportunity to acquire professional experience in the different sectors of in the General Secretariat of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). JPO vacancies might be based at headquarters in Geneva or in one of 12 area offices. Successful candidates are considered as full members of staff upon joining ITU.
Junior Professional Officers are recruited under trust fund agreements between ITU and donor governments to work on development projects or regional projects within the ITU's wide scope of activity. These agreements outline the respective obligations of all contracting parties.
Within the UN system, there are nineteen governments that participate in the JPO/Associate Experts programme:
||Republic of Korea|
The following donor governments have also sponsored JPO positions in the past:
|United Arab Emirates|
The selected JPOs are usually nationals of these countries. However some of these governments may agree to finance the participation of candidates from developing nations.