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The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme

The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme is a United Nations system-wide donor funded programme established in 1961 and was launched in WFP in 1985.

The JPO Programme provides valuable work experience and training opportunities for young and motivated professionals who are interested to pursue a career in international development assistance.

The JPOs currently assist our Country Offices worldwide and Headquarters Divisions in carrying out WFP’s mandate in a wide range of areas such as: Food Security, Vulnerability Assessment & Mapping, Policy, School Feeding, Nutrition, Emergency Preparedness & Response, Procurement, Logistics, Monitoring & Evaluation, Reporting, Government and Private Sector Partnerships, Interagency cooperation, Finance, Internal Audit, Evaluation and Communication.

Who can apply?   

JPOs are sponsored by their respective governments. Please refer to the below list of governments currently participating in the WFP JPO Programme.

Current participating donor countries
•    Belgium* 
•    Denmark  Additional information on the Danish JPO Programme
•    Finland  Additional information on the Finnish JPO Programme 
•    France
•    Germany
•    Ireland
•    Italy
•    Japan
•    Luxembourg
•    Netherlands* 
•    Norway
•    South Korea 
•    Spain
•    Sweden
•    Switzerland
•    United States of America*

*JPO vacancies for Belgium, The Netherlands and The United States of America will be advertised here: