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Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programs


Through the Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), the United States sponsors qualified U.S. citizens for employment in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Junior Professional Officer (JPO) program and in the International Organization for Migration (IOM) JPO Program (formerly the Associate Expert or AE program). The Bureau sponsors and funds these programs to demonstrate the U.S. Government's commitment to helping refugees, victims of conflict, and vulnerable migrants around the world.

These fully funded staffing programs strengthen the capacity of UNHCR and IOM. The JPO programs also encourage U.S. citizens to become active members of the international community. After completing their JPO assignments, many JPOs successfully compete for positions at UNHCR, IOM and in other international and non-governmental organizations.

Competition for the JPO program is keen. Although the qualifications for the positions vary by assignment, a graduate or law degree in a relevant discipline and proficiency in at least one U.N. working language in addition to English are strongly preferred. Competitive applicants generally possess three or more years of work experience in a developing country and an academic background in fields related to human rights, forced migration, humanitarian assistance, development or immigration law, for example. Prior work experience in or familiarity with the UN system or IOM is also helpful. The JPO selection processes are carried out jointly by PRM and UNHCR or IOM. For more information please consult the Frequently Asked Questions and check back for more openings.

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration is currently recruiting candidates for the following positions:

UNHCR JPO Vacancies

There are currently no UNHCR JPO vacancies.

IOM JPO Vacancies

There are currently no IOM JPO vacancies.

Please check this page periodically for vacancy updates.

If you would like to be notified when new JPO vacancies are announced, you can subscribe here. If you subscribe, updates will be sent to you from usstatebpa@subscriptions.fcg.gov. Please monitor your spam and junk mail folders to ensure you are not blocking emails from this address.

To learn of other international career opportunities available to U.S. Citizens please see the Department of State, Bureau of International Organization’s website http://iocareers.state.gov/Main/Home and www.state.gov/p/io/empl.

Privacy Act Statement for Junior Professional Officer and Associate Expert Program

AUTHORITIES: The information is sought pursuant to 4422 U.S.C. 2601.

PURPOSE: The information solicited on this application or subscription request will be used by the U.S. Department of State to distribute Junior Professional Officer and Associate Expert vacancy notices, updates, and to be added to the email subscription list, as requested by the user.

ROUTINE USES: The information submitted will be stored and may be shared with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and International Organization for Migration for the purpose of potential employment.

DISCLOSURE: Providing this information is voluntary; however, failure to provide this information may prevent the individual from receiving the information requested.


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