Sida opens up United Nations JPO job positions for applicants from partner countries

Do you want to work within the UN system and are from one of Sida’s development cooperation countries? Then this is your chance! Sida now has three vacancies in the Junior Professional Officer Programme: in Sudan, Bangladesh and Eritrea.
The Junior Professional Officer Programme (JPO) aims to give young professionals an opportunity to work in a UN organisation for two to three years – and thus get a foothold in the UN system and gain valuable experience for a continued career within the field of global development. Currently some 30 countries finance the programme for their nationals, but only a few sponsor citizens from developing countries.

Sida is now widening the scope for the Swedish JPO programme. Nationals from more than 35 countries can apply to the current vacancies. Those are countries where Sida is engaged in development cooperation.

– To be a JPO is a unique opportunity to work for the UN and a great way to start an international career. It is also important for the UN to have a diverse workforce that fully represent the whole world population which UN works for, says Lorena Acevedo Narea, Programme Manager for the Swedish JPO Programme.

Sida currently accepts applications for three JPO vacancies:
Programme Analyst at UNDP in the area of Rule of Law, human rights and gender. Placement in Khartoum, Sudan.
Health Officer at UNICEF within the area of Quality of Care. Placement in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Programme Analyst at UNFPA within the area of Global Health and Sexual and Reproductive health and rights. Placement in Asmara, Eritrea.
The same criteria as for all JPO placements applies. Among other things, the applicant is required to be maximum 32 years old, have a Master’s degree and at least two years of relevant paid work experience.

– We want to offer as many people as possible an opportunity to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. We also believe that this will enrich the exchange of experience among the Sida-funded JPOs with other perspectives and ideas, says Lorena Acevedo Narea.

Regardless of the nationality of the applicant or the country of placement all Sida-funded JPO’s will partake in the introductory departure course in Sweden before their employment starts.

Of the 30 countries that is financing a national JPO Programme, Sweden is one of the countries that has the biggest number of employed JPO’s. Sida is recruiting 25-30 JPO:s every year, and more than 100 Swedish JPO’s are currently working in different UN organisations all over the world.

Nationals from these countries can apply to the JPO vacancies
Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Cuba, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Iraq, Cambodia, Kenya, Kosovo, Liberia, Mali, Moldova, Mozambique, Myanmar, North Macedonia, Palestine, Rwanda, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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