UN Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Program


Through USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA), the United States sponsors qualified U.S. citizens for employment in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) Junior Professional Officer (JPO) program.

These fully funded JPO positions strengthen the humanitarian coordination capacity of UNOCHA. They further encourage U.S. citizens to become active members of the international community. After completing their JPO assignments, some JPOs successfully compete for positions at UNOCHA, and in other international and non-governmental organizations.


  • Education: Graduate degree or law degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Experience: Three to five or more years of work experience in humanitarian assistance or disaster relief with an academic background in fields related to human rights, disaster management, international relations, international development or public policy. Prior work experience in or familiarity with the UN system is also helpful.
  • Languages: Proficiency in at least one U.N. working language in addition to English is preferred.
  • Work Location: Geneva, Switzerland.

Application Instructions

The JPO selection process is carried out jointly by USAID/BHA and the United Nations. To apply, please send a completed UN Personal History Statement (P11) (see link below) to bha.jpocoordinator@usaid.gov, along with a cover letter/letter of interest, and a general resume. Please state which position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. If you wish to apply for both positions, please complete a Personal History Statement (P11) for each position and submit these to us in separate emails with the appropriate subject heading.

Open Position

Application Details

  • Please complete the UN Personal History Statement (P11). The P11 provides the opportunity to include all required information in one document, including your professional work experience and references. Please attach a cover letter to explain your interest in the position and interest in working with the UN, along with a general resume.
  • Application submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Additional Information

  • U.S. citizens
  • The P11 must be completed in English only.
  • You may leave the signature/date sections blank at this time. If selected for one of the positions, you will then need to submit a signed version.
  • Do not submit a photograph.
  • The pre-selection process may require multiple interviews. Candidates will receive an initial email acknowledgement of their submitted application materials, if receipt is within the specified deadline.