United Nations Junior Professional Programme
Application Deadline: May 11th 2018
The Junior Professional Programme (JPP) is designed for exceptionally qualified and motivated candidates and provides junior professionals with an opportunity to gain valuable, on-the-job experience with FAO.
The Junior Professional Officers (JPOs) are assigned at FAO Decentralized Offices and are
staff members of FAO under fixed-term appointments employed at P-1 level. The JPOs work with international and national staff and are involved in the identification, design and implementation of FAO activities. Purposes of assignments vary and may have a country-specific, regional, sector-based or thematic focus.
JPOs are supervised on a daily basis with the purpose of gradually increasing the irresponsibilities through the establishment of a work plan with key results. JPOs benefit from a supervision approach characterized by knowledge sharing, the submission of performance/development feedback, access to Unit/Team/Office meetings and guidance in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise.
Female applicants and applicants from non and under-represented countries are highly encouraged to apply.
The duration of the JPP assignment is two years subject to a one-year probationary period.
Extension for a third year depends on the needs of the Organization, the availability of financial resources and the JPO’s performance.
The Call for expression of interest aims to attract young talents, under 32 years of age at the
time of the closure of the vacancy, with minimum one-year professional experience and
relevant educational background to populate the JPP Roster. Qualified applicants who are included in the JPP Roster will be taken into consideration whenever relevant opportunities arise in different FAO’s areas of interest.
The Organization, in particular, is seeking for JPOs with a relevant background in the following areas of priority:
- Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR)
- Climate Change
- Food Security and Nutrition
- One Health
Academic qualifications: Relevant advanced university degree (Master’s, Ph.D. or equivalent)
Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant professional experience
Language skills: Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited
knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian
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