Swiss JPO positions at International Financial Institutions

Junior Professional Officer positions are a unique opportunity and an attractive entry point for Swiss nationals for a career with an International Financial Institution. Given the relatively small number of applicants, the chances of being selected are considerably high.
To promote Switzerland’s presence in IFIsInternational Financial Institutions , SECOSwiss State Secretariat for Economic Cooperation finances JPOJunior Professional Officer positions in the following three institutions:
  • World Bank
  • International Finance Corporation
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

JPO positions are selected by SECO, based on the institutional, thematic and geographic priorities of the Swiss Confederation.

During a JPO assignment, you experience on-the-job training, exposure and networking opportunities that can enable a career start. 
General requirements

To be eligible for a Swiss JPOJunior Professional Officer position, you:

  • demonstrate strong interest in a career in multilateral organisations
  • have Swiss nationality
  • are maximum 32 years old
  • hold a Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • have at least 2-3 years of relevant professional experience
  • are fluent in written and spoken English
  • show commitment to engage in international cooperation
  • fulfill other requirements specified in the job description
Next: contract and duration
Contract and duration

JPOsJunior Professional Officers are contracted by the WBWorld Bank , IFCInternational Finance Corporation or EBRDEuropean Bank for Reconstruction and Development and report to the respective institution only.

You will be hired on an initial two-year fixed term contract at the 'GE' (WB/IFC) or 'Analyst' (EBRD) level. 

Although of limited duration, a JPOJunior Professional Officer assignment enables you to embark on a long-term career at an IFIInternational Financial Institution . You will be well prepared to compete for mid-level positions and have good chances of becoming part of the institution’s long-term human resource pool.

This is demonstrated by the JPO programme at the World Bank: so far, all Swiss JPOs have obtained direct employment upon successful completion of the programme!

Next: entitlements
Entitlements

As JPOJunior Professional Officer you receive a generous remuneration package with the same benefits and compensation as other staff members. 

While the salary at the WBWorld Bank and IFCInternational Finance Corporation corresponds to a salary at the midpoint for 'GE' level staff, JPO salaries at EBRDEuropean Bank for Reconstruction and Development vary as they are set by market data and matched to internal levels to ensure parity amongst teams.

The competitive salary is complemented by attractive additional benefits, including:

  • medical insurance for you and your family
  • pension scheme
  • exemption from income tax liability
  • relocation and installation allowance
  • housing assistance
  • education grants for children
  • maternity/paternity leave
  • annual leave
Next: selection process
Selection process

For positions funded by SDCSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and HSDHuman Security Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs , cinfo manages the pre-selection of candidates.

cinfo first pre-assesses all candidates, conducts competency-based interviews with those shortlisted, and then recommends the most promising to the respective UN organisation.

The organisation usually conducts a second round of interviews followed by their final selection decision.

The process may take several months.

Application 

Application calls for open Swiss JPOJunior Professional Officer positions are advertised here.

JPO positions enable you to embark on a long-term career at an IFIInternational Financial Institution .

Before applying for a specific position, make sure your experience matches the requirements to a great extent. Then prepare your application, including a motivation letter, and submit it through our online recruitment system as instructed.

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Sample JPO job descriptions

Current vacancies

1 open position at the moment.

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