I have a solid professional background and am looking to work for a multilateral organisation. Why should I apply for a junior position (JPO)?
In a nutshell
At the UN and in international financial institutions (IFIInternational Financial Institution ), professionals with less than 5 years’ experience are called juniors. Nevertheless, JPOJunior Professional Officer positions are attractive and challenging, and require a good level of expertise.
At the end of the 2 or 3-year JPO programme, a JPO is meant to apply for a P-3 level UN staff position, requiring at least 5 years’ work experience.
In the case of IFI, the same logic applies. At the end of the 2- or 3-year JPO programme, a JPO is meant to shift to an international staff position at the GF level. The management of a practice group cannot justify hiring you at this level if you don’t have enough work experience.