Hyewon Lee (International Cooperation ’04) was selected as one of this year's JPOs,
having passed the exam administered by the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Hyewon, who is currently working as a researcher at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and
National Security, will start her 2-year JPO programme early next year.
What is JPO?
The Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme provides young professionals pursuing
a career in International Organizations with hands-on experience. JPOs are sponsored
by their respective governments and are dispatched to an International Organization for
a period of 2 years. JPOs are assigned to work at organizations such as UNDP, UNICEF,
UNIDO, UNHCR, IAEA, UNCTAD, UNV, WHO, ILO, UNESCO, and UNFPA.
The JPO examination
There is an age requirement as the JPO program is an entry-level professional position.
Candidates must be under 30 years old as of 31 December of the year of the exam.
Only a bachelor’s degree is required to apply, but generally successful applicants have
a graduate-level degree and proficiency in at least one official U.N. language (Arabic,
Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) in addition to English.