Junior Professional Officer Programme

Opportunities for young professionals in an international workplace

The IAEA offers some job opportunities for young professionals under a Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programme.

The purpose of the JPO programme is not only to give young professionals an opportunity to gain work experience in an international environment, but also to provide the IAEA with additional expertise.

The JPO works as a professional staff member as part of a team and under the guidance of a senior professional in either a scientific, technical or administrative field.

Programme details

The programme is designed for young professionals who:

  • are below the age of 32 years;
  • are nationals of a Member State that currently has a JPO Agreement with the IAEA (Austria, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation and the United States of America); and
  • hold an advanced university degree in one of the following fields: engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, hydrology, agriculture, nutrition, medicine, computer science, information sciences, accounting, finance, human resource management, law, library science, communication.

The duration of the JPO assignment is one to two years.

Applying for the Agency’s JPO programme

The assignment of a JPO is financially supported by the government of the respective IAEA Member State, which therefore pre-selects, either on an ad-hoc basis or following a structured approach, an individual JPO with appropriate work experience of at least two years.

This application process takes place in donor countries. Candidates interested in this programme are encouraged to inquire at their Ministry of Foreign Affairs as to whether their country has an agreement with the IAEA on this matter and where they can apply for such opportunities.

Application status

The IAEA is unable to provide up-to-date information on the application status while the recruitment process is ongoing. All applications are carefully reviewed for the respective vacancies. Candidates can check their individual submission status by navigating as below:

1: Enter IAEAs Job Board (link)

2: Click on “My Jobpage” in the top bar

On the job page, you should be able to see the status of each of your application submissions and status of the vacancy notice.

In general, only selected candidates will be notified on the next steps of the recruitment process. All candidates should receive an update at the end of the process. On average, vacancies are processed approximately between six to nine months after the application deadline.


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