Working for international organisations

Information on job opportunities in international organisations and how to apply.



The UK wants international organisations to have strong leadership structures that are able to shape effective and efficient organisations. We support merit-based recruitment to ensure that positions are filled by talented individuals. We want to see strong British candidates applying for, and taking up key roles within these organisations, to join the many already working there.

In this document you can find more information about the opportunities available in international organisations and how to apply. You can also find details of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Senior International Appointments programme, which matches suitable candidates to upcoming international opportunities.

The government is also keen to increase the number of British nationals working in EU institutions. These are handled separately and for further information, consult our guidance on working for the EU institutions.

The UN Junior Professional Officers Programme

The UK has recently resumed its support for the United Nation’s Junior Professional Officers (JPO) scheme. This programme offers young professionals interested in pursuing a career in international development an exceptional opportunity to acquire hands-on experience within the UN multilateral system.

DFID is the Government department coordinating the UK’s applicant process. Over the next 3 years, DFID will fund up to 22 placements across the UN.

Applications are welcome from suitably qualified individuals who:

  • are British Nationals
  • are under the age of 32 years (35 years for UNICEF JPO positions)
  • have completed a postgraduate degree in a development related field
  • have a minimum of 2 years paid work experience (preferably in a development related area)

JPOs will be recruited at the UN entry level for professionals (P1 and P2) and offered 1 year fixed term UN contracts which are normally renewed for a second year (2 years being the usual length of a placement), subject to satisfactory performance.

More information about the JPO schemes:

Current JPO vacancies

JPO positions supported by the UK will be advertised on the Working for DFID page over the coming months.

Published 21 August 2013
Last updated 9 October 2015 + show all updates
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