Junior Professional Programmes

Memorandum of Understanding 

JPOs are usually nationals of Donor countries, however some Donors also finance nationals of developing countries. Candidates are young professionals usually with an advanced university degree and minimum two years of professional experience.

Who is eligible to apply to this programme?

The JPO programme is open to applicants from donor countries that sponsor the programme. Our current donors are listed below.

Are you a National of a participating donor government?

Only a limited number of donor countries is currently participating in the programme and their nationals are eligible to apply to the ISA JPO Programme. If you are a national of one of the participating donor governments listed you may express your interest directly to the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs listed directly below.

Is there an age limit for joining the programme?

The programme stipulates that candidates must usually be under the age of 32 when applying, however the age limit may vary depending on the donor, so please check the specific job details in the opening(s) below.

Are you a National of a developing country?

Further information will be posted once available under Job Opportunities.

Which ISA Offices participate in this programme?

All Offices of the ISA Secretariat:

  Office of the Secretary General

  Office of Environmental Management and Mineral Resources

  Office of Legal Affairs

  Office of Administrative Services

Note the offices do not take direct applications, all applications as per the application guidelines within the vacancy.

When is the deadline to apply?

Deadlines vary from vacancy to vacancy. Please check the website frequently.

There are no JPO vacancies being advertised on the donors’ websites? Are these the right websites?

Yes, they are. Please check the websites frequently for any future openings.

How long is an assignment as a JPO?

Appointment is for a period of one year, with a possibility of an extension, depending on the performance and available funding from donor countries.

What qualifications are required?

• Normally, applicants are under 32 years of age, however age limits vary depending on the donor country. Please check their individual requirements on their websites on the top right.

• Must have at least a Master’s degree (or equivalent combination of a degree and work experience) • In most cases have a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience, however this varies between donor countries.

• English and French are the working languages of the Authority. Fluency in oral and written English or French is essential. Proficiency in another United Nations language may be required depending on the job description.

• Proficient computer skills.

To whom and where should I send my application to?

You can access JPO vacancies announcements and the application procedure on the sponsoring Governments’ Minister of Foreign Affairs websites listed. Please refer to the specific instructions of individual donors websites for more information. You do not directly apply to ISA, so please send your application to the sponsoring donor governments.

The preliminary assessment of candidacies is carried out, in most cases, by the respective donors who take into account language skills, academic background and professional experience. A short-list is then submitted by the donor to the Authority for further processing.

Where and when will the final interview take place?

Only short-listed candidates will be interviewed directly by the representatives of the various ISA offices. The interviews can be telephonic, video or in-person, and can be done solely by the receiving office or in collaboration between the donor and ISA. Once this process is finalized, the short-listed candidates will be informed of the final results.

Candidates are reminded that only applications received within the deadline and that contain all requested information are considered eligible for further consideration.

Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills.

Applicants will not be considered if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening.

Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted.

Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Due to the high number of applications, individual responses by phone or email are not possible.

Applicants wishing to know the status of the selection for the JPO job opening may refer to the home page where the status of will be reflected as one of the following:

1. Open for Applications

2. Closed for Applications

3. Candidates under Review

4. Selection Completed

No Fee The International Seabed Authority (ISA) does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees). The ISA does not concern itself with information on bank accounts.