Junior Professional Officer Programme

The International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme gives young university graduates, and young qualified professionals the opportunity to obtain training and exposure to IDFs work in the field of diabetes and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). All JPO posts are based at the Federation’s Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. This scheme is open to EU nationals only.

IDF is a progressive international federation of over 200 national diabetes associations with 2 million members in more than 160 countries. IDF is a non governmental organization (NGO) and has official relationships with both the United Nations, World Health Organisation (WHO) and Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO). IDF has over 30 full time staff in its Brussels headquarters, a large number of expert volunteers and an expanding network of 7 regional offices.

For over 60 years, IDF has been at the vanguard of global diabetes advocacy. The Federation is committed to raising global awareness of diabetes, promoting appropriate diabetes care and prevention, and encouraging activities towards finding a cure for the different types of diabetes. It is the mission of IDF to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.

The JPO Programme

Each JPO would be allocated a senior mentor within IDF and have a defined role and programme of work suited to their experience, educational background and future career path. Each JPO would be required to become a member of their home country National Diabetes Association. The JPO will gain work experience, under supervision from an IDF officer. JPOs are likely to be given challenging assignments with responsibility.

Minimum requirements for JPOs are:

  • EU nationality and the right to live and work in Belgium without requiring a work permit.
  • A Master's Degree in a field relevant to the functions requested in the job description
  • A maximum of five years since completion of Masters degree
  • A maximum of five years work experience
  • Excellent proficiency in English (spoken and written). Knowledge of a second language is a strong asset
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to innovate
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural setting
  • Computer literacy in standard office applications (Word, Excel)
  • Keen interest in diabetes and the work of the IDF and commitment to IDF values and mission


Terms and Conditions

The status of JPOs within IDF will be limited to the contracts issued under the JPO scheme without any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of contract. This contract will be for a 1 year period and includes a six month probation period. There is a possibility of an extension for a maximum period of 2 years subject to the needs of IDF and performance. JPOs will receive remuneration in line with Belgian employment law which will include medical insurance and lunch vouchers. No accommodation allowance, relocation or family allowances or travel will be paid. The remuneration for a JPO under this scheme is intended to be a starting salary for a young professional.

There are currently no vacancies for JPO positions.