HR partnership programmes

ITU has a wide range of human resources partnerships with different entities ranging from governments to universities. Through various HR programmes, you will be able to work with ITU on different initiatives and projects and expand your horizons in an international multicultural working environment.


The ITU is always looking for talented, motivated, and enthusiastic interns from around the world. An internship at the ITU is a great opportunity to gain exposure to the work of the ITU.

The ITU Internship Programme offers practical work experience in a multicultural environment. In addition to providing an understanding of the Union’s mandate, programmes, and main areas of activity, it also enhances academic knowledge with relevant work assignments to help prepare for future careers.

To participate in this programme you must be:

  • Under 30 years of age (exceptions can be made when the candidate is working on a Ph.D.)
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate programme; or a recent graduate (within six months of the internship)
  • A citizen of a Member State of ITU
  • Able to provide a copy of your university enrolment or graduate certificate
  • Able to provide your CV


Junior Professional Officers

The Junior Professional Officers (JPO) Programme provides valuable work experience and training opportunities for young and motivated professionals who are interested in pursuing a career in international development. JPO positions are funded by various donor countries for a duration of two to four years, in different locations.

Applications for the JPO programme must be made through the appointed representative of the candidate’s government and not directly to ITU.

The following qualifications are required for candidates to be considered:

  • Under 35 years of age
  • A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) as a minimum
  • A minimum of three years of working experience
  • Proficient in writing and speaking in one of the six official languages of the ITU


Loans and Secondments (Funds In Trust FIT)

Various entities can loan or second an individual to ITU to provide expertise based on the specific needs of the Union and mutual interests. Releasing entities collaborating with ITU include governments, Non-Governmental Organizations, international organizations, universities, foundations, and private sector companies.

ITU and its counterpart (Member States, Sector Members, Associates and Academia, and other entities listed under Article 19 of the ITU Convention) conclude formal agreements.

Loaned/seconded personnel should meet ITU’s recruitment standards in terms of qualifications and experience.


Donor countries provide Secondments/Funds-in-Trust (FIT) to finance technical assistance and human capacity building projects to developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

A secondment is an arrangement whereby a Releasing Entity finances a temporary post, covering salary, entitlements, and benefits of an individual assigned to work for ITU for a limited and specified period.

The individual is placed on the payroll of ITU and will have the status of a staff member for the duration of the secondment.

The standard duration of a secondment is a minimum of one year and shall not exceed three years.


A loan is an arrangement whereby a Releasing Entity pays full and direct remuneration, including benefits and social security, directly to an individual assigned to work for ITU for a limited and specified period.

The individual remains on the payroll of the Releasing Entity and is not considered as a staff member of ITU.

The standard duration of a loan is minimum of six months and shall not exceed two years.