Jenks holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Oxford University and Master of Arts degrees from Cambridge University (United Kingdom) and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC.
In 1981, Jenks joined UNDP and was assigned to a variety tasks. He was appointed director of budget in 1990 and as director of Office of the Administrator in 1993. He was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as the first director of the United Nations Office and UNDP Representative in Brussels in 1995.
Jenks is the father of filmmaker Andrew Jenks. Andrew is the host of MTV's World of Jenks reality docu-series.
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- "Bruce Jenks: Assistant Secretary General of the UNDP". Growing Inclusive Markets Forum. Dalhousie University. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
- The London Gazette: . 31 December 2010.
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