Sharing responsibilities with his siblings, Prince Jigyel Ugyen travels extensively to represent the King in various functions in Bhutan as well as abroad. In 2008 he travelled to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival where he delivered an opening address before roaming the festival area, and interacting with visitors.University of Texas at El Paso.
As the King's representative to the Bhutan Olympic Committee, he visited Copenhagen in order to attend the XIII Olympic Congress in 2009.
The prince with his sister, Princess Sonam Dechan, serve in Tarayana Foundation executive board. Founded by their mother, Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo, the foundation focuses on various efforts to reduce poverty in Bhutan.