UNDP Junior Professional Officer
Programme
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UNDP Regional Workshop
March 2007
What is the UNDP
Junior Professional Officer Programme?
Celebrating 40 years of existence, the JPO Programme aims at:
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Providing young professionals pursuing a career in
development with experience in multilateral technical cooperation
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Supporting the development agenda of developing countries
and contributing to the achievement of the international
development targets
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Giving UNDP offices access to motivated and promising
human resources
In a few figures
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24 Participating Donors, usually only sponsoring their nationals
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190 JPOs (average of 90 new JPOs each year)
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90 Duty Stations
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27 Nationalities
Profile of a Junior Professional Officer
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Funded by Donors for 2 to 3 years
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Under 32 years of age (average 31 years)
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Master’s degree (or equivalent)
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2 – 4 years of working experience in average
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Proficiency in at least two official UN languages
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Key competencies: results-oriented, analytical, team-player,
flexible, good communications and stress management skills
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Strong commitment to development (former field experience is an
asset)
At a glance
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UNDP JPOs by Donors
Saudi Arabia
Korea
Ireland
Iceland
Switzerland
Austria
Luxembourg
Finland
Italy
Canada
France
Germany
Norway
Belgium
0
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Spain
5
Denmark
10
Sweden
15
Japan
20
Netherlands
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Main Fields of Activity
● Poverty Reduction
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Democratic Governance
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HIV/AIDS
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Energy and Environment
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Crisis Prevention & Recovery
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UN Coordination
The UNDP JPO Service Centre
The JPO Service Centre is at the hub of the JPO Programme:
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It acts as a one-stop shop and as a focal point with donors on
day-to-day human resources, financial and administrative
matters (recruitment, selection, placement, etc.)
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It supports the recruitment process of JPOs (by assisting the
Ministries of Foreign Affairs in the recruitment of JPOs or by
managing the entire recruitment cycle)
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It works closely with the UNDP Duty Stations around the world,
providing advice and developing new tools to improve the JPO
Programme.
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It provides post-JPO career development support
Advantages for the Participating Donors
The JPO Programme:
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Presents a donor country with a mechanism of delivering
development assistance
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Supports the priorities of the donor development cooperation
policies and programmes
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Provides donor nationals with opportunities for training and
expertise in international development management and
cooperation
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Increases the respective donor representation in the UN System:
being a JPO represents one of the best entry points towards
becoming a long-term staff member of the UN system
The best entry point in the UN System
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For the period 2000-2006, the UN System absorbed 40% of the
620 UNDP JPOs
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25% returned to their home countries to continue work in the
field of international cooperation (Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
NGOs, consultancy companies, research)
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Former JPOs also account for more than 20% of the current
UNDP professional staff
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One in three current UN Resident Coordinators are former
JPOs and several former JPOs serve at the Assistant
Secretary General level
“Retention” success stories…
• UN Resident Coordinators in: Equatorial guinea, Kenya,
Bulgaria, Myanmar, Algeria, Fiji, Morocco, Afghanistan, Uruguay,
Yemen, Moldova, Madagascar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia…
•UNDP Deputy Representatives in: Moldova, Congo,
Madagascar, Guinea Bissau, Tanzania, Russian Federation,
Mozambique, Ethiopia, Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yemen,
India, Georgia…
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Advantages for
Emerging Donor Countries
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“Old” EU member countries participate in the programme
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Reported as part of ODA (multilateral development cooperation)
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Excellent mechanism for building national capacities in multilateralism
and a national resource base in the field of development cooperation
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Excellent mechanism for marketing own nationals with the UN System
and best entry point into the UN System.
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Emerging donor countries have only few staff working at the
professional level in UNDP. Out of the 1400 internationally-recruited
UNDP, there are currently: 3 Bulgarians, 1 Croatian, 2 Czechs, 1
Estonian,1 Hungarian, 2 Latvians, 2 Lithuanians, 4 Poles, 1 Romanian,
8 Russians, 2 Slovakians, 0 Slovenians, 0 Thais and 8 Turks
To know more about…
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The UNDP JPO Programme
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The UNDP JPO Service Centre
Please visit our dedicated website (available in 3 languages):
www.jposc.org
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