JPO Career Support Programme

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The overall goal of the UNDP JPO Career Support Programme is to assist the UNDP JPOs in defining their career objectives and to support them in pursuing career opportunities with the UN following the completion of their JPO assignment.

The JPO Service Centre offers a large range of services and tools which can be combined into a customized career support package to suit the JPO needs.

UNDP JPOs can benefit from the following services:   

  • Assistance to sharpen your outlook of your career goals, to prepare a career development plan and to think about challenges and opportunities when pursuing a career with UNDP 

  • Guidance on approaches to take when pursuing job opportunities with UNDP

  • Practical tips and hints when applying to UN positions.




Career Coaching

Induction Course counselling

The HR practitioners in the JPO Service Centre have been trained on career coaching and offer individual coaching sessions during your assignment. The purpose of the coaching session is to help you clearly define your motivation, career aspirations and opportunities. We offer individual meetings with each JPO. The aim is to counsel, and to provide career guidance. These sessions are offered during the JPO Induction Course that takes place in New York.

Feedback on CV and Cover Letter

Interview preparation

At the start of your search for new positions, we can provide feedback and advice on how to formulate your CV and cover letter. For more details please contact your HRA. We can assist you with interview preparation by explaining the principles of competency-based interviews and how to prepare for them. It is possible to have a mock interview and receive feedback to use in an actual interview. For more details please contact your HRA.

Online Career Development

Mentoring Programme

We regularly organise virtual career development sessions to provide you with the opportunity to learn and share career experiences.  The mentoring tool is a smart online platform that allows you to select an experienced colleague as a mentor to help you obtain a particular career goal or help mediate a career challenge.

JPO Alumni Association

A life long connection

The JPO Alumni Association (JAA) promotes a lifelong connection to the United Nations and is intended to strengthen knowledge-sharing amongst its members. It connects more than 2,500 former.                                                             Three directories are made available online: Directory of all current JPOs administered by the UNDP JPO Service Centre – key instrument for thematic networking ; Directory of former JPOs ; Directory of former JPOs / current UN staff members – grouping names and emails addresses of former JPOs who stayed in the UN system JPO Alumni.