How to become a Partner Country

Governments interested in pursuing this initiative have two ways in which opportunities can be further explored: either sponsor their own nationals, or fund a certain percentage of citizens of developing countries. 

The steps

  • Memorandum of understanding

The Partner country signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the UNDP. The document mentions the priority regions, countries and practice areas decided by the Partner country. 

  • Choosing the number of JPOs to fund

Even after signing the Memorandum of Understanding with respect to the JPO Programme, there is no obligation on the part of the partner country to sponsor any number of JPOs during any given year.  

At the same time, should the partner country wish to fund some JPOs, it will be able to decide how many should be recruited, based on the budgetary situation or other factors. We follow a "no surprise" policy meaning the estimated cost of each JPO assignment is known in advance and the Government will be in a position to endorse it.

  • Choosing the JPO or SARC positions to fund

The Partner Country can access the JPO online Request System to review the Terms of References posted by the requesting offices. The UNDP JPO Service Center can also be contacted directly to identify JPO and SARC positions that could match its priorities.

  • Administration of the JPO or SARC position

Last but not least, the JPO Service Centre will take care of all the administrative aspects of the JPO Programme to ensure that its running does not place a strain on the Government's capacity to deal with other priority issues.

The Government may either fully outsource the short-listing, interviewing and selection of candidates to the JPO Service Centre or it may wish to get involved in some of these processes.