Why Partnering on the JPO or SARC Programme?

Benefits for the Partner Country

JPOs are considered to be international professional staff members for the duration of their assignment. 

More and more former JPOs are kept on board upon completion of their JPO assignment under various short and medium-term contractual modalities. As many as 21% of the current UNDP professional staff members are former JPOs.

It is also worth mentioning that a very significant (and ever-increasing) proportion of senior UNDP staff members are former JPOs.  For instance, approximately one in four current UN Resident Coordinators are former JPOs and several other former JPOs serve at the Assistant Secretary General level.

Another option of interest to some donor Governments is have former JPOs return to their home country key ministries and cooperation agencies, bringing to bear their development experience gained in the course of the JPO assignment and thereby enhancing national capacity.

 

A Programme tailored to the Partner Country's needs and objectives

Partner countries benefit from the large flexibility of the JPO Programme in terms of choosing JPO duty stations and job descriptions, as well as deciding how many, how long time and how often JPOs are assigned. 

Thanks to this flexibility, the partner country can ensure that its participation in the UNDP JPO Programme corresponds to its priorities and objectives.

UNDP could for example present JPO positions linked to the following areas of expertise:

  • Programme-related: energy and environment, poverty and economy, governance, South-South cooperation, capacity development, private sector partnerships;
  • Operations-related: procurement, human resources, finance.

Depending on the preference of the partner country, JPO positions could be placed in:

  • UNDP Headquarters locations (New York, Copenhagen, Geneva, etc.);
  • Some of UNDP's 137 Country Offices of particular interest to the Partner Country;
  • Some of UNDP's international centres (such as the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth in Rio, or the Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector Development).

The SARC Programme: supporting UN Coordination activities

Partner countries may also sponsor Special Assistants to the UN Resident Coordinator (SARC) positions. SARCs are assigned in the field, working in the Office of the UN Resident Coordinators. 

SARCs are recruited at the P3 level and could give partner countries the opportunity to support the UN Coordination agenda, while giving more senior talent the chance to be exposed to multilateral coordination activities.