How to request a JPO

Requesting a JPO post through the Online Request System

Woman sits with childrenSara Cortés in Namibia. Photo: UNDP.

In order to benefit from one or more JPOs in 2018, the first step is to access the Online Request System where the requesting office will be able to upload JPO requests, using the corporate JPO job description template. Submitters should use their UNDP intranet username and password to access the online request system.


Please note, however, that entering a JPO request does not automatically mean that the requesting office will benefit from JPO funding, as the JPO partner countries support JPOs according to their thematic and geographic priorities. Additionally, several traditional partner countries have reduced their participation in the JPO Programme due to budget constraints. While new partnership opportunities also arise, including those with emerging partners, the overall funding context remains challenging. For these reasons, and in order to maximize the requesting offices' chances of receiving a JPO, it is recommended to include the request for JPOs into the requesting offices' overall resource mobilization strategy and to link the JPO request to the strategic priorities of the respective partner/donor country.


In order to effectively build on the JPO talent pool, the JPO Service Centre works closely with receiving offices through the JPO recruitment, induction, learning and career development activities. Therefore,the requesting office is making a commitment to manage the performance and support the development of the receiving JPO in the most effective manner, including providing the JPO with guidance and feedback to fully perform his/her job duties and grow with the assignment.


JPO requests that are more than two years old will be archived and removed from the Online Request System by the end of the year. HR focal points in the requesting office, and/or supervisors who previously submitted JPO requests, can update the job descriptions at any time through the Online Request System.  

The JPO Service Centre will be happy to assist your office to access the Online Request System should the need arise. Please contact the focal point, Jean-Luc Marcelin, at