UN Coordination JPO Programme

Piedad Martin en MexicoJPO Piedad Martin in Mexico. Photo: UNDP.

Established in 1963,  the JPO Programme provides young professionals pursuing a career in development with hands-on experience in multilateral technical cooperation. 

The JPO Programme represents a form of development aid through the United Nations System, especially targeted at benefitting the Least Developed Countries. The programme may also support specific goals of the donor in promoting and advancing priority areas in targeted countries.

JPOs working in UN Coordination

Around 10 JPOs currently work in the field of UN Coordination. They serve primarily in one of the UNRC Offices in developing countries. A limited number of JPOs are posted to regional or Headquarters locations with UNDG/UNDOCO.

Under the supervision of a senior staff member, JPOs work with international and national staff and are involved in the identification, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the UN agencies-supported programmes. Purposes of assignments vary and may have a country-specific, regional, sector-based or thematic focus.

As such, the JPO Programme represents a continuous flow of technical cooperation personnel from various partner countries and provides room for privileged relationships with the partner countries because of the continuity and history of their programmes. It also allows for opportunities for national counterpart colleagues and beneficiaries to experience cross-cultural relationships in many specialized areas of professional work.