JPO Stories

  • Tomi Lounio (2016-12)

    We caught up with Finnish JPO Tomi Lounio who recently joined the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA) in Addis Ababa as a Programme Analyst for UNDP’s work on the human rights of persons with disabilities.

  • Dalal Abdul-Razzaq (2016-04)

    Dalal Abdul-Razzaq is a JPO funded by the Government of Kuwait. Dalal began her JPO assignment as a Programme Analyst with the UNDP JPO Service Centre in Copenhagen in 2015. We spoke to Dalal about her experiences as a JPO to date and asked her for some of her lessons learned to share with other JPOs.

  • Marie Sophie Petterson (2015-04)

    Marie Sophie Petterson, JPO with UN Women funded by Denmark. Marie Sophie shares her experience with the earth quake in Nepal and the role of a JPO in such times.

  • Karis Musako (2015-03)

    Karis has finished his 3-year assignment as a UNDP JPO in Algeria, working on interagency coordination issues and project management. Karis is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and his assignment was funded by Belgium.

  • Ken Okamoto (2014-10)

    Ken Okamoto-Kaminski is a Japanese JPO working for UNDP in New York as an Analyst in the Integrated Talent Management Team of the Office of Human Resources, Bureau of Management.

  • Thomas Lammar (2014-08)

    Thomas is a JPO from Luxembourg who has first worked for UNFPA in Kosovo, then in New York before joigning the UNFPA team in Lao, People's Democratic Republic, for a third assignment.

  • Jean Baribonekeza (2014-06)

    Dutch-funded JPO Jean-Baptiste Baribonekeza from Burundi shares with us his experiences in Senegal just after his assignments completion.

  • Siv Steffen Nygaard (2014-05)

    Siv is a Danish JPO working for WHO in Mozambique. She tells her story about working with public health institutions, language barriers and social bonding.

  • Deborah Schoenmaeckers (2013-10)

    Deborah Schoenmaeckers, who is a Belgian-funded JPO with UNDP, shares with us her experiences and insights on her assignment in Viet Nam.

  • Bolatito Ogunbiyi (2013-03)

    Bolatito, who is from Nigeria and works as a Dutch-funded JPO with UNFPA, shares with us her experiences and insights on her assignment in the Ethiopia.

  • Costanza Pasquali Lasagni (2013-02)

    Costanza, who is an Italian-funded JPO with UNDP, shares with us her experiences and insights on her assignment in the occupied Palestinian Territories.

  • Cecilia Lopez y Royo (2013-01)

    Cecilia Lopez y Royo, who was an Italian-Funded JPO with UNOPS, shares with us her experience and insights on her assignment in South Africa.

  • Former JPOs talk about what made their experiences extraordinary

    Renato Fornocaldo, Annegret Al-Janabi, Pekka Puustinen

  • Luis Alcala Mugno (2012-12)

    Luis Alcala Mugno, Columbian JPO funded by Spain, shares with us his experience in Tegucigalpa, Honduras with UNFPA

  • Current JPOs share their perspectives

    Naomi Fukuda, Geert Gompelman, Edin Elgsaether, Christina Hackmann, Ernesto Calderon

  • Ruben Antonio Pages (2012-07)

    Ruben Antonio Pagés, JPO funded by Spain, shares with us his experience in Guatemala with UNAIDS.

  • Donato Serena (2012-06)

    Donato Serena, JPO currently funded by Italy, shares with us his experience and insights on his assignment with UNOPS in Senegal.

  • Andrés Alonso (2012-05)

    Andrés Alonso, who is a Dutch-Funded Colombian JPO with UNDP, shares with us his experience and insights on his assignment in Guatemala.

  • Thea Lim (2012-03)

    Thea Lim, Filipino JPO currently funded by Spain, shares with us her experience in Jerusalem with UNRWA.

  • Gert Danielsen (2010-02)

    Gert Danielsen is a Norwegian JPO working on Aid Effectiveness with the UNDP Regional Service Centre in Johannesburg.

  • Pauni Obregón Ortega (2012-01)

    Pauni Obregón Ortega gives an account of his experience as a JPO in Panama. Funded by Spain, Pauni works for UNDP at the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Service Centre in Panama city.

  • Dionysia Rigatou (2011-09)

    Dionysia Rigatou, JPO with UNDP currently funded by Greece, shares with us her experience and insights on her assignment in Turkey.

  • Kelly Papadaki (2011-04)

    Kelly Papadaki, JPO with UNDP currently funded by Greece, shares with us her experience and insights on her assignment in Geneva.

  • Patrick Haverman (2010-09)

    Former Dutch JPO with UNDP in Honduras, Patrick Haverman is now working on coordinating the Millennium Villages project in 13 countries with UNDP RBA (Regional Bureau for Africa) in New York.

  • Eunice Nyambura Chege (2010-05)

    Eunice Nyambura Chege gives an account of her experience as a JPO in Tanzania. Funded by Belgium, she works for WHO in Dar es salaam, where her core professional concerns range in the field of making pregnancy safer.

  • Fabrice Hansé (2010-03)

    Fabrice Hansé, Belgian-funded JPO with UNDP, shares his experience of his temporary assignment in Haiti with WHO.

  • Iván Baztán (2009-11)

    Iván Baztán, JPO funded by Spain, shares with us his experience in Panama with UNDP.

  • Jan Thomas Hiemstra (2009-09)

    Former Dutch JPO with UNDP in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Jan Thomas Hiemstra is leaving his position with BCPR in New York (coordinator of programme support and manager of the SURGE) to become the new Deputy Country Director (Operations) of UNDP Nigeria.

  • Francisco Pacheco Vieira (2009-08)

    Francisco Pacheco Vieira is a JPO funded by Portugal and assigned to the UNDP Country Office in Guinea Bissau.

  • Eloise Fluet (2009-07)

    Eloise Fluet , JPO funded by France, shares with us her experience in El Salvador with UNDP.

  • Tiina Turunen (2009-05)

    Tiina Turunen, who was a Finnish-funded JPO with UNDP, shared with us her experiences and insights on her assignment in Lesotho and South Africa.

  • Sara Cortés (2009-05)

    Sara Cortés was a JPO (funded by Spain) in Namibia from 2004 to 2006. Now, she is a Coordination Specialist and a Special Assistant to the Resident Coordinator in Senegal.

  • Olivier Adam (2009-05)

    Former French JPO with UNDP-UNCDF in New York, Olivier Adam is working on HIV and Aids with the UNDP Bureau for Development Policy.

  • Alessandra Pellizzeri (2009-03)

    Alessandra Pellizzeri, JPO funded by Italy, shares with us her experience in Mauritania with UNDP.

  • Noriko Chatani (2009-02)

    JPO funded by Japan, Noriko Chatani has been working in Papua New Guinea on Sustainable Human Development since 2006.

  • Niaz Mohammad Awan (2009-02)

    Niaz Mohammad Awan, humanitarian response, monitoring & evaluation officer with UNFPA in Somalia funded by the Netherlands since December 2007, shares with us his experience and insights.

  • Mitra Motlagh (2009-01)

    Mitra Motlagh, a Belgian JPO working for WHO in Mozambique, shares her JPO story with us.

  • Sara Rivenes (2009-01)

    Sara Rivenes gives an account of her experience as a JPO in Jamaica. Funded by Norway, she works in UNFPA's sub regional office in Jamaica, where her core professional concerns range in the field of sexual and reproductive health care.

  • Maria Cadahia (2008-10)

    Maria Cadahia, who was a Spanish-Funded JPO with UNDP, shares with us her experience and insights on her assignment in Montenegro and Papua New Guinea.

  • Amath Pathe Sene (2008-04)

    Amath Pathe Sene is a Senegalese JPO funded by the Netherlands assigned to the UNDP country office in Mauritania.

  • Yuichiro Sakai (2007-10)

    Yuichiro Sakai, Programme Officer in Governance with UNDP in Sierra Leone since September 2007, shares with us his experience and insights.

  • Silvia da Rin Pagnetto (2005-08)

    Silvia da Rin Pagnetto is a JPO funded by Italy assigned to the UNDP Country Office in Uruguay.

  • Birgitte Qvist-Sorensen (1994-04)

    Birgitte is a former Danish JPO who started her career with UNIFEM in Bangkok in 1994. She is now the Secretary General of DanChurchAid.

  • Tom Vens (1994-02)

    Tom Vens, a former Belgian JPO with UNDP in Afghanistan, is now working in Brussels at the Headquarters of the European Commission in the Africa Directorate.

  • Sadia Yilla (1990-09)

    Sadia Yilla is a former UNDP JPO in Costa Rica (1988-1990). She is now Senior Adviser in the Bureau of Management.