11th Meeting of National Recruitment Services and UN Organizations on the JPO Programme

The 11th Meeting of National Recruitment Services and UN Organizations on the JPO Programmes was held from 25th to 27th April 2017 in Bonn, Germany.

The Meeting was organised by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, as Inter-Agency Focal Point for JPO Programmes Coordination, and was generously hosted by the Government of Germany.

Over the last decades the Meeting has served as an extremely fruitful forum for participating donor countries and UN Organizations to exchange positive experiences and best practices adopted, in pursuit of improving the overall operation and quality of the JPO Programmes in the UN System.

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Presentations (pdf):

Mr. Thomas Gass, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)
– Video Message/ Opening remarks –

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Implications for UN Leaders and JPOs
Mr. Patrick van Weerelt, Head, UN System Staff College Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development and Ms. Claire Messina, Deputy Director, UN System Staff College – Video:

Summary of progress in implementation of HR Reforms in the UN Secretariat
Ms. Aruna Thanabalasingam, Director, Strategic Planning and Staffing Division, United Nations Office of Human Resources Management

Impact of the ICSC changes to the compensation package of the UN Common System on the JPO Programmes
Ms. Lorrae Davey, UNDP & Ms. Andrea Theocharis, UN Secretariat JPO Programme/ DESA

Overview of recent developments impacting the JPO Programmes
Mr. Mario Tuason, Head, Capacity Development Office, UN/DESA

40 years of the Italian JPO Programme – outcomes of a comprehensive analysis
Mr. Stefano Ligrone, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy and Mr. Gherardo Casini, UN/DESA Rome Office

The Swiss JPO Programme – findings of a recent study
Ms. Patricia Barandun, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland

Assessment of the JPO Programmes across the UN System
Mr. Jean-Luc Marcelin, UNDP

Discussion on indicators for a successful JPO placements beyond retention
Facilitated by Mr. Michael Dahl, UNFPA

Diversity in the JPO Programmes
Ms. Lykke Andersen, UNDP

Sponsorship of Developing Country Candidates (DCCs)
Mr. Matteo Sasso, UN Secretariat JPO Programme

The Kuwaiti JPO Programme – supporting UN development operations abroad and enhancing national capacity
Mr. Khaled Mahdi, Secretary-General of The General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD)

Review of previous recommendations and high level overview of administrative measures taken by the UN System/Donor Meeting on the JPO Programmes
Mr. Matteo Sasso, UN Secretariat JPO Programme/ DESA

Video: A JPO Journey around the world – With English Subtitles


Other useful background resources


Inquiries may be addressed to UN/DESA JPO Programme by email.