How to become a JPO or a SARC?
Who can apply?
Not all nationalities are eligible to apply to the JPO Programme. Please read below and/or use the following table to check whether and how you can apply. Potential candidates with double nationality should check both nationalities and choose the most favorable one.
JPOs are sponsored by their respective governments.
The following partner governments currently sponsor JPOs administered by the UNDP JPO Service Centre:
The following partner governments have sponsored JPO positions in the past, but are currently inactive:
In very limited circumstances, a JPO Programme-participating government may also sponsor a small number of developing country nationals.
Some partner countries fund very few JPO assignments of nationals of Developing Countries. Only citizens of the 118 countries currently listed by the OECD as Least Developed Countries (LDCs), other Low Income Countries and Lower Middle Income Countries and Territories can apply.
Please refer to the complete list of eligible countries of the OECD (first three columns).
For JPO positions funded by the Netherlands please refer to the list of recognised eligible Developing country and trust territory nationalities.
Nationals from the eligible Developing Countries can only submit an online application when a JPO vacancy is advertised.
Candidates for the JPO Programme are selected on a highly competitive basis. The qualifications below are required for consideration:
Nationals from Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and from eligible Developing Countries are requested to submit an online application when applying to a specific vacancy, which are published on our current vacancies throughout the calendar year.
Nationals from other sponsoring countries are requested to contact directly their respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please select a country for contact details.
SARC positions are advertised on the websites of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Norway, Spain and Sweden, as well as in relevant local media. The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Norway, Spain and Sweden will shortlist candidates, which are qualified for the positions, and the final selection will be made by UNDP in close collaboration with the Resident Coordinator of the assigned duty station.
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UNDP, as a matter of practice, does not charge any application, processing or training fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions as to vacancy announcements you may have received, please refer to this website.
UNDP is currently aware of fictitious vacancy announcements that are being circulated through the internet, the purpose of which is to get people to register for a training and send in a fee. If you believe that you have received such a notice, please forward it, and any other related information you have received, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Since logos, emblems, names and addresses can be easily copied or reproduced, you are advised to take particular care in applying for vacancies, including undertaking all appropriate measures to protect against the unauthorised use of any personal information you may have provided as a result of the scam.