Get involved in UN: discover JPO program


Junior Professional Officer Program – JPO
The JPOService Centre administers the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme and the Special Assistant to the UN Resident Coordinator (SARC) Programme.
These programs provide young professionals pursuing a career in development with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in multilateral technical cooperation and international development within a UN agency.


What is it?
The Junior Professional Officer Programme is administered by the JPO Service Centre (JPOSC) for the following organizations: UNDP and it's affiliated funds/programmes, UNCDF, UNDOCO, UNV, UN Women, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNIDO (on occasional cases), UNITAR, UNOPS, UNRWA, UNSSC, UNU, UPU, WHO. 
JPOs serve primarily in one of the country offices of the participating organizations in the developing countries. 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 organizations-supported programs.
Purposes of assignments vary and may have a country-specific, regional, sector-based or thematic focus. The UN organizations participating in the Programme make every the effort to match an individual's qualifications and interests with the requirements of the country office.
JPOs are offered one-year fixed-term contracts that are normally renewed for a second year (two years being the usual length of assignment), subject to satisfactory performance. In exceptional circumstances, several partner countries sponsor assignments of up to four years. Salaries correspond with those of entry-level UN professional staff (P1 - P2).


Who can be a JPO?
Most JPOs are between ages 25 and 35, depending on donor country policy, and are recruited as professional staff members at the P2 level. While most JPOs are citizens of their donor countries, the Netherlands may also sponsor citizens of other countries under the Developing Countries Scheme (JPO/DC). Nearly 69 percent of JPOs continue in UNHCR as regular staff at the end of their assignment. UNHCR manages around 60 JPOs yearly sponsored by 15 Governments. Most JPO assignments last from two to three years.
Applying for vacancies is still a competitive process governed by internal rules and regulations.


Who can apply?
Since JPOs are sponsored by their respective governments, not all nationalities are eligible to apply to the JPO Programme.
Please see our list of partner countries (right rail) to check if you are eligible to apply. Potential candidates with double nationality should check both nationalities and choose the most favorable one.
If you are neither a national from one of our partner countries nor a national from a developing country which appears on the list of the Nedworc Foundation (see below), you are unfortunately not eligible to apply for a JPO position.



What if I am a National from developing countries?
In very limited circumstances, a Partner Country may also sponsor a small number of developing country nationals. As of 1 June 2015, 8 nationals of Developing Countries were taking part in the JPO Programme (4% of all JPOs).
Only the The Netherlands is currently funding positions open to nationals from developing countries that appear in the list of eligible countries of the Nedworc Foundation.
Nationals from the eligible Developing Countries can only submit an online application when a JPO vacancy is advertised.


What are the requirements?
Candidates for the JPO Programme are selected on a highly competitive basis. The qualifications below are required for consideration:
  • Usually, be under 32 years of age;
  • Academic qualifications: Master's degree (or equivalent) in a development-related discipline;
  • A minimum of two years of paid working experience in a relevant field, preferably in a developing country
  • Language skills: written and spoken proficiency in at least two of the three working languages used by UNDP: English, French, and Spanish. Fluency in Arabic, Russian or Portuguese is an asset;
  • Excellent information technology skills, including word-processing, database applications, presentation software and the Internet;
  • Evidence of the ability to think strategically; to express ideas clearly; to work independently and in teams; to demonstrate a sense of self-assuredness combined with cultural and gender sensitivity;
  • A strong commitment to development; an interest in adapting to varied physical and professional environments; and a desire to work with people with a different language, national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the participating UN organizations Mission Statements.


Where to send my application?
  • Nationals from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and from eligible Developing Countries are requested to submit an online application when applying to a specific vacancy, which is published on our current vacancies throughout the calendar year.
  • Nationals from other sponsoring countries are requested to contact directly their respective government office. Please select a country listed on the top right of the page for more details.



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Claves para crear un Curriculum Vitae "ganador"

El curriculm vitae (CV) es la herramienta a través de la cual una empresa/ong nos conoce (en la mayoría de los casos). Por esto es fundamental que sepamos como está evolucionando el sector y cuáles son las nuevas metodologías que nos permiten crear un CV moderno, funcional y "ganador".


Antes que todo hay que recordar que no existe el CV perfecto  y que para postular en cada oferta de trabajo hay que adaptar el propio Curriculum. La idea es que tengáis un CV general, una especie de cajón de sastre, en el que vais acumulando todas las experiencias, cursos, seminarios, talleres, etcétera y que cada vez que queráis aplicar a un puesto de trabajo podáis utilizarlo como fuente para construir vuestro CV especifico para la ocasión. Es como cuando tenéis que vestiros para salir de casa. Según la ocasión os pondréis ropa distinta, lo mismo pasa con el CV. Hay que poner en valor aspectos y palabras claves que "combinan" con la oferta laboral y que dicen al Recruiter que sois la persona adecuada para el empleo. 

Otro aspecto importante tiene que ver con las normas de presentación del CV que existen en cada país. Antes de enviar vuestra candidatura tenéis que averiguar muy bien cuales son la reglas de presentación del CV en aquel contexto en especifico. Por ejemplo la foto en EEUU no se utiliza mientras que en Italia si. 


Aquí os dejo un listado de sitios web que os ayudaran a crear vuestro CV on-line en poco minutos. (fuente, Iñaki González)

1 - VisualCV. Esta web reconoce archivos Word o PDF, e incluso nos genera una base de curriculum a partir de nuestra información en nuestro perfil de LinkedIn.

2 - LiveCareer. Aquí puedes generar un curriculum en 20 minutos y sin las “frustraciones” que representa maquetarlo con Word. Además, también tiene plantillas gratuitas que nos pueden servir de guía.

3 - Laboris: no es una web como tal para crear curriculums pero sí tiene una buena lista de consejos que vendrán bien para el que no tenga experiencia.

4 - Mi curriculum vitae: te permite tener el curriculum vitae publicado en una dirección para que cualquier persona acceda a él sin problemas.

5 - EuroPassMaker: si buscas trabajo fuera de España, necesitas adaptar el CV a modelos internacionales. Con esta web puedes crear un curriculum respetando los estándares que rigen en Europa.

También  es importante que sepáis que hoy en día se realizan videocurriculum y que este estilo "creativo" de presentarse a una empresa/ong puede ser una valida herramienta. Ejemplo de videocurriculum
Finalmente deciros que muchos organismos internacionales tienen sus propios formatos de presentación de candidaturas y que por lo tanto el CV que ya tenéis preparado no os será de mucha utilidad.

CONSEJOS 

- Las referencias, sobretodo en el sector de la cooperación internacional, son fundamentales. No estaría mal contar por lo menos con 3 referencias de nuestros responsables en diferentes empresas/ONGs 

 - Para tener el CV siempre a mano os sugiero que tengáis una copia en GOOGLE DRIVE

 - Tener preparado el "Cajón de sastre" en por lo menos 2 idiomas oficiales de Naciones Unidas

 - ¡Actualizar siempre el CV!


Ahora bien, antes de cerrar este articulo no puedo no pediros un favor personal...

Curriculum es una palabra latina y su plural es Curricula, no Curriculums...


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Hasta pronto, Diego