Welcome to Kuwait JPO programme

A joint initiative of the State of Kuwait and the United Nations Development Programme


The Kuwait JPO Programme is managed by the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD) and supported by UNDP Kuwait and the JPO Service Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark.


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“Working for the UN means that you are living the values of the organisation in your everyday activity and behaviour”

JPO Khaled Al Khashram

“With every passing day in the organisation and as I grow more aware of the complexity of issues confronted by UNDP, I feel a growing sense of duty towards the individuals and the communities we serve”

JPO Yumn Almufarrej

Kuwait JPO programme Success Story


In 2012, the Government of the State of Kuwait agreed to support United Nations activities through the direct funding of 10 Junior Professional Officer (JPOs) posts. After a rigorous selection process, 10 young Kuwaitis were deployed to UNDP offices in duty stations including New York, Barbados, Copenhagen and Istanbul. Several months into their assignments, the JPOs have already experienced new challenges and the excitement of creating a new professional life for themselves in diverse surroundings.

Musaad Al Saleh is a Programme Analyst for Environment, Energy and Climate Change at the UNDP office in Bridgetown, Barbados. He describes a typical working day as follows: “starting off by driving down the coastal road and entering the beautiful UN House compound where I usually find Green Monkeys lying around the parking spaces, on my way to the office surrounded by friendly and supportive colleagues. Every day I come across a new challenge working in Energy, Environment and Climate Change for a Sub-regional office dealing with 10 Small Island Developing States around the Eastern Caribbean. We aim to accelerate efforts on climate change adaptation and build a sustainable energy sector, which is critical to growth and development for these islands, therefore some days are very hectic with long working hours but in the same time very rewarding.”

UN staff around the globe are called to the job by a sense of purpose to work for international peace and development. Khaled Al-Khashram, Audit Analyst at UNDP headquarters in New York articulates how he feels to be working for this common goal: “There is no word to describe my excitement and motivation to work for United Nations, because working for the UN means that you are living the values of the organization in your everyday activity and behavior. There’s a great feeling of satisfaction gained from working in a globally recognized and integrated organization that contributes toward maintaining international peace and security, and fighting global poverty and promote development.”

Jawaher Al-Reda is a JPO Programme Analyst working on strategic partnerships in the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, also in New York. Jawaher notes that “Becoming a JPO gives me an opportunity to expand my knowledge and skills by exposing me to UNDP from a macro perspective where sustainable development is approached through policy development and building global partnerships. One of the things I enjoy most about the UN is the extremely diverse staff I have the privilege to work with. Our shared passion for development is what continues to inspire me and keeps me going.”

The JPO programme offers Kuwaitis an opportunity to develop their skills in a highly professional working environment, exposed to international best practices and innovative thinking. The range of issues addressed in the international development field also provides great scope for learning and professional development.


Suliman Al-Atiqi is a Programme Analyst working at the Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development, an emerging priority area for the UN in fostering international cooperation. Suliman explains some of the opportunities he enjoys: “Now that I have understood and adapted to the Center’s vision and objectives, what I am excited about most is leveraging my professional and academic experience to increase the efficiency of the Center and contribute something original, marking my presence in an institution that is fundamentally innovative and inclusive of all public and private potential partners. By working directly on projects aimed at capacity building, I am developing my professional experience by increasing my knowledge about the various developmental trends, themes and challenges facing our world today. More importantly, I am learning about how research and knowledge is translated into actionable partnerships; particularly those with the private sector.”

For any young Kuwaitis considering applying to the 2017 JPO recruitment round, Yumn Almufarrej, Programme Analyst working in Local Development and Inclusive Finance in UNDP Headquarters in New York has these words of encouragement: “This is an exceptional opportunity on dually professional and personal levels… The programme eventually opens a window of professional opportunities to its participants such as getting mainstreamed in the organisation later on and increasing Kuwait’s representation in the United Nations, returning back home and contributing to advancing our country’s development agenda while strengthening its governance structure, pursuing a career in international development with other multilateral organisations, or alternatively pursuing further graduate studies and seeking an academic career.”

Recruitment for the 2017 Kuwait JPO Programme will open shortly and will be announced on the website, traditional media outlets and via social media.

JPO Factsheet

Kuwaiti JPO Jawaher Ali Reda (front row, third from left), on temporary assignment from New York to support a governance project in Afghanistan

In 2012, the State of Kuwait signed a Memorandum of Agreement with UNDP to participate in the Junior Professional Officers (JPO) programme, to send young Kuwaiti professionals to serve in various entities of the United Nations for a period of two years, enabling them to gain experience in international development strategic policy and implementation. Kuwait is the only Arab State currently supporting the UNDP JPO programme and is the largest donor to the JPO programme from the region to date. The Kuwait JPO Programme is managed by the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD) and supported by UNDP Kuwait and the JPO Service Centre in Copenhagen.

Kuwait has now sent two batches of 10 JPOs each, totalling 20 young Kuwaiti professionals.

The JPO Programme represents a new dimension to Kuwait’s South-South Cooperation activities and one which is also expected to help build national development capacity following the repatriation of the JPOs upon completion of their assignment. The posts selected for funding were chosen by the GSSCPD on the basis of their particular utility to supporting implementation of the national development plan. Thus the areas of specialization of the 20 JPOs include environment and energy, strategic partnerships, communications, audit, human resources, private sector in development, sustainable development policy, volunteerism and governance policy. Following the success of the Kuwait JPO Programme to date, other countries in the region are now aiming to emulate Kuwait’s example.

The JPO programme has also provided an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of UNDP and its mandate to support the empowerment of youth. It is also a valued tool to raise awareness among the youth themselves of UNDP and its role as well as the benefits to Kuwait of engaging in South-South cooperation.
Following completion of the first JPO assignment, three former Kuwaiti JPOs were selected for employment by UNDP in New York and Amman. A fourth former JPO has been recruited by the OPEC Fund for International Development.

Kuwaiti JPO Khaled Al Khashram (second from right) and colleagues from the UNDP Office of Audit and Investigations were invited to meet H.E. Mr. Mansour Al-Otaibi, the Permanent Representative of the State of Kuwait to the UN, on the occasion of the 53rd National Day of Kuwait

Batch 1, deployed 2013:

UNDP Eastern Caribbean Regional Office Bridgetown
Staff Administrative Services Copenhagen
Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development Istanbul
Tokyo International Conference for African Development, Regional Bureau for Africa New York
Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, Communications Unit New York
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support New York
Bureau for Development Policy New York
Energy and Environment Group New York
Office of Audit and Investigations New York
Private Sector Development and Youth Employment UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Vienna


Batch 2, deployed 2015:

UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Singapore
Regional Bureau of Arab States New York
UN Volunteers Office Bonn
Articulation    of    Territorial    Networks    for Human Development (ART) Programme Brussels
JPO Service Centre Copenhagen
Business and Administration Management New York
UNDP   Country   Office,   Environment   and Energy Bangkok
UN   Capital   Development   Fund   (UNCDF) Regional Office Bangkok
UNCDF, Policy Sector New York
Strategic  Donor  Partnerships  and  Resource Mobilisation, UNIDO Vienna


For more information, please contact: jpo.kw@undp.org