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, the JPO Service Centre in Copenhagen and the JPO Office at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in New York.

Kuwait has now sent three batches totalling 26 young male and female Kuwaiti professionals.

The job posts details and location can be found in the below tables:

Batch 1, deployed 2013:

Sector and Activity Duty Station
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:

Sector and Activity Duty Station
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

Batch 3, deployed 2017:


Sector and Activity Duty Station
UNDP, Supporting Country Offices implementing solar PV Copenhagen


UNCDF, Local governance and micro-finance New York
UNFPA, Population and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Geneva
DPKO, Policy Planning New York
OCHA, Humanitarian Affairs Geneva
UN OSGEY, Youth affairs


New York

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 support implementation of the National Development Plan. Thus, the areas of specialization of the 26 JPOs include environment and energy, strategic partnerships, communications, audit, human resources, private sector in development, sustainable development policy, Innovation, health & human rights, and volunteerism & governance policy. Following the success of the Kuwait JPO Programme to date, other countries in the region are now aiming to emulate Kuwait’s JPO experience.

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 batch, four former Kuwaiti JPOs were selected for full-employment by UNDP agencies in New York, Rome and Amman. A fourth former JPO has been recruited by the OPEC Fund for International Development. Other former JPO had joined international NGO, the rest of JPOs who had completed their assignments had returned home to support various functions at private and public sector.

Following completion of the second JPO batch, two former Kuwaiti JPOs were selected for full-employment by UNDP agencies in New York and Vienne. The rest of JPOs who had completed their assignments had returned home to support various functions at private and public sector.

The third JPO batch had introduced further job posts from the United Nation Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) after the signing of the bilateral agreement between the State of Kuwait and the administration. This agreement will allow junior professionals to join organizations managed by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations.

The third JPO patch of the program includes specific functions chosen to be in parallel with the seven pillars of the Kuwait National Development Plan (KNDP) and serve the aspirations of the State of Kuwait in building youth capacities.


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

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