JPO Programme, Volées 2013-2018, Humanitarian Aid HA

Project completed

The aim of the programme is to increase Switzerland's presence within the UN system. This measure also meets the more general aim of strengthening the influence and quality of Switzerland's political dialogue with the target agencies. The JPO programme will eventually serve to intensify this political dialogue and increase Switzerland's capacity to monitor the work of agencies through direct contact with the JPOs recruited through this programme.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Occupied Palestinian Territory
South Sudan
Conflict & fragility
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Conflict prevention and transformation
Security system management and reform
Emergency food assistance
Material relief assistance
Protection, access & security
Forced displacement (refugees, IDP, human trafficking)
01.09.2013 - 31.12.2019
CHF  6’130’000

To increase Swiss nationals in UN Organizations and to strengthen the dialogue with UN partner organizations.

Target groups

A Junior Professional Officer (JPO) is someone aged between 24 and 32 with at least three years' professional experience, preferably in a developing country. JPOs are generally assigned temporarily to offices managed by organizations in developing countries.

Medium-term outcomes

The new JPO programme is proposed as a tool to promote Switzerland's presence in United Nations agencies, funds and programmes.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
  • Schweizerisches Arbeiterhilfswerk
  • UN Organizations: OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNRWA, WFP; Reference skills centre: Centre for Information, Counselling and Training for Professions Relating to International Cooperation (CINFO)

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    6’130’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    4’388’933
Project phases Phase 11 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2028   (Current phase)

Phase 8 01.09.2013 - 31.12.2019   (Completed)