JPOs4UN Programme 2023-2028

The JPOs4UN programme aims at increasing the presence of Switzerland in the UN by augmenting the number of Swiss nationals working in SDC priority UN organizations. Switzerland directly funds partner humanitarian UN organizations to hire 11 Swiss young professionals on a three-year Junior Programme Officer contract; the Swiss foundation CINFO provides administrative support and career counselling. Swiss nationals add to a qualified and diverse UN workforce to implement the Agenda 2030.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
États-Unis d'Amérique
Changement climatique & environnement
Aide humanitaire & RRC
Conservation de l'énergie & efficacité
Aide alimentaire d'urgence
Protection, accès & sécurité
01.01.2023 - 31.12.2028
CHF  4’700’000

Due to a variety of factors such as concerns over comparatively low job security, salary or social insurance schemes, Swiss nationals are underrepresented within priority UN humanitarian agencies (WFP, UNHCR, UNICEF, OCHA as well as UNRWA), especially when compared with the amount of financial contributions Switzerland provides.

For Switzerland, its Swiss nationals within partner agencies may be a valuable source of information on their inner opportunities and challenges. In order to have greater presence with these partners, Switzerland directly supports them to hire young Swiss nationals so that they can get experienced and eventually start a career within the UN.

SDC has mandated CINFO, a Swiss foundation focused on the Swiss job market for international cooperation, to support on the whole programme management; it identifies candidates, follows up on administrative issues and counsels JPOs on hiring and retention matters.


Objectifs Switzerland has an increased presence in its priority UN organizations through a greater representation of its nationals, including young professionals; the UN Development System can rely on a diverse and highly qualified workforce that effectively supports partner countries in the implementation of the Agenda 2030.
Groupes cibles

Young and experienced Swiss professionals with interest in working in multilateral humanitarian aid organizations.


Effets à moyen terme
  1. Young Swiss professionals are provided opportunities to work in SDC priority MOs and have improved their career perspectives;
  2. Swiss nationals strengthen SDC Multi-H priority MOs workforce for the implementation of their mandate and on the Agenda 2030. 
  3. Increased presence of Swiss experienced professionals in the top three priority humanitarian MOs (WFP, UNHCR, OCHA) in the medium/long-term.  

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  1. JPOs: 11 young Swiss professionals are recruited and employed for SDC’s Humanitarian Aid priority UN humanitarian organizations. At least 60% of these JPOs have been retained following assignment, thus contributing to increasing the presence of Swiss nationals in priority MOs and the relevance of Switzerland-UN policy dialogue. SDC programme officers engage at least with Swiss JPOs twice a year.
  2. HR Marketing: WFP, UNHCR and OCHA receive a 20% increase of quality applications from Swiss experienced professionals by the end of 2024.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

  1. Since 2014, JPOs4UN resulted in 9 batches of young professionals recruited for a total of 38 JPOs. Out of these, 11 are still in the programme and 27 finished their 3-year contract. 13 are still working for the UN as of January 2023. Retention after JPO varied between 0% (UNRWA) to 83% (OCHA). 
  2. While JPOs4UN does not have a positive discrimination policy, ±66% of JPOs financed are women.
  3. Major success factors include the quality and engagement of the supervisors as well as the personal network the JPOs build within the multilateral organizations (MOs) (HQ, country offices). 

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Organisme des Nations Unies (ONU)
  • Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés
  • Fonds des Nations Unies pour l’enfance
  • Bureau des Nations Unies pour la coordination de l’assistance humanitaire
  • Programme alimentaire mondial
  • Priority humanitarian multilateral organizations (MOs) within the UN Development System: WFP, OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF and UNRWA. Swiss foundation CINFO.

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs JPOs4UN is jointly steered by SDC Sections UN&MDBs and Multi-H. Other federal offices involved in the role of Switzerland or promotion of Swiss nationals in the UN are involved in biannual meetings (SECO, FDFA UND and PHRD, SDC Section Swiss NGOs, Swiss representations abroad, Embassies and Swiss Cooperation Offices in partner countries). 
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    4’700’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    845’640
Phases du projet Phase 11 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2028   (Phase en cours) Phase 8 01.09.2013 - 31.12.2019   (Completed)