FAQs for Junior Professional Officer Programme
Are there age restrictions?
This may depend on the donor policy, but JPOs are generally required to be under the age of 35.
Are JPOs provided with compensation and benefits - such as salary and health insurance – during their assignment?
The donor covers travel, salary, UN Pension, and ITU’s obligatory insurances. JPOs are considered as ITU staff members (at the P1 or P2 level) and as such enjoy the same rights and benefits as all ITU staff during the period of their assignment.
Do JPOs receive formal training as part of their assignment?
JPOs are allotted funds by their donor for formal training courses. The amount is determined by the donor. In consultation with their supervisor, the funds may be used to attend training that will improve the JPO's knowledge and skills. Training can either be in-house at ITU Headquarters or external courses through universities or international institutions.
What is the role of an JPO Supervisor?
Supervisors provide continued guidance on technical issues as well as the ITU environment and institutional framework. When JPO come on board, their supervisor provides a thorough briefing and a work plan (that is updated annually) in consultation with the JPO. The supervisors should make themselves available to the JPOs throughout the course of their assignments, providing feedback and mentorship.
Can JPOs apply for vacancies at ITU during or after the duration of their assignment?
JPO can apply at any time for vacancies at ITU. They will not be considered as internal candidates, however, their gained experience during their period of assignments and their satisfactory performance will give them priority over external candidates who don't have any experience in ITU.
Can JPOs be assigned in different duty stations during their assignment?
Yes, if agreed upon with the donor. Reassignment expenses will be borne by the donor.
My country is not participating at JPO programme, can I still be considered as a JPO?
Some donor countries, such as the Netherlands, Spain, and Italy, agree to finance nationals of developing countries particularly of least developed countries, as JPOs.
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