In September 2017, the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) organises the 14th edition of the Orientation Programme for Junior Professional Officers (JPOs).

Traditionally, newly recruited JPOs enrolled in this programme constitute a heterogeneous group with very different cultural, academic and professional backgrounds. Furthermore, selected participants are being deployed to an equally varied number of organisations and work realities across the world in headquarters and field locations. 

In accordance with the group’s diversity, UNSSC’s programme focuses on core and crosscutting issues, providing JPOs with a common package of knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to be effective and undertake a successful career in the UN system, at both headquarters and country offices. The Programme provides a safe learning environment where participants can share their experience, concerns and objectives, while helping them develop a strong professional and peer support network.


This pilot and innovative workshop targets current Swedish JPOs and SARCs on duty in head-quarters or in the field, who have almost reached the conclusion of their working assignment and now wish to explore possible future career paths and developments.

Therefore, the Programme’s main goal is to equip the group of JPOs and SARCs with a set of tools, skills and knowledge which will effectively support and guide their future professional steps and careers.