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Learning support


The JPO Service Centre offers many learning opportunities, ranging from induction workshops, to mentoring programme and a virtual classroom series, so that the JPO/SDP experiences are a real springboard for a successful career within the development world. 

Virtual Onboarding Briefing 

The JPO Service Centre organizes on a regular basis a Virtual Onboarding Briefing for JPOs and SDPs. The overall objective is to better prepare them for their assignment and to connect them among each other. During the briefing, they attend sessions on expectation management, human resources tools they can benefit from, international civil servants’ values and intercultural management. This is a unique opportunity for newly onboarded young talents to gain an overview of the organization and start their journey better prepared. 


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2022 JPO/SDP Global Workshop – Copenhagen, Denmark


JPO Policy, Programme and Operations (PPO) Induction Workshop

JPOSC organizes an induction programme for JPOs and SDPs in the first few months of their assignment. The PPO workshop provides them with the unique opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of UNDP strategic programmatic and operational areas, so to become more effective professionals. It also allows them the possibility to build an international peer network that encourages a free flow of ideas and exchange of best practices.

Global workshops

The JPO Service Centre organises workshops for JPOs every 18 months or so. These workshops provide an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and best practices between the JPOs working in the same region or on similar projects. Here are the latest workshops


Past workshops

2022 JPO/SDP Global Workshop – Copenhagen, Denmark

2019 JPO Global workshop on innovation for development 18-22 November in Yerevan, Armenia. 

2017 JPO Global Workshop on Results-Based Management (RBM), 16 – 20 October in Istanbul, Turkey.

 2016 JPO & SARC Global workshop on SDGs and implementation of the 2010 Agenda, 14-18 March in Bangkok, Thailand.

Continuous Learning

JPOs and SDPs have the possibility to benefit from continuous learning opportunities. These chances focus on widening their network and on creating spaces to reflect and discuss over substantive matters. There are two initiatives in particular: 

  • The Global Coffee Roulette (open to UNDP Talents): This is a networking initiative meant to connect you with other UNDP's Young Talents on a random basis. The objective is to create meaningful professional connections and to support your mental wellbeing. Participation is voluntary with the possibility to withdraw whenever you wish to. Interested participants will be paired and you will receive an invitation to connect at your own convenience, with the idea of having 15-minute conversations based on topics of your choice or inspired by the prompt topics you can find from this site. You will receive a new invitation every 4 weeks, giving you the chance to make 6 connections in the period of 6 months.
  • The Virtual Classroom Series: An unmatched team of speakers will discuss global trends, organizational priorities, and ways to upgrade your professional and communication skills. New speakers and topics will appear throughout the year. Depending on the topics these events could be open to all Young Talents serviced by JPOSC. 


Learning services for UNDP JPOs/SDPs - Talent Development Hub

UNDP’s Talent Development Hub is a one-stop internal portal for all personnel’s development needs. From capability development, leadership development and career management, various tools and resources such as onboarding toolkits, virtual career labs and certification programmes are available for personnel across the talent pipeline.