Qatar and UNICEF signs Agreement on Junior Professional Officers

The new Agreement will allow Qatari nationals to join the agency

26 October 2020
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UNICEF

The State of Qatar and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) signed a new Junior Professional Officers (JPO) Agreement on 24 September 2020.  The Agreement will allow young and talented Qatari nationals to join the agency as Junior Professional Officers (JPO) and be part of the broader global agenda to help all children and young people. 

Following the mutual agreement on the JPO programme, a virtual signing ceremony to celebrate and share visions for the collaboration took place on 8 October 2020 between H.E. Ms. Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations and Ms. Hannan Sulieman, Assistant Secretary-General and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Management. Both acknowledged that this is a milestone achievement in our mutual partnership.

"Qatar is pleased to reach an agreement with UNICEF on sponsoring JPOs and is looking forward to a great collaboration in introducing young Qatari nationals to UNICEF", H.E. Ms. Alya Al-Thani, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations said. 

Following the signing of the agreement, Ms. Hannan Sulieman, Assistant Secretary-General and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Management, added: “UNICEF values cultural and geographic diversity, and welcomes the Young talent from the State of Qatar to be part of the UNICEF family”. 

UNICEF’s JPO programme allows global government-sponsored young professionals to work for two to four years in UNICEF’s operations across 190 countries, as well as its headquarters in New York. JPO Assignments range across all UNICEF functional areas and many JPO participants have either been retained within UNICEF or returned to their countries to lead children and youth-focused initiatives. 

The State of Qatar and UNICEF have a long history of partnership and is one of the largest contributors to the agency.  The opening of a UNICEF office in Doha will further strengthen engagement and create opportunities for long-term modalities of cooperation in development and humanitarian programmes globally.

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