Evaluation of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme

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The purpose of this evaluation was to provide decision-makers with information to improve the programme and its administration, and to assess the Finnish JPO programme as an instrument of multilateral development cooperation. The evaluation covered only Junior Professional Officers, excluding the European Union Junior Experts in Delegation (JEDs) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNVs). The key questions were:
• To assess the Finnish JPO programme as a development instrument and evaluate its success in achieving the goals set by the MFA Finland
• To assess the administrative and management arrangements of the programme and provide recommendations for improvement

Finland has supported placements of young professional experts or officers (JPOs, also called Associate Experts) in international organisations since 1965. The purpose of this evaluation was to provide decision-makers with information to improve the programme and its administration, and to assess the Finnish JPO programme as an instrument of multilateral development cooperation. The evaluation covered only Junior Professional Officers and not the Finns serving as European Union Junior Experts in Delegation (JEDs) and United Nations Volunteers (UNVs). The key questions were:
• To assess the Finnish JPO programme as a development instrument and evaluate its success in achieving the goals set by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) Finland
• To assess the administrative and management arrangements of the programme and provide recommendations for improvement

The evaluation studied the viewpoints of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the multilateral recipient organisations (United Nations organisations, the World Bank and Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research organisations), outsourced organisations supporting the recruitment (Centre for International Mobility and the Finnish Institute for Occupational Health) and the JPOs themselves. There was a particular focus on gender aspects.

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