Qatar National Committee for Education, Culture, and Science organised a virtual introductory meeting for the Professional Personnel Programme 'JPO,' in co-operation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), and with the participation of a number of Qatar Foundation candidates who will be introduced to the programme.
The JPO programme is a great opportunity for Qatari youth to integrate into the work of the UN and gain experience within an international work environment. In this context, Rossella Salvia from Unesco gave a presentation that contained basic information and an introduction to the JPO, its objectives, and the process for selecting JPOs. The presentation also provided examples of jobs held by junior professionals in the culture sector, including cultural heritage, cultural policy, and communication to ensure the diversity of cultural expressions.
The experiences of Qatari employees enrolled in the programme were also presented.
Hamad al-Naimi, who is currently working on Africa and Public Relations sector, talking about his experience, said, "I joined the JPO programme on October 2, 2019, for two years. The "Priority Africa and External Relations" sector is focused on ensuring Unesco's strategic position within the UN system at the global, regional, and national levels, in line with the strategic direction and priorities of the organisation's vision. I have been assigned various tasks over the past few months in the Priority Africa and External Relations Sector of the UN, ranging from co-ordinating relations with UN agencies and IGOs, as well as to monitor the activities of various UN agencies and intergovernmental organisations, for ways to strengthen relations and to ensure the best possible mandate for Unesco."
Nasser al-Qadi from Education Above All Foundation, who is working in the financial sector, speaking about his experience said,"I work as a Junior Professional Officer with the Budget Monitoring and Reporting Team of the Office of Financial Management, Unesco headquarters in Paris and I was commissioned from Education for All from September 2019 until August 2021.
"The Office of Financial Management is responsible for providing financial and accounting services, preparing integrated budgets (every two years). In addition, it monitors financial performance and reporting, developing financial and budgetary policies and operations, as well as providing administrative support to field office operations."
At the end of the meeting, Ibtisam al-Emadi, who is responsible for the programme, said: "We hope that these meetings will achieve their goals of exchanging opinions, visions and searching for the best methods that activate and revitalise this programme among young graduates. The programme will also achieve an increase in the number of Qatari youth, to enhance the presence of Qatar, in the international arena and various fields."