Young Professionals Programme UN

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Young Professionals Programme UN

What is the Young Professionals Programme ?

The UN Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative for talented, highly qualified professionals to start a career as an international civil servant with the UN Secretariat.
It consists of an entrance examination process and professional development once those successful start their career with the UN.

The YPP examination is held once a year in different subject areas, depending on the needs of the UN.

YPP is open to nationals of participating countries.
The list of participating countries varies from year to year.

The application period typically opens in June each year.
Those interested can apply via Inspira

What is YPP ?

To learn more, read the below information, click through tabbed pages above, and continue to visit the Important Updates tab
to stay informed!

Watch this brief video to better understand

Who Can Apply ?
What is the Eligibility Criteria?

Nationality: be a national of a participating country

Education: hold at least a first-level university degree relevant for the exam(at least a relevant Bachelor’s degree or a 3-year equivalent degree)

Age: be 32 years old or younger in the year of the examination

Language: be fluent in either English or French

Participating Countries

Each year, countries that are un- or under-represented in the United Nations, are invited to take part in YPP.

Application Process

1. Confirm Your Eligibility

Carefully review basic application criteria on the YPP Home page.

2. Review The Job Opening

The YPP application period typically opens each June.The job openings, specific to each exam area, will be found through Inspira or the UN Careers Portal.Read carefully to determine if you meet the requirements.

3. Prepare An Application

Watch the YPP Application Guide Video prior to applying!A general UN “Applicant Guide” is available in Inspira by logging in and clicking on the “Manuals” link on the top of the page.

4. Application Evaluation

Applications will be screened to determine if they meet the basic eligibility requirements (i.e., nationality, age, education, language).If more than 40 applicants from the same country are eligible for an exam area, those applicants will be screened and ranked based on highest level of education completed, knowledge of official UN languages, and relevant work experience. If the exam occurs in two stages, then 60 applicants per country/per exam area may be invited to the first exam stage, with a maximum of 40 per country/per exam area proceeding to the second stage.
All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

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