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 view eligibilities below
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
Jobs at the UN – United Nations Young Professionals Programme (YPP) 2023 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.
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.
YPP Estimated Timeline
Please note that this timeline is for reference only, as it varies a bit from year to year. The below provides an overview of the steps and general timeframe of the YPP exams from start to finish.
1. Application Period June – July
Review the job opening and requirements
Create and submit your application on inspira.un.org
4. Interviews & Results April – June
Candidates notified of results of written examination
Notification of overall results
2. Applications Screened August – October
Applications evaluated based on eligibility criteria
Candidates notified of eligibility and convoked to the examination
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