United Nations Young Professionals Program

Deadline: 19 July 2016
Open to: citizens of participating countries, aged 32 years or younger, with a relevant first-level university degree, and fluent in English or French
Remuneration: opportunity for a career with the United Nations and professional training


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

Depending on the staffing needs of the United Nations, applicants are invited to apply for different exam subjects. Descriptions of responsibilities, expected competencies and education requirements differ depending on the area. Exam subjects will be announced later this year.


The YPP examination is held once a year and is open to nationals of countries participating in the annual recruitment exercise. The list of participating countries is published annually and varies from year to year. Countries that are un- or under-represented in the United Nations, are invited to take part in the Young Professionals Programme.

  • Have the nationality of one of the following participating countries: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Greece, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Saint Lucia, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Somalia, South Sudan, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vanuatu, Vietnam;
  • Hold at least a first-level university degree relevant for the exam subject you are applying for;
  • Be 32 or younger in the year of the examination;
  • Be fluent in either English or French.


  • Opportunity to start a career as an international civil servant with the United Nations Secretariat;
  • After completing the entrance examination (more on examination structure HERE) and professional development programmes successful candidates start their career with the UN.

How to Apply?

Apply to the selected job opening through Inspira. Before applying find application process guidelines HERE. 

For more information please visit the official website.

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