The United Nations Young Professionals Programme (YPP)

By | 25 July 2011

New York – The United Nations is looking for highly qualified candidates who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant. The young professionals programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination.  For young, high-calibre professionals across the globe, the examination is a platform for launching a career at the United Nations. This programme builds upon the national competitive recruitment examination (NCRE) which was held for the last time in 2010.

The 2011 examination will be offered in the following job families:

  • Administration
  • Humanitarian Affairs
  • Public Information
  • Statistics

You are eligible to participate in the young professionals programme examination if you meet the following requirements:

  • You hold at least a first-level university degree in one of the following job families: Administration, Humanitarian Affairs, Public Information or Statistics;
  • You are 32 years of age or younger by the end of this year;
  • You speak either English and/or French fluently; and
  • You are national of a participating country

The examination is held worldwide 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. This year the application period runs from 11 July to 10 September 2011 and the examination is held 7 December 2011 in all locations across the globe. There are 76 participating countries as follows:

Afghanistan Algeria Andorra Angola
Antigua and Barbuda Australia Austria Belgium
Bhutan Brazil Brunei Darussalam Burkina Faso
Comoros Costa Rica Cyprus Denmark
Dominican Republic DR Congo Estonia Finland
France Gambia Georgia Germany
Greece Grenada Guinea-Bissau Hungary
Israel Italy Japan Kazakhstan
Kiribati Kyrgyzstan Lesotho Liberia
Liechtenstein Lithuania Marshall Islands Mexico
Monaco Montenegro Mozambique Namibia
Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Norway
Pakistan Palau Paraguay Poland
Portugal Republic of Korea Romania Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Saudi Arabia
Slovakia Slovenia Spain Swaziland
Sweden Switzerland Syria The former Yougoslav Republic of Macedonia
Togo Tonga Turkey Tuvalu
United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay 

The examination tests your substantive knowledge, analytical thinking, drafting abilities, as well as your awareness of international affairs.

If selected for a position, initially, you will be appointed for two years and then be reviewed for a continuing appointment. The Organization promotes mobility within and across duty stations and job families. As a new recruit you are expected to work in at least two different functions and duty stations within your first five years of service. You will be offered orientation and mobility training as well as career support. This will help you adapt and accelerate the learning period leading to productive work and job satisfaction as an international civil servant.

For more information on the examination and on how to apply, please go to


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