The United Nations Young Professionals Programme (UN YPP)

Country: United Kingdom;

Deadline: 31.10.2020

Web-Site: ypun.org

 

The United Nations Young Professionals Programme (UN YPP) is an annual recruitment initiative aimed at attracting highly qualified young professionals who are willing to start a career in the United Nations Secretariat as international civil servants.

As of today, it is the largest hiring program of the UN System and is the only opportunity for young professionals with limited experience to get a job in the Organisation as a permanent staff member. Depending on the staffing needs of the United Nations, applicants are invited to apply for different job areas (called “job families“) with different responsibilities, locations, and requirements.

The eligibility criteria for the UN YPP 2020 are now announced.  The application period preliminary scheduled for June-August 2020.

Can I take part in the UN YPP?

In April-May every year the United Nations announces the eligibility criteria for the upcoming intake of the UN YPP program. A general set of requirements is as follows:

  • Have the nationality of a participating country (changed annually);
  • Hold at least a first-level university degree relevant for the job family you are applying for (changed annually);
  • Be 32 or younger by the end of the examination;
  • Be fluent in either English or French.

The list of participating countries and job families in which the UN YPP program will be held in the upcoming year is changed annually, providing candidates from different countries and with different backgrounds an opportunity to compete in the hiring process.

What is the UN YPP process?

The recruitment procedure for the UN YPP differs from the one for any other job at the United Nations and consists of three stages:

  1. Application stage, when candidates are invited to submit an online application to the UN YPP job opening in one of the job families;
  2. Written Exam stage, when candidates take an online test to demonstrate their knowledge of subject matter in the selected job family;
  3. Interview stage, when candidates attend an online interview session to show their compliance with the core competencies and values of the United Nations.

The United Nations makes slight changes to the assessment procedure on each of these stages annually in order to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the UN YPP process.

 

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