Monday, 26 June 2017

UN Young professionals programme (YPP) 2017 is open for applications

Brief Description

The UN Young professionals programme is open for applications in the Political, Peace, and Humanitarian Network. To be eligible to apply you must be from one of the participating countries listed below. Additionally applications must be fluent in either English or French, be 32 or less years old and hold a first level degree in a relevant field. The YPP examination will take place on the 22 August 2017.

Which countries qualify in 2017?
Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Required qualifications
The YPP examination is only open to nationals of certain countries and the list of countries changes annually. The UN Secretariat aims to have as many nationalities presented within its system and nationals of countries that are currently underrepresented within the United Nationals are therefore encouraged to take the YPP examination. The list gets published every year around the time that the application round begins. Candidates need to be fluent in English or French, the working languages of the UN. Furthermore, candidates need to have a first-level university degree in the field they want to apply for and cannot be older than 32 years old at the time of applying.

The Application Procedure
On this webpage of the UN you can find every little detail about the application procedure and the YPP examination. First of all, candidates have to prepare their application. In the application, candidates have to show that they fulfill all the eligibility requirements. In order to send the application, candidates have to make a profile at and select which exam subject they are applying for. If more than 40 of the applications are from the same country, they will be ranked by a UN HR Officer based on their highest level of education, fluency in the UN working languages and relevant professional work experience. The most successful applicants will be invited to take the YPP examination.
The last part of the YPP examination is the oral examination and only candidates who have passed the written part of the examination will be invited to take part in the oral examination. Usually the oral examination will be done via a video-conference, where the candidate will be interviewed by a panel of the Specialized Examination Board. Candidates can score up to 200 points for the oral part of the examination. On this page you can find more information about the oral interview as well as tips to make sure your interview will be successful.

Passing the examination does not automatically lead to a job with the UN. Successful candidates are put on the reserve list of qualified professionals, and the UN uses this list to fill available job positions every three months. Successful candidates will be on this list for two years and if no job offer is made within this time, they unfortunately have to go through the whole YPP process again to get their name on the reserve list. Experience shows however that many of the young professionals on this list get hired either temporarily or permanently by the UN secretariat and the entities it is responsible for and it is definitely worth it to try to pass this examination for the possible job prospect of working at the UN. Once you are hired, the UN provides professional development programs which are very useful for young professionals who want to start an international career in human rights. Usually, successful candidates will be hired for a period of two years, with the possibility of extension of the contract if performance during these two years has been satisfactory. According to the UN website, the base salary for a young professional is between $37,000 – 80,000.

Visit the official website of the UN Young professionals programme to gain more insights about the application process, the examination structure and the recruitment process.

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