2015 YPP Exam will take place on Tuesday 15 December 2015

The 2015 examination will be offered in the following job families:

To be announced

Important Update
UPDATES (Posted: 27 March 2015) EXAM 2014: The multiple choice questions of all job families for the exam 2014 have been evaluated. The rest of the Specialised Paper as well as the General Paper are being marked at present. The first invitations for interviews will be sent out in some weeks. The interviews will take place between the end of April and the beginning of June.

EXAM 2015: The date for the exam 2015 has been determined: this year, the exam will take place on Tuesday, 15 December. Participating Member States will be announced in May, as well as the job families which will be offered this year. If you are interested in sitting the exam in 2015, please apply online through the job opening links which will be posted on the Careers Portal as of May or June. We'll get back to you on this!

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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Do you hold at least a first-level university degree?
  • Are you 32 or younger by the end of this year?
  • Do you speak either English and/or French fluently?
  • Are you a national of a participating country?

Participating Countries

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.

Participation of staff of the United Nations

This examination is also held for staff members of the United Nations Secretariat who work within the General Service and other related categories and aspire to a career within the Professional and higher categories. For more information about staff members participating in the young professionals programme, click here.

Exam Structure

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

Recruitment Procedure

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 a different duty station for your second assignment. 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.

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