Information about this year's YPP Examination will posted on the YPP homepage and under Important updates. Please check these pages periodically for examination details.
(Posted: 3 June 2016)
Due to a high volume of candidates, marking of 2015 written YPP examinations is still under way. Candidates who are recommended to move forward to an interview will be invited by email from YPP2015@un.org between now and mid-July. Also those who unfortunately are not recommended to move to this next step will receive written notification by mid-July. Please do NOT email the YPP team at YPP2015@un.org prior to mid-July if you do not receive notification, as such an influx of emails might incapacitate our communication with candidates who are convoked for interviews.
What is the UN Young Professionals Programme?
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.
Who can apply?
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.
Basic application criteria:
- You must have the nationality of a participating country.
- You must hold at least a first-level university degree relevant for the exam subject you are applying for.
- You must be 32 or younger in the year of the examination.
- You must be fluent in either English or French.
Each year, countries that are un- or under-represented in the United Nations, are invited to take part in the Young Professionals Programme.
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.
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.