2015 YPP Exam will take place on Tuesday 15 December 2015

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


Important Update
RADIO PRODUCTION BOARD (Posted: 29 May 2015) Candidates who passed the written part of the YPP 2014 in the job family of Radio Production have been invited by email for an interview. Non-successful candidates will receive an email during the coming days.

All other job families have not yet finalised the marking process. Candidates in those job families will hear from us during the coming weeks.

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.

2015 participating countries

Algeria Andorra Angola Antigua and Barbuda
Bahrain Barbados Belarus Belize
Bhutan Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil Brunei Darussalam
Burkina Faso Cambodia Central African Republic Chad
Côte d'Ivoire Czech Republic Dominica Gabon
Gambia Georgia Germany Greece
Guinea Guinea-Bissau Indonesia Iraq
Japan Kiribati Kuwait Kyrgyzstan
Laos Latvia Lesotho Liberia
Libya Liechtenstein Luxembourg Malaysia
Mauritania Monaco Montenegro Mozambique
Namibia Netherlands New Zealand Norway
Pakistan Palau Paraguay Peru
Poland Samoa San Marino Saudi Arabia
Singapore Slovakia Solomon Islands Somalia
Swaziland Syria Tanzania Thailand
Togo Turkey Tuvalu United Arab Emirates
United States Vanuatu Vietnam Zambia

Ready to apply to the young professionals programme examination?

Job TitleLevelJob IDJob NetworkJob FamilyDepartment/OfficeDuty stationDeadline
2015 YPP examination - ADMINISTRATION (for external applicants) P-243258Management and Operations SupportAdministrationOffice of Human Resources ManagementMULTIPLE DUTY STATIONS19/07/2015
2015 YPP examination - ADMINISTRATION (For UN Secretariat Staff G to N) P-243275Management and Operations SupportAdministrationOffice of Human Resources ManagementMULTIPLE DUTY STATIONS19/07/2015
2015 YPP examination - ADMINISTRATION (For UN Secretariat Staff G to P) P-243277Management and Operations SupportAdministrationOffice of Human Resources ManagementMULTIPLE DUTY STATIONS19/07/2015
2015 YPP examination - FINANCE (For external applicants) P-243278Management and Operations SupportFinanceOffice of Human Resources ManagementMULTIPLE DUTY STATIONS26/07/2015
2015 YPP examination - FINANCE (For UN Secretariat Staff G to N) P-243279Management and Operations SupportFinanceOffice of Human Resources ManagementMULTIPLE DUTY STATIONS26/07/2015
2015 YPP examination - FINANCE (For UN Secretariat Staff G to P) P-243280Management and Operations SupportFinanceOffice of Human Resources ManagementMULTIPLE DUTY STATIONS26/07/2015
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