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The United Nations seeks IT specialists and Economists - Join YPP

The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a career programme for highly qualified professionals to start a career at the United Nations Secretariat

The YPP opens up once a year and is open to countries that are un- or under-represented in the United Nations. The list of participating countries varies from year to year.

Depending on the staffing needs of the United Nations, applicants are invited to apply for different job families. And this year the YPP is focusing on Information Systems & Technology and Economic Affairs.

Check if you have what it takes to apply this year and keep in mind that the programme closing date is 31 July 2019.

YPP is an amazing opportunity - here is what you need to know before you apply

The UN Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a fantastic recruitment initiative for talented professionals to start a career with the United Nations Secretariat.

To be considered a young professional you must not be older than 32 years in the year of the examination and to be eligible to apply you must:

  • hold a relevant first-level university degree;

  • be a national of one of the invited member states.

  • be fluent in either English or French.

This years thematic themes are Information Systems & Technology and Economic Affairs.

Apply for the UN YPP no later than the 31 July

UN-DOS - United Nations Department of Operational Support
UN-DOS - United Nations Department of Operational Support

I joined the UN directly after graduation as an intern. I immediately knew back then that I wanted to work for the UN, for its mandates and its multi-cultural work environment.

Simio Wang, Associate Evaluation Officer and YPP alumni

#MyYPPStory: I spent time on my cover letter, it showcased my ability to communicate and organize viewpoints

When applying for the UN Young Professionals Programme (YPP) it is helpful to present a variety of knowledge and skills in the subject area, and demonstrate that you are well versed to take on new challenges. Also take the time to write a good cover letter – it showcases your ability to communicate and organize viewpoints says Bo Li (35) from China. Bo Li is a serving Associate Public Information Officer and YPP alumni. In this interview, she shares some useful tips for your application.

Bo Li had worked five years at the UN before applying for the YPP and therefore applied as an internal staff member. Bo holds a MSc in Media and Communications and a Bachelor of Laws in International Relations. She is trilingual,  English, Chinese and French. 

We reached out to Bo to learn some tips as to how she succeeded to navigate the YPP process.

#MyYPPStory: Relevant and diverse study and work experience helped my application stand out

Having relevant and diverse education and work experience made my application stand out, says Simiao Wang (29) from China. She applied to the YPP exam in 2017 and was offered a job in March 2019.

Today she works as an Associate Evaluation Officer supporting the work of the Evaluation Section. To shine in the competition, she recommends you to prepare your application with great details. Emphasise on the most relevant study/work experience and elaborate more on them.

Simiao holds a Masters of Arts and she speaks English, Chinese and basic French. Before applying for the YPP she worked for three years and she decided for the UN career track while making an internship at the UN.

We reached out to Simiao to learn more from her success-story.

Don't miss the application deadline - 31 July!