How to Apply United Nations Programme 2024 (Young Professionals)

How to Apply United Nations Programme | The United Nations are now open portal for Young Professionals across the world to begin their career program 2024. The UN Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative for talented, highly qualified professionals to start a career as an international civil servant with the UN Secretariat.

The young professionals programme launched my careers as an international civil servant, It consists of an entrance examination process and professional development once those successful start their career with the UN.


About United Nations Programme

The United Nations Young Professionals Programme Job openings are:

 Eligibility Criteria for United Nations Programme:

  • Nationality – be a national of a participating country
  • Education – hold at least a first-level university degree relevant for the exam(at least a relevant Bachelor’s degree or a 3-year equivalent degree)
  • Age – be 32 years old or younger in the year of the examination
  • Language – be fluent in either English or French

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NOTE: 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.

Recruitment Process for United Nations Programme :

Placement on the Roster:

Those who are successful in the YPP examination process will be placed on a roster used to fill appropriate vacancies.
Candidates may be selected from the roster as relevant vacancies become available across the UN Secretariat.
The roster is valid and used to fill positions, for a period of three years.
It is important to understand that placement on the roster does not guaranteean offer of employment.

Type and Level of Contract Offered:

Candidates selected from the roster will be offered a two-year fixed term contract at the start of their Professional career with the UN.
After two years, and subject to satisfactory performance, they may be granted a continuing contract.
YPP placements are at either
P-1/P-2 level:
a P-1 level for candidates holding a bachelor’s degree and no work experience.
P-2 level for candidates holding a bachelor’s degree and two years of work experience, or a master’s degree and no work experience.

Location of First Placement:

YPP-placed staff are expected to serve for a minimum of two years in that position before being considered for appointment to another position.
Positions may become available at various UN Secretariat offices, including, but not limited to:
Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut, Geneva, Nairobi, New York, Santiago, Vienna.
Successful candidates must be willing to be placed in a position at any UN duty station or field operation.

Managed Reassignment Programme:

Once a year, junior professionals with a minimum of 2 years in their first function will be invited to participate in a Managed Reassignment Program (MRP).
They are invited to select other positions of interest to them so they can be reassigned to another position, normally in a different department and/or duty station.
The objective of MRP is to provide staff with new opportunities to diversify and develop their career, to acquire new skills, and to create a solid foundation for their career advancement.

How to Apply United Nations Programme

  • Applicants should enter their nationality for YPP consideration in the field marked
    “Country of Nationality”.
  • “Nationality at Birth” and “Other Nationalities” are not considered for YPP eligibility
  • Remember to attach a government-issued photo ID with nationality listed !
  • Select the Main Course of Study and Field of Study options from the pull-down menu
    that best reflect your education.
  • Select the Main Course of Study and Field of Study options from the pull-down menu
    that best reflect your education.

    If you do not find the exact degree title listed in the menu options, explain any difference under
    “Additional Comments”.
    Avoid selecting “Other” in these two fields.
    The “Specialization” field will not be considered in the screening process.
    Remember to attach documentation of degrees obtained!
  • While work experience is not an eligibility requirement for YPP, depending on the volume of applicants from each country,
    relevant work experience may be used to rank candidates.
    Please be precise and succinct about your work experience. See example here
  • Candidates must be fluent in all four areas (speak, read, write, understand) in English or French.
    Indicating anything less than “Fluent” in any of those areas is disqualifying.

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Application Deadline:

TheYPP examination is held once a year in different subject areas, depending on the needs of the UN.
YPP is open to nationals of participating countries. The list of participating countries varies from year to year.
The application period typically opens in June each year. Those interested can apply via Inspira.
Watch this brief video to better understand: What is YPP?
The application period will likely be open from late April – June and the exam areas for the 2024 YPP will be:

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