United Nations Young Professionals Programme (UN YPP) 2020

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United Nations Young Professionals Programme (UN YPP) 2020  

Location: New York, U.S.A.

Duration: 2 years (can lead to a permanent position with the U.N.)

Deadline: August 2020

Summary: Have you always wished to work with the United Nation with little or no experience and are from one of the participating countries (see eligibility link). Apply to the United Nations Young Professionals Programme to get the chance to start a career in the United Nations Secretariat as an international civil servant.

Details: The United Nations Young Professionals Programme (UN YPP) is an annual recruitment initiative aimed at attracting highly qualified young professionals who are willing to start a career in the United Nations Secretariat as international civil servants.

As of today, it is the largest hiring program of the UN System and is the only opportunity for young professionals with limited experience to get a job in the Organisation as a permanent staff member. Depending on the staffing needs of the United Nations, applicants are invited to apply for different job areas (called “job families“) with different responsibilities, locations, and requirements.


In April-May every year the United Nations announces the eligibility criteria for the upcoming intake of the UN YPP program. A general set of requirements is as follows:

  • Have the nationality of a participating country (changed annually);
  • Hold at least a first-level university degree relevant for the job family you are applying for (changed annually);
  • Be 32 or younger by the end of the examination;
  • Be fluent in either English or French.

The list of participating countries and job families in which the UN YPP program will be held in the upcoming year is changed annually, providing candidates from different countries and with different backgrounds an opportunity to compete in the hiring process. Read more on the eligibilities


    • First assignment. Initially, the selected candidate will be appointed for two years (Initial assignment). Prior to the beginning of the initial assignment, candidates will attend the two-week orientation programme.
    • Second assignment. After the end of the first assignment, the candidate will be appointed for the second assignment in a different duty station.


  • Young professionals who pass the examination will be placed in the roster of successful YPP candidates. They will be eligible for consideration for positions at P-2 level in any UN Secretariat duty station or peacekeeping operation.
  • Job offers to successful candidates are made on an ongoing basis, but placement takes place on a quarterly basis and is conducted centrally 4 times a year. Candidates who refuse to participate in the placement exercise will be removed from the roster.
  • The list of successful YPP candidates in the roster has a lifespan of two years from the beginning of the first quarterly placement taking place following the conclusion of the examination cycle.
  • The UN warns that although every effort will be made to secure employment for successful YPP candidates, it cannot guarantee them a job. Placement from the roster is done in accordance with the needs of the Organisation and with the availability of positions.
  • Young professionals who passed the UN YPP examination and got employed in the United Nations receive an attractive remuneration package with competitive pay and benefits. According to the official UN data, an average salary for the entry-level (P-2/P-3) position in New York varies from $63,625 to $105,300 per year.

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