United Nations Young Professionals Programme (YPP) 2023-2024

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Applications for the United Nations Young Professionals Programme (YPP) 2023-2024 are now open!

Closing date: 29 June 2023

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.

It consists of an entrance examination process and professional development once those successful start their career with the UN.

The YPP 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 (see below).

Who Can Apply? What is the Eligibility Criteria?

  • 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

Application Process

Confirm Your Eligibility
  • Carefully review basic application criteria on the YPP Home page.
Applications will be screened to determine if they meet the basic eligibility requirements (i.e., nationality, age, education, language).

If more than 40 applicants from the same country are eligible for an exam area, those applicants will be screened and ranked based on highest level of education completed, knowledge of official UN languages, and relevant work experience.

If the exam occurs in two stages, then 60 applicants per country/per exam area may be invited to the first exam stage, with a maximum of 40 per country/per exam area proceeding to the second stage.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

The application period is now open. Those interested can apply via Inspira.

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