The United Nations Education Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO) open a call for Young Professionals Program (YPP) once in every two years. The purpose of the program is to give young professionals hands-on experience of UNESCO projects, to work with national and international staff among other things.
The YPP Young aims to improve the geographical representation, promote gender parity in the Organization at international level. This program provides talented, highly qualified university graduates and young professionals from non- and under- represented Member States, the opportunity to join UNESCO at the early stage of their professional career.
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- National of un- or under-represented countries in UNESCO (updated annually);
- 32 or younger in the year of application;
- Advanced university degree in education, culture, science, social and human sciences or communication, or in a field related to the management and administration of an international organization.
- Fluent in English or French. Knowledge of both working languages is an asset. Knowledge of Spanish, Russian, Arabic or Chinese is an additional asset.
- Initial professional experience is an asset, but not mandatory.
II. Selection Process
i) Vacancy Search
The Bureau of Human Resources Management of UNESCO sends a call for applications to National Commissions and Permanent Delegations of non- or under-represented Member States. Each National Commission is responsible for the dissemination of this information and the pre- selection at national level.
ii) Online Application
Candidates send their applications to the National Commission or the Permanent Delegation of their country of citizenship. National Commissions and Permanent Delegations review all applications and submit a list of candidates to the Bureau of Human Resources Management at UNESCO. UNESCO does not accept applications sent directly to the Organization.
All applications are reviewed by a committee which will establish a shortlist based on academic qualifications, motivation/statement of interest, presentation of the application, language and writing skills, and level of professional experience.
The shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a video interview followed by a panel interview. The interviews provide candidates with an opportunity to demonstrate their communication skills, team spirit, analytical skills, sense of initiative, creativity, flexibility and adaptability. In addition to interviews, tests may be required to determine the related competencies as well as the level of proficiency in English and French.
Successful candidates are informed of the final results and receive an offer to join the UNESCO as a YPP Officer. UNESCO will send a letter of appointment to successful candidates. In the other case, UNESCO will inform the interested National Commissions and Permanent Delegations.