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 application period for the 2022-23 YPP exams is now open. Applications will be accepted through 31 December 2022.
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Requirements for Library & Information Management Role
At least a first-level university degree (i.e., Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree of at least three years) in one of the following Fields of Study related to Library and Information Science (found within the Journalism & Information Main Course of Study pull-down menu):
- Archival Sciences
- Documentation Techniques
- Information Management
- Museums and Similar Repositories
Important: when preparing your application in Inspira, if you do not see your exact degree listed, please choose the Field of Study that is closest to your degree, from the “Field of Study” and “Main Course of Study” dropdown menus; then type the exact title in original language as well as its translation in English or French in the additional comment boxes. Do NOT select “other” for Main Course of Study or Field of Study (or you will be automatically disqualified).
- Work Experience
No work experience is required. Relevant work experience may be taken into consideration as an additional screening criteria when more than 60 candidates from the same country apply to the same exam area.
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Requirements for Legal Affairs Role
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Have at least a first level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or at least a three-year equivalent) in the fields of study listed in the Education Section of this Job Opening;
- Be 32 years old or younger by the end of this year (born on or after 1 January 1990);
- Be fluent in either English or French; and
- Have the nationality of a participating Member State.
The participating Member States for this YPP are:
Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Viet Nam.
Method of Application
APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT SCANNED COPIES OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS, AS ATTACHMENTS IN THEIR APPLICATIONS, TO BE CONSIDERED.
- Passport or a valid identification document issued by a state authority, showing your name, birth date and nationality, with a photograph;
- Documentation of University degree(s) (e.g., diploma, transcript or similar official document), reflecting the main course of study selected.
- Candidates must apply to only one YPP exam area in a given year (e.g., cannot apply to both the Legal Affairs and the Library exam).
- Those who are successful in the YPP examination process will be placed on a roster used to fill appropriate entry-level (P1/P2) vacancies. Candidates may be selected from the roster as relevant vacancies become available across the UN Secretariat, at various offices globally. 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 guarantee an offer of employment.
- To learn more about YPP, including the examination process, roster management and recruitment, visit the YPP page on the UN Careers Portal: https://careers.un.org/ypp.