The 2024 application phase of the United Nations Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is ongoing and applications invited from all interested candidates. Young graduates who are professionals in their various fields of endeavours are invited from selected countries each year to participate.
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.
Company/Organisation(s): United Nations
Program Type: Young Professionals Programme (YPP)
Program Location: Various
Program Duration: Not Specified
Available Slot: Not specified
Basic Qualifications: a first-level university degree or diploma
Nationality: Countries that are un- or under-represented in the United Nations
United Nation Young Professionals Programme 2024 | What to Expect
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.
It consists of an entrance examination process and professional development once those successful start their career with the UN.
The application period typically opens in June each year.
To be eligible for United Nation Young Professionals Programme (YPP), you are expected to meet the following conditions:
- Nationality: Applicants must be a national of a participating country
- Education: Applicants must 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: Applicants must be 32 years old or younger in the year of the examination
- Language: Applicants must be fluent in either English or French
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How to Apply UN Young Professionals Programme 2023
Interested applicants seeking for United Nation Young Professionals Programme (YPP) are to follow these steps:
- Those interested can apply via Inspira.
- Confirm Your Eligibility
- Carefully review basic application criteria on the YPP Home page.
- Review The Job Opening
- The job openings, specific to each exam area, will be found through Inspira or the UN Careers Portal.
- Read carefully to determine if you meet the requirements.
- 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.
Application Deadline: July 2023
United Nations YPP Salary Structure 2023-2024.
United Nations YPP Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary (average salary for entry level)
The base salary throughout the UN is determined by the grade of the post specified in the job opening and the existence of any dependents.
Annual net base salary ranges approximately in USD$:
|UN System – Base Salary|
|37,000 – 80,000||For entry level professionals (P1 – P3)|
|67,000 – 106,000||For mid-career professionals (P4 – P5)|
|95,000 – 123,000||For senior level professionals (D1 – D2)|
*Salaries, grants and allowances paid by the United Nations are normally exempt from income tax.
Public Holidays and Leave
Depending on the type of contract, staff will be entitled to between 18 and 30 days of vacation per year. In addition, the United Nations also includes 10 paid public holidays per year; these differ from duty station to duty station.
If recruited internationally, staff may also be eligible for home leave travel to renew their social, cultural and family ties in their home country; frequency depends on the duty station they are assigned to.
The UN also makes provisions for maternity, paternity, and adoption leave, with full pay. It may range from between two and sixteen weeks, depending on the type of leave requested.
You will be eligible to participate in one of the United Nations-sponsored medical insurance plans. The monthly premiums are divided between you and the organization.
Social security and retirement pension
If you have an appointment for six months or more, or upon completing six consecutive months of service within the organization, you become a participant in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund. A mandatory monthly contribution is deducted from your salary.
The United Nations takes the professional development of their staff members very seriously and from the moment you join the organization, a wide selection of career development assets and platforms are made available to you:
- Several week-long Orientation and Development Programmes for entry-level professionals
- A wide menu of workshops at the Career Resource Centre/New York
- One-on-one career consultations with senior career counselors
- 10 years of Mentoring at the UN
- On-line courses and books on career development
- Regular information sessions for spouses/ partners of UN staff, included on a “dual career”
- Bi-annual pre-retirement information sessions
United Nations staff members may also be entitled to other allowances and benefits including:
- In the case of a dependent spouse and/or child(ren), dependency allowances may be granted
- Under certain conditions, an education grant, if you have eligible children at school.
- At some duty stations, a hardship allowance, linked to living and working conditions, is paid and where there are restrictions on taking family members, a non-family hardship allowance is also applicable.
Assignment / Repatriation
- A rent subsidy may be provided to someone newly arrived at a duty station, if the rent prices are high in proportion to the total remuneration package.
- Travel and shipping expenses, when you move from one duty station to another.
- An assignment grant, to assist you in meeting initial, extraordinary costs, when arriving at, or relocating to, a new duty station.
- Hazard pay and a rest and recuperation break, when you serve in locations where the conditions are particularly hazardous, stressful and difficult.