The United Nations Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is an annual recruitment initiative aimed at attracting highly qualified young professionals who are willing to start a career in the United Nations as international civil servants.
Can I take part in the YPP?
To take part in the UN YPP, you need to meet the following requirements:
- Have the nationality of a participating country;
- Hold at least a first-level university degree relevant for the exam area you are applying for;
- Be 32 or younger by the end of the examination;
- Be fluent in either English or French.
Learn more about the eligibility criteria here.
What is the YPP process?
The YPP process consists of 3 stages:
- Application stage;
- Written examination stage;
- Interview stage.
Each of these stages is described in details on this page.
What will I get?
Young professionals who pass the YPP can become permanent staff members of the United Nations Secretariat.
Learn more about the career prospects and benefits here.
How to prepare?
The YPP examination is a highly competitive recruitment initiative, and therefore it is necessary to prepare well for each YPP stage in advance. Make sure you follow our FREE practical guidelines and recommendations in the Tips to prepare section and advance your preparation with our exclusive assistance packages at the application stage, the written examination stage and the interview stage.
I do not fit the UN YPP. What should I do?
The United Nations offers other career options for young professionals who are not eligible for the UN YPP examination. The most suitable options are internships and consultancies. If you still have questions, contact us.