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Please note that the application period for the UN YPP 2019 is now closed. The eligibility criteria for the UN YPP 2020 cycle will be announced in May-June 2020 with the application period preliminary scheduled for June-August 2020.

To be eligible for the United Nations Young Professionals Programme (UN YPP) 2019, you should meet all of the following eligibility criteria:


At least a first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent of at least three years) relevant to the job family you are applying for. Your degree should be completed by the time you submit your UN YPP 2019 application. If your area of studies at the first-level university degree does not meet the requirements, but you have a completed advanced degree (Master’s, PhD) in the “relevant” area of studies, you are still eligible to apply for the UN YPP 2019.

The YPP 2019 is offered in two job families: Economic Affairs, Information Systems and Technology (IST). The degree requirements for these job families have not been announced yet, however historically they have been as follows:

Economic Affairs job family requires candidates to have at least a first-level university degree in one of the following study areas: Social & Behavioural Science; Mathematics & Statistics; Business & Administration; Environmental Protection; Agriculture, Forestry & Fishery (to be selected from the “Main Course of Study” dropdown menu).

IST job family requires candidates to have at least a first-level university degree in one of the following study areas: Arts; Computing; Mathematics & Statistics; Engineering & Engineering Trades; Physical Sciences; Business & Administration (to be selected from the “Main Course of Study” dropdown menu).

!! Note that these are historical education requirements and 2019 criteria for these job families may slightly differ from those provided above. Specific requirements will be listed in the UN YPP 2019 job openings which will be published in June 2019 on inspira.


You should be 32 years old or younger as of 31 December of the year of the examination. Thus, for the UN YPP 2019, your date of birth should be on or after 1 January 1987.


Fluency in English OR French language is required.


The UN YPP 2019 list of participating countries was announced on 9 April 2019. It includes the following Member States:

Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).

The UN YPP 2019 countries are selected by the United Nations. These countries are un- and under-represented among its staff members. If your country of nationality is not included in the list, you are not eligible to apply for the UN YPP 2019 – you may click on the button below to learn about how the countries are selected. The list changes on an annual basis.

Why isn’t my country on the list?


No professional experience is required to apply for the UN YPP 2019.

Planning to apply?

Remember that many potentially successful applicants do not pass the screening stage because they inadvertently communicate incomplete or imprecise information to the system. The first round of screening is fully automated and in case you accidentally “tick the wrong box” in one of the eligibility sections, your application will be disqualified by Inspira. Candidates who pass the first (eligibility) screening round are then reviewed and screened by the hiring officer during the second screening round. We, therefore, recommend you to be extra careful and make sure that your background is presented in line with the UN YPP 2019 requirements, and, moreover, you demonstrate that you are a strong candidate for the present position through your cover letter and the description of your duties and achievements at previous workplaces.

We help UN YPP applicants prepare application forms in line with the UN YPP requirements and provide suggestions on how to present yourself as a strong candidate to pass both screening rounds from 2014. Our specific focus on the UN YPP program and personalised approach to every applicant is what makes our assistance so special and is the reason why 88% of our clients pass the screening.

You may have a look at how we can help you in your UN YPP 2019 application by clicking on the button below:

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I still have questions. What should I do?

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