The UNESCO Young Professional Programme (YPP) is an exciting opportunity for talented graduates and young professionals from non- and under-represented Member States to kick-start their careers with an international organization dedicated to education, culture, science, and more. Explore the details below to see if you’re eligible to join this initiative.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Nationality: You should be a national from non- and under-represented Member States at UNESCO.
  • Age: Applicants must be under 32 years old (inclusive).
  • Education: An advanced university degree in education, culture, science, social and human sciences, communication, or a related field relevant to international organization management and administration. Specific requirements will be outlined in the vacancy announcement.
  • Language Skills: Proficiency in English or French is a must, and knowledge of both is a valuable asset. Proficiency in Spanish, Russian, Arabic, or Chinese is also advantageous.
  • Experience: While prior professional experience is beneficial, it’s not mandatory.

Application Process:

  • Contact Your National Commission or Permanent Delegation: If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in applying, reach out to your National Commission or Permanent Delegation for guidance.
  • Launch: UNESCO initiates the YPP every biennium, with the availability of P-1/P-2 level posts varying from year to year.
  • Submission: Candidates must send their applications to their country’s National Commission or Permanent Delegation, who will review and submit a list of candidates to UNESCO’s Bureau of Human Resources Management.
  • Screening: A committee reviews all applications based on academic qualifications, motivation, presentation, language skills, and professional experience to establish a shortlist.
  • Interviews and Evaluation: Shortlisted candidates will undergo video interviews and panel interviews to assess various competencies, including communication skills, teamwork, analytical abilities, creativity, and adaptability. Proficiency tests in UNESCO’s working languages (English and French) may also be required.
  • Decision: UNESCO will send appointment letters to successful candidates, while National Commissions and Permanent Delegations will be informed of the outcome.

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The UNESCO Young Professional Programme is an opportunity to contribute to UNESCO’s mission while developing your career. If you’re eligible and passionate about making a difference on a global scale, consider applying and become part of the UNESCO community.