The Young Professionals Programme UN YPP 2015

Participation in the programme

Every year the United Nations seeks highly qualified candidates who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant. The young professionals programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination. This year we will hold the written exam on 15 December 2015.

• Do you hold at least a first-level university degree?

• Are you fluent in English and/or French?

• Are you a national of a participating country?

• Are you 32 or younger by the end of this year? (Date of Birth on/or after 1 January 1983)

The above are the basic eligibility requirements to participate in the young professionals programme, complete information on this programme can be found at the United Nations Careers Portal


The application periods for the examination will run from 20 May 2015 through to the 23 August 2015 (11:59 PM EST) each job network will be open for applications as follows;

20 May to 19 July – Administration

27 May to 26 July – Finance

03 June to 02 August – Statistics

10 June to 09 August – Public Information

17 June to 16 August – Social Affairs

24 June to 23 August – Legal Affairs

*Important: Incomplete and/or late applications will NOT be considered. Therefore, you must complete and submit your application prior to the deadline.

It is important to complete and update all information accurately as this will serve as a basis for evaluating your eligibility and suitability for the examination. Please note, once submitted your application CANNOT be modified and you will receive, by email, an application number.

Additional guidelines on creating applications are available by clicking on the Manuals and Help links found on the upper right hand corner of the webpage.

The examination

The examination consists of two main elements: A written test and an oral exam.

1. The written tests assesses your; substantive knowledge, analytical thinking, and drafting abilities. It has two parts:

(a) The General Paper; requires a summarization of a text in either English or French, this is administered to all participants.

(b) The Specialized Paper; tests your substantive knowledge and analytical thinking for the job network you applied to, it can be taken in any of the six UN official languages.

2. The oral exam only for those who pass the written test, is a competency-based interview.

Successful candidates of the YPP examination will be advancing to a reserve list for possible recruitment at the junior professional level the United Nations.

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