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The Young Professional Programme (YPP)


The Young Professional Programme is geared specifically for candidates from unrepresented or under-represented countries in the UNESCO Secretariat. The eligibility of a Member State is determined at the date of the call for applications.

This programme provides ten (10) recent college graduates and young professionals under the age of 30 with the opportunity to start a career in an international organization.

UNESCO informs the National Commissions and Permanent Delegations of Members States that are eligible to participate in this Programme.

Candidates send their applications to the National Commission/Permanent Delegation of their country of citizenship. UNESCO does not accept applications sent directly to the Organization

The call for applications for the 2011 Intake is closed.

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Do you have the right professional profile?
Before applying for a post as a Young Professional at UNESCO, please ensure that you have the correct profile.
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How to apply
To join the team of Young Professionals at UNESCO, you must submit your application to the National Commission and/or Permanent delegation to UNESCO in the country of which you are a citizen.
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The Recruitment Process
Once you have submitted your application for a post in the Young Professionals Programme to your National Commission, it will go through the various stages of the recruitment process.
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Professional Development
To help speed integration process into the organization, a training programme is offered during the probationary period, i.e. the first year.
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The status and entitlements of Young Professionals
Upon entry on duty at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, the YP receives a one-year contract, which corresponds to a probationary period. The YP is considered a Staff Member of UNESCO and an International Civil Servant.
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How to do

Young Professionals

  • First, assess your skills: have you got the right profile?
  • If so, see how to apply
  • If you succeed to go through the recruitment process step by step,
  • You will receive a professional training.
  • And obtain the status and entitlements of a UNESCO Young Professional

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