The selection process of the UNESCO Young Professionals Programme (YPP) 2015 has just been finalized, and the Director-General has decided to appoint 16 Young Professionals who will join the Organization, both at Headquarters, Paris and in a number of Field Offices in the coming months.
The newly selected 16 Young Professionals – eleven women and five men — come from all regions of the world, seven from non-represented Member-States and nine from underrepresented Member States click here.
The YPP selection process is highly competitive and attracts increasing numbers of candidates every year. The 2015 intake was chosen from an initial pool of 907 candidates submitted by 86 National Commissions; 277 candidates were pre-screened against the eligibility criteria and educational requirements. These candidates were invited for an interview responding to questions dealing with substantive and technical skills, curriculum and motivation. After a thorough review, 83 candidates from 44 Members States were selected for a final interview.
The YPP seeks to improve the geographical distribution of the Organization, contribute to rejuvenating the Secretariat, promote gender equality among staff and create an enhanced pool of young civil servants, enriching and diversifying the UNESCO family.
Who are we looking for? Do you have the right profile?
- Nationality: non- or under-represented Member State in UNESCO. (To consult current geographical distribution within the Organization, please click here).
- Age: 32 years maximum. Candidates must be born not earlier than 1st January 1983.
- Education: an advanced university degree in education, culture, science, social and human sciences or communication, or in a field of direct relevance to the management and administration of an international organization.
- Languages: fluent English or French. Knowledge of both working languages is an asset. Knowledge of Spanish, Russian, Arabic or Chinese is an additional asset.
- Experience: initial professional experience is an asset, but not mandatory.
- Values: Integrity, professionalism, respect for diversity and a strong commitment to the UNESCO’s mission.