The Young Professionals Programme (YPP)

Young Professionals Group 2011 (c) UNESCO

The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) provides the opportunity to young university graduates and young qualified professionals from non- and under-represented Member States to join UNESCO at the early stage of their professional career.

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.

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? What are the right profiles?

  • Nationality: non- or under-represented Member State at UNESCO. (Please consult the current geographical distribution 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 related 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 mission.