YPP – Young Professionals Programme (Secretariado):
What is the UN Young Professionals Programme?
The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative for talented, highly qualified professionals to start a career as an international civil servant with the United Nations Secretariat. It consists of an entrance examination and professional development programmes once successful candidates start their career with the UN.
Who can apply?
The YPP examination is held once a year and is open to nationals of countries participating in the annual recruitment exercise. The list of participating countries is published annually and varies from year to year.
Basic application criteria:
- You must have the nationality of a participating country.
- You must hold at least a first-level university degree relevant for the exam subject you are applying for.
- You must be 32 or younger in the year of the examination.
- You must be fluent in either English or French.
Each year, countries that are un- or under-represented in the United Nations, are invited to take part in the Young Professionals Programme.
For 2018 these are the countries:
Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam
Depending on the staffing needs of the United Nations, applicants are invited to apply for different exam subjects. Descriptions of responsibilities, expected competencies and education requirements differ depending on the area.
YPP – UNESCO
The Young Professionals (YP) Programme provides the opportunity for young university graduates and young qualified professionals under or equal the age of 32 years of application from non- and under-represented Member States to join UNESCO early in their professional career.
Application and Hiring process
The application process is as follows:
Every year the Bureau of Human Resources Management (HRM) of UNESCO sends a call for applications to National Commissions and Permanent Delegations of non- or under-represented Member States. Each National Commission is responsible for the dissemination of this information and for the pre-selection at national level
Candidates send their application to the National Commission orthe Permanent Delegation of their country of citizenship. UNESCO does not accept applications sent directly to the Organization. National Commissions and Permanent Delegations review all applications to ensure that the profiles match the required qualifications. Then they submit a list of a maximum of 12 shortlisted applicants to the Bureau of Human Resources Management at UNESCO.
All applications are reviewed by a committee which will establish a shortlist based on
- academic qualifications,
- motivation/statement of interest,
- presentation of the application,
- language and writing skills, and
- level of professional experience.
The shortlisted candidates will be required to attend interviews at UNESCO Headquarters (Paris). The interviews provides candidates with an opportunity to demonstrate their communication skills, team spirit, analytical skills, sense of initiative, creativity, flexibility and adaptability.
A Panel will make the final evaluation based on the applicants’ technical knowledge of education, science, culture, communication, information or administration. In addition to interviews, language tests are undertaken to determine the level of proficiency in the working languages of UNESCO (English and French).
UNESCO will send a letter of appointment to succesfull candidates. In the other case, UNESCO will inform the interested National Commissions and Permanent Delegations.
Interview and entry on duty and other dates may be subject to change due to visa issues, family situation and/or the geographical location of the selected candidates.
Entry-Level humanitarian Professional Programme (EHP) – UNHCR / ACNUR
What is the EHP?
The Entry-Level Humanitarian Professional Programme (EHP) is a new recruitment and conversion initiative that was announced by the High Commissioner in 2013. It is a competitive point of entry into UNHCR’s Professional category. Through the conversion of UNHCR staff members and the recruitment of external candidates, a cohort of highly motivated and talented individuals, who have a passion for humanitarian work, will be selected to join the EHP at the P2 level and be deployed to the field. The overall strategic objective for UNHCR’s EHP is to identify the talent UNHCR requires to meet its operational and organizational demands today and in the future. The EHP is not geared to the filling of specific positions, but rather to identify a cohort of highly qualified individuals who have the required profiles that UNHCR has identified and will be prepared to undertake suitable assignments anywhere in the world.
Eligibility Requirements are as follows:
- i) Advanced university degree, at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of two years of cumulative relevant work experience in accordance with UN grading criteria for grading at the P2 level; participants shall be 45 years of age or younger by application closing date.
New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI) – UNICEF
The New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI) is an entry point for dynamic professionals interested in an international career with UNICEF. As part of UNICEF’s global talent management strategy, the NETI Programme focuses on attracting, selecting, developing and retaining new talent from entry to mid-career levels. NETI participants work actively in multicultural environments within the development and humanitarian arenas to contribute to delivering results for children.
The New and Emerging Talent Initiative is a two-year programme for candidates who have successfully passed the NETI recruitment process and have been selected for a fixed-term P-3 position.
NETI participants are given an initial one-year appointment and take part in a two-week Induction at UNICEF’s New York Headquarters (NYHQ). During the induction, NETI participants familiarize themselves with UNICEF and meet experienced HQ colleagues from the functional areas in which they will work. Participants then return to their respective duty stations/offices for the remainder of their appointments. During their assignments, NETI participants complete a career development curriculum, which maximizes their performance and helps them grow within the organization.
Performance management is a key feature of the NETI Programme. All participants go through continuous performance assessments and are evaluated systematically throughout their assignments. At the end of their first year and based on performance review outcomes, NETI participants can be extended for a second year in their specific duty stations.
The NETI Programme is open for internal and external candidates irrespective of category and level, provided they meet the following minimum requirements:
- Completion of an advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) at the time of application. Any number of years of relevant professional experience will not substitute for the required educational qualifications. Please see below for important information on education requirements
- Proficiency in English and working knowledge (intermediate) of another official language of the United Nations (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)
- Readiness to be assigned to any UNICEF office worldwide, including hardship duty stations, non-family duty stations, and complex emergency operation duty stations
- At least five years of relevant work experience for functions at the P-3 level. Relevant experience should include work in developing countries and multicultural environments
Preference will be given to candidates under 35 years of age.
Each year the NETI Programme will advertise Generic Vacancy Announcements (GVA) in specific functional areas depending on critical talent gaps and staffing needs of the organization. Please submit an application via UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system when the GVA becomes available in your area of expertise.
For a list of UNICEF’s core functional areas, please click here.
UNHCR – Talent Pools
There are two ways to enter a talent pool:
- Applying for a specific talent pool profile (functional profile) based on the candidate’s skills and expertise as listed below. See ‘Areas of Expertise’ section to access all currently available talent pool profiles.
- Applying for a particular position (please refer to further information under the heading ‘international professional’). If not selected for the regular vacancy following a recruitment process, you may still be recommended for inclusion in a corresponding talent pool.
Areas of Expertise
Job requirements differ among grades and functions. Please click on the below job descriptions to learn more about the profile you would like to be considered for:
- Non-specific Profile
- Administrative/Finance Officer
- Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Officer
- Cash-Based Interventions Officer
- Communication Officer (Field)
- Communication Officer (Global)
- Environmental Officer (Emergency)
- Field Security Adviser
- Fleet and Asset Manager
- Human Resources Officer
- ICT Officer (Infra)
- Information Management Officer
- Livelihoods Officer
- Operations Data Management Officer
- Physical Site Planner
- Private Sector Partnerships Officer (Individual Giving)
- Private Sector Partnerships Officer (Leadership Giving)
- Programme Officer
- Project Control Officer
- Protection Officer
- Refugee Status Determination Officer
- Registration Officer
- Reporting Officer
- Shelter Cluster Coordinator
- Shelter Officer
- Social Media Officer
- Supply Officer
- WASH Officer
- Web Editor/Writer
As positions may be at different grade levels, the eligibility requirements vary and are explained in detail above. However, the essential minimum requirements for applicants to the talent pools are as follows:
- At least an undergraduate degree (equivalent to a BA/BS) from a UNESCO accredited university;
- Relevant working experience in the respective area of expertise;
- Proficiency in English is an essential requirement.
Depending on the duty station, a second UN language with proficiency at B2 level under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) may be required. The majority of positions filled through the talent pools are expected to be in non-family and/or hardship locations. The location of duty will be determined by UNHCR.
As part of this profile-based recruitment exercise, all candidates undergo a comprehensive selection process, which includes basic eligibility screening, followed by various assessments (language and functional assessment, as appropriate) and finally, candidates are sent for grading. Candidates who pass these assessments will eventually be part of the final talent pool and will be contacted by a recruiter according to the needs of UNHCR to fill positions. Please note that being in the Final Pool does not mean that you will be hired by UNHCR. This actually means that you are part of the candidates who could be proposed to the Hiring Managers to fill positions and they will take the final decision after a comprehensive review.
Interested in joining us?
Whether you are an experienced professional or a recent graduate, UNHCR provides opportunities to take your career to the next level while building a better future for refugees.
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