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When will the next Young Professional Programme take place?

The Young Professional Programme is currently under review. We not conduct a recruitment campaign this year. Information will be posted when it becomes available. 

How many people were recruited in past Young Professional Programmes?

16 Young Professionals have been appointed to various duty stations. The first Young Professional Programme, launched in December 2001, received over 3,800 applications. 109 candidates were invited to participate in the assessment process, of which 40 were successful.

23 Young Professionals were appointed in the 2003/2004 Young Professional Programme. Over 3,500 applications were received.

What is the difference between the Young Professional Programme and the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme?

Both the Young Professional Programme and the Junior Professional Officer Programme enable young individuals to acquire field experience in international development, while contributing to UNICEF programmes. However, unlike JPOs who are staff members recruited under an agreement between UNICEF and a sponsoring government, Young Professionals are recruited directly by UNICEF and occupy posts funded by UNICEF resources.

How are the candidates selected?

The rigorous selection process of the Young Professional Programme includes a technical review of applications, assessment through a competency-based process and interviews with hiring offices, prior to appointment. The competencies assessed under the Programme are: communication; judgement; influence, negotiation and conflict resolution; working with others; and management skills. Fluency in a second UN language is also thoroughly tested.

What are the work assignments and how will I be assigned to a post?

Through the Young Professional Programme, UNICEF seeks to recruit Young Professionals with expertise in all areas of UNICEF’s work. Under the Programme, entry-level posts are available in the areas of Child Protection, Public Health, Nutrition, Education, Finance, Administration, Communication, Policy Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation, Human Resources, Fundraising, Logistics and Procurement.

It is important to emphasize that candidates who successfully complete the YPP selection process will not automatically be recruited. They will be placed on a YPP waiting list and reviewed against existing vacancies. The list has a validity of two years and has no priority order: candidates will be appointed upon matching the specific requirements of posts.

What learning opportunities does the Young Professional Programme offer?

Appointed Young Professionals will receive an orientation course at the duty station and will participate in an induction course in New York. They will also be assigned a mentor and their development and performance will be closely monitored.

While Young Professionals will participate in training courses offered by the Organization, the emphasis on development in UNICEF is placed on self learning and individual responsibility.

What kind of career path does the Young Professional Programme offer?

There is no typical career path for Young Professionals. However, they will be expected to serve in a variety of positions and at various duty stations, including Emergency locations. They will be expected to move progressively toward managerial, and eventually, leadership positions.