2015 UNESCO Young Professional Programme for Young University Graduates/Professionals



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.

Currently the YP programme is open. UNESCO will receive qualified candidatures from the eligible UNESCO’s NATIONAL COMMISSION. Interested candidates are welcome to contact their relevant NATCOM to apply for the Programme.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nationality: non- or under-represented Member State in UNESCO.
  • Age:  32 years maximum. Candidates must be born not later than 31th December 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.

Salary and Benefits:


UNESCO offers a competitive package of salaries and benefits which are set by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and are similar across United Nations Agencies.

Salaries are made of two elements :

  • Base salary
  • Post adjustment (a % of the base salary different for each location, to ensure that staff salaries have the same purchasing power at all duty stations worldwide)

Salary scales and Post adjustment indices can be found on the UN salaries and allowances site


International Professional staff may also be entitled to other allowances and benefits, such as:

  • Family/Education benefits – UNESCO provides allowances to help staff with their family obligations and the education of their children.
  • Relocation – UNESCO offers a package of benefits to support  installation costs in the new location.
  • Mobility entitlements  – when a UNESCO staff moves to another duty station, he/she will receive incentives to facilitate and compensate for the move.
  • Holidays and leave – UNESCO staff are entitled to 30 days of leave per year in addition to the official holidays in the duty station.
  • Pension and Insurance – the Organization provides staff with medical coverage and contributes to the Pension Fund established by the United Nations

Application Process:

Submission of application

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

National Commissions review all applications to ensure that the profiles match the required qualifications. The National Commissions then submits a list of a  maximum of 12 shortlisted applicants to the Bureau of Human Resources Management at UNESCO.

Screening of applicants

All applications are reviewed by a  committee which will establish a shortlist based on (1) academic qualifications, (2) motivation/statement of interest, (3) presentation of the application, (4) language and writing skills, and (5) level of professional experience.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNESCO Young Professional Programme



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