World Trade Organization (WTO) Young Professional Programme 2018 (CHF 3,500 Monthly Salary)

Application Deadline:10 May 2017

Vacancy Notice No.: EXT/ISHI/17-20
Title: Young Professional
Grade: – Contract Type: Temporary appointment
Starting Salary: CHF 3,500 monthly salary (approximate)
Issued On: 10 April 2017  (28 day(s) until closing date)
Division:   Various

Duration:  One year without possibility of extension

The WTO Secretariat is seeking candidates for THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PROGRAMME for 2018.

The WTO Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a unique opportunity for qualified young professionals up to the age of 32 years as at 1 January 2018, from eligible developing and least-developed country (LDC) WTO Members, to enhance their knowledge and skills on WTO and international trade issues. The Programme aims to widen the pool of professionals from these countries who can later be more competitive with respect to recruitment in the WTO and/or other regional and international organizations.

Applicants must be 32 years old or younger, as at 1 January 2018. A cover letter (letter of motivation) MUST accompany the application – the letter should also note UP TO THREE areas of work that applicants would be interested in, in order of preference. Applications with no accompanying letter will not be considered.

This is a limited programme that offers selected young professionals with the opportunity to gain work experience in the WTO. There is no guarantee of an extension of the programme or of a job offer after the one-year programme.


Advanced university degree in law economics, or other international trade-related subjects relevant to WTO work.
Knowledge and skills:

Relevant expertise or continued academic study in a field of interest to the work of the WTO.
Ability to think strategically; work independently and in a team.
Demonstrated strong interest in international trade.
Commitment and passion for trade or WTO-related work.

Work Experience:

Minimum two (2) years of relevant experience.

Fluency in English. A good working knowledge of one other official WTO language, French or Spanish, would be an advantage.

Given that the objective of the YPP is to provide opportunity to nationals of Members not represented at the professional level in the Secretariat, preference will be given to those who have not benefited from the Programme. For information, nationals from the following Members were selected in the previous exercise: Cameroon, Chile, Dominican Republic, Montenegro and Chinese Taipei.

Only applications from nationals of WTO Members will be accepted.

Application Procedure:

Please note that all candidates must complete an online application form.
To apply, please visit the WTO’s E-Recruitment website at: The system provides instructions for online application procedures.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted an

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Young Professional Programme 2018


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