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Understanding the United Nations Young Professionals Programme in detail is the first step to succeeding in the selection process. This highly competitive recruitment initiative is carried out once a year and comprises several stages: an online application form, a writing test, and a competency-based interview.
Candidates who wish to apply must meet some basic eligibility criteria which include special requirements concerning educational background, nationality, age, and language skills. Every year, a different list of participating Member States is released by the United Nations; therefore, only certain nationalities are convoked to take part in the test.
In addition, a timeline is released so applicants can keep track of the important dates and deadlines. This year’s edition is expected to open applications soon, so, while you wait, getting informed and preparing for the selection process is the best thing to do!
In this article, we’ll present you with a timeline of the most important updates to the 2021 edition of the UN YPP!
Please note that the UN Careers portal has an update section of its own.
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APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN! – December 20, 2021
The application period for the 2021-2022 UN YPP exams has finally begun. Applications will be open through 13 February 2022. You can find the available job openings on the UN Careers Portal, as well as on the Inspira website. The exam areas and their corresponding job openings are:
- Social Affairs/Social Policy and Development: job opening #164785
- Statistics and Data Science: job opening #164791
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YPP EXAM AREAS ANNOUNCED – October 27, 2021
For those wondering when the applications for the UN YPP will open, there’s no official date yet. However, the application period is expected to be open very soon. Also, the UN YPP team has announced the Exam Areas for the 2021 edition of the program:
- Social Affairs
Those selected for the second stage of the UN YPP selection process – the Written Exam – will have the knowledge of their exam area of choice assessed.
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NEW INSPIRA CANDIDATE APPLICATION – September 27, 2021
In preparation for the 2021 edition of the UN YPP selection process, Inspira – the UN online recruitment system – has announced a list of changes in the candidate’s profile construction page:
- Now, a resume-style profile filled with job-specific/personal information (approximately 4 pages) will replace the old Personal History Profile (which was approximately 11 pages);
- A Motivational Statement (also known as a Statement of Interest) will replace the old cover letter;
- The work experience field will reduce the character length from 5,000 to 1,000;
- The fields for the inclusion of training, publications, licenses, and certificates has been optimized;
- The new option to include non-supervisor references, e.g., former supervisees.
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TWO NEW MEMBER STATES ADDED – August 19, 2021
The UN YPP team announced that the Federal Republic of Somalia and the Republic of Turkey joined the list of eligible Member States for the 2021 edition of the United Nations Young Professionals Program. The decision was made based on both nations’ present representation status. IF you have either of those two new nationalities, you will be able to apply for the 2021 UN YPP if you also, of course, meet the age, education and language requirements that you can find here.
The exam areas for the 2021 UN YPP and the application timeline will be announced soon, so keep checking this page to make sure you know first-hand when the next updates are out!
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UN YPP 2021 Participating Countries – 22 June 2021
For the 2021 UN YPP, the list of the participating member states was released on June 22nd and the following countries were invited:
Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
You can only apply for the UN YPP exams under one nationality. If you have more than one, deciding which one to use may benefit you in the process. For instance, if you take into consideration which country (of the ones you are a national) is under-represented in the UN Secretariat or the number of nationals applying for the program, you could improve your chances of qualifying in the exam.
This is an important strategy, considering that of all the applicants, only the best 60 per country (according to the 2020 UN YPP rules), for each area, are invited for the first part of the UN YPP written exam.
Please note that prospective nationality and residency status do NOT qualify as nationality for application to the UN YPP exams. You must prove your nationality by presenting a passport or a national identity card.
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