Young Professional Programme -- UNESCO

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. 

Who are we looking for? Do you have the right profile?
  • Nationality: non- or under-represented Member State in UNESCO. (To consult current geographical distribution within the Organization).
  • 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.
UNESCO offers a competitive package of salaries and benefits which are set by the International Civil Service Commission 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)
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
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