UNESCO YOUNG Professionals Programme 2023

The UNESCO Young Professionals Programme is a recruitment initiative aiming to improve geographical representation and promote gender parity in the organization at the international level. Through this program, young professionals and talented university graduates from non- and under-represented Member States can join UNESCO at an early stage of their professional careers.

Open to: non- and under-represented Member States
Target: Graduates
Deadline: Not specified

Eligibility Criteria: UNESCO YOUNG Professionals Programme

  • Nationality: Candidates should be nationals from non- and under-represented Member States at UNESCO.
  • Age: less than 32 years (inclusive).
  • Education: an advanced university degree in education, culture, science, social and human sciences, communication, or a field related to the management and administration of an international organization. This will be specified in the vacancy announcement.
  • Languages: fluent in English or French. Knowledge of both working languages is an asset. Knowledge of Spanish, Russian, Arabic, or Chinese is an additional asset.
  • Previous experience: initial professional experience is an asset but not mandatory.

Applicants for the UNESCO Young Professionals Programme will be screened by a committee that will establish and shortlist applicants based on:

Academic qualifications;
            – Motivation/statement of interest;
            – Presentation of the application;
            – Language and writing skills;
            – Level of professional experience.

The shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a video interview followed by a panel interview. The interviews provide candidates with an opportunity to demonstrate their communication skills, team spirit, analytical skills, sense of initiative, creativity, flexibility, and adaptability.

In addition to interviews, tests may be required to determine the related competencies as well as the level of proficiency in the working languages of UNESCO (English and French). UNESCO will send a letter of appointment to successful candidates. In the other case, UNESCO will inform the interested national commissions and permanent delegations.

Application Procedure

Applicants are required to submit their applications to either the National Commission or the Permanent Delegation of their respective country. These entities meticulously review all applications and subsequently provide a list of candidates to UNESCO’s Bureau of Human Resources Management. It’s important to note that UNESCO does not entertain applications sent directly to the organization.

For more information, visit the UNESCO Young Professionals Programme

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