UNESCO Young Professionals Programme: Fostering Inclusivity and Gender Equality Globally

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The Young Professionals Programme is a recruitment effort aimed at enhancing geographical diversity and fostering gender equality within the International Organization. This program offers an opportunity for exceptionally qualified university graduates and young professionals from underrepresented Member States to join UNESCO at the early stages of their professional journey.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Nationality: Applicants must hold citizenship in non- and under-represented Member States at UNESCO.
  2. Age: Candidates should be below the age of 32 (inclusive).
  3. Education: Possession of an advanced university degree in fields such as education, culture, science, social and human sciences, communication, or areas related to the management and administration of international organizations. Specific qualifications will be detailed in the vacancy announcement.
  4. Languages: Proficiency in either English or French is mandatory, with knowledge of both considered an advantage. Proficiency in Spanish, Russian, Arabic, or Chinese is also considered advantageous.
  5. Previous Experience: While initial professional experience is beneficial, it is not obligatory.

Selection Process:

Screening: An evaluation committee reviews all applications and establishes a shortlist based on the following criteria:

  • Academic qualifications
  • Motivation/statement of interest
  • Presentation of the application
  • Language proficiency and writing skills
  • Level of professional experience

Interviews and Evaluation: Shortlisted candidates are invited to participate in a video interview followed by a panel interview. These interviews provide opportunities for candidates to showcase their communication skills, teamwork, analytical abilities, initiative, creativity, flexibility, and adaptability.

In addition to interviews, tests may be required to assess related competencies and proficiency in UNESCO’s working languages (English and French).

Selection Outcome: UNESCO will issue appointment letters to successful candidates. In cases where candidates are not selected, UNESCO communicates this to the relevant National Commissions and Permanent Delegations.

Application Procedure: Applicants should submit their applications to the National Commission or Permanent Delegation of their home country. National Commissions and Permanent Delegations are responsible for reviewing applications and submitting a list of candidates to UNESCO’s Bureau of Human Resources Management. Submitting applications directly to UNESCO is not permitted.

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