Known until 2010 as the National Competitive Recruitment Examination, YPP gives new talent the chance to join the U.N. system as international civil servants working across a variety of exciting fields and specializations or job families.
Under this recruitment initiative, applicants are screened for eligibility, then given an entrance exam. The first part is composed of a written test designed to measure the applicant’s drafting abilities, awareness of international affairs, analytical skills and substantive knowledge in the area of the position applied for. If the candidate makes it through the written test, he or she is invited to take part in the oral portion of the examination — a competency-based interview that gives the organization a clearer picture of their skills and attributes directly related to job performance.
Devex talked to representatives from three U.N. agencies with a variety of young professional models. While the cultures vary, one thing is certain: Young candidates aren’t the only ones benefiting from these programs.
While passing does not automatically guarantee an applicant a job, the probability of being offered one is very high. A small number of candidates who pass but do not match immediate vacancies are placed on a reserve list, and are considered for posts as they become available.
Liana is a Manila-based reporter at Devex focusing on education, development finance and public-private partnerships and contributing a wide range of content featured in the Development Insider, Money Matters and Doing Good newsletters. She draws from her experience in business reporting and advertising to generate coverage that is engaging, insightful and relevant to the Devex community.
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