OECD Young Professionals Programme 2015 – Paris, France

OECD Young Professionals Programme 2015 – Paris, France

Deadline: November 25, 2014

Applications are now open for the OECD Young Professionals Programme (YPP) 2015. The Programme brings talented entry-level professionals from diverse backgrounds into the OECD. The Young Professionals (YPs) are at the centre of an international network, involved in some of the most innovative, high-profile research and policy discussions taking place. Selected candidates will start work in summer 2015.

They’re looking for candidates who are passionate about the objectives of the OECD and promoting international policy co-operation. YPs understand the issues involved in international work, and have the analytical and drafting skills to contribute to policy-related studies.

YPP Details

The YPs work with experienced and enthusiastic people, representative of a rich diversity of cultures, languages and professichateau_dans_le_cielonal backgrounds. They collaborate ‌with many of the more than 60,000 senior national policy makers who participate in the OECD’s technical and policy meetings each year.

Under the supervision of experienced professionals, YPs research and analyse current policy issues. The OECD uses this research to prepare policy documents, committee reports, intergovernmental discussion and publications. YPs contribute to the monitoring, analysis, forecasting and reporting of economic and social developments.

Other Information

YPs at the OECD are recruited for a fixed-term appointment of two years. At the end of the programme, based on performance and organisational needs, YPs may wish to continue their careers at the OECD by applying for available vacancies.

YP assignments take place at the OECD’s headquarters in Paris, France, one of the most attractive cities in the world.

Travel may be required for a variety of reasons including collecting information, working with specialists, experts and policy makers from all over the world and communicating the OECD’s work to a broad range of audiences. The amount of travel varies depending on the area of work and role.


  1. Training and mentorship: OECD encourages active professional development throughout the Programme both on the job and through specific training sessions. YPs have access to the OECD’s staff training offerings, as well as training sessions especially designed for the Programme. To facilitate career development, each YP will work with a mentor for a six-month period. Additionally, YPs receive informal mentorship and guidance from previous YP cohorts. Throughout the Programme, YPs will have ample networking opportunities within the OECD and beyond.
  2. Salary and benefits: OECD offers competitive tax-free salaries plus an attractive benefits package, which may include expatriation and family allowances depending on your individual situation. For a summary of conditions, please see salaries and benefits.


  • Born on or after 1 January 1982
  • OECD member country nationality

The ideal candidate has:

  • An advanced academic degree in a subject of relevance to the OECD’s work
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills demonstrated by academic achievement
  • Knowledge of country policies and institutions and an understanding of political and reform processes
  • An excellent written and oral command of one of the two official languages of the OECD (English and French) and working knowledge of, or willingness to learn, the other. Knowledge of other languages would be an asset
  • Good alignment with OECD Core Competencies: level 3 indicators
  • Additionally, candidates with Master’s degree(s) should have a minimum of two years’ full time professional experience in related fields.


After an initial screening, selected candidates will be invited to complete an online written test with topic-specific questions. Should you be selected for more than one assignment, you will be invited to complete a test for each assignment. Interviews will take place in February 2015, with successful candidates being notified in March 2015. Programme participants should start work in summer 2015.

For more information, visit OECD Young Professionals Programme.