UNESCO Career: Apply for the Young Professional Programme 2015

UNESCO Career: Apply for the Young Professional Programme 2015

Applications are currently open for the 2015 Young Professionals’ (YP) Programme. The YP Programme is provides the opportunity for young university graduates and young qualified professionals from non- and under-represented Member States* to join UNESCO early in their professional career. Do you want a career with UNESCO? Do you think you have the right profile? Then this is for you!

Salary and Benefits

  • UNESCO offers a competitive package of salaries and benefits.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)

    Salary scales and Post adjustment indices can be found on the UN salaries and allowances site

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


Currently the YP programme is open. UNESCO will receive qualified candidatures from the eligible UNESCO’s NATIONAL COMMISSION (click here). Interested candidates are welcome to contact their relevant NATCOM to apply for the Programme.

Do you have the right profile?

  • Nationality: non- or under-represented Member State in UNESCO. (To consult current geographical distribution within the Organization, please click here).
  • 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.

Application Process

  • If you are interested  and eligible to apply to the Young Professional Programme you need to contact your National Commission (click here).
  • Send your application to the National Commission/Permanent Delegation of their country of citizenship. UNESCO does not accept applications sent directly to the Organization. National Commissions review all applications to ensure that the profiles match the required qualifications. The National Commissions then submits a list of a  maximum of 12 shortlisted applicants to the Bureau of Human Resources Management at UNESCO.
  • All applications are reviewed by a  committee which will establish a shortlist based on (1) academic qualifications, (2) motivation/statement of interest, (3) presentation of the application, (4) language and writing skills, and (5) level of professional experience.
  • If you are among the shortlisted candidates, you will be required to attend interviews at UNESCO Headquarters (Paris). See tips on how to do well in their interview.
  • If your application is successful, UNESCO will send you a letter of appointment. If your application is not successful, UNESCO will inform your National Commission/Permanent Delegation.

For more information, visit UNESCO Young Professional Programme.