14 Young Professionals from Non- and Underrepresented Countries join UNESCO

The selection process of the UNESCO Young Professionals Programme 2015 has just been finalized, and the Director-General of UNESCO has decided to appoint 14 Young Professionals who will join UNESCO, both in Paris and in a number of Field Offices in the coming months.

The newly selected 14 Young Professionals – nine women and five men -- come from all regions of the world, five from non-represented Member-States and nine from underrepresented Member States, such as: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Liberia, Zambia, New Zealand, Oman, Namibia, Montenegro, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Singapore, Slovenia, Portugal, Viet Nam, and Luxembourg.

Their background includes advanced degrees (Phd, Master, LLM) in areas such as development and globalization, natural resources; public policies; international relations; business administration; environmental law; law and security; public international law and applied accounting. 

The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) provides the opportunity to young university graduates and young qualified professionals from non- and under-represented Member States to join UNESCO at the early stage of their professional career. It is a unique opportunity to acquire training and work experience in technical cooperation and in management and administration of multilateral programmes and projects, either within UNESCO’s Field Offices or at Headquarters.

The process is highly competitive and attracts increasing numbers of candidates every year. The 2015 crop was chosen from initial pool of 907 candidates submitted by 86 National Commissions; 277 candidates were pre-screened against the eligibility criteria and educational requirements. These candidates were invited for an interview responding to questions dealing with substantive and technical skills, curriculum and motivation. After a thorough review, 81 candidates from 42 Members States were selected for a final interview.

The programme also provides for an enhanced pool of professionals and potential future civil servants, thereby enriching and diversifying the UNESCO family. Young Professionals are recruited under bilateral agreements between UNESCO and the donor countries, generally for a duration of 2 to 3 years.

UNESCO’s Young Professionals’ Programme seeks to improve the geographical distribution of the Organization while contributing, at the same time, to the rejuvenation of the Secretariat and promoting gender equality among staff.