Batas waktu: 2 Agustus 2013
 Warga Negara dari salah satu negara dalam daftar, termasuk Indonesia. Maksimal 32 tahun.
Remuneration: two-year fixed-term appointment at the UN Secretariat followed by conversion to a continuing contract.


The United Nations is looking for highly qualified candidates who are ready to launch a professional career as an international civil servant. The young professionals programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative that brings new talent to the United Nations through an annual entrance examination. For young, high-calibre professionals across the globe, the examination is a platform for launching a career at the United Nations. This programme builds upon the national competitive recruitment examination (NCRE) which was held for the last time in 2010.

The examination is held worldwide and is open to nationals of countries participating in the annual recruitment exercise – the list of participating countries is published annually and varies from year to year. This examination is also held for staff members of the United Nations Secretariat who work within the General Service and other related categories and aspire to a career within the Professional and higher categories. For more information about staff members participating in the young professionals programme, click here.

The examination tests your substantive knowledge, analytical thinking, drafting abilities, as well as your awareness of international affairs.

Initially you will be appointed for two years and then be reviewed for a continuing appointment. The Organization promotes mobility within and across duty stations and job families. As a new recruit you are expected to work in at least two different functions and duty stations within your first five years of service. You will be offered orientation and mobility training as well as career support. This will help you adapt and accelerate the learning period leading to productive work and job satisfaction as an international civil servant.

This year’s program offers placements in three separate job families: Legal AffairsPublic Information, and Statistics. You can read more about each positions responsibilities and specifics on the linked pages.


The opportunity is open to individuals holding at least a first-level university degree, younger than 32 years old, who speak either English or French fluently and are from the following eligible countries:

Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, Bahrain Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chad, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Germany, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Palau, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Spain, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, United States.


The deadline to apply for this year’s YPP is 2 August 2013. To apply for the examination you have to fill out a “job application” at the United Nations which is made up of a profile section (My Profile), an application form, and a cover letterall of which should be prepared online.

In order to prepare an application, you must first register HERE. After you have registered, you will be welcomed to your Careers Home page, which is where you will fill out and manage your profile, application form(s) and all information relating to your application(s).

Your application is first screened to determine if you are eligible for the examination in the job family you applied for. If your country has a total of over 40 applicants found eligible in a given job family, and you are one of them, your application is evaluated in terms of education, experience, languages, and other skills. If it is determined that your application is within the 40 best from your country, you will be contacted to take part in the written portion of the examination.

The written examination consists of two papers:

  • The General Paper, which is the same for all job families, tests your drafting abilities and/or your knowledge of international affairs; this part can be drafted in either English or French.
  • The Specialized Paper, which tests your substantive knowledge corresponding to the job family you are taking the exam in and your analytical thinking; it can be taken in any of the six UN official languages.
  • The written examination lasts a total of four and a half hours. Examinees are required to manage their own time for the different parts of the examination. Examinees’ responses are marked anonymously by a panel of markers for the General Paper and by the Specialized Board Members for the Specialized Paper. Before the exam, it will be announced which papers and/or parts of the exam will be eliminatory and only examinees successful in that part of the examination will have the other parts marked.

If, based on the results of the written portion of the examination, you are successful, you will be invited to take part in the oral portion of the examination which consists of a competency-based interview.

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