A career path is the pattern of moves completed by a staff member, be it laterally/vertically, within the same or across job families, geographically or within the same duty station. Career paths within the Organization are unique and reflect each staff member’s professional aspirations, background and experiences. Click here for more information on actual career paths taken by UN staff members.
Frequently Asked Questions
The YPP list of successful candidates is valid for a period of three (3) years. We hope to place all successful candidates within this time frame, but if you are not placed you will be removed from the list. Should you remain interested in the Young Professionals Programme, you will be required to retake and successfully pass the YPP examination.
In order to take this year’s examination, you must submit a new application, meet all eligibility requirements, and be convoked to take the examination.
Yes, you will have to go through the entire examination process again, starting with the submission of your application. The YPP examination is comprised of both a written and oral examination, and results from one examination year do not carry over to another examination year.
The passing threshold is consistent across internal and external candidates.
Examinees' responses are marked anonymously by a panel of markers for the General Paper and by the Specialised Board Members for the Specialised Paper. They are marked according to pre-determined scoring criteria, established during exam creation. The Central Examinations Boards has oversight of the recommendations and decisions across all exam areas.
The Specialised Board of Examiners, which consists of current UN Secretariat staff within the relevant substantive Department, develops the exam questions with guidance from the Examinations and Tests Section. Exam content changes from exam to exam, and is based on the current and anticipated needs of the Organization.
For clarity, the term NCRE should still be used.
Secretariat staff from the General Service and related categories and Field Service staff on FS-5 and below who are applying to the YPP examination as a staff member, or through the route referred to as ‘G to N’, should apply using the nationality that is already officially recognized by the United Nations in official documents received when joining the Organization.
External applicants and staff applying through the ‘G to N’ route can only apply to one job family. Submitting applications for more than one job family will result in automatic disqualification.