YPP Career Support Programme

Target Audience

This 5-day in-person learning programme is designed for staff who enter the Organization through the Young Professionals Programme (YPP) as P-2 staff. All YPP staff are required to complete the programme within 2 years of their start-date.


The YPP Career Support Programme provides young staff with a range of key information on HR topics – with a focus on career support, as well as guidance and discussions on the UN’s culture and key issues facing the Organization.

The curriculum varies a bit each time, but usually includes the following topics:

UN career support options

  • Briefing on the Managed Reassignment Programme
  • Panel discussions with senior staff on their experiences

Accessing help for a variety of workplace problems

Human resources

  • Performance management
  • Selection and interviewing
  • Benefits and entitlements

Systemic changes that are underway, such as management reform


NYHQ programme, June 2018

During the 2019 session hosted by ESCWA, participants
visited UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura (Photo: ESCWA)

A virtual programme was held in February 2021
during the Covid-19 pandemic

NYHQ programme, June 2018

NYHQ Programme, June 2018

Field visit during UNON programme, November 2019


In addition to the substantive topics, the programme provides:

Excellent networking opportunities
It’s a chance to meet P-2 staff from across the world who have similar and yet different concerns.  Sometimes class groups stay in touch for years after the programme.

Chance to learn about another duty station
Hosting of the programme rotates among duty stations. In 2019, for example, it was held in Nairobi (UNON) and in Beirut (ESCWA). Participants consistently report the value in experiencing another duty station during the programme, for both personal and professional reasons, including when considering potential future geographical career moves.

Read about the 2021 session held virtually.

Read about the 2019 ESCWA session on iSeek.

Contact learning@un.org for more information about this programme.