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UN Young Professionals Programme 2012

Deadline: September 19th
Open to: young  professionals up to 32 years old in the following disciplines: Architecture,  Economic Affairs, Information System and Technology,  Political Affairs,  Radio Producer (Portuguese + Kiswahili) & Social Affairs, who are citizens  ONLY of the countries mentioned below.
Remuneration: the  selected candidate will receive the positions P1 and P2 in the UN various duty  stations worldwide

The Young Professionals Programme aims to bring fresh talent to the United  Nations from un- and under-represented countries and to recognize talent already  in the Organization. It was now in its second year after being launched in 11  July 2011 as approved by the General Assembly in December 2010 ( GA resolution 65/247 ).

YPP replaces older programmes and involves a faster placement process (with  no rosters) and more opportunities for field experience and career progression  then the earlier schemes.

In 2012, the YPP examination will take place on 5 December  2012 in the following job families:

Eligibility:

  • Nationality: Must hold the nationality of a participating member state at  the time of application
  • Age: 32 years or younger (Date of birth: On or after 1 January 1980)
  • Education: First-level university degree acceptable for each job family
  • Language: Fluency in English or French
  • Experience: No experience required

 

Participating countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra ,  Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria,  Azerbaijan,  Belarus,  Belgium , Bhutan,  Brazil, Brunei Darussalam,  Central  African Republic ,  Chad Colombia, Comoros,  Cyprus, Estonia,  France, Georgia, Germany,  Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras,  Hungary,  India , Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Italy , Jamaica, Japan, Kiribati,  Latvia , Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein , Lithuania, Luxembourg,  Malaysia,Mexico, Moldova,Monaco, Montenegro,  Mozambique, Namibia  ,Netherlands, New Zealand , Norway , Oman, Pakistan,Papua New Guinea , Paraguay,  Poland,  Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Saint Lucia, Samoa, San  Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands,Spain , St  Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland,  Syria,Tajikistan, The  former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,Togo, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, United  Kingdom, United States,Vanuatu

Interested candidates must apply for YPP online between 13 July to  19 September 2012.

While all official information for YPP participants is available and to be  checked through the official YPP website on the UN’s  career portal we are posting here the power point presentations of the three  workshops (held in 2011) as reference and background information for  participants.

Power point presentations used by experts in the Vienna workshop:

The YPP Process – (Gerhard Tripp, OHRM Vienna)

Preparing for the written exam – (Pieter Delcour, UNRoD,  Vienna)

Preparing for the oral exam: competency based interviews – (Gerhard Tripp, OHRM Vienna)

Lessons Learned and Tips from participants in the YPP  2011

Written Exam

  • Time-keeping is extremely important ( Four and a half hours seems long,  but there is a lot of writing to be done. Avoid spending too much time on  familiar topics.)
  • Practice hand writing ahead of time. Practice time keeping. ( Do a full  four and a half hour written exam with all four parts to check how much  time you need for each, and to get a feeling for it. This also helps  with practising handwriting as well.)
  • Concentrate on the general part and try to do it really well (This part of  the exam is marked first and candidates who do not score highly in this part are  eliminated)
  • Summarizing of texts is difficult ( not because of the content but  because of the hand writing – normally with computers you can easily do a word  count but with handwriting you do not really know how many words you  have written)
  • For summary writing, practise summarizing UN documents and time  yourself
  • Read and check the UN/NY website on a daily basis.
  • Judge the value of each question and distribute your time accordingly.
  • Answer every question, even if you do not know or are not sure. (Take an  educated guess. If you don’t write anything you automatically get 0  points, but there are no minus points for wrong answers.)

Oral Exam

  • know the UN  Core Competencies and be able to relate to them with concrete personal  examples and communicate these in a concise manner

Further information about YPP is available on the Careers  Portal, where all examination updates will be posted. In addition, the Frequently Asked Questions may be useful for anybody who is  considering taking the exam.

Competitive examinations for recruitment and placement in posts requiring  specific language skills in the Professional category are administered  separately, and are not included in this examination.

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