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28 June 2011

United Nations Young Professionals Programme 2011:
Austrians, Hungarians, Slovakians and Slovenians can apply this year

VIENNA, 28 June (UN Information Service) - The United Nations Secretariat announces that a competitive examination will be held to recruit nationals of selected Member States at the junior professional level (P-2).

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 and annual entrance examination. For young, high-calibre professionals across the globe, the examination is a platform for starting 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 will be held in the following disciplines:


Humanitarian Affairs

Public Information


This examination is open to nationals of the Member States participating in the 2011 YPP, which include Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should hold at least a first-level university degree relevant to the discipline in which they would like to take the examination. Furthermore, applicants should not be more than 32 years old on 31 December 2011. Fluency in either English or French is required.

The examination will consist of a written examination and an interview. The written examinations are scheduled to take place on 7 December 2011.

All those who wish to participate in the competitive examination are requested to fill out the online application form available on the UN Career Portal ( The application must be submitted through the website before 10 September. Please apply early.

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We will not be able to answer specific questions regarding the 2011 YPP through e-mail or other means. Please consult the "frequently asked questions" link on the web site.