UNESCO Young Professionals Program

October 14, 2008

UNESCO has opened the application process for its intake 2009 Young
Professionals Program (YPP). The program is extremely competitive, and
is expected to be particularly so this year as UNESCO did not offer it
last year. Each under-represented member state is allowed to submit
twelve candidates for further consideration by UNESCO, of which only
ten will be selected worldwide for this program.

Applicants must be under thirty years of age as of 31 December 2008.
UNESCO is headquartered in Paris and an excellent knowledge of English
or French is a requirement. UNESCO considers knowledge of both working
languages (French/English) as a strong asset. The most competitive
candidates will be conversant in at least two of the six UN languages
(English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian).
This year, UNESCO specifically has expressed an interested in
candidates that have an advanced university degree in the following

* Education (Science Education)
* Environmental Sciences (Environment or Ecology and/or World Life
Management focused on environmental planning for sustainable
* Discrimination and Racism (law degree and/or political sciences
and/or sociology; focus on human rights)
* Cultural Expressions and Creative Industries (cultural
expressions with focus on creative industries)
* Information Services (Information technology with a focus on SAP
software in Human Resources)
* Audit/Internal Oversight (auditing and/or risk management,
and/or informational technology; accounting)
* Communications (communications and/or media studies with a focus
in media management)
* Relations with Member States (International Relations and/or
Political Science with a focus within the Arab world)
* Human Resources (business administration with focus in Human
Resources Management)
* Treasury (accounting and/or financial analysis; ACCA
(Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) certified an

UNESCO will make its selection based on excellence, achievement, and
commitment to UNESCO’s mandate. A relevant first professional
experience can be an asset. After assessing all applications, the
UNESCO Bureau of Human Resources Management will invite a number of
candidates to Headquarters in Paris for interviews and language
examinations. The selected candidates will be recruited with a
one-year contract at the P-1 level (approximately $45,000 tax-free).
During the first 12 months of employment within a Program Sector, a
Field Office, or an Administrative Service of the Organization, the
Young Professionals will be given the opportunity to expand their
knowledge of UNESCO and the UN System, and to acquire the relevant
skills related to UNESCO’s fields of competence and its
administration. A renewal of contracts will depend on the careful
examination of performance during this probationary period. Those,
whose performance will have met the required standards, will be
offered a subsequent extension of appointment, becoming regular UNESCO
staff members.

The U.S. National Commission for UNESCO serves as the coordinating
body for the applications of U.S. citizens. Only U.S. citizens should
apply to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO; other nationals
should apply through their respective countries. The National
Commission will recommend twelve American candidates whom they feel
should be sent forward to UNESCO for further consideration.

Three hardcopies and one electronic (PDF, word) copy must be received
by the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO by 11:59 PM Eastern on
Wednesday, November 19, 2008. Please FedEx or DHL material to:

U.S. National Commission for UNESCO
2121 Virginia Avenue, Suite 6200
Washington, DC 20037
Electronic material can be emailed to DCUNESCO@state.gov

Note: Members of the National Commission*s YPP review committee may
decide to interview via phone top candidates, so please ensure that
you include accurate contact information in your application.

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