Recent graduates can complete a Young Professionals Programme at the UN or take part in a Swiss-sponsored Junior Professional Officer Programme at an international organisation.
Young Professionals Programme and Junior Professional Officer Programme
The UN Secretariat's Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is an initiative to recruit talented and qualified graduates who want a career at the UN. After passing an entrance exam in either administration, finance, law, information/media, social affairs or statistics, successful candidates can also benefit from professional training programmes to complement their new career path in the UN.
The YPP usually takes two years to complete and offers follow-up contracts to candidates that have performed well. Other international organisations also offer YPPs.
Here is a list:
- UN Young Professionals Programme
- UNESCO Young Professionals Programme
- UNICEF New and Emerging Talent Initiative NETI
- OECD Young Professionals Programme
- IMF Economist Programme
- World Bank Young Professional Programme
- European Space Agency Young Graduate Trainee Programme
- Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) Young Professional Programme
Junior Professional Officers
The aim of the Junior Professional Officers (JPO) programme is to provide qualified junior staff initial working experience in an international organisation. The deployments last between two and three years and are financed by the member country that selects the jobs and the candidates.
Minimum requirements are a master's degree and three years relevant professional experience. The candidate must also be a Swiss citizen and under 32 years of age. Switzerland currently supports the following JPO programmes:
- The United Nations and International Organisations Division (UNIOD) recruits two to three JPOs every year for various specialist areas.
- The Human Security Division (HSD) recruits around five JPOs a year for jobs in its area of expertise.
- The SDC recruits around 11 JPOs every year for their priority multilateral partner organisations working in development cooperation and humanitarian aid: UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA, WHO, UNAIDS, IFAD, WFP, UNHCR, UNRWA, and OCHA.
- The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) finances several JPO jobs each year in the following financial institutions: World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
All FDFA (UNIOD, HSD, SDC) and SECO-funded JPO jobs are published on the Cinfo jobs portal.