Applications for the WTO Young Professionals Program (YPP) are being received. World Trade Organization Young Professionals Program is a unique opportunity for qualified young professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills on WTO and international trade issues.
The Program is opened for candidates from developing and least-developed country (LDC) WTO Members. It aims to increase professionals for these countries who can later be more competitive with respect to recruitment in the WTO and/or other regional and international organizations.
Young Professionals Program is a unique program that offers selected young professionals with the opportunity to gain work experience in the World Trade Organization. There is no guarantee of an extension of the program or of a job offer after the one-year program. If you are not qualified for this program, you may be eligible for the World Trade Organization Internship Program.
- Host institution: World Trade Organization (WTO), Switzerland.
- Areas of Work: Accessions, Agriculture, Council and Trade Negotiations, Dispute Settlement, Economic research and Statistics, Government Procurement, Intellectual Property Rights, Market Access (tariffs and non-tariff barriers), Media and External Relations, Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures, Technical Barriers to Trade, Trade and Development, Trade and Environment, Trade Facilitation, Trade in Services and Investment, Trade Policy Analysis, Trade-Related Technical Assistance, Trade Remedies (anti-dumping and countervailing duties).
- Number of positions: Not specified.
- Duration: One year without possibility of extension.
- Contract Type: Temporary appointment.
- Target group: Please check list below.
World Trade Organization Young Professionals Program Benefits
Selected candidates for the World Trade Organization Young Professionals Program will receive a monthly salary of CHF 3,500 (approximate).
Open to nationals of developing and least-developed country (LDC) WTO Members countries. However, Preference shall be given to nationals from WTO Members without any representation or with low representation (one staff member) at the professional level in the Secretariat; and have not participated in previous cohorts of the YPP. The list of such WTO Members as at 15 March 2021 is set out below:
Angola, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Moldova, Myanmar, Niger, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia.
World Trade Organization Young Professionals Program Eligibility
To apply for the WTO YPP program, applicants must be nationals of WTO Member countries and meet the following criteria:
- Be 32 years old or less, as of 1 January 2022.
- Advanced university degree in law economics, or other international trade-related subjects relevant to the work of the WTO.
- General knowledge of the work of the WTO.
- Good drafting skills in English. Ability to draft in French and/or Spanish would be an advantage.
- Ability to work independently and in a team.
- Demonstrated strong interest in international trade and the multilateral trading system.
- Commitment and passion for trade or WTO-related work.
- Minimum two (2) years of professional experience relevant to the work of the WTO.
- Fluency in English. A good working knowledge of either French or Spanish would be an advantage.
- UNICEF Internship Program For All Nationalities;
- CERN Junior Fellowship Program for Graduate Students;
- Internship Program At FAO (The Food And Agriculture Organization);
- United Nations Volunteers Program For All Nationalities.
Eligible Applicants must submit their applications through the e-recruitment system along with their cover letter of motivation. Please click on the apply button below and navigate to the bottom of the page. Click on New Applicants — Click here to begin your on-line application.
Instructions to add the cover letter is as follows: Once the application for the Young Professionals Program has been submitted, their application will be displayed under the “My Applications” tab. Applicants should click on the button “Add” for the specific vacancy under the “Covering letter” column. Cover letters added in other sections of the applicant profile such as “Additional Information” or “Additional Documents”.
The deadline to submit your application is . For more detail on the 2021 WTO Young Professionals Program, please visit the official page. To be the first to see latest opportunities, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.