What do Young Professionals do?
Do they benefit from training and mentoring?
We encourage active professional development throughout the Programme both:
on the job
through dedicated training sessions
Additionally, YPs receive informal mentorship and guidance from previous YP cohorts.
Throughout the Programme, YPs will have ample networking opportunities within the OECD and beyond.
Are you an ideal candidate for this Programme?
What does it mean if I am selected?
What are the salary and benefits?
What are the steps in the selection process?
Would you like to know more?
Frequently asked questions
The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) was initially launched to recruit talented and motivated individuals to entry-level positions, exclusively at the A1 grade, which was only used for the Programme and considered a ‘training’ grade. However, in recent years the majority of staff members at the A1 grade are appointed after applying to regular vacancies outside the scope of the YPP. Regular vacancies do not have age-related requirements.
As a result, over the last ten years there has been a gradual increase in the average age of those appointed to entry-level A1 positions at the OECD and raising the age limit bar for the YPP from 32 to 35 was a contributing factor. This had the effect of reducing the distinctiveness of the YPP positions, specifically for policy professionals at the outset of their career. Accordingly, lowering the age threshold intends to refocus the Young Professional Programme on its core target population, the very best entry level young professionals with strong development potential, and provide them with a distinct two year programme, whilst at the same time allowing more seasoned individuals to compete for standard positions at grade A1 or higher.
We invite candidates who do not meet the YPP age requirement to apply to other vacancies, entry-level or higher positions, published on an ongoing basis on our Career Website.
Yes, as long as you will have obtained your Master’s degree by the time of taking up duty in September 2019, and fulfil other eligibility criteria (e.g. have 2 years of relevant professional experience).
The age limit will be extended by the length of the obligatory military service. Please note that gender-selective conscription systems are taken into consideration. Those who have not been subjected to mandatory military service will be expected to fulfil the original eligibility criteria.
Yes. However, please ensure you read the requirements for each position carefully to make sure that you are a suitable candidate.
Yes, if you hold a Doctorate degree. Candidates with Master’s degree(s) are expected to have at least 2 years’ professional experience which closely corresponds to the duties of the applicable YP position.
No. Selected candidates are expected to take up duty in September 2019.
We only recruit nationals of OECD member countries for the YPP.
Nationals of Colombia are welcome to apply to the YPP, but could only be appointed in case Colombia finalises its accession to the Organisation by September 2019.