OECD Young Professionals Programme


The OECD Young Professionals Programme is designed to bring entry-level professionals with diverse backgrounds into the Organisation. 

Who are the Young Professionals?

Candidates who are interested in the objectives of the OECD in promoting international policy co-operation, understand the issues involved in international work, and who possess the analytical and drafting skills which enable them to contribute to policy-related studies.
The next round of the YPP will open for applications in October 2014. Please register your candidate profile now and set up email alerts to be notified of the vacancy opening.


Am I eligible for the Young Professionals Programme?

Candidates must have the nationality of an OECD member country and be born on or after 1 January 1982.


The ideal candidate has:

  • Advanced academic degree in a subject of relevance to the OECD's work .
  • Candidates with Master's degree(s) should have gained a minimum of two years'  full time professional experience in related fields.
  • Strong quantitative skills for the purpose of analysis demonstrated by academic achievement.
  • Knowledge of country policies and institutions and an understanding of political and reform processes.
  • An excellent written and oral command of one of the two official languages of the OECD (English and French) and working knowledge of, or willingness to learn, the other. Knowledge of other languages would be an asset.

OECD Core Competencies
Please refer to the level 3 indicators

What kind of work does a Young Professional do?

Our Young Professionals work with experienced and enthusiastic people, representative of a rich diversity of cultures, languages and professional backgrounds. They collaborate with many of the 40 000 senior national policy makers who each year participate in the OECD’s technical and policy meetings.

Working in a highly stimulating multicultural team environment, this is an opportunity to be at the focal point of an international network, involved in some of the most innovative, high profile research and policy discussion taking place.

Young Professionals’ assignments are based on organisational requirements and matched to professional experience, academic background and personal preference.  The assignments take place at the OECD’s headquarters in Paris, France, one of the most attractive cities in the world. An example of the assignments the YP cohort 2013 are currently fulfilling can be found here.  These will vary with the next round of the Programme.

Travel may be required for a variety of reasons including collecting information, working with specialists, experts and policy makers from all over the world and participating in the effective communication of the OECD’s work to a broad range of audiences. The amount of travel varies depending on the area of work and role.

A Young Professional, under the supervision of experienced professionals, carries out research and analysis of issues of current policy relevance. This research is used for the preparation of policy documents, committee reports, intergovernmental discussion and publication. Young Professionals contribute to the monitoring, analysis, forecasting and reporting of economic and social developments.  Active professional development is encouraged both on the job and through specific training sessions.


What are the salary and benefits?

We offer competitive tax-free salaries plus an attractive benefits package, which may include expatriation and family allowances depending on your individual situation.

You will be recruited by the Organisation as an international civil servant with a fixed term appointment for two years, following which, based on performance and organisational needs, you may wish to pursue your career at the OECD. For a summary of conditions, please see salaries and benefits.











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