OECD Young Professionals Programme


The OECD Young Professionals Programme (YPP) brings talented entry-level professionals from diverse backgrounds into the OECD. Our YPs are at the centre of an international network, involved in some of the most innovative, high-profile research and policy discussions taking place.

Meet the YPs –
Past, present and future
We’re looking for candidates who are passionate about the objectives of the OECD and promoting international policy co-operation. YPs understand the issues involved in international work, and have the analytical and drafting skills to contribute to policy-related studies.

The next round of the YPP will open for applications in October 2014. Selected candidates will start work in summer 2015. Please register your candidate profile now and set up email alerts to be notified of the vacancy opening.

Are you eligible?
  • Born on or after 1 January 1982
  • OECD member country nationality
  • Advanced academic degree in a subject relevant to our work
  • An excellent written and oral command of one of the two official languages of the OECD (English and French)
  • A working knowledge of, or willingness to learn, the other

More information about the YPP:

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OECD Young Professional Cohort‌ 2013

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The ideal candidate has:
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  • An advanced academic degree in a subject of relevance to the OECD's work
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills 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
  • Good alignment with OECD Core Competencies: level 3 indicators
  • Additionally, candidates with Master's degree(s) should have a minimum of two years' full time professional experience in related fields.

Programme description

Our YPs work with experienced and enthusiastic people, representative of a rich diversity of cultures, languages and professichateau_dans_le_cielonal backgrounds.

They collaborate ‌with many of the more than 60 000 senior national policy makers who participate in the OECD’s technical and policy meetings each year.

Under the supervision of experienced professionals, YPs research and analyse current policy issues.

The OECD uses this research to prepare policy documents, committee reports, intergovernmental discussion and publications. YPs contribute to the monitoring, analysis, forecasting and reporting of economic and social developments.

YP assignments are based on organisational requirements and matched to academic background, professional experience, and personal preference.

Assignments for YPs have been selected for their alignment with the Secretary-General’s Strategic Objectives and frequently involve horizontal projects connecting different policy areas in the organisation. An example of the assignments the members of YP cohort 2013 are currently fulfilling can be found here. These assignments will vary with the next round of the Programme.


Practical information

YPs at the OECD are recruited for a fixed-term appointment of two years. At the end of the programme, based on performance and organisational needs, YPs may wish to continue their careers at the OECD by applying for available vacancies.

YP assignments take place at the OECD’s headquarters in Paris, France, one of the most attractive cities in the world.

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 communicating the OECD’s work to a broad range of audiences. The amount of travel varies depending on the area of work and role.

Training and mentorship at the OECD

We encourage active professional development throughout the Programme both on the job and through specific training sessions. YPs have access to the OECD’s staff training offerings, as well as training sessions especially designed for the Programme. To facilitate career development, each YP will work with a mentor for a six-month period. 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.


Salary and benefits at the OECD

We offer competitive tax-free salaries plus an attractive benefits package, which may include expatriation and family allowances depending on your individual situation. For a summary of conditions, please see salaries and benefits.

Selection cycle



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For any other queries please write to recruitment@oecd.org








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