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The OECD Young Associates Programme

The Young Associates Programme (YAP) is a two-year programme targeted at recent undergraduates who wish to gain a significant first professional experience in the world of multilateral policymaking, research and analysis. It is designed to act as a springboard for them to target future postgraduate study at top-ranked universities.

The following sections provide an overview of the Programme, including details on the eligibility criteria for candidates, salary and benefits package, and recruitment process.

- Programme overview


The YAP is an exciting opportunity that offers professional experience at the cutting edge of public policy development and analysis. The YAP is a 24-month programme designed to expose recent undergraduates to a variety of research and analytical work on major policy areas.

The purpose of the Programme is to prepare outstanding undergraduates for their future postgraduate studies. As such, successful candidates must clearly articulate how they are motivated to use their experience at the OECD to pursue a Master’s degree or PhD following completion of the Programme.

A key component of the Programme is mentorship. During their two-year work at the OECD, the Young Associates will be closely mentored by their managers. Managers are therefore selected on the basis of their professional experience, policy expertise, and ability to work with, challenge, and develop young talented individuals. 

 

- Eligibility


To be eligible, you must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in the academic field related to the position(s) of interest (graduation date from January 2020 for individuals applying to the YAP 2021-23 round). Candidates may not hold or be enrolled in a Master’s, PhD, or equivalent degree;
  • Hold a nationality of an OECD Member country;
  • Demonstrate a record of strong academic achievement; (candidates will be requested to provide their final or most recent Grade Point Average (GPA) out of 4.0 – see GPA conversion tool)
  • Show evidence of being able to work constructively in a team;
  • Have fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and a commitment to reach a good working level of the other;
  • Demonstrate how you will be able to contribute as a YA in your area of work, as well as your motivation to pursue a graduate degree in a relevant field after completing the Programme, including how the YAP will help achieve this;
  • Be able to start the Programme in September 2021 for the two-year assignment. 

 

In addition, it would be an asset if you:

  • Have undertaken research, written reports or thesis related to the work area of the YA position; 
  • Have extracurricular or work experience relevant to the YA position;
  • Demonstrate the required skills and competencies.

 

Candidates can apply for more than one Young Associate position. However, please note that the skills and backgrounds sought for each position are key to the policy area or area of work. Candidates are encouraged to apply to positions that are aligned to their profiles.


For more information on the OECD Young associates Programme please read the section on frequently asked questions.

 

- Salary and benefits


We offer:

  • A monthly salary of approximately 3,500 EUR, exempt from French income tax (deductions are made for health insurance coverage and leaving allowance contribution); and
  • A leaving allowance (in lieu of a pension contribution) of approximately 16,000 EUR based on a 24-month assignment.

In addition, YAs may be eligible for the following allowances as established by the Staff Regulations:

  • An expatriation allowance;
  • An installation allowance (equivalent to one month’s salary for single candidates);
  • The reimbursement of removal expenses and airline tickets to Paris and back to your home destination at the end of the Programme. 

 

- Selection process and timeline

 

Recruitment for the YAP 2021-2023 round:

  • December 2020 - YA positions are posted and applications (CVs and cover letters) are accepted through the OECD career website. Candidates may apply to more than one relevant YA position.
  • January 2021 - Applications are screened, and retained candidates are contacted regarding the next steps.
  • January – March 2021 - Candidates are assessed, which may take the form of an online aptitude test and video/phone interviews.
  • April – May 2021 - Successful candidates in these assessments are invited for panel interviews and/or written assessment.
  • May 2021 - Final selections are made, and employment offers are sent to successful candidates. 
  • September 2021 - Young Associates take up duty 

  

- Starting in your position

 

YAs selected for the 2021-2023 round will take up duty in September 2021 and will be based in Paris, France, unless determined otherwise, depending on the circumstances around Covid-19 and corporate guidelines.

As a Young Associate, you will work closely with a senior manager in tackling some of the most challenging social and economic issues of today. Your day-to-day work may involve background research, drafting, liaising with partners internally and externally, and helping organise events ranging from policy forums to Ministerial conferences. Throughout your work programme, the focus will be on developing the professional competences and research expertise to be able to succeed in highly competitive applications for graduate schools.  

 

- Policy areas and work streams (hosting departments)


The following Directorates and special body will host a Young Associate in the 2021 - 2023 round. Review the job descriptions and apply by 3 January 2021.

 

No.Directorate/Special BodyWork stream
1 Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTP) The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes
2 Economics Department (ECO) OECD Economic Outlook
3 Directorate for Education and Skills (EDU) Survey on Social and Emotional Skills
4 Public Governance (GOV) Public Governance Priorities – Supporting the Strategic Agenda in response to Covid-19
5 Global Relations Secretariat (GRS) Towards an inclusive, resilient and sustainable recovery: The SME Policy Index for Latin America
6 International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook
7 Public Affairs and Communications Directorate (PAC) Public Affairs and Civil Society
8 Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Artificial Intelligence and the OECD AI Observatory 

 

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The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of OECD member countries, irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities. The OECD prohibits any form of discrimination, gender or otherwise, with regard to equal pay for equivalent work and professional development and promotion.

For questions, contact us at YoungAssociate@oecd.org    

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