What do Young Professionals do?
The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) brings talented young professionals into the OECD to work and develop their career with the guidance of senior colleagues.
Selected candidates are appointed at A1 grade.
The Programme lasts two years during which our Young Professionals (YPs) work with experienced and enthusiastic people, representative of a rich diversity of cultures, languages and professional 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.
YPs research and analyse key current policy issues. They are at the centre of an international network, involved in some of the most innovative, high-profile research and policy discussions taking place.
YP assignments are based on organisational requirements and matched to:
candidate's 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.
Find out more about the last YP cohort's assignments.
Do they benefit from some training and mentoring?
We encourage active professional development throughout the Programme both:
on the job
through specific 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?
Then you should have:
an advanced academic degree in a subject of relevance to the OECD's work
a minimum of two years' full time professional experience in related fields for candidates with Master's degree(s)
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
What does it mean if I am selected?
Young Professionales 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 advertised vacancies.
YP assignments take place in Paris area, France, one of the most attractive cities in the world.
Travel may be required, depending on the area of work and role, for a variety of reasons including:
working with specialists, experts and policy makers from all over the world
communicating the OECD’s work to a broad range of audiences
What are the salary and benefits?
What are the steps in the selection process?