The applications for the YPP 2019-2021 Round will open in November 2018.

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Please read through the sections below to find out more about the Programme.


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.

The Young Professionals contribute to the:

  • monitoring
  • analysis
  • forecasting
  • reporting

of economic and social developments.

The OECD uses this research to prepare:

  • policy documents
  • committee reports
  • intergovernmental discussion
  • publications

YP assignments are based on organisational requirements and matched to:

  • academic background

  • professional experience

  • 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. 

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Do they benefit from training and mentoring?

We encourage active professional development throughout the Programme both:

  • on the job

  • through specific training sessions


To facilitate career development, each YP will work with a mentor for a six-month period.


YPs have access to:

  • the OECD’s staff training offer
  • training sessions especially designed for the Programme

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?

First, to be eligible, you must satisfy these 2 criteria:

  • be born on or after 30 September 1989
  • have an OECD member country nationality

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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:

  • collecting information

  • 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?

We offer:

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

What are the steps in the selection process?


Applications now closed

The applications are now closed! 

The next round of the OECD Young Professionals Programme will take place in 2019.