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.
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.
To be eligible, you must:
In addition, it would be an asset if you:
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.
In addition, YAs may be eligible for the following allowances as established by the Staff Regulations:
Recruitment for the YAP 2022-2024 round:
(Note: The recruitment timeline may be subject to change, in which case relevant candidates participating in the recruitment process will duly be notified.)
YAs selected for the 2022-2024 round will take up duty in September 2022 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.
Vacancies for the upcoming YAP 2022-2024 round are expected to be published in November 2021.
The following Directorates and special body hosted Young Associates in the 2021 - 2023 round:
YAP 2021-23 vacancies (filled)
|No.||Directorate/Special Body||Work 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|
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.