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United Nations WTO Calls for Applications: 2025 Young Professionals Programme (fully-funded and open to several nationalities)

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) has opened the application process for the 2025 Young Professionals Programme (YPP), targeting candidates up to the age of 32 as of January 1, 2025, from eligible developing economies and least-developed countries (LDCs). Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their applications by April 2, 2024, for consideration. Successful candidates will commence their tenure at the WTO Secretariat in January 2025, embarking on a year-long journey of professional development and hands-on experience.

Overview of the Young Professionals Programme

Administered by the WTO’s Institute for Training and Technical Co-operation (ITTC) and supported by the Global Trust Fund, the Young Professionals Programme (YPP) serves as a unique platform for qualified young professionals from WTO member nations with limited or no professional representation within the WTO Secretariat. This initiative aims to bolster participants’ understanding of WTO mechanisms and equip them with the skills necessary to address complex international trade issues.

Objectives of the Programme

  • Expanding Representation: By fostering the participation of professionals from underrepresented WTO members, the programme seeks to diversify the talent pool within the organization.
  • Skill Enhancement: Participants gain invaluable experience and expertise that can be applied in various roles within international organizations, national governments, and the private sector, particularly in fields related to multilateral diplomacy and global trade.

Programme Structure and Application Process

Selected young professionals will be assigned to specific divisions within the WTO Secretariat based on organizational priorities and the applicants’ areas of interest. During their one-year tenure, participants will immerse themselves in the workings of the WTO, contributing actively to its initiatives and projects.

To apply, candidates must complete the online application form available on the WTO e-Recruitment website. Alongside their application, candidates are required to submit a cover letter outlining their motivations and indicating up to three preferred areas of work within the WTO, in order of preference.

Areas of Work

The programme covers a wide range of areas relevant to international trade, including but not limited to:

  • Accessions
  • Agriculture
  • Climate change
  • Communications and External Relations
  • Competition Policy
  • Council and Trade Negotiations
  • Digital Trade
  • Dispute Settlement
  • Economic Research and Statistics
  • Government Procurement
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Investment Facilitation for Development
  • Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)
  • Market Access (tariffs and non-tariff barriers)
  • Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures
  • Technical Barriers to Trade
  • Trade and Development
  • Trade and Environment
  • Trade Facilitation
  • Trade Finance
  • Trade and Gender
  • Trade in Services and Investment
  • Trade Policy Analysis
  • Trade-Related Technical Assistance
  • Trade Remedies (anti-dumping and countervailing duties)

Eligibility Criteria and Requirements

Education:

Candidates must possess an advanced university degree in fields such as economics, international relations, law, or environmental studies, relevant to WTO’s work, by the time of application.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Familiarity with WTO operations and international trade issues.
  • Proficiency in English, with additional fluency in French or Spanish considered advantageous.
  • Strong analytical and drafting skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and passion for international trade and multilateralism.

Work Experience:

A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience is required.

Nationality:

Preference will be given to applicants from WTO Members with limited representation in the WTO Secretariat, particularly those from developing and least developed countries.

Application Deadline and Process:

Applications must be submitted in English and accompanied by a cover letter indicating up to three areas of interest. The deadline for submission is April 2, 2024. Late applications will not be considered. The online application form can be accessed on the WTO e-Recruitment website.

The recruitment process may involve various assessment methods, including interviews and reference checks.

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Conclusion

The WTO Young Professionals Programme offers a unique opportunity for aspiring professionals to gain firsthand experience and contribute to the global dialogue on trade. By nurturing talent from diverse backgrounds, the programme not only enriches the WTO Secretariat but also fosters inclusive representation within international trade governance.

For further details and to apply, interested candidates are encouraged to visit the official WTO website.

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