The Horufadhi Media team in conjunction with the Somali Mission to UN represented by H.E. Ambassador Abukar Osman, his Deputy, Hon. Mohamed Yusuf and Associate Programme Officer, Abdinasir Shalle Sagar hosted dozens of Somali youth on the Twitter yesterday afternoon to promote the United Nations’ Youth Professional Programme in which Somalia is a participating country this year.
What is the UN’s Youth Professional Programme?
The UN Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative for talented, highly qualified professionals to start a career as an international civil servant with the UN Secretariat. The YPP examination is held once a year in different subject areas, depending on the needs of the UN.
Each year, countries that are un- or under-represented in the United Nations, are invited to take part in YPP.
This year, Somalia has been selected to participate in the programme with Somali nationals given an opportunity for the first time in years to apply for positions at the UN.
Ambassador Abukar Osman emphasised the importance of many young Somalis taking advantage of this very significant opportunity with Somalis being underrepresented at the international level and the United Nations offices worldwide.
What are the requirements for the Programme?
The first stage to for an aspiring applicant is to meet the nationality criteria. Once an applicant passes this first benchmark, applicants are expected to hold at least a first-level university degree relevant for the exam (at least a relevant Bachelor’s degree or a 3-year equivalent degree).
The applicant must also fulfil the age criteria, with the maximum age of the applicant being 32 years of age in the year of examination. Finally, the applicant must also be able to speak fluently in either English or French.
The application process is currently open and has a closing date of 13 February, 2022. The application itself lasts roughly 9 months from the moment applications are submitted with various examination in place to sieve through applicants.
If successful, applicants will be placed on the ‘roster‘ in which applicants will wait until an opening is available. While the UN has stated there is no guarantee of immediate employment, one can be in the roster for up to two years which provides sufficient time to find a placement.
Once one successfully obtains employment, this employment will last roughly two years which is paid. H.E. Ambassador Abukar Osman has assured Somali candidates that the Somali delegation will provide support for to applicants once successful.
If anyone that meets the requirement is interested in application, please feel free to apply for the role
Links to the two advertised positions:
More info about the program: