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Book Description:

The United Nations Young Professionals Programme – UN YPP – is an annual initiative focused on the selection and recruitment of distinguished and highly qualified young professionals from different parts of the world. Every year the UN receives approximately 50,000 applications for the YPP, which selects around 100 highly qualified and motivated young people from around the world who wish to start an international career, hone their skills, and assist the organization in fulfilling its mission.

The UN YPP selection process is carried out once a year and comprises several stages: an online application form, a writing test, and a competency-based interview. In pursuit of its mission, OpenIGO Network has prepared this comprehensive UN YPP Manual (PDF E-book) to help you better understand the program itself and the stages of the selection process, allowing you to perform successfully in each of them.

This book will introduce you to the United Nations as the complex international organization it is and its organizational culture and values; it will teach you how to prepare your online application in detail, give you insight on the written examination and will also get you ready for the competency based interview.

This manual was written and revised  by a team of Ph.D. professors, human resources specialists and intergovernmental organization staff with a great deal of diligence.

It is important to point out that when purchasing the e-Book you are also acquiring 30 days of support to clarify any queries about its content through an exclusive channel available on the OpenIGO Store “My Account” page.

Here’s how our e-Book will prepare you and help you pass each stage of the UN YPP selection process:

Application Review

  • Learn how to fill out each and every section of the online application form (Personal History Profile – PHP);
  • Get tips on how to write an excellent Cover Letter and have access to a sample Cover Letter of a candidate who was successful in the UN YPP selection process;
  • Understand the differences between “Duties and Achievements” and learn how to make this section of your PHP stand out. Samples are also provided;
  • Learn how to use the UN virtual platform (Inspira) through which candidates must submit their application;
  • Understand how the first screening round is carried out and what recruiters look for in your application.

Written Examination – Get ready for it with our e-Book!

  • Understand the structure of the exam and how to get ready for each of the exam parts (General Paper, Specialized Paper Part 01 + 02);

(General Paper)

  • Learn how to summarize a text and what steps you should follow to write a strong and concise summary;
  • Understand how to make use of the indirect speech when summarizing texts;
  • Have access to a text with guidelines for you to practice your summarizing skills;
  • Compare your work with our model summary written by our team of highly-qualified professionals;                                                   

(Specialized Paper) 

  • Know what to study for the Multiple Choice and Essay questions;
  • Have access to tips on how to tackle Multiple Choice and Essay questions;
  • Understand what types of questions can be asked in the Specialized Paper and take a look at past samples;
  • Read a sample answered short (essay) question from a previous UN YPP candidate;
  • Understand how the assessment of the test is carried out and how points are usually allocated.                                                                          


  • Learn how the interview is carried out and what is expected from candidates during this process;
  • Understand the interview method used by the United Nations YPP selection team;
  • Find out what types of questions are usually asked during the interview;
  • Have access to tips on how to best prepare for this stage of the selection process and how to behave during long-distance interviews;
  • Learn how to answer competency-based questions so as to maximize your chances of success;
  • Find a compilation of possible interview questions and sample answers;
  • Understand how interviews are usually marked. 

Our e-Book was written so as to maximize your chances of success in this competitive selection process! 

Product details:

  • File Size:  19 MB
  • File Format: PDF (Read on Any Device)
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Publisher: OpenIGO
  • Publication Date: February 12, 2022
  • Language: English
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Get also:

UN YPP – Application Review

UN YPP – Mock Interview