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Apply to Join United Nations ITU Young Professionals Program(Paid YPP Job in Switzerland and open to all nationalities)

YPP – Call for Applications 

Vacancy notice no: 1422
Sector: SG
Department: NA
Country of contract: Switzerland
Duty station: Geneva

Position number: YPP positions
Grade: P1
Type of contract: YPP
Duration of contract: 2 years of contract
Recruitment open to: External
Application deadline (Midnight Geneva Time): 3 January 2024



Are you a young, passionate expert interested in shaping the future of the global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector? The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is excited to announce its Young Professional Programme (YPP), a two-year initiative designed to empower the next generation of ICT experts and leaders. This unique opportunity offers young professionals the chance to work on technology, regulatory, and policy issues, while actively contributing to bridging the digital divide and leveraging technology for the betterment of societies.

Program Details:

The ITU YPP is a platform for emerging talent to explore and influence the future of the tech sector, from setting standards and policies to shaping regulations and recommendations. The program is a stepping stone for individuals passionate about ICT and committed to making a positive impact. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Duration: The YPP is a two-year rotation program, with the first year spent at ITU headquarters and the second year possibly in a Regional/Area Office.
  2. Areas of Focus: Young professionals will have the opportunity to contribute to bridging the digital divide and leveraging technology for the benefit of society across ITU’s three Sectors and the General Secretariat.
  3. Key Features:
    • On-the-job learning to discover tech.
    • Professional experience and talent development.
    • Opportunities for research and innovation.
    • Mentoring and learning from industry experts.
    • Building a global network within the ICT field.
  4. Eligibility Criteria: To be considered for the ITU YPP, you must:
    • Be a national from an ITU Member State.
    • Preference is given to individuals from developing countries, LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS.
    • Commit to a 24-month assignment.
    • Be no older than 30 years at the time of application.
  5. Core Competencies:
    • Applying expertise.
    • Effective communication.
    • Learning and knowledge sharing.
    • Organizational commitment.
    • Results-focused.
    • Teamwork and collaboration.
  6. Functional Competencies:
    • Innovation and facilitating change.
    • Networking and building partnerships.
  7. Technical Competencies:
    • Strong analytical, research, and organizational skills.
    • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  8. Qualifications: A university degree in a related field or equivalent education from a reputable college is required. At least one year of experience in one of the relevant domains is preferred. Proficiency in English is essential, and knowledge of another official ITU language is advantageous.

Benefits and Entitlements:

Successful applicants will receive a competitive total annual salary, consisting of a net annual salary and a cost-of-living allowance. Additional allowances and benefits are provided according to specific terms of appointment.

Support and Opportunities:

ITU expresses its gratitude to the Administrations of Japan and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for their support of the ITU-YPP. The ITU secretariat is actively seeking voluntary and in-kind contributions to enhance the program.

Application Process:

Candidates are required to complete an online application with accurate information, and the evaluation process may include tests and/or competency-based interviews. Please visit the ITU Careers website to apply. Note that ITU does not charge any fees during the recruitment process.



The ITU Young Professional Programme offers an exceptional opportunity for young experts to shape the future of the ICT sector, actively contribute to bridging the digital divide, and leverage technology for the benefit of society. If you are a passionate, forward-thinking individual with a strong interest in emerging technologies, data management, data analytics, data science, data privacy, or cybersecurity, this program is your gateway to making a meaningful impact. Join ITU’s mission to foster diversity, inclusion, and gender balance within the ICT workforce. Be part of the next generation of global ICT experts and leaders – apply now!