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The Young Professionals Programme of United Nations Secretariat for Cambodian
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careers-with-UN-khmerThe United Nations Secretariat is headed by a Secretary-General (Mr. Ban Ki-Moon is holding this position since 2007). It carries out day to day work of the Organization, in simple term, it provides operational support to the UN. A wide range of jobs across functional groups are available, most notably focus on either substantive group or administrative group.

As one of its 193 member states, Cambodia benefits from the United Nations (UN) Young Professionals Programme (YPP) which offers career with the UN Secretariat. I recalled that in 2008, Cambodia was eligible to participate in that YPP program or National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE), as it was named that time. At least five Cambodians passed the exams and of which four had already been placed in various duty stations across  the world. As far as I know from 2008 until 2013, Cambodia was not in the list of eligible candidates to participate in the YPP. That would mean in the near future, it is possible that Cambodian candidates would have higher chance to sit in this highly competitive examination.

Eligible Criteria for the UN YPP

To be eligible to sit for the YPP, the candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Do hold a University Degree relevant to the job function the candidate applies for.
  • Must be 32 years olds by the year end (say the exam is to be held in 2014, s/he must be 32 before 2004 year end).
  • Is fluent in either English or French (The two languages are working language of the UN Secretariat)
  • Be national of Cambodian (for example: s/he can be born or live outside Cambodia but as long as s/he is considered as Cambodian in the name of law, the person is considered as eligible)

It is to be noted that the YPP exam takes place on a yearly basis and not every year Cambodia is on the list of eligible country.

Job Families

The job offers in each YPP exam depends on the needs of the UN Secretariat. I have done a research and below are the job families offered since 2008 until 2013:

2008 NCRE job families:

  • Finance
  • Human Rights
  • Information Technology
  • Political Affairs
  • Programme Evaluation
  • Environments
  • Statistic

2009 NCRE job families:

  • Administration
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Public Information
  • Security
  • Social Affairs
  • Statistics

2010 NCRE job families:

  • Administration
  • Demography
  • Economics
  • Human Rights
  • Legal Affairs
  • Radio Producer (Arabic, Chinese, French)
  • Security
  • Statistics
  • Web Design/Development

2011 YPP job families (this is the year where NCRE has been renamed to YPP):

  • Administration
  • Humanitarian Affairs
  • Public Information
  • Statistics

2012 YPP job families:

  • Architecture
  • Economic Affairs
  • Information System and Technology
  • Political Affairs
  • Radio Producer
  • Social Affairs

2013 YPP job families:

  • Administration
  • Finance
  • Legal Affairs
  • Public Information
  • Statistics

Three steps evaluation processes

The YPP or NCRE evaluation is done through three steps. First, all applications are evaluated against their applications. Once the applicant is shorted list, they are invited for sitting a written examination. The final step involves flying those passing the written test to the interview at one of the UN duty stations such as New York or Geneva for an interview. During the last phase i.e. the interviewing phase, the cost of flying the participant is borne by the Organization i.e. the UN will pay for the flight and the Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for your stay. Once all is done and you are confirmed successful, you will be placed into a roster of suitable candidate for future potential jobs at either a P1 or P2 level.

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 – Dom

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