2022 World Trade Organization Young Professionals Programme (YPP)

Deadline: April 29, 2021.

The WTO Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a unique opportunity for qualified young professionals up to the age of 32 years, as at 1 January 2022, from eligible developing and least-developed country (LDC) WTO Members, to enhance their knowledge and skills on WTO and international trade issues. The Programme aims to widen the pool of professionals from these countries who can later be more competitive with respect to recruitment in the WTO and/or other regional and international organizations.

 Each Young Professional may express interest in not more than three areas of WTO work; and in order of preference.

The areas of work may include, inter alia, the following (in alphabetical order):

  1. Accessions
  2. Agriculture
  3. Council and Trade Negotiations
  4. Dispute Settlement
  5. Economic Research and Statistics
  6. Government Procurement
  7. Intellectual Property Rights
  8. Market Access (tariffs and non-tariff barriers)
  9. Media and External Relations
  10. Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures
  11. Technical Barriers to Trade
  12. Trade and Development
  13. Trade and Environment
  14. Trade Facilitation
  15. Trade and Gender
  16. Trade in Services and Investment
  17. Trade Policy Analysis
  18. Trade-Related Technical Assistance.
  19. Trade Remedies (anti-dumping and countervailing duties)


  1. Advanced university degree in law, economics, or other international trade-related subjects relevant to the work of the WTO
  2. Minimum two (2) years of professional experience relevant to the work of the WTO.
  3. Fluency in English. A good working knowledge either French or Spanish would be an advantage.
  4. General knowledge of the work of the WTO.
  5. Good drafting skills in English. Ability to draft in French and/or Spanish would be an advantage.
  6. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, in a multicultural environment.
  7. Demonstrated strong interest in international trade and the multilateral trading system.
  8. Commitment and passion for trade or WTO-related work.
  9. Preference shall be given to nationals from WTO Members without any representation or with low representation (one staff member) at the professional level in the Secretariat; and have not participated in previous cohorts of the YPP. The list of such WTO Members as at 15 March 2021 is set out below: Angola, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Djibouti, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Moldova, Myanmar, Niger, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia.


Starting Salary: CHF 3,500 monthly salary (approximate)


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