World Trade Organization (WTO) Young Professionals Programme 2023

By | September 17, 2023

Applications are open at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for young post-graduate professionals to apply for the WTO Young Professionals Programme 2023 (YPP). The YPP programme offers selected young professionals with the opportunity to gain work experience in the WTO.

The World Trade Organisation Secretariat is seeking candidates for the WTO Young Professionals Programme 2023. The programme’s aim is to attract and retain staff members offering the highest standards of competence, efficiency and integrity.

WTO Young Professionals Programme (YPP) 2023

Job Title: WTO Young Professionals Programme 2023
Locations: CWR
Job Type: Full time
Posted on: Posted 13 Days Ago
Job requisition id: JR100806
Application Deadline: 11-05-2022
Contract Type: Young Professionals
Monthly Salary: CHF 4,000

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 2023, from WTO Members with low or no professional representation in the WTO Secretariat, to enhance their knowledge and skills on WTO and international trade issues.

The Programme aims to widen the pool of professionals from these WTO Members, who can later be more competitive with respect to recruitment in the WTO and/or other regional and international organizations.


The selected Young Professional will be placed in a specific Division of the WTO Secretariat in accordance with the needs and priorities of the Organization; and based on the identified areas of interest of the Young Professional. 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, but not limited to the following (in alphabetical order):

  1. Accessions
  2. Agriculture
  3. Climate change
  4. Communications
  5. Council and Trade Negotiations
  6. Digital Trade
  7. Dispute Settlement
  8. Economic Research and Statistics
  9. External relations
  10. Government Procurement
  11. Intellectual Property Rights
  12. Investment Facilitation for Development
  13. Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)
  14. Market Access (tariffs and non-tariff barriers)
  15. Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures
  16. Technical Barriers to Trade
  17. Trade and Development
  18. Trade and Environment
  19. Trade Facilitation
  20. Trade Finance
  21. Trade and Gender
  22. Trade in Services and Investment
  23. Trade Policy Analysis
  24. Trade-Related Technical Assistance.
  25. Trade Remedies (anti-dumping and countervailing duties)

Required Qualifications

Education: Advanced university degree in economics, econometrics, international relations, law, environment studies, or other trade-related subjects relevant to the work of the WTO and/or ongoing discussions in the WTO (e.g. international investment law, trade and gender, etc.). Applicants must have obtained their advanced university degree by the time they submit their application.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • General knowledge of the work of the WTO.
  • Technical knowledge in one or more of the areas of work indicated above.
  • Good drafting skills in English.
  • Ability to draft in French and/or Spanish would be an advantage.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, in a multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated strong interest in international trade and the multilateral trading system.
  • Commitment and passion for trade or WTO-related work.

Work Experience: Minimum two (2) years of professional experience relevant to the work of the WTO.

Languages: Fluency in English. A good working knowledge of either French or Spanish would be an advantage.


The programme is open to candidates from all WTO member countries or customs territories.

However preference shall be given to nationals from WTO Members without any representation as well as from developing and least developed countries (LDCs) Members with low representation (one or two staff members) at the professional level in the Secretariat (list below).

Developing and LDCs WTO Members that have not participated in previous cohorts of the YPP will also be given special consideration. These countries are marked with an asterisk in list of WTO member countries below.

  1. Afghanistan,
  2. Albania,
  3. Angola*,
  4. Antigua and Barbuda,
  5. Armenia,
  6. Bahrain,
  7. Bangladesh,
  8. Barbados,
  9. Belize,
  10. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela*,
  11. Plurinational State of Bolivia*,
  12. Botswana*,
  13. Brunei Darussalam*,
  14. Burkina Faso*,
  15. Burundi*,
  16. Cabo Verde*,
  17. Cambodia,
  18. Cameroon,
  19. Central African Republic*,
  20. Chad*,
  21. Chile,
  22. Congo*,
  23. Democratic Republic of the Congo*,
  24. Côte d’Ivoire,
  25. Cuba,
  26. Cyprus,
  27. Djibouti*,
  28. Dominica,
  29. Dominican Republic,
  30. El Salvador,
  31. Eswatini,
  32. Fiji,
  33. Gabon*,
  34. Gambia*,
  35. Georgia,
  36. Ghana,
  37. Grenada*,
  38. Guatemala,
  39. Guinea*,
  40. Guinea-Bissau*,
  41. Guyana,
  42. Haiti,
  43. Honduras,
  44. Hong Kong China,
  45. Iceland,
  46. Indonesia,
  47. Israel,
  48. Jamaica*,
  49. Jordan*,
  50. Kazakhstan,
  51. Kenya,
  52. Kuwait*,
  53. Kyrgyz Republic*,
  54. Lao People’s Democratic Republic*,
  55. Latvia,
  56. Lesotho,
  57. Liberia,
  58. Liechtenstein,
  59. Luxembourg,
  60. Macao China,
  61. Madagascar,
  62. Malawi,
  63. Malaysia*,
  64. Maldives,
  65. Mali*,
  66. Malta,
  67. Mauritania,
  68. Mauritius*,
  69. Moldova*,
  70. Mongolia,
  71. Republic of Montenegro,
  72. Mozambique,
  73. Myanmar*,
  74. Namibia,
  75. Nepal*,
  76. Nicaragua,
  77. Niger*,
  78. Nigeria,
  79. North Macedonia,
  80. Oman, Panama,
  81. Papua New Guinea,
  82. Paraguay, Qatar*,
  83. Rwanda*,
  84. Saint Kitts and Nevis*,
  85. Saint Lucia*,
  86. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,
  87. Samoa*,
  88. Saudi Arabia*,
  89. Senegal*,
  90. Seychelles*,
  91. Sierra Leone*,
  92. Singapore,
  93. Slovak Republic,
  94. Slovenia,
  95. Solomon Islands*,
  96. South Africa*,
  97. Sri Lanka,
  98. Suriname*,
  99. Chinese Taipei,
  100. Tajikistan,
  101. Tanzania*,
  102. Thailand,
  103. Togo,
  104. Tonga*,
  105. Trinidad and Tobago,
  106. Ukraine,
  107. United Arab Emirates*,
  108. Uruguay*,
  109. Vanuatu*,
  110. Viet Nam,
  111. Yemen*,
  112. Zambia,
  113. Zimbabwe*.

Additional Information:

Only applications from nationals of WTO Members will be accepted.

The WTO may use various communication technologies such as video or teleconference for the assessment and evaluation of candidates. The recruitment process may also involve the use of various forms of testing, assessment centres, interviews and reference checks.

How to Apply for WTO Young Professionals Programme 2023

Interested applicants should apply online at the WTO Young Professionals Programme (YPP) recruitment portal below as soon as possible.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter of motivation, which should indicate up to three areas of work (see details under Responsibilities above), in order of preference, that the applicant would be interested in. Applications with no accompanying letter of motivation will not be considered.

Application Closing Date

The Deadline for the submission of application for the WTO Young Professionals Programme (YPP) 2023 is 11-05-2022.

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