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World Trade Organisation (WTO) Young Professionals Programme, 2022

Deadline: 29th April, 2021

The World Trade Organisation is seeking candidates for its Young Professionals Programme for 2022.

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.

This is a limited programme that also offers selected young professionals with the opportunity to gain work experience in the WTO.

General Functions

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 also 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 the following:

  • Accessions
  • Agriculture
  • Council and Trade Negotiations
  • Dispute Settlement
  • Economic Research and Statistics
  • Government Procurement
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Market Access (tariffs and non-tariff barriers)
  • Media and External Relations
  • Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures
  • Technical Barriers to Trade
  • Trade and Development
  • Environment and Trade
  • Trade Facilitation
  • Gender and Trade
  • Trade in Services and Investment
  • Trade Policy Analysis
  • Trade-Related Technical Assistance.
  • Trade Remedies (anti-dumping and countervailing duties)

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Eligibility Criteria

Education:

Advanced university degree in law, economics, or other international trade-related subjects relevant to the work of the WTO.

Knowledge and skills:

  • General knowledge of the work of the WTO.
  • Must also have 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.
  • Must have also 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 either French or Spanish would be an advantage.

Additional Information:

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.



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