Deadline: May 11, 2022
World Trade Organization (WTO) Young Professionals Programme 2023 (CHF 4,000 Monthly Salary)
The WTO Secretariat is looking for candidates for the 2023 WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PROGRAMME.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) Young Professionals Programme 2023 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for qualified young professionals under the age of 32 from WTO Members with little or no professional representation in the WTO Secretariat to improve their knowledge and skills on WTO and international trade issues. The Program intends to expand the pool of professionals from these WTO Members, making them more competitive for jobs at the WTO and other regional and international organizations in the future.
This program allows selected young professionals to acquire work experience at the World Trade Organization.
The selected Young Professional will be assigned to a specific Division of the WTO Secretariat in accordance with the Organization’s requirements and goals, as well as the Young Professional’s specified areas of interest. Each Young Professional may declare interest in a maximum of three areas of WTO work, in that order.
The following (in alphabetical order) are examples of possible job areas:
– Climate change
– Council and Trade Negotiations
– Digital Trade
– Dispute Settlement
– Economic Research and Statistics
– External relations
– Government Procurement
– Intellectual Property Rights
– Investment Facilitation for Development
– Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)
– Market Access (tariffs and non-tariff barriers)
– Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures
– Technical Barriers to Trade
– Trade and Development
– Trade and Environment
– Trade Facilitation
– Trade Finance
– Trade and Gender
– Trade in Services and Investment
– Trade Policy Analysis
– Trade-Related Technical Assistance.
– Trade Remedies (anti-dumping and countervailing duties)
Advanced university degree in economics, econometrics, international relations, law, environmental studies, or other trade-related areas relevant to WTO work and/or current WTO talks (e.g. international investment law, trade and gender, etc.). By the time they submit their application, applicants must have earned a master’s degree from a recognized university.
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.
Minimum two (2) years of professional experience relevant to the work of the WTO.
Fluency in English. A good working knowledge of either French or Spanish would be an advantage.
Monthly Salary: CHF 4,000
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). Particular attention will be given to developing and LDCs WTO Members that have not participated in previous cohorts of the YPP (marked with an asterisk in list below).
Afghanistan, Albania, Angola*, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela*, Plurinational State of Bolivia*, Botswana*, Brunei Darussalam*, Burkina Faso*, Burundi*, Cabo Verde*, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic*, Chad*, Chile, Congo*, Democratic Republic of the Congo*, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Djibouti*, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Eswatini, ,Fiji, Gabon*, Gambia*, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada*, Guatemala, Guinea*, Guinea-Bissau*, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong China, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica*, Jordan*, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait*, Kyrgyz Republic*, Lao People’s Democratic Republic*, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao China, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia*, Maldives, Mali*, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius*, Moldova*, Mongolia, Republic of Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar*, Namibia, Nepal*, Nicaragua, Niger*, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar*, Rwanda*, Saint Kitts and Nevis*, Saint Lucia*, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa*, Saudi Arabia*, Senegal*, Seychelles*, Sierra Leone*, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands*, South Africa*, Sri Lanka, Suriname*, Chinese Taipei, Tajikistan, Tanzania*, Thailand, Togo, Tonga*, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates*, Uruguay*, Vanuatu*, Viet Nam, Yemen*, Zambia, Zimbabwe*.
Only applications from nationals of WTO Members will be accepted. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply to this Programme.
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.
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