Talent programme "Swiss Youth at the United Nations"
Dive into the work of the United Nations for a year.
For Swiss graduates only: The Swiss government, through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Peace and Human Rights Division (PHRD), funds a one-year talent programme at the United Nations – up to 20 positions are offered each year. With your master's degree in hand and having had some initial work experience, you are eligible for this unique international opportunity.
Types of assignments
The advertised positions are very diverse: they depend on the UN organisations’ thematic priorities and address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Some examples:
- Human rights
- Programme analysis and coordination
- Gender equality
- Monitoring and evaluation
- Peacebuilding coordination
Next call for application: advertisement on 3 August 2023
All "Swiss Youth at the UN" positions are published on our job portal cinfoPoste. Stay informed by creating your profile now and turning on the relevant "job agent".
Find below a sample of last year's announcements:
Funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC):
- Education Junior Associate – UNICEF, Chad
- Gender equality Program Analyst – UN Women, Lebanon
- Programme Associate, Youth and Gender – UNFPA, Mozambique
- Quality Assurance and Evaluation Programme Associate – UNDP, Haiti
- Research Associate (FutureNation) – UNDP, Bangladesh
Funded by the Peace and Human Rights Division (PHRD):
- Human Rights Monitoring Assistant – OHCHR, Mexico
- Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus Associate – IOM, Burundi
- International UN Youth Volunteer in Refugee Status Determination – UNHCR, Morocco
- Programme Assistant - Governance and Women’s Political Participation – UN Women, Zimbabwe
- Social Cohesion Programme Associate – UNDP, Sri Lanka
- Swiss national
- Master's degree in a relevant field
- Ideally 12 months of relevant professional experience (min. 3 months - max. 24 months)
- Max. 28 years old at the date of application
- Excellent command of English and knowledge of two official Swiss languages (active knowledge of at least one of them)
- Demonstrated thematic interest in international cooperation, development, human rights, peace promotion or humanitarian affairs
Learn more about the programme:
Swiss Youth at the United Nations / World Bank
Where are they now?
Former participants in the programme look back on their experience. What are the main learning opportunities of the programme? What are the career paths followed by these young people a few years after their assignment abroad?
Discover the results of our survey
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Frequently asked questions
What kind of work will you be doing? Will you be working for free? How can you submit your application? etc. Find answers to your questions here:
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