Programmes pour jeunes talents

Talent programme: Swiss Youth at the United Nations and World Bank

Are you a Swiss national under the age of 29 with a Master's degree? Do you want to gain work experience abroad while making a positive impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

This one-year programme is a fantastic way for you to get to know the world of international cooperation, in particular the multilateral system, and to launch your career. The programme takes care of all your major expenses such as travel, relocation and insurance, and also gives you a monthly living allowance. It's important to remember that this opportunity is only available to people from Switzerland, as it is funded by the Swiss government. Vacancies are advertised in batches. Per batch you can apply for up to three positions. Check out our FAQ section to learn more about what's involved.

Opportunities aligned with the Global Goals

The positions are diverse and reflect the thematic priorities of UN organisations and the World Bank, all of which address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Join us for our webinar on 16 June for insights into the programme and recruitment process.

15 positions in 13 countries

In the first batch, we were able to advertise 15 positions in 13 countries. The next opportunities will be advertised in the second half of 2024. 

Previous positions at the UN

Previous positions at the World Bank

Minimum requirements for all positions

  • Swiss nationality
  • Master's degree in a relevant field
  • Ideally 12 months of relevant work experience (min. 3 months - max. 24 months)
  • Max. 28 years of age at the time 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 economics, finance, international cooperation, human development, environment, etc.

More job offers coming in August

This year, the job offers will be published in two phases on cinfoPoste. Make sure you're always informed by creating your profile and activating the "job agent" function tailored to your interests.

The first batch of jobs is already available (see above). Look out for the second batch in August. Remember, you're allowed to apply for up to three positions in each phase.

Create your profile

How to apply

For an insight into the application process, please see our FAQs:

Tips for your application

What you get

YES, you are a valued team member

You will be an integral part of the UN organisation / World Bank personnel during your assignment.

YES, your chances are very good

As the programme is reserved for Swiss graduates, there is no international competition when applying.

YES, your work is rewarded

To help you get the most out of your assignment, all travel, relocation, life and UN health insurance costs are covered.

It is a programme that leaves you transformed, for the better.
Office UN Vittoria Groh
Vittoria
 
Groh
Former UN Youth Volunteer
UN Resident Coordinator Office
I equate my experiences with the essence of the mission of a volunteer: mutual appreciation and learning, action and enthusiasm.
Amanda Eyer UN volunteer
Amanda
 
Eyer
Former UN Youth Volunteer
UN Habitat

Programme Deep Dive: Webinar, alumni stories and survey results

Watch the recordings of the 2023 webinars to learn more about the programme and the application and recruitment process. Former participants also talk about what motivated them to apply. They also share their experiences during their assignments.

In 2022, we conducted a survey of past participants. We asked them about their experiences during the programme and about their careers a few years after the programme.

Discover the results of our survey

The roles of Switzerland, cinfo, UNV and the host organisation

The Swiss government – the donor

The UN Youth Volunteers positions are funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Peace and Human Rights Division of the Swiss Confederation (PHRD), and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). As a result, these positions are open to Swiss nationals only.

cinfo – the facilitator

cinfo is mandated by the Swiss Confederation to promote the programme, publish all vacancies, process the applications and conduct the recruitment process. cinfo also prepares the selected UN Youth Volunteers candidates for their assignment, and ensures to follow-up during and after the mission.

United Nations Volunteers (UNV) – the programme owner

UNV administers the global talent programme. UNV partners with all funding governments (Switzerland in this case) and the host organisations, and deploys the selected UN Youth Volunteers in their countries of assignment.

Host organisation – the employer

The partner organisation is responsible for managing the UN Youth Volunteer who is part of their office team during the assignment.

Still got questions?

We have summarised and answered the most frequently asked questions. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you cannot find the answer you are looking for.

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