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World Trade Organization (WTO) 2021-2022 Young Professionals Programme

The Secretariat of the WTO is seeking candidates for THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION 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 offers selected young professionals with the opportunity to gain work experience in the WTO. There is no guarantee of an extension of the programme or of a job offer after the one-year programme.

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About World Trade Organization (WTO)

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible. The WTO has many roles: it operates a global system of trade rules, it acts as a forum for negotiating trade agreements, it settles trade disputes between its members and it supports the needs of developing countries. All major decis... read more


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WTO Young Professionals Programme


Aim and Benefits of WTO Young Professionals Programme

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, inter alia, the following (in alphabetical order):

  1. Accessions
  2. Agriculture
  3. Council and Trade Negotiations
  4. Dispute Settlement
  5. Economic Research and Statistics
  6. Government Procurement
  7. Intellectual Property Rights
  8. Market Access (tariffs and non-tariff barriers)
  9. Media and External Relations
  10. Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures
  11. Technical Barriers to Trade
  12. Trade and Development
  13. Trade and Environment
  14. Trade Facilitation
  15. Trade and Gender
  16. Trade in Services and Investment
  17. Trade Policy Analysis
  18. Trade-Related Technical Assistance.
  19. Trade Remedies (anti-dumping and countervailing duties)

Requirements for WTO Young Professionals Programme Qualification

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

Knowledge and skills: 

  1. General knowledge of the work of the WTO.
  2. Good drafting skills in English. Ability to draft in French and/or Spanish would be an advantage.
  3. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, in a multicultural environment.
  4. Demonstrated strong interest in international trade and the multilateral trading system.
  5. Commitment and passion for trade or WTO-related work.
  6. Minimum two (2) years of professional experience relevant to the work of the WTO.
  7. Fluency in English. A good working knowledge either French or Spanish would be an advantage.

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Application Deadline

April 29, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to World Trade Organization (WTO) on erecruitment.wto.org to apply

APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS THROUGH THE E-RECRUITMENT SYSTEM ALONG WITH THEIR COVER LETTER OF MOTIVATION. Instructions to add the cover letter is as follows: Once the application for the Young Professionals Programme has been submitted, their application will be displayed under the “My Applications” tab. Applicants should click on the button “Add” for the specific vacancy under the “Covering letter” column. Cover letters added in other sections of the applicant profile such as “Additional Information” or “Additional Documents”.

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.

For more details, visit WTO career website



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