The World Trade Organization Young Professionals Programme

Deadline: 29 May 2020
Open to: candidates with advanced university degree in law economics, or other international trade-related subjects relevant to the work of the WTO and minimum two (2) years of professional experience relevant to the work of the WTO
Benefits: EUR 3324.80 (CHF 3,500) monthly salary (approximate)


The Secretariat of the WTO is seeking candidates for THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PROGRAMME for 2021.

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 2021, 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.

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 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):

  • 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
  • Trade and Environment
  • Trade Facilitation
  • Trade in Services and Investment
  • Trade Policy Analysis
  • Trade-Related Technical Assistance.
  • Trade Remedies (anti-dumping and countervailing duties)


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.
  • Good drafting skills in English. Ability to draft in French and/or Spanish would be an advantage.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.
  • 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 at the professional level in the Secretariat; and have not participated in previous cohorts of the YPP. The list of such WTO Members as of 1 April 2020 is set out below:

  • Angola
  • Belize
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cabo Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Eswatini
  • Gabon
  • Grenada
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kuwait, The State of
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Mauritania
  • Myanmar
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Qatar
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Samoa
  • Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of
  • Seychelles
  • Solomon Islands
  • Suriname
  • Tonga
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vanuatu
  • Yemen


Contract Type: Temporary appointment

Starting Salary: EUR 3324.80 (CHF 3,500) monthly salary (approximate)

How 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”.

To apply, please visit the WTO’s E-Recruitment website.

For more information, please visit the official web page.