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Apply: World Trade Organisation (WTO) Young Professionals Program 2020 for Developing Countries

 The WTO Secretariat is seeking candidates for the World Trade Organisation Young Professionals Programme for 2020.

Application Deadline: 15th April 2019 (CET)

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahrain, Kingdom of Belize, Bolivia, Plurinational State of Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, Gabon, Georgia, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, the State of, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People’s Democratic Republic , Lesotho, Liberia, Macao, China Madagascar, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania,Moldova, Republic of, Mongolia, Montenegro,Mozambique,Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar,Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Chinese Taipei, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Tonga,United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Yemen

About the Award: 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 2020, 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.

Fields of Work: The areas of work may include, inter alia, Accessions, Agriculture, Dispute Settlement, Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), Government Procurement, Market Access (tariffs and non-tariff barriers), Rules, Trade and Development, Trade Facilitation, Economic research, Trade Policy Analysis, Trade in Services and Investment, Council and Trade Negotiations, Trade and Environment, Technical Barriers to Trade, Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures, Trade-Related Technical assistance.

Type: Internship


  • Applicants must be 32 years old or younger, as at 1 January 2020.
  • A cover letter (letter of motivation) MUST accompany the application – the letter should also note UP TO THREE areas of work that applicants would be interested in, in order of preference.
  • Applications with no accompanying letter will not be considered.


  • Education: Advanced university degree in law economics, or other international trade-related subjects relevant to WTO work
  • Knowledge and skills:
    • Relevant expertise or continued academic study in a field of interest to the work of the WTO.
    • Ability to think strategically; work independently and in a team.
    • Demonstrated strong interest in international trade.
    • Commitment and passion for trade or WTO-related work
  • Work Experience: Minimum two (2) years of relevant experience
  • Languages:
    • Fluency in English.
    • A good working knowledge of one other official WTO language, French or Spanish, would be an advantage

Value of Program: CHF 3,500 monthly salary (approximate)

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Duration of Program: One year without possibility of extension

How to Apply: All candidates must complete an online application form on the Program Webpage.

Visit Program Webpage for details

Award Provider: World Trade Organisation (WTO)

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