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first ever cohort of the ITU Young Professionals Program

Be the first to join the first ever cohort of the ITU Young Professionals Program of United Nations

About: ITU Young Professionals Program of United Nations

Vacancy notice no: 1422 
Sector: SG
Department: NA
Country of contract: Switzerland
Duty station: Geneva

Position number: YPP positions 
Grade: P1 
Type of contract: YPP
Duration of contract: 2 years of contract
Recruitment open to: External
Application deadline (Midnight Geneva Time): 3 January 2024


The General Secretariat directs administrative, human and financial resources and activities of the Union, including the implementation of the provisions of the administrative regulations on operational questions, the dissemination of information on telecommunication/ICT matters for operational and other purposes, and the provision of legal advice to the whole of the Union.  The General Secretariat coordinates the implementation of the Strategic Plan, monitors the telecommunication/ICT environment and recommends as needed action relating to the Union’s future policies and strategy.  The General Secretariat ensures inter-sectoral coordination and cooperation to advance a whole of ITU approach (One-ITU) in headquarters and the field. The General Secretariat provides logistical and information technology support to the Union’s activities including conferences and global forums; the coordination of the work of the Union with the United Nations system, and other international organizations; and the engagement of the Member States, Sector Members, and Academia. The General Secretariat manages corporate governance, and strategic communications and relations with the media, different stakeholder groups as well as the general public. 


For the first, ITU is launching ITU Young Professionals Program (ITU YPP): the next generation of Global ICT experts and leaders.

The ITU Young Professionals Program ,YPP is a recruitment initiative for the next generation of global ICT experts and leaders to help shape the future of the tech sector – standards, policies, regulations and recommendations.

This programme is a recruitment initiative to help shape the future of the tech sector.

This position may be assigned to the General Secretariat or the different Bureaus covering their different mandates:

The Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) is responsible for the organization and coordination of the work of the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) of the Union which deals mainly with ICT-focused development policies, strategies and programmes, as well as technical cooperation activities, to promote digital inclusion and drive digital transformation at community, country and regional levels. To effectively and efficiently serve the needs of ITU members, BDT is organized into four functional areas:

•    Office of the Deputy to the Director and Field Operations Coordination Department
•    Partnerships for Digital Development Department
•    Digital Networks & Society Department
•    Digital Knowledge Hub Department

The Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) is responsible for the application of the Radio Regulations and for technical and administrative support of ITU World and Regional Radiocommunication Conferences, Radiocommunication Assemblies and Study Groups. The Bureau also carries out the international regulatory processes for registration of frequency assignments and satellite orbits and assists administrations in their coordination and implementation of frequency spectrum and orbit requirements as well as in resolving cases of harmful interference. It provides the specialised technical secretariat for the work of the Radiocommunication Study Groups and the Radiocommunication Assembly in the development of recommendations for spectrum utilisation and radio system characteristics. The BR is organised into four Departments: Space Services Department, Terrestrial Services Department, Informatics, Administration and Publications Department and the Study Groups Department.

The Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) fulfils the objectives of the Union relating to telecommunication standardization, by providing secretariat support to groups studying technical, operating and tariff questions and facilitating the adoption of Recommendations in these areas with a view to standardizing telecommunications and information technology on a global basis. In order to achieve these objectives, the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau works in accordance with the instructions of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assemblies (WTSA), Telecommunication Standardization Study Groups and the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group. TSB, headed by an elected Director, provides the technical, administrative and logistic support for the assemblies and for the meetings of the groups mentioned.


Be the first to join ITU Young Professional Programme (YPP).

The YPP program aims to bring young experts from underrepresented countries with a focus on developing countries, LDCs, LLDCS and SIDS.

It will be a 2 years rotation program (First year at ITU-HQ and second year possibly in a Regional/Area Office).

Young experts will contribute to bridging the digital divide and leveraging technology for the benefit of society. 

YPP emerging talent will work across ITU’s three Sectors and the General Secretariat. 

Key programme features: 
•    Discovering tech: on-the-job learning; 
•    Professional experience and talent development; 
•    Research and innovation; 
•    Mentoring and Learning;
•    Global network.

Over the course of this 2-year program, talented and qualified individuals will be exposed to understand technology, regulatory and policy issues and learn how it works in practice. 

Young experts will contribute to bridging the digital divide and leveraging technology for the benefit of society. The ITU YPP will support emerging talent to work across ITU’s three Sectors and the General Secretariat in HQs and the field. Our first group of Young Professionals will join ITU in early 2024.
A strong asset would be candidates with studies related to emerging technologies (including but not limited to topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Quantum, Internet of Things, Future Generation of Networks).
Candidates with knowledge and experience in data management, data analytics, data science, data privacy, and cybersecurity are encouraged to apply.

Requirements of of the ITU Young Professionals Program (YPP)
•    Be a National from ITU Member States
•    Individuals from developing countries, LDCs, LLDCS and SIDS will be given a priority. The list for LDCs could be found here, the list of LLDCS could be found here, SIDS could be found here http://
•    Be available to cover the 24 months assignment.
•    Be maximum 30 years at the time of application.

CORE COMPETENCIES of ITU Young Professionals Program (YPP)

Applying Expertise; Effective Communication; Learning and Knowledge Sharing; Organizational Commitment; Results-Focused, and; Teamwork and Collaboration.

FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES of ITU Young Professionals Program (YPP)

Innovation and Facilitating Change

Networking and Building Partnerships


Strong analytical, research and organizational skills;
Strong communication and interpersonal skills.



University degree in a related field OR education from a reputed college of advanced education, with a diploma of equivalent standard to that of a university degree in one of the fields above.


At least one year of experience in one of the domains of the post. Higher university degrees in related fields can be considered as a substitute for one year of working experience.


English at advanced level. Knowledge of another official language of the Union (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) would be an advantage. 


Salary of the ITU Young Professionals Program (YPP) of United Nations:
Total annual salary consists of a net annual salary (net of taxes and before medical insurance and pension fund deductions) in US dollars and a post adjustment (PA) (cost of living allowance).
The PA is variable and subject to change without notice in accordance with the rates as set within the UN Common System for salaries and allowances.
Annual salary from $ 39,401 + post adjustment $ 33,412
Other allowances and benefits subject to specific terms of appointment, please refer to:


We would like to thank the Administrations of Japan and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for their support for ITU-YPP. The ITU secretariat is currently seeking voluntary and in-kind contributions to support this program. 
Preselected candidates will be invited to sit for a written test.


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply for ITU Young Professionals Program, please visit the ITU Careers website. The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. ITU uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates. Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided. Messages originating from a non ITU e-mail account – – should be disregarded. ITU does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

ITU applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. ITU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. Achieving gender balance is a high priority for ITU.

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