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Young Professionals Programme

The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) gives qualified young people the opportunity to contribute to the Commonwealth’s work in international development and democracy, and to build their skills in a culturally diverse, professional environment.

The programme demonstrates our ongoing commitment to youth empowerment and our recognition of young people as partners and leaders in development.

Recruitment for the next tranche of the YPP will commence in early 2017. Please continue to check this page for YPP updates and to find out about future opportunities with the Commonwealth Secretariat.  

About the programme

Young professionals (YPs) are based at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, taking up two-year positions in areas of work such as economic policy, human resources and youth. During the two-year period, they provide technical and administrative support to programmes and operations.

In addition to living in one of the world’s leading cities, YPs benefit from a structured programme of professional development and mentoring, working with high-level decision-makers and technical experts.


To be considered for the YPP, a candidate must:

  • be aged 27 years or younger at the close of the application
  • be a national of a Commonwealth member country
  • possess a strong Bachelor degree or higher level degree in a field relevant to the position
  • have at least one year of work experience in a field relevant to the position
  • have excellent English language and interpersonal skills, and
  • be able to work in a multicultural and diverse environment.

Announcement of the Young Professionals Programme - October 2014