The Young Professionals Program (YPP) on Friday, July 6, orientated 22 professionals at an elaborate ceremony in Monrovia. The YPP is a recruitment initiative for talented, highly qualified professionals to start a career as an international civil servant with the United Nations Secretariat. It is the most competitive initiative for youth’s capacity development for future leadership in the civil service.
The 22 members were inducted by Sonjai Reynolds-Cooper, who spoke of the rigorous process of recruitment.
Its Executive Director, Hh K. Zaizay has called for a strengthening of the public service. Zaizay stressed the need for partners to provide more funding to expand the program in rural areas.
His statement was contained in a remark he made on Friday at the 8th mentors and supervisors’ orientation event held at a resort in Monrovia.
YPP recruits, trains and prepares promising and talented Liberian college graduates for future public service.
Zaizay said there is need for more funding, because inadequate funding for the program has over the years hindered its expansion, especially in the rural areas.
“We are funded by private donors and the government, but in the last budget year, we received 20 percent of our budget, constraining us financially,” he said.
“We recruit our trainees for the two-year fellowship, a laptop is provided; they receive a gross salary of US$451; we put them on health benefits and train them for two years. At the end of the two-year service, the government absorbs them,” he said.