Title of the activity
Netherlands Trainee Programme (NTP)
Activity Type
The aim of the NTP is to assist in the economic and social development of least developed countries (LDCs), low income countries and comparable poor small and vulnerable economies in areas related to trade policy. It provides capital based mid-level public officials with a minimum of 5 years of working experience on WTO issues, and the opportunity to learn more about the overall WTO work programme under the direction of staff members of the WTO Secretariat. Particular consideration is given to African countries and to gender equality. Candidates should typically be between 30 and 45 years of age. Selected interns will spend a total period of up to ten months with the WTO. Participants will be expected to complete specific and well defined tasks in that period in conformity with the objectives of the NTP. Tasks will need to have relevance for the beneficiary country in terms of capacity building in the WTO work programme, including on-going negotiations. The tasks will be defined at the beginning of the internship. The tasks will be reviewed and established in close co-operation with the Head of the TA Coordination, Internships Programmes and Partnership Section and the relevant regional desks in ITTC. The selection committee will endeavour to ensure to maintain a regional and gender balance and give priority to LDC candidates.

WTO, Geneva
Trade topic
Start Date
End Date
Duration (days)
selection process
Candidacies will be reviewed by a WTO selection committee. As the NTP is considered to be the highest level of learning, with a particular focus on the direct application of skills, the selection committee will carefully review the qualifications of each of the candidate and assess with all means at its disposal, including through the WTO's data base, to what extent the candidate has undergone prior WTO training, including the number of e-Learning courses completed, face to face training, through regional seminars and RTPCs and ATPCs.
In addition, feedback will be sought from WTO trainers on the performance of the candidate during the courses, in order to retain the highest qualified officials and for whom the committee considers that the candidate can make the most useful contribution to attain the set objectives of the programme.
The selection committee will endeavour to ensure to maintain a regional and gender balance and give priority to LDC candidates.
All candidates must be endorsed by their respective government department/ministry
1. Completion of level II of the PLS at generalist level, including the RTPC, is desirable. Completion of the ATPC is a distinct advantage.
2. At least five years of WTO-related work with their government
Target Audience
Government officials
Key Result
1. Government officials are implementing WTO Agreements and fully realising Members' rights and obligations
Key Output
1.1: Government officials have enhanced knowledge about the WTO Agreements, formulation of trade policies and conduct of trade negotiations