WERE you born on or after October 1, 1985 and have a passion for international development and the leadership potential to grow into top technical and managerial roles in the World Bank Group?
If the answer is yes and you hold a PhD or Masters degree and relevant work experience, then entering the Young Professionals Program (YPP) at the World Bank could pave the way to an exciting career at the iconic institution.
Potential candidates have until 28 July this year to register interest on the YPP which takes around 40 candidates every year.
Part of the conditions are that aspiring candidates should be fluent in English while full proficiency in one or more of the WBG’s working languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish is desired but not required
The program is designed for highly qualified and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to WBG technical/operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources and others.
To be competitive for this highly selective program, candidates need to demonstrate a commitment to development, proven academic success, professional achievement, and leadership capability.
A statement on the WBG website says: “We value diversity in our workplace and encourage qualified men and women with diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds to apply.”
Since its inception, the YP program has hired over 1,700 people who hold or have held positions ranging from entry-level to vice presidents and managing directors. It is a unique opportunity to experience development and gain exposure to the World Bank’s operations and policies.
The following are the minimum requirements to be eligible for the Young Professionals Program.
- Citizenship of a member country of the World Bank Group
- Be born on or after October 1, 1985
- A PhD or Master’s degree and relevant work experience
- Fluency in English
- Full proficiency in one or more of the WBG’s working languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish is desired but not required
- Specialization in a field relevant to the WBG Technical/Operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources, and others
- At least three years of relevant professional experience related to development or continued academic study at the doctoral level