The application for the 2018 Selection Process for the Young Professionals Program is open. The Young Professionals Program (YPP) is a unique opportunity for younger talents who have both a passion for international development and the leadership potential to grow in fascinating top technical and managerial roles in the World Bank Group (WBG). 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, law, engineering, urban planning, agriculture, natural resources and others.


Young Professionals are expected to make significant contributions toward their unit’s work program while they gain a broad overview of the WBG’s policies and work. As part of their two-year program and in line with their units’ business needs and Young Professionals' interests, they are expected to undertake a business driven “stretch/exposure assignment” where they will gain valuable on-the-job experience. Young Professionals in the Operations stream are likely to join colleagues on field business trips, also called ‘missions,’ in developing countries. They present invaluable opportunities for Young Professionals to experience first-hand the challenges of global development, understand key aspects of our work, and get exposed to WBG’s clients and their problems. The programme values diversity in the workplace and encourage qualified men and women with diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds to apply. Every year, around 40 applicants are accepted into the program. Young Professionals are offered a five-year renewable term contract, spend 24 months in a structured development program, and enjoy a variety of benefits and opportunities.


The minimum requirements to be eligible for the Young Professionals Program are: 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, specialisation 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.


Applications must be submitted online through the platform on the organisation’s official web site before July 28, 2017.

For more information, please see the official announcement.

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