Young Professionals Program at World Bank Group

Young adults are welcome to apply for the Young Professionals Program (YPP) organized by the World Bank Group (WBG). The program is a starting point for a future career at the World Bank Group. It is a unique opportunity for younger talents who have both a passion for international development and the leadership potential to join the World Bank team. The deadline to apply is on 31st of July.

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 the program, candidates need to demonstrate a commitment to development, proven academic success, professional achievement, and leadership capability.

Every year, around 45 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.

As an entry-level professional in the WBG, Young Professionals are offered an internationally competitive salary, based on their education and professional experience. The WBG also provides basic life and accident insurance to all staff at no cost, and staff can elect optional life and accident insurance plans. The WBG provides disability and workers’ compensation coverage to staff at no cost. Also the World Bank will bear the cost of one-way transportation of staff and immediate dependent family from the staff member’s residence. A one-time grant is included in the first paycheck to cover the cost of relocation.

Main criteria

  • Candidates should be citizens of a member country of the World Bank Group;
  • Applicants should be born on or after October 1, 1986. A Ph.D. or Master’s degree and relevant work experience, as well as fluency in English are required;
  • 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.

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