What is the purpose of the Young Professionals Program (WBG YPP)? For over 50 years, the Young Professionals Programs at the World Bank and IFC have recruited over 1,800 people from nearly 120 countries, who now range from new staff to senior management of the World Bank Group. The programs were established to attract diverse young professionals who demonstrate a commitment to international development, academic success, professional achievement and leadership potential.
Effective June 1, 2020, the World Bank and IFC will merge their respective Young Professionals Programs into a single program—The WBG YPP—and include MIGA, recruiting through a highly selective process and integrating Young Professionals into the World Bank Group's business and culture.
Building on the rich legacy of its predecessor programs, the WBG YPP aims to develop future leaders to collaborate effectively across our institutions on joint WBG solutions to development challenges. Back to top
Who can apply? To be eligible, candidates must be 32 or younger (born on or after October 1, 1988) and meet the minimum eligibility requirements of one of our hiring institutions. Please review eligibility requirements on our website, for more information. Back to top
How flexible is the age requirement? There is no flexibility on the age requirement. Applicants should be born on or after October 1, 1988. The YPP office will determine eligibility based on the birthdate listed on official passports. Back to top
What type of applicants are you looking for? Young Professionals are recruited from around the world, and represent various academic and professional backgrounds relevant to World Bank, IFC and MIGA operations. We are looking for applicants who display a passion for international development, strong academic credentials, relevant professional experience, and leadership potential. The ideal candidate should be able to balance technical depth and breadth with the ability to "see the bigger picture." In addition, successful candidates demonstrate a WBG mindset—a commitment to working across our institutions on joint solutions to development challenges. While candidates are assessed based on these and other competencies, final hiring decisions are based on the business needs of the World Bank Group, which could vary from year to year.
Please note that we do not hire Young Professionals for our back-office functions such as Accounting, Information Technology, Communications and Human Resources. Back to top
Can individuals from non-WBG member countries and asylum-seekers apply? Yes. The WBG YPP is a global recruitment program, hiring young development professionals on as wide a geographical basis as possible, with preference to nationals of WBG member countries and countries of operations. Asylum-seekers must have a valid work permit at the time of joining the WBG. Back to top
How do I know where my skills fit at the World Bank Group? The WBG YPP hires on behalf of three World Bank Group institutions—each contributing to the development of our client countries with different products and solutions. Applicants are encouraged to become familiar with the development operations of each institution via their websites. Note: The WBG YPP will be expanding on the typical YP recruitment profiles of the IFC and World Bank. The IFC is now looking for both investment and IFC 3.0 upstream skills, while the World Bank is recruiting beyond development operations to include its legal and Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) departments. Back to top
Are there different YPP applications for each institution? No. There is only one WBG YPP application. On the application, candidates can select the institution they believe best aligns with their skillset. However, applicants can be selected by any hiring institution, based on business need. That said, placement preferences identified in the application stage do not impact candidacy. Note: Applications open in June for all profiles and will reopen in August for IFC and MIGA profiles only. Please check the website for more details. Back to top
How many candidates applied last year? Every year, the WBG receives thousands of YPP applications for a limited number of positions. It is a highly competitive process, in which successful candidates generally exceed the minimum requirements. Back to top
What is the profile of the Young Professionals hired last year? The IFC and World Bank YP programs hired a combined total of 50 Young Professionals (YPs). World Bank YPs were mostly PhD holders (60%) representing 27 countries (23% Sub-Saharan African/Caribbean nationals) and were 44% women. IFC YPs were mostly MBA (or other relevant master’s degree) holders representing 11 countries (27% Sub-Saharan African/Caribbean nationals) and were 64% women. Note: WBG YPP selection statistics may vary from year to year. Back to top
What type of employment contracts are offered to YPs? YPs are offered five-year term contracts, the terms and conditions of which vary by institution. Candidates will be provided with further detail during the offer stage, in line with the most current policies of their respective hiring institution. Back to top
What type of benefits are offered to YPs? YPs receive a competitive salary and benefits package as part of the five-year term contract. Benefits include health, life and accident insurance, a pension plan and possible relocation and mobility benefits depending on WBG guidelines. Candidates will be provided with further detail during the offer stage. Back to top
What does the WBG YPP curriculum consist of? The WBG YPP is a 2-year leadership development curriculum at the start of a 5-year employment contract.
WBG YPs start the program as one cohort in Washington, D.C., where they engage in intensive training on the fundamentals of leadership and operations at the World Bank, IFC and MIGA, and learn how to identify opportunities to collaborate for joint impact. During the two-year curriculum, YPs also engage in mandatory rotations, where their skills can be developed and applied across the business. YPs partake in other career development opportunities such as mentoring, coaching and exposure to WBG’s senior leaders. The curriculum ensures that YPs know how to operationalize joint WBG solutions to development challenges, how to inspire others to do the same, and how to retain and apply this knowledge for years to come. Back to top
What is a rotation and will YPs be expected to take rotations in the field? A rotation is an assignment in another area of our business with the objective of developing new technical or regional skills, adapting to new ways of doing business, expanding professional networks and exploring placement options for final job posts. Rotations are a core component of the program allowing YPs the exposure to understand how our institutions work (and can work together) as well as how to align skills to critical business areas, like countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), and other challenging environments.
WBG YPs will be expected to participate in at least one rotation within their home institution, while some will engage in additional rotations in another institution (World Bank, IFC or MIGA). Field-based rotations will be strongly encouraged. Back to top
What happens after YPs complete their two-year curriculum? After graduating from the leadership development program, WBG YPs will be expected to complete the remaining 3 years of their contract in a fitting final job post at the World Bank, IFC or MIGA. Final posts may be within their initial hiring unit or another. Posts in the field, especially those supporting FCV countries and other challenging environments, will be strongly encouraged. Back to top
Do YPs have support in finding rotations and final posts? Yes. Program management will help YPs navigate these transitions, with the support of senior business leaders. Back to top
How do I apply to the program? Applications for the inaugural WBG YPP cohort will open from June 1– 30 for all profiles and will reopen from August 17 – September 21 for IFC and MIGA profiles only. The application will be published on the WBG YPP website. Back to top
Note: Before applying, ensure that you meet all eligibility requirements and have reviewed the application checklist for required material. You will be asked to complete the application in one session (it is not possible to save and continue later and only completed applications can be submitted). Applications must be complete and submitted by 11:59 PM UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) on the last day of the application period. When applying, please use one of the following recommended browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, or Internet Explorer 10 or higher. Back to top
I would like to be a World Bank YP. However, Covid-19 has delayed my ability to graduate with a master’s degree, and receive related academic credentials, before June 30, 2020. Am I still eligible to apply this year, even if I cannot officially graduate or receive the required documentation before the application deadline? Prospective World Bank applicants who have been impacted by Covid-19 can apply during this cycle, if they can provide proof that their graduation date was initially set before June 30, but delayed due to the pandemic. Applicants may upload unofficial transcripts or letters of enrollment showing an expected graduation date (before June 30, 2020), along with a university letter explaining that delays are a result of COVID-19. The letter would have to be from a university department handling these requests, on official letterhead. In the event that candidates are selected for the program, proof of degree completion will be required by June 2021. Back to top
What is the application timeline?
- June 1–30: Applications Open for all World Bank, IFC and MIGA profiles
- August 17–September 21: Applications Re-Open for IFC & MIGA profiles only
- July–September: Applicants screened for minimum eligibility requirements
- September–October: Technical review of eligible applicants, to determine shortlisted candidates
- November–December: Shortlist interviews and assessments scheduled
- December–February: Offers extended and decisions announced to all candidates
- September: New WBG YPP cohort joins the World Bank Group
I have read about each institution, but I am still unsure about where my skills are best suited. When should I apply? If you are unsure about whether your skills are best fit for the World Bank, IFC or MIGA, we recommend that you submit your application in June (when the recruitment profiles of all institutions will be considered). Note: Only IFC and MIGA profiles will be reviewed when applications reopen in August. Please review YPP Business Areas for details on the recruitment profiles and eligibility requirements of each hiring institution. Back to top
My skills are suited for the World Bank, but I have missed the June deadline. Can I apply in August? No. Only IFC and MIGA profiles will be reviewed when applications reopen in August. Back to top
Will unpaid opportunities such as relevant internships and volunteer experience count towards my years of professional experience? Yes. Please ensure your resume/CV includes all relevant work experience, both paid and unpaid. Back to top
Will submitting more than one application improve my chances of selection? No. Candidates should only submit one application. If you are an IFC or MIGA candidate applying in June, there is no need to submit a second application when applications re-open for IFC and MIGA, in August. Back to top
Will candidates with a strong finance background or skills that can be applied to more than one institution receive preference? No. YPs will be reviewed for the unique business needs of each hiring institution. An applicant can be selected by any hiring institution, based on how well their skillset fits that institution’s specific hiring needs. Back to top
Will applicants who apply in June receive feedback earlier? All applicants, regardless of when they apply, will receive notification of selection results at the same time, by September or October. Back to top
Will IFC applicants who apply in June receive selection results earlier than those who apply in the second round (August-September)? All IFC applicants will receive selection results after the second application period closes. Back to top
By when will applicants know that they have been rejected? Initial rejection notices will be released by the end of September. Applicants who advance further will receive additional status notifications as the process moves along. Please review the application timeline for more detail. Back to top
I have applied to the YPP before. Can I apply again? Those who meet the eligibility requirements of the new WBG YPP are welcomed to apply, regardless of how far along they progressed in the application process of previous years. Note: Prior YPP applications will not be valid or accessible. Therefore, you will be required to submit a new application through the WBG YPP application system. Back to top
Do applicants need to be currently employed (if not in school) to be eligible? No. All eligibility requirements are posted on our website. All applicants who meet these requirements are encouraged to apply. Back to top
Can current World Bank Group staff apply to the WBG YPP? To strengthen the competitiveness of its selection process and to drive innovation, the WBG YPP will prioritize recruiting external candidates, who can bring new skills to the World Bank Group. As such, the program limits the number of internal candidates accepted into the program. Current term and open-ended WBG staff are ineligible, while consultants are considered for a limited number of WBG YPP positions, which may vary from year to year. Back to top
Can WBG Junior Professional Officers (JPOs) or those in the Analyst Program apply? No. Since JPOs and WBG Analysts are term staff, they are not eligible for the WBG YPP. Back to top
What do you look for in recommendation letters? We do not give out specific information on the content of recommendation letters. Please note that letters will only be requested of candidates who advance beyond the eligibility screening stage. The WBG YPP office will be in touch via email with instructions on how to submit. Please see our application timeline for more information. Back to top
If I have additional questions about the WBG YPP or my application where can I find answers? Due to the volume of emails received, we are unable to respond to general inquiries about the program, eligibility requirements or application process. Answers to most of these questions can be found on our website.
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