MNA Fellows Program Frequently Asked Questions



What is the objective of the MNA Fellows Program? 

To attract and develop young talent from the MNA countries for current and future employment opportunities at the WBG. Back to top

Who is eligible to apply to the MNA Fellows Program?

The 2019-20 Recruitment cycle for this Program is open to Saudi Arabian nationals. Back to top

What types of candidates are you looking for?

We are looking for talented young professionals that are passionate about International Development, are eager to receive first-hand experience working in one of the technical and operational areas of the World Bank Group and have the desire to learn and contribute to the WBG’s mission of eradicating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. Back to top

What are the minimum requirements to be eligible for the MNA Fellows Program?

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

·       Be a citizen of Saudi Arabia and have valid passport

·       Preferably have a master’s degree and 2 years of relevant work experience

·       Be fluent in English

·       Be committed to International Development Back to top

What are some of the desired fields of studies and focus areas of the advertised positions?

Economics, Human Resources, Public Policy, Law, Education Sciences, Water Resource Management, Communications, Journalism, International Relations/Public Affairs, Information Systems/ Computer Science, Budget and Accounting, etc. Back to top

Where will the appointments be located?

Appointments will be based mainly in Headquarters, Washington DC with a few located in one of the World Bank Group country offices. Back to top

What type of contract will the Fellows receive and what is the length of the Contract?

The Fellows will receive an Extended Term Consultant (ETC) appointment for an initial one-year period, which may be renewable for an additional year- subject to the ETC lifetime maximum of 2 years. The Fellow’s ETC appointment will be subject to the World Bank Group’s policies. Back to top

Will the Fellows be able to apply for staff positions within the WBG?

While the Fellows of this arrangement would be able to apply for vacancies there would be no guarantee of employment with the World Bank Group beyond the contract period. Back to top

How can I apply to the Program? All vacant positions will be advertised in this site. Please select the vacancy that you are interested in and follow the information on how to complete your application. All positions will remain open until December 14th, 2019, 7:59pm EST. Back to top

Can I apply if I am a current Consultant of the WBG?

Yes, you can apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. Back to top

Is there an age limit to apply?

There is no specific age limit established however the MNA Fellows Program is designed for young professionals such as recent graduates, preferably with a master’s degree and a minimum of 2-3 years of relevant experience. Back to top

Can I be interviewed from my country or do I have to travel to DC?

Once the interview date is set by the hiring unit you have the option to be interviewed from your country via Videoconference, or through a World Bank Group office in your location. Back to top