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  2022 Recruitment cycle for this Program is open to Kuwaiti 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 Kuwait and have valid passport

·       Must have a master’s degree and 2 years of relevant work experience or equivalent combination of education and 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, Digital Development, Environment Risk Management, 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. Pending availability of Funds, business needs and ETC satisfactory performance, ETC 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 March 7th, 2022, 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, with a master’s degree and a minimum of 2 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

What type of employment is available through the Fellows Program?

This is Extended Term Consultant (ETC) is a full-time, one-year appointment at the equivalent of grade GE for the MNA Fellows Kuwait program. It is renewable for a second year subject to availability of funds and staff good performance. The maximum allowable duration is two years. Back to top

What does the title "consultant"/” fellow” mean?

The Letter of Appointment will have the job title Extended Term Consultant; however, the hiring units can provide job titles relevant to each position to differentiate them when posting. The program is called MNA Fellows Kuwait program, thus the reference to the Fellows. Back to top

Is it a project-based position?

No Back to top

Are these placements temporary or permanent?

This is a full-time one-year Extended Term Consultant appointment. Back to top

If I already have a job, will I be required to leave it in order to participate in the Fellows Program?

Yes, since this is a full-time appointment, the candidates are not allowed work outside of the WBG. Back to top

Is it possible for a qualified candidate to apply for more than one position?

Yes. Back to top

I want to include references to strengthen my application to the World Bank Group. To whom can I send my reference letters?

Shortlisted candidates can send their reference letters to the MNA Fellows program email account: (mnafellowsprogram@worldbankgroup.orgBack to top

What happens if I cannot leave my current job? I want to be part of the World Bank, but my manager will not permit that I leave for a one- or two-year term at the World Bank Group?

The candidates are expected to join the World Bank Group for the entire appointment. Candidates can take a leave of absence from their current job to accept the appointment. Back to top

If I apply for the job in Washington, am I able to request that I work from Kuwait to be closer to my family? If that is the only option, will there be a transition phase with guidance from the World Bank Group?

Yes. All new hires will go through the onboarding training that will provide guidance to new staff and help them integrate into the World Bank Group. Back to top

Can I work from Kuwait even if the job is located in Washington remotely?

To benefit from the program and to learn about the World Bank Group’s mission, the staff should expect to work from the duty station location. Back to top

What would make me the ideal candidate? What can I do to prepare for the interview?

Read the TORs (Job description) very carefully and do your own research about the organization. Back to top