Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The World Bank Young Professionals Program (YPP) 2021, US (Funded)

The WBG YPP is a two-year leadership development program at the start of a five-year employment contract with the World Bank, IFC or MIGA. All YPs start the program in Washington, DC, where they engage in intensive training—on-the-job and in the classroom—learning the fundamentals of leadership and operations at each institution and how to identify opportunities for joint impact.

World Bank and IFC will merge their respective Young Professionals Programs into one World Bank Group Young Professionals Program (WBG YPP).

The new program is now accepting applications on behalf of three institutions (the World Bank, IFC and MIGA). Building on the rich legacy of its predecessor programs, the WBG YPP will recruit and develop future leaders to collaborate effectively across our institutions on joint WBG solutions to development challenges.

Young Professionals are recruited from around the world, with preference to nationals of WBG member countries and countries of operations. We welcome all qualified individuals from diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds to apply.
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Compensation and Benefits
The WBG YPP offers a competitive salary and benefits package as part of a 5-year term contract. Benefits include health, life and accident insurance, a pension plan and possible relocation and mobility benefits depending on WBG guidelines.
    Program Features
    • Professional Experience
      YPs are full-time employees, making significant contributions to their respective unit’s work program, while building networks and knowledge across the Bank Group through the YPP. They often join field missions, where they work on the frontlines of WBG operations, learning key aspects of our work and directly engaging with our clients.
    • Leadership Development
      Through the WBG YPP curriculum, YPs develop the foundational knowledge to contribute to our business and the competencies to lead. Activities range from leadership and professional development workshops to networking, mentorship and conversations with WBG leadership.
    • Training
      on WBG Policies, Products & Operations YPs engage in intensive training on the policies, products and operations of the World Bank, IFC and MIGA. This aspect of the WBG YPP curriculum ensures that YPs know how to operationalize joint WBG solutions to development challenges, and how to retain and apply this knowledge for years to come.
    • Global Rotations across WBG
      YPs participate in at least one rotation within their home institution, with some engaging in additional rotations to another institution, with the goal of developing and applying skills across the business. Rotations are a core component of the curriculum, providing YPs the exposure to understand how our institutions work (and can work together) as well as how to align their skills to priority areas, like countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), and other challenging environments.
    • Coaching & Mentoring
      YPs are assigned several mentors at the peer and departmental level. Mentors can provide advice on various topics ranging from settling into Washington, DC to identifying career opportunities throughout the YP experience, and beyond.
    • Networking Events
      In addition to the program orientation and graduation ceremonies, the WBG YPP office organizes regular events for YPs to stay in touch with program alumni, stakeholders and broader WBG staff.
    • Management Supported Rotations & Job Placements
      YPs are provided management-level support in their transitions to rotations and post-YPP job placements, ensuring their skills are best placed across the business.


    Minimum Requirements
    To be considered for the WBG YPP, applicants must:
    • Be born on or after October 1, 1988
    • Have a master’s or doctoral degree*
    • Specialize in a field relevant to YPP Business Areas
    • Demonstrate relevant professional experience or continued study at the doctoral level**
    • Be fluent in English
    • The Banks Group recruitment policy is to hire staff of the highest caliber, on as wide a geographical basis as possible, with preference to nationals of WBG member countries or countries of operations.
    Additional Qualifications

    To be competitive, applicants should additionally:
    • Display a commitment and passion for international development
    • Possess outstanding academic credentials
    • Exhibit excellent client engagement, communication and team leadership skills
    • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant sector trends
    The following attributes are a plus:
    • Work experience in emerging markets or developing countries
    • Full proficiency in one of the following official WBG languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish

    Required Documents:
    • Resume/CV
    • Academic Credentials*
    • 2 Short Essays
    • Short Summary of Thesis or Dissertation (World Bank candidates only)
    • 3 Professional or Academic Recommendations**

    *Diploma, Degree Completion Letter, Proof of Enrollment w/ Expected Graduation Date or Transcript.

    **Recommendations will be requested via email during the eligibility screening stage.

    How to Apply:
    Applications for the inaugural WBG YPP cohort are open from June 1 – June 30 for all profiles and will reopen from August 17 – September 21 for IFC and MIGA profiles only.

    30 June 2020

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