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The Young Professionals Program (YPP) is a starting point for an exciting career in the World Bank.

It is a unique opportunity for young people who have both a passion for international development and the potential to become future global leaders. The Program is designed for highly qualified and motivated individuals skilled in areas relevant to the World Bank’s operations such as, economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, and natural resource management. In order to be competitive for this highly selective program, candidates need to demonstrate a commitment to development, proven academic success, professional achievement, and leadership capability. We value diversity in our workplace, and encourage qualified men and women with diverse professional, academic and cultural backgrounds to apply. Since its inception, the YP Program has hired over 1,500 people who now hold position ranging from entry-level to vice presidents and managing directors. It is a unique opportunity to experience development and gain exposure to the World Bank’s operations and policies.

Please note that the Young Professionals Program does not currently recruit individuals who specialize in disciplines such as: Computer Science, HR, Accounting, Marketing, Law, and Linguistics.

Minimum Requirements

The following are minimum requirements to be eligible for the Young Professionals Program.

Be 32 years of age or younger (i.e. born on or after September 30, 1979)
Have a Master’s degree or equivalent [?]
Be fluent in English
Be fully proficient in one or more of the Bank’s working languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
Specialize in a field relevant to the World Bank’s operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, and natural resource management
Have at least 3 years of relevant experience at the policy level or continued academic study at the doctoral level.

Additional Qualifications

In order to be competitive for the limited number of positions, a combination of the following credentials is highly desirable:

Display a commitment and passion for international development
Possess outstanding academic credentials
Exhibit excellent client engagement and team leadership skills
Have international development country experience
Be motivated to relocate and undertake country assignments

Please note that the Young Professionals Program does not recruit individuals who specialize in disciplines such as: Computer Science, HR, Accounting, Marketing, Law and Linguistics.

Program Features
Professional Experience

Young Professionals will take 2 one-year rotational assignments, where they will gain valuable on-the-job experience. They are a member of a team, where they are expected to make significant contributions towards the unit's work program while they gain a broad overview of the World Bank's policies and work.

1st rotational assignment (up to 12 months) will be a "stretch assignment", designed to provide the incoming YP with an opportunity to gain skills and experience that are beneficial from the corporate perspective.
2nd rotational assignment (up to 12 months) will be a "job assignment,” after which the YP is expected to graduate into the same unit, unless there are compelling business cases or serious performance issues.

Selection Cycle
Young Professionals are chosen through an intensive and rigorous selection process.

Competition is keen. We receive about 10,000 applications each year for a limited number of positions. Most candidates exceed the minimum criteria. Please note that this is a 9-month process and it is expected that the selected candidates will join in September of the following year (i.e. Candidates applying on May 1 through June 30, 2011, if selected, will be expected to join in September 2012).

Candidates who are offered a position in the YPP have two (2) weeks to respond. Offers are only binding for the current recruitment year and do not extend to the following year.

May1 – June 30

Applications are received and reviewed against the selection criteria
July – November

Candidates are selected on a rolling basis. Candidates selected are asked to submit additional documents
December – January

Candidates are interviewed. Candidates are selected for interviews based on detailed application

Successful candidates are submitted to the final Selection Committee by mid February.

Candidates are selected for employment as Young Professionals. Candidates are notified of their selection in mid March.

Selected Young Professionals join the World Bank.

The application period for the Young Professionals Program 2012 Selection is now closed. The application period for the 2013 Selection will start on May 1st 2012.
Before You Apply

You meet the minimum requirements for eligibility before completing your application to the Young Professionals Program
You have all the information at hand including key dates and an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) your application is complete.

Application Checklist

Please use the checklist below to make the online application process easier. Upon applying, you will be asked to register for an account and provide an email address. Note that you must complete your application in a single session - you cannot save an application in progress and can only submit a completed application.

Answer all questions completely - please note that you must answer all questions marked with an asterisk (*) as they are required fields
Provide the most current contact information. This information should be valid for a period of one year. In case your contact information changes during the selection process, please email us the updated data
Ensure that you have correctly spelled out your e-mail address, since this will be our main source of communication with you regarding your candidacy
Remember to enter your complete phone number (country code + city code + number)
After you answer all the questions, attach your detailed CV or Resume in English. Please note that the attached CV should be in Microsoft Word (doc) format, and not password protected
Bear in mind that only your first application will be considered for the Program.
Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make any further changes/updates.
Applicants are asked not to contact the Program or Bank staff for information on their application status

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