The World Bank Young Professionals Program (WBG YPP)-2021 -Apply Today !!!


The WBG YPP is a starting point for an exciting career at the World Bank Group. Young Professionals are recruited from around the world with various academic and professional backgrounds relevant to the World BankIFCandMIGA. We are looking for applicants who demonstrate a passion for international development, graduate education, relevant professional experience, and the potential to grow into impactful leadership roles across our institutions.

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.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: The World Bank Group is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments. The safety of our current and prospective staff is our highest priority. As of now, YPP recruitment processes will continue as usual and will be modified to virtual platforms as needed. Candidates will receive related updates as the process moves along.

PROGRAM UPDATE: The World Bank and IFC have merged 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 BankIFC 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.

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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.


To be considered for the WBG YPP, applicants must:Be born on or after October 1, 1988Have a master’s or doctoral degree*Specialize in a field relevant to YPP Business AreasDemonstrate relevant professional experience or continued study at the doctoral level**Be fluent in EnglishThe Bank’s 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.Image
*Graduate degree requirements:For World Bank placement: Complete a relevant master’s degree by June 30, 2020 or PhD before September 2021. Fields of study should be related to a World Bank Business Area.For IFC & MIGA placement: Complete a relevant graduate degree before September 2021.  Fields of study should be related to an IFC or MIGA Business Area, including but not limited to a Master’s of Business Administration (or equivalent), Economics, Finance, International Relations, Science and Engineering.**Professional experience requirements:For World Bank placement: Demonstrate 3+ years of relevant experience, or the equivalent in continued study at the doctoral level.For IFC & MIGA placement: Demonstrate4+ years of relevant experience in finance, political risk insurance and credit enhancement, project/program development, economic development and/or consulting. Certifications such as the CFA are a plus.
ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONSTo be competitive, applicants should additionally:Display a commitment and passion for international developmentPossess outstanding academic credentialsExhibit excellent client engagement, communication and team leadership skillsDemonstrate knowledge of relevant sector trendsThe following attributes are a plus:  Work experience in emerging markets or developing countriesFull proficiency in one of the following official WBG languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and SpanishImage


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YPs are placed into several priority areas of the WBG business. To be eligible for the WBG YPP, candidates must demonstrate experience in at least one of the topics listed below. For more information on these business areas, please review the following websites: World BankIFCorMIGA.

World BankYoung ProfessionalsIFCYoung ProfessionalsMIGAYoung Professionals
GLOBAL PRACTICESAgriculture & FoodDigital DevelopmentEducationEnergy & ExtractivesEnvironment, Natural Resources & Blue EconomyEnvironmental & Social Framework Support UnitFinance, Competitiveness & InnovationGovernanceHealth, Nutrition & PopulationJobs and DevelopmentMacroeconomics, Trade & InvestmentPoverty & EquityResilience & LandSocial Protection & JobsSocial DevelopmentTransportUrban Disaster Risk ManagementWaterGLOBAL THEMESClimate ChangeFragility, Conflict & ViolenceGenderInfrastructure and Public Private PartnershipsOTHER UNITSDevelopment EconomicsIndependent Evaluation GroupLegalPRODUCTSAdviceAsset ManagementBlended FinanceEquityLoansStructured FinanceSECTORSAgribusiness & ForestryEnergyFinancial InstitutionsHealth & EducationManufacturingMiningTelecom, Media & TechnologyTourism, Retail & PropertyTransportUrban Development & Municipal InfrastructureWater & WastewaterAREAS OF EXPERTISEClimate FinanceDisruptive TechnologiesPrivate Equity FundsPublic Private PartnershipsTreasuryUpstream Market CreationVenture CapitalPRODUCTSCredit EnhancementPolitical Risk InsuranceAREAS OF EXPERTISEAccounting/FinanceEconomicsEnvironmental & Social ManagementExport CreditLegalProject FinanceTHEMESClimate ChangeCorporate Finance ServicesPublic-Private PartnershipsRisk ManagementSustainable Energy


The WBG YPP offers Young Professionals a unique opportunity to work on the frontlines of international development. Candidates should be willing to relocate to field-based assignments, especially those supporting client countries experiencing Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV) and other challenging environments.

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The World Bank Group is not affiliated with nor does it endorse any third-party sites selling products and services related to the YPP selection process. All information on the YPP selection process is described on this website and is free to all prospective applicants.

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.

APPLICATION CHECKLISTResume/CVAcademic 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.

Short Essays

Question 1 In 500 words or less, please tell us what inspires you to work at the World Bank Group and why you would be a good fit for the WBG YPP. You may incorporate your personal and professional experience (area of expertise, region or sector) in your answer.

Question 2 In 500 words or less, please share your thoughts on the value of the new World Bank Group Young Professionals Program and why joint WBG solutions (public, public-private & private) to development challenges are so important.


The World Bank Group is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments. To ensure the safety of our current and prospective staff, the 2020 YPP interviews will be conducted virtually. Additional activities may include:

  • An assessment center, where you will be asked to review and discuss documents
  • Timed computer-based financial tests

Applicants who are invited to interview will be provided with more detail as the process moves along.

Candidates are assessed based on experience, technical expertise, and competencies such as client orientation, leadership and communication.



We welcome all qualified individuals from diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability. Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, women and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

The WBG YPP conducts a disability-inclusive recruitment process. Program information, including informational videos, presentations and brochures are available in accessible formats, while disability accommodations are made available throughout the application and onboarding process. Please contact the YPP office at youngprofessionals@worldbankgroup.orgto request materials or additional information.

For more on disability inclusion at the World Bank Group, click here.

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