World Bank Junior Professional Associates

World Bank Junior Professional Associates

Are you a recent graduate? Do you have passion for and commitment to helping others? Are you looking for a solid, two-year entry-level work experience in a multicultural environment? If so, you may be interested in the the World Bank’s JPA program. The World Bank Junior Professional Associates (JPA) program is a unique opportunity to gain entry-level professional experience and first-hand exposure to the challenges – and rewards – of international development.

About World Bank Junior Professional Associates Program

In your JPA assignment, you will use your strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, your knowledge of technology and your research abilities. In  addition, you will work with more senior colleagues and project teams in their work both in operations and in corporate functions. You’ll have an opportunity to hone your skills and acquire new ones while gaining first-hand exposure to the challenges of reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity. You may use your experience as a JPA as a steppingstone to a career in government, consulting, the private sector, academia or other development agencies.

Eligibility Criteria

Your academic achievements are superior and place you in the top portion of your graduating class. Your analytical and research skills extend to areas of specialization such as:

  • economics,
  • finance,
  • human development (public health, education, nutrition, population),
  • social sciences (anthropology, sociology),
  • agriculture,
  • environment (climate, blue economy),
  • infrastructure,
  • private sector development, as well as other related fields including corporate and administrative functions (IT, legal, accounting, communications, etc.). ​

You love technology and integrate it in your work.​

In addition, you need to meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible for the JPA program: ​

  • Be 28 years of age or younger on your first day of service​
  • Hold the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree
  • Be fluent in English​
  • One or more of the Bank’s working languages is a plus: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. ​

Since this employment program is highly competitive, applicants under active consideration for employment may be asked to submit academic records as well as references. The World Bank will contact only those applicants whom hiring managers wish to interview. ​

Benefits to Associates

World Bank will provide you with the opportunity to gain entry-level professional experience in a premier development institution, on a two-year, non-renewable Extended Term Consultant (ETC) contract with benefits. ​

Please note that a JPA assignment is not an entry point for a career at the World Bank and World Bank will prohibit  employment beyond the two-year contract for a period of two years after the end of the contract. However, some former JPAs may rejoin the organization later in their careers after gaining experience elsewhere and becoming experts in their professional fields. ​

How to Apply?

Interested candidates may apply online.

Please note that applications will only be active in World Bank’s database for a period of six months. Should you still have interest in JPA program after six months, you will need to re-apply. Only those identified for an assignment will be contacted to discuss their interest and availability. Candidates are selected by the hiring manager on a highly competitive basis.​

For more information: Visit the Official Webpage of the World Bank Group Junior Professional Associates (JPA) Program 2021

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