December 16, 2013

World Bank Junior Professional Programs for Afro-Descendants (JPPAD Program)

Junior Professional Programs for Afro-Descendants

Course(s) Offered: Development & Capacity building
Course Level: Graduate
Provider: The World Bank
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
The World Bank offers a number of unique programs that provide learning, staffing and capacity building opportunities for junior and mid-career professionals to experience first-hand what working at the Bank is like.

The Junior Professional Programs for Afro-Descendants (JPPAD Program) is a unique opportunity to gain entry-level professional experience, gaining first-hand exposure to the challenges – and rewards – of international development and poverty reduction.

The primary purpose of JPPAD is two-fold and mutually beneficial:
(1). To provide young and motivated black individuals who possess outstanding potential a unique career opportunity to gain experience in a global development environment; AND
(2). To provide the Bank an opportunity to benefit from the talent, knowledge, and diversity that they can bring to the institution. The program is also designed to strengthen capacity-building efforts in African and Caribbean countries (or any Afro-descendent community around the world).

The World Bank
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Afro-descent, i.e., Black of sub-Saharan African ancestry
  • Age 35 or younger with at least 5+ years of relevant work experience
  • Excellent academic record with a minimum Master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the global development field
  • Proficiency in English plus at least one other working language of the Bank – Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish
  • Demonstrated commitment to development
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct analytical work; to exercise good judgment; to succeed in a team environment; and to work with diverse clients and staff
Note: Candidates who previously have had a staff position (fixed-term or open-ended, in Washington or in a country office) in the World Bank Group are NOT eligible to apply.

Eligible groups
Blacks of sub-Saharan African nationality or race, and/or US citizens from black minority groups

Participating Institutions
The World Bank.
Participants in the JPPAD program may work in either Washington DC or country office.

Fields of study
Participants spend two years in an intensive work program sharing knowledge and acquiring practical, on-the-job skills at one of the world’s leading financial institutions.

Number of awards
Several - not specified by provider

Sponsorship duration
Non-renewable two year staff appointment. Upon completion of the 2-year term, candidates may compete for other appointments.

Scholarship benefits
As a member of the program, you also will receive professional coaching and supportive training that will enhance existing skills. And you will form valuable personal and professional relationships to last a lifetime.

Method of Application
Interested candidates must apply online. Only those identified for an assignment will be contacted to discuss their interest and availability. Candidates are selected by a panel on a highly competitive basis.

Apply Now for the World Bank Professional Program for Afro-Descendants.

It is still important to visit the official website (link to it is below) to apply.

This is an ongoing program. Interested candidates should apply online as there is NO specific deadline date.

UPDATE: Due to the massive application from over 50000 applicants, the World Bank has applied a deadline of 31 August to this programme. Shortlisted candidates are being contacted for interviews at various locations. Interviews and subsequent decisions should all be completed by the end of December.

Given the volume of applications, the World Bank will only be reaching out to shortlisted candidates to provide feedback. Irrespective of the outcome of the interviews, all shortlisted candidates will be placed on a roster for future openings. The World Bank will also continue to draw on the large pool of applicants from this recruitment drive as positions become available.

The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs.

The World Bank's official goal is the reduction of poverty. According to its Articles of Agreement (as amended effective 16 February 1989), all its decisions must be guided by a commitment to the promotion of foreign investment and international trade and to the facilitation of capital investment.

The World Bank comprises two institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA).

The World Bank should not be confused with the World Bank Group, which comprises the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Application Deadline: Rolling / Ongoing (Paused for now)
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY sub-Saharan Africans)

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