African Development Bank Young Professionals Program (YPP) for Young Citizens of Member Countries

Young Professionals Program

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Graduate (training)
Provider: African Development Bank
Country to Study in: Member countries

Scholarship Description
Established to strengthen economic growth and social progress across the African continent, the African Development Bank (AfDB) offers the Young Professionals Program (YPP) for recruiting young Africans.

The Young Professionals Program (YPP) is a three year leadership opportunity for the development of the Bank’s future leaders. The Bank attracts highly qualified and motivated professionals from its member countries for a productive and rewarding career path in development. Through the YPP, the Bank ensures continuity and excellence in both the management of its work programs and the provision of policy advice to its regional member countries.

The Bank is an equal opportunity employer. To this end, it is committed to achieving and maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects its diversity agenda, including gender, geographies and languages, among others. Applications for the 2018 Young Professionals Program has opened.

African Development Bank Young Professionals Program

The Young Professional Program targets motivated and high-potential talented individuals from the Bank's member countries. Applicants must meet the following conditions. To join AfD, you should:
  • Be a citizen of a regional or non-regional AfDB member country
  • Be 32 years of age or younger by 31st December of the selection year (i.e. 2017)
  • Possess a Master’s degree or equivalent in any discipline that is relevant to the business of the Bank, with outstanding academic credentials
  • Have at least 3 years work experience in the areas related to our high priority areas (Hi-5s). 
  • Demonstrable on-the-ground/hands-on  experience on the African continent and/or in other continent’s developing countries
  • Have passion for  Africa’s Development 
  • Demonstrate strengths in leadership including leading others
  • Able to leverage knowledge, share and coach others
  • Effectively work in teams with adaptability to a diverse environment
  • Strong analytical skills, an entrepreneurial drive,  results-orientation and problem-solving capability
  • Business Acumen and innovation mindset.
  • Be proficient in the Bank’s working languages, either English and/or French.
  • Have skills that enable you work in a digital environment and embrace technology as it evolves
  • Be willing to live in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire the Bank’s Headquarters, and travel to undertake country assignments.
Eligible groups
Citizen of any member country of the AfDB -- Includes 54 countries in Africa and 26 countries outside the African continent (see list of AfDB member countries)

Fields of study
Any discipline relevant to the business of the Bank like Economics, Engineering, Social Sciences, International Development, Business Administration, Finance, etc

Number of awards
Up to 30 young African professionals will be hired for the 2018 cohort

Sponsorship duration
Upon acceptance of offer and entry, the YPPs complete a mandatory minimum of two years and maximum of three years on rotational assignments in different organizational units and sectors within the Bank.

Scholarship benefits
The AfDB offers an internationally competitive remuneration and benefits package. The YPPs undergo on-the-job training and mentoring that will equip them with skills, knowledge and experience to address developmental issues in Africa in particular and the developing world in general. At the end of three years and upon successful completion of the program, the YPPs will be equipped to compete for any relevant vacancies in the AfDB

Method of Application
All application for admission to the AfDB YPP is an online process. The YPP is highly competitive program and you are advised to provide as much relevant information as possible. Applicants with dual nationality are advised that the Bank recognizes only one nationality from a member country; as such, kindly indicate the nationality you wish to declare. Successful candidates from the selection process will be appointed YPs under their declared nationalities for the duration of the Program and any continuing contract with the Bank. If you are a first-time user of the online registration system, please register, if not please log in. Please attach the most current curriculum vitae (CV) with your current contact details along with your academic transcript and diplomas. Ensure you follow the application checklist which is meant to facilitate your application experience

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information. You can also access the current YPP program call via the current vacancies page.

Applications for 2018 start 21 August 2017 and will be accepted until midnight (GMT) of 11th September 2017

Due to the high volume of responses normally received, only electronic confirmations of receipt will be issued. If you do not get a formal correspondence from the Bank within three months of the closing date, your application is not being considered for the program. Please do not contact the Bank or staff members to enquire about the status of your application.

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries).  The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

Application Deadline: 11 September 2017
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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