The World Bank Junior Professional Associates Programme for Bachelors, Masters or PhD Graduates Worldwide

Junior Professional Associates (JPA) Programme

Course(s) Offered: Development, Poverty alleviation
Course Level: Graduate (Bachelors), Postgraduate (masters, PhD)
Provider: World Bank Group
Country to Study in: Several countries

Scholarship Description
UPDATE: Please note that the JPA Program has been discontinued as of July 1, 2015. The program was absorbed into the new World Bank Group Analyst Program. Please click here for more details.

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 World Bank Group's employment category: the Junior Professional Associates or JPA.

The World Bank Junior Professional Associates Programme

The World Bank Group welcomes applicants from all over the globe regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic background, and disability

The following are minimum requirements to be eligible for the Junior Professional Associate employment category :
  • Be 28 years of age or younger
  • Hold the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree (with some relevant experience), a Master's, or be a PhD candidate with a superior academic record.
  • Be fluent in English
  • Be fully proficient in one or more of the Bank’s working languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish is a plus
What are we looking for?
Your academic achievements are superior and place you in the top ten percent of your graduating class.

Your analytical and research skills extend to areas of specialization such as: economics, finance, human resources development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social sciences (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment, private sector development, as well as other related fields.

You are fluent in English and, preferably, in at least one other World Bank language (French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, or Chinese). You're not afraid of technology and use it to maximize your work.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries.

Participating Institutions
The World Bank Group

Fields of study
All areas related to Development or Poverty alleviation, including:
economics, finance, human resources development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social sciences (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment, private sector development, as well as other related fields.

In your JPA assignment, you'll use your strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, your knowledge of technology and the web, and your research abilities - working with more senior colleagues and project teams in their operational work.

You'll have an opportunity to hone your skills and acquire new ones while gaining first-hand exposure to the challenges of development and poverty alleviation. Your experience as a JPA can then be used as a stepping stone to a career in government, consulting, the private sector, or academia.

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
A JPA assignment is not an entry point for a career in the World Bank and employment beyond the initial two-year contract will be prohibited 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.

Scholarship benefits
The Junior Professional Associates Programme 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.

We will provide you with the opportunity to gain this entry-level professional experience, on a two-year, non-renewable contract with benefits.

Method of Application
Interested candidates should apply online. Please take care to provide required information where indicated.

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.

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

Positions may be located in any of the Bank's offices across the world.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply. Use the 'Apply Now' link on that website to submit an application.

Recruitment and hiring for this employment category is ongoing throughout the year.

Please note that applications will be kept active in our database for a period of six months. Should you still be interested in this employment category after six months, you will need to re-apply.

World Bank staff have the opportunity to define and seek their own career aspirations. The staff come from more than 170 countries in the world specializing in economics, finance, education, public health, engineering and many more fields. About 40% are in offices in more than 110 developing countries.

Application Deadline: Rolling / Ongoing
Open to International Applicants: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

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