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Career opportunities for young Africans at the World Bank

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Through targeted programs and internships, the World Bank benefits from investing in the talent of young African professionals, and has much to gain by investing in more. Below is a list of career opportunities available for young Africans who are interested in working at the World Bank. The jobs are stationed both at the headquarters in Washington, DC and the Africa country offices. All of these opportunities are paid and require fluency in English. However, fluency in at least one other Bank language (French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, or Chinese) is an advantage. As a young African, I encourage any fellow African youth to consider these job opportunities and pass them along to interested peers:
 
1) Africa Fellowship Program
Description
Fellows will spend a minimum of 6 months getting hands-on experience at World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. to work on economic policy, technical assistance to countries, and lending for eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity.
Who can apply?
Doctoral students of African descent within one or two years of completing a Ph.D. program in the following fields: Economics, Demography, Applied Statistics and Econometrics, Impact Evaluation, Education, Health, Energy, Agriculture, and Infrastructure. Applicants must be 32 years of age or below.
Learn more and APPLY here.
 
2) Internship Program
Description
This Internship typically seeks candidates in the following fields: Economics, Finance, Human Development (public health, education, nutrition, population), Social Science (anthropology, sociology), Agriculture, Environment, Private Sector Development, as well as other related fields.
Who can apply?
Candidates must possess an undergraduate degree and already be enrolled in a full-time graduate study program (pursuing a Master's degree or PhD with plans to return to school in a full-time capacity). 
Learn more and APPLY here.
 
3) Junior Professionals Associates Program
Description
This is a two-year, entry-level program designed for those skilled in areas 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.
Who can apply?
Applicants 28 years of age or below, holding the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree, with some relevant job experience. 
Learn more and APPLY here.

4) MIGA Professional Program
Description
Candidates will be assigned to one of MIGA’s department to work in underwriting, financial accounting and reporting, as well as economics and risk management (including environmental and social risk mitigation).
Who can apply?
Applicants under 35 years of age with an advanced degree and a minimum of 5 years working experience in the relevant field. 
Learn more and APPLY here.

5) Young Professionals Program
Description
This is a two-year, entry-level program  designed for those skilled in areas such as Economics, Finance, Education, Public Health, Social Sciences, Engineering, Urban Planning, and Natural Resource Management.
Who can apply?
This program is open to applicants under 32 years of age with an advanced degree and a minimum of 3 years working experience in the relevant field. 
Learn more and APPLY here.

To join the discussion on youth in Africa, follow @WorldBankAfrica on Twitter, and use the hashtag #AfricasYouth. 

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Submitted by Eric on

Thanks

Submitted by Qanyi on

Why don't you have opportunities for IT professionals. I'm an IT guy with bachelors degree in Computer science and technology

Submitted by Thakadu on

Does a BSc in IT not fall under Engineering though? So maybe the Young Professionals Program?

Submitted by Thakadu on

Does a BSc in IT not fall under Engineering though? So maybe the Young Professionals Program?

Submitted by Tupo on

This is the same question I have. I see no opportunities for IT professionals yet we know IT in banking is one of the core functions. I am an IT project manager with undergrad and postgraduate degrees.

Submitted by john mungai on

What about those with more than 4 years experience, have undergraduate degree in economics and currently completing their masters degree?

Submitted by GETAYE BIRHANIE ADANE on

i am very interested in working world bank,and now i am working in commercial bank of ethiopia

Submitted by Habtamu Tefera on

am habtamu tefera and i have some degree coarse in business related fields.

Submitted by Joy on

Your academic requirements are very high. Think of a Certified Public Accountant graduate from Kenya or any other diploma students from any other country with the talent, who is ready to learn but is curtailed to apply due to your requirements.

Kindly find a way to give such students a chance, financial constraints maybe the reason why such a young person hasn't joined University for undergraduate course. Some may have the papers but their ability is less.

Thanks.

Submitted by mathew on

I am graduate with Bcom finance with six months experience in accounting,does this experience qualify me for young professional program?

Submitted by Akosua Gyabaah on

we will love to see more opportunities created in areas of human resource management and customer care management for potential candidates such as me.

Thanks

Submitted by Abiodun Akande on

I desire to work with the World Bank, and I'm a first degree holder in Building Technology,34 years

Submitted by ayodele martin on

Am am MPA graduate presently working with Nigeria government will like to have a career with world bank...please notify me when my psition is vacant.

Submitted by Obasogie Jerry on

Nice opportunity here. But I wonder if there could be other opportunities for degree holders.

Thank you.

Submitted by Nguher kpojime on

I am thirty three years old,possess a M.A.International Development Management with four years experience in the development sector,but haven't found any opportunity in any of your programs.

Submitted by Orji Alexander Chinedu on

I am interested in the World Bank program for young professionals in Africa

Submitted by Okpokiri on

I am a 36 year old fresh graduate, please help.
Thanks in anticipation.

Submitted by justice on

Hi Maleele,
The link to the Africa Fellowship Program leads to the 2013 application and not the 2014 page. Any help ?

Submitted by umar on

What does mathematicians and computer sciencetist did wrong? Why are they excluded in your vacant?

Submitted by immanuel on

Am an information technology student, do you happen to have any internships for this profession?

Submitted by orkaido kusse on

I have BA degree in business management and have 2 years of work experience in CBE(Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, but i hadn't saw that your advertisement is inviting me. i.e business management holders!! why please?

Submitted by Paul Enyina on

Please I want to be notified anytime there's an opening for computer science graduates.
Best Regards.

Submitted by Talele Narai Kadaluka on

keep me updated

Submitted by Talele Narai Kadaluka on

keep me updated

Submitted by erc nwokeji on

I studied public administation, Bsc, MBA mgt and worked for 9 yrs in d bank, and 12 yrs in administration. I need employment

Submitted by erc nwokeji on

I studied public administation, Bsc, MBA mgt and worked for 9 yrs in d bank, and 12 yrs in administration. I need employment

Submitted by Cândida on

I'm very interest to do my contribution on food security areas and trainings for a smallholders in Animal origin food.

Submitted by toyrah on

Please, how someone who studied political science (Bsc) and Business Administration(Msc).would there be opportunity?

Submitted by shalo hirpo on

the above opportunities so good for african students what i try to comment is it is good if the opportunities is given for each county of africa

Submitted by onah chima daniel on

I am a graduate student of university of Nigeria nsukka with a bachelors degree in economics.it has always been a burning desire in me to work with the world bank and also to help the institution carry out goals of human capital development across Africa.Onah China Daniel.

Submitted by onah chima daniel on

Thanks for your service towards building global human capacity,Africa's empowerment and poverty eradication. Onah China daniel.

Submitted by Masresha Kumsa Goban on

I have a BSC Degree in APPlied Biology.Currently, I am working in Addis Ababa Social and Workers Affairs Bureau,as a Labour inspector and Law implementation officer.Notify me the job that is relevant to my field of study and the current post i am working.

Submitted by sarah on

Innovative

Submitted by mwendwa on

this is great..what are the opportunities though, for Law students in your sector?

Submitted by susan vogel on

Wow! This is too good but why considering only those who are in full time masters' programme?

Submitted by Kessington Oyakhire on

Good morning, I have a BSc in International Relations and Srategic studies and I have a 1year experience in marketing. Am 27years of age and I would love to be a part of your program. Please notify me if there is any room for me.

Submitted by Wangatia Manyah Vincenzio on

Based on my experience in restructuring the YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PROGRAM AT KENYA INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC POLICY, RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS(KIPPRA),I appreciate that these are very good and relevant programs for the modern work place, meant to impact on national policy frameworks in the long-term.
I would appreciate an opportunity to build my capacity even more on policy analysis for the benefit of my country Kenya!

Submitted by Cilla on

you don't seem to have any positions within the communications/PR field.....I graduated with a bachelors in journalism and now currently pursuing a Masters in International Communications. Would be great if you created positions for this field.

Thank you

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