World Bank Group Junior Professional Associates (JPA) Program

World Bank Group Junior Professional Associates (JPA) Program for Young Graduates

The World Bank Group Junior Professional Associate (JPA) program is a unique opportunity to gain entry-level professional experience and first-hand exposure to the challenges – and rewards – of international development.

Are you a recent graduate?

Do you have passion for and also a commitment to helping others?

Are you looking for a solid, two-year entry-level work experience in a multicultural environment?

If so, the World Bank’s JPA program may interest you. ​

In your JPA assignment, you’ll use your strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, your knowledge of technology and your research abilities – working 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. Your experience as a JPA may be a steppingstone to a career in government, consulting, the private sector, academia or other development agencies. ​


World Bank Group (WBG) Young Professionals Program, 2022

What they are looking for? ​

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



Human development (public health, education, nutrition, population)

Social sciences (anthropology, sociology)


Environment (climate, blue economy)


Private sector development

As well as other related fields, including corporate and administrative functions (IT, legal, accounting, communications, etc). ​

You are fluent in English and, preferably, in at least one other Bank language (French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, or Chinese).

You love technology and integrate it in your work.​

What JPA offers you? ​

The World Bank Group 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. ​

Eligibility Criteria ​

The following are 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 also Spanish. ​

How to Apply for Junior Professional Associates (JPA)

Interested candidates may apply online. (Please take care to provide required information where indicated).

Note that applications will be kept active in our database for a period of six months.

If you still want to be part of  the 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.​

You can also get more details on the World Bank Group World Bank Group Junior Professional Associates (JPA) Program Here.

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