World Bank youth program gets makeover

Young people attend a discussion on youth employment at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C. The international financial institution is reforming its youth program. Photo by: Grant Ellis / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

The World Bank Group is reforming its youth program by introducing a new analyst program for younger and less experienced professionals, making its existing young professionals program institutionwide and heightening its focus on the career development of young staff.

Applications for the new analyst program were made available at the end of last month and are due March 5. The new program is designed for individuals with a bachelor’s degrees or with a master’s degree and up to three years of professional experience.

Participants will be awarded three-year contracts and will be assigned to work with a global practice, regional team or corporate unit. During the three-year duration of their program, analysts will rotate to a new unit once or twice.

Myriam Peltier-Thiberge, program manager for the Youth Program at the World Bank, told Devex that on a day-to-day basis, analysts should be prepared to compile communication and research materials, crunch data and put together presentations. Travel to support field projects may also be part of the job description. Further needs are still being determined.

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