World Bank Junior Professional Associate JPA: Apply Now

If you are a recent graduate with a passion for and commitment to helping others and looking for a solid two-year entry-level work experience in a multicultural environment then The World Bank Junior Professional Associate (JPA) program is ideal for you, it is a unique opportunity to gain entry-level professional experience and firsthand exposure to the challenges and rewards of international development.

The World Bank Junior Professional Associate (JPA) assignment, will avail you the opportunity to 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 to hone your skills and provides you requisite experience, knowledge, and skills to a prosperous career in government or the private sector, consulting, academia or other international development agencies.

Requirement for the World Bank Junior Professional Associate JPA ​

Education and academic achievement

Quality education and great academic achievement are very important selection criteria for the world bank junior professional associate program.

Your academic achievements are superior and place you in the top portion of your graduating class.

Analytical skills, Research, and ICT skills

Your analytical and research skills extend to areas of specialization such as economics, finance, human development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social sciences (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment (climate, blue economy), infrastructure, private sector development, as well as other related fields, including corporate and administrative functions (IT, legal, accounting, communications, etc).

You love technology and integrate it into your work. ​


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

Eligibility Criteria for World Bank Junior Professional Associate

The following are the 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 Spanish. ​

NOTE: due to the high competition in this employment program, applicants under active consideration for employment may be asked to submit academic records as well as references.

The World Bank will contact only those applicants whom hiring managers wish to interview. ​

A JPA assignment is not an entry point for a career at the World Bank and employment beyond the 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. ​

Application deadlines

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

Benefits and offering of JPA

JPA will 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. ​

All JPAs are ungraded and paid the same fee, which is set at the minimum of the GD grade of the salary scale for HQ or the respective Country Office.

How to apply for World Bank Junior Professional Associate? ​

Interested Candidates should apply online at the World Bank’s external career website.

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