2016 World Bank Group Analyst Program

The World Bank Group Analyst Program is a new and unique opportunity for exceptionally talented young people with a passion for international development to contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Through this structured three-year program, you will work in an intellectually challenging and culturally diverse environment within a specific practice, region, or corporate unit in the World Bank Group, which includes the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

You will have the opportunity to contribute and grow your skills in areas ranging from analytics, research, data management, project management, communications, finance, management accounting, and information technology. In addition, the program offers various cohort activities aimed to broaden your exposure to the work of the World Bank Group and develop leadership skills.

Upon completion of the program, there may be opportunities for you to continue your career in the World Bank Group. Participants holding a Master’s degree who find the opportunity to continue their career at the WBG may also be eligible for advancement opportunities. Alternatively, you may leverage the experience you have gained to pursue further studies or other opportunities in international development.

World Bank Group Analyst Program

Eligibility Criteria

  • Citizenship of a member country of the World Bank Group
  • Passion to contribute to the World Bank Group mission to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity
  • 28 years of age or younger (i.e., born on or after January 1st, 1988)
  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in relevant field. Candidates who are currently pursuing a degree are eligible if the degree will be awarded by December 31, 2016
  • One to three years of relevant work experience in one or more specialty areas
  • Analytical thinking, proven academic success, strong written and oral communication skills, and leadership potential
  • Experience working or studying in developing countries is preferred
  • Fluency in English is required. Fluency or proficiency in other languages, in particular Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish or Russian, is preferred.

In addition, successful candidates must demonstrate the World Bank Group Core Competencies

  • Deliver results for clients
  • Lead and innovate
  • Collaborate within teams and across boundaries
  • Create, apply and share knowledge
  • Make smart decisions


Selection Cycle

WBG Analysts are chosen through an intensive and rigorous selection process. Competition is keen. We received thousands of applications last year for a limited number of positions.


March 16-April 5, 2016: Application Process
April 2016:

  • Review of applications against eligibility criteria.
  • Status update to all candidates.

April 13-20, 2016: Online logical reasoning and behavioral assessment for candidates meeting the eligibility criteria (one week to complete, no extension possible. We recommend that you save the date already).
By April 30, 2016: Update to candidates on assessment results (passed or not passed, thus further considered or not).
May through December 31, 2016:

  • Depending on business needs in recruitment streams, candidates are contacted for interviews/further testing.
  • Candidates who are not selected by a particular business unit can be considered by another business unit in the same recruitment stream.
  • Decisions and offers communicated.
  • Status updates to all candidates.
  • Starting date on the job.

February 2017: New WBG AP cohort starts development curriculum.

Application and selection process

You may apply and be considered for up to two of the specialty areas listed below. To apply, click on the relevant link; you will be prompted to log into the Member Center or create a new account.

Please fill in all fields, answer the screening questions, attach your resume or CV and submit your Statement of Interest (no more than 700 words). Read more about our specific WBG Analyst instructions and details about the Selection cycle.

Following the screening of applications against the eligibility criteria, a select number of candidates will be contacted in April to take an online analytical reasoning and behavioral assessment. Other candidates will receive an email to inform them that they have not been selected. The results of this assessment will determine further participation in the recruitment program.

Based on the business needs in a specific recruitment stream, a select number of candidates will be approached for further interviewing/testing between May and December 31, 2016. Offers will be made during that period. Selected candidates will enter the World Bank Group between May 2016 and February 2017 and will start their development curriculum in February 2017.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should Click Here to Apply

Application Deadline: April 5th 2016

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