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African Development Bank Group Young Professionals Program for 2012

African Development Bank Group Young Professionals Program for 2012

The Young Professionals Program (YPP) at the African Development Bank Group is now open. The YPP is developed to attract highly qualified and motivated professionals from the banks' member countries, who are committed to African development, have demonstrated outstanding academic and professional achievement, as well as effective team work and leadership potential.

According to the bank's release, "the Bank aims to ensure continuity and excellence in both the management of its projects and the provision of policy advice to its regional member countries. Young Professionals have the opportunity to work across the continent and be at the forefront of exciting Bank initiatives that are helping to shape Africa’s future".

The YPP targets motivated and talented young professionals (maximum age 32) who are committed to making a difference on the African continent and who will spend between two and three years of their professional career in the multicultural, and professionally growth environment at the African Development Bank.

The Bank seeks individuals skilled in the areas relevant to its operations, such as infrastructure, regional integration, private sector development, education, governance, health, social development, agriculture, climate change and environment, gender, and finance and risk management.

The bank provides the YPPs with undergo on-the-job training to equip them with the ability to grow successful and rewarding careers upon completion of the Program. However, the release cautions that completion of the Program is no guarantee of a position within the AfDB.


The following established eligibility requirements guide the recruitment of the Young Professionals, and the Bank allows no exception from these requirements for any candidate:

Citizen of a member country (regional or non-regional) of the Bank
A maximum of 32 years of age as at 31 December of the selection year
A minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent in Economics, Engineering, Social Sciences, International Development, Business Administration, Finance or any discipline that is relevant to the business of the Bank
Multi-disciplinary background and a minimum of three years relevant work experience
Outstanding academic credentials (Please attach a transcript from your Master’s degree(s))
Demonstrated commitment to development (field experience on the continent and/or in other developing countries is an added advantage)
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English or French with a working knowledge of the other language (working knowledge of a third language that is relevant to the Bank’s operation in the African continent is an advantage)
Ability/motivation to work in a multicultural work environment
Demonstrated leadership potential (i.e. professional publications, activism in professional organizations, project leadership, entrepreneurship and volunteerism)
Demonstrated strong analytical skills, dynamism, results-orientation, and problem-solving capability

Closing Date: April 24, 2012

Method of Application

Application must be done online. If you are a first-time user of the bank's online registration system, you will need to register yourself and respond to all questions, especially those marked with asterisks.

You are advised that the YPP selection process is highly competitive, you should therefore provide as much information as possible on your online form.

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