ADB Young Professionals Program (YPP)

ADB Young Professionals Program (YPP)

ADB Young Professionals Program (YPP)

Reference Number230575
Position LevelIS 1
DepartmentBudget, People, and Management Systems Department
DivisionHR Business Partners Division
LocationAsian Development Bank Headquarters
Date PostedFriday, September 1, 2023
Closing DateSaturday, September 30, 2023 11:59 p.m. (2359 Manila Time, 0800 GMT)

ADB Young Professionals Program (YPP)

Want to grow professionally by building on your training and experience? Want to help improve the lives of people in Asia and the Pacific?

The Young Professionals Program (YPP) is an entry-level recruitment program aimed at attracting highly qualified and motivated individuals to ADB. YPP provides the foundation for a challenging and rewarding professional career in an international development environment and offers a wide range of opportunities to develop professional skills and understanding of ADB’s operations, policies, and procedures. Under a structured talent management program, Young Professionals (YPs) will contribute to the achievement of ADB’s Strategy 2030.

Applications are open from 1 September to 30 September 2023. Applications should be submitted in English no later than 11:59 p.m., Manila time, on the specified closing date.

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Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

To view ADB Organizational Chart, please click here.

Join Our Mission to Foster Prosperity in Asia

Are you looking to have a lasting impact on the future of Asia and be a catalyst for positive change? We are thrilled to offer a unique opportunity to become an important part of the prestigious Asian Development Bank (ADB). At ADB, our mission is simple yet powerful: to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationship

This position is based at ADB’s Headquarters in Manila, Philippines. As a Young Professional, you will report to the Director and/or designated International Staff and may oversee National Staff and Administrative Staff.

Program offerings: ADB Young Professionals Program (YPP)

As a Young professional (YP), you will be offered a fixed-term appointment of 3 years. You will initially be placed in an operations/operations support department in our headquarters in Manila, Philippines, where you can gain foundational experience of ADB’s operations. After 18 months, you will be assigned to another area within ADB as a rotational assignment. The rotational assignment will be carried out in a field related to the initial placement whereby you are expected to broaden you experience and deepen your knowledge on the subject matter.

Throughout the program, you will be offered a variety of development opportunities – you will also have the opportunity to participate in missions for activities in fact-finding and appraisal, project review and completion, country programming, sector and policy studies, or disbursement. In addition, you will be entitled to a number of learning programs, both in-house and external, some specifically designed to cater to your needs as a Young Professional.

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Towards the end of the 3-years, our aspiration is that our graduating YPs will choose to stay and have a rewarding and accomplished career path, and ultimately evolve into future leaders of ADB.

As a Young Professional (YP), you will contribute to ADB’s mission and execution of main instruments comprising loans, technical assistance (TA), grants, advice, and knowledge.

Your Responsibilities

a. Strategy and Planning
• Assist and participate towards the development of policy and strategy of ADB.
• Apply own complex expertise to support others in research and analysis including development impact of ADB operations.

b. Project Management
• Assist and participate in the development, processing and administration of non-complex loans, grants and/or TA projects.
• Support integration of ADB’s policies and guidelines in the design and implementation of projects.

c. Knowledge Sharing
• Support and contribute to ADB’s activities for advocacy, knowledge sharing and building.

Eligibility: ADB Young Professionals Program (YPP)

All YPs must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Be 32 years old and below by 1 August 2024
  • Be a national of one of ADB’s members
  • Hold at least a first-level university degree with proven academic track record in a field relevant to the job role
  • Have at least 3 years of professional experience relevant to ADB

Successful applicants demonstrate:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Strong passion and commitment to development work
  • Willingness to learn and be agile
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Due Date: 30 September 2023

ADB offers a great compensation and benefits package. The salary will be based on ADB’s standards and comparator markets, taking into account your qualifications and experience.
• Hybrid work arrangements
• Paid leave (including parental)
• Medical and health benefits
• Life and other insurance plans
• Staff development
• Retirement plan
• Housing and education allowance (if applicable)
• Expatriate benefits (for international staff)

The selected candidate is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

The minimum requirement for the role is 3 years of relevant work experience. Candidates with less than 3 years of relevant experience will not be considered. Please note that internships can count as work experience, but it should be in a field relevant to ADB’s sector and themes.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to answer questions related to application status and decisions. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applicants may view the status of their applications online by logging into the ADB Career and Employment System (ACES).

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All YPs begin employment at ADB either in a Solutions Department (Climate, Thematic, or Private Sector Operations Department) or major non-operational department in HQ, such as Economic Research and Regional Cooperation (ERCD), Office of Public-Private Partnership (OPPP), Strategy, Policy, and Partnerships (SPD), etc. The initial assignment will be for 18 months. Once cleared for rotation by the YP committee, the YP will be assigned to another sector/department.





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