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International Finance Corporation - Young Professionals Program (IFC YPP 2020)

International Finance Corporation – Young Professionals Program (IFC YPP 2020)

Program Overview

The International Finance Corporation Young Professionals Program (better known as the IFC YPP) is an annual initiative focused on the selection and recruitment of distinguished and highly qualified young professionals from different parts of the world. Every year, about 6000 candidates, from World Bank’s member countries, apply for a chance to work as an international civil servant with the WB’s private sector agency. The applicants selected are invited to take part in a professional development program, so that they can start a successful career with the organization. Furthermore, the IFC YPP Salary is a good start point for a young professional.

The IFC YPP application represents a great entry opportunity for professionals with 3 to 6 years-experience who are looking to kick-start their career at the organization.

Because of the above-mentioned reason, in addition to a competitive remuneration package, career mobility and the support that successful candidates receive once they are assigned to a position at the organization, this selection process is highly sought-after by many young professionals, making it highly competitive.

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IFC Overview

IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. The Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in every country. IFC leverage their products and services—as well as products and services of other institutions across the World Bank Group—to create markets that address the biggest development challenges of our time. IFC applies its financial resources, technical expertise, global experience, and innovative thinking to help clients and partners to overcome financial, operational, and other challenges.

The agency is also a leading mobilizer of third-party resources for projects engaged in difficult environments with leadership in crowding-in private finance that enables the development promotion beyond its direct resources. IFC have more than 60 years of experience in unlocking private investment, creating markets and opportunities around the world. Since 1956, IFC has leveraged $2.6 billion in capital to deliver more than $285 billion in financing for businesses in developing countries.

IFC’s main focus: to promote private sector growth in developing countries.

Themes addressed by the IFC:

  • Agribusiness & forestry
  • Financial institutions
  • Funds
  • Health
  • Education
  • Infrastructure
  • Manufacturing
  • Natural Resources
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Telecoms, Media & Technology
  • Tourism, Retail & Property

Description of the IFC YPP

IFC’s Young Professionals Program is a unique opportunity to launch your career as a global investment professional helping to build the private sector in developing countries. You will join as an Associate in the Investment, Advisory or Treasury streams and will be based in Washington DC for at least one year. You will build your expertise through engagements in different countries, close to IFC’s clients. The program is open to final year students working toward an advanced degree such as an MBA, JD, other relevant Masters degrees or recent graduates. In addition, the YPPs will be exposed to leadership practices that provides strong opportunities for growth active coaching throughout the program.

What are the fields of study required for the IFC YPP?

IFC seeks to recruit Young Professionals with at least 3 years-experience in the following areas:

  • Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services
    • Agribusiness and Forestry
    • Health and Education
    • Manufacturing
    • Tourism, Retail and Property
  • Financial Institutions
  • Infrastructure
  • Oil, Gas and Mining
  • Public-Private Partnerships (Advisory)
  • Telecoms, Media and Technology
  • Treasury and Syndication (Product)

What is the duration of the IFC YPP?

Selected Young professionals (YPs) are offered a fixed-term appointment of 3 years.

What is the weekly workload of the ADB YPP?

The program is full-time. Therefore, selected candidates work between 35 and 40 hours per week. Work on weekends may be required.

Where are the locations of the IFC YPP?

Besides working at the IFC’s Head Quarter in Washington (DC), YPs will pass through 2 to 3 rotational assignments either in a regional hub or a different industry department or in another World Bank Group institution.

 Subsequent employment:

In general, YPP’s positions are destined to individuals who want to make a career at the IFC. Therefore, towards the end of the program, YPs are encouraged to seek internal opportunities should they wish to remain in the organization.

IFC YPP - Salary & Benefits

The IFC YPP salary ranges from 70k USD up to 140k USD/per year, depending on the professional and academic background of the candidate.

 In addition, the IFC offers a range of benefits for their young professionals as described below:

IFC Benefits

  • Health, Life, Accident, and Other Insurance Programs;
  • Pension plan
  • Relocation, Resettlement, and Expatriate Benefits
  • Paid Leave
  • Work/Life Balance (includes Fitness Center, Child Care, Lactation Room and Health Services Department).

IFC YPP - Requirements

What is the education requirement of the IFC YPP?

The program is open to final year students working toward an advanced degree such as an MBA, JD, other relevant Masters degrees or recent graduates in areas relevant to IFC’s work, such as investment banking, project finance, private equity, corporate finance, portfolio management, management consulting or Treasury.

What is the language requirement of the IFC YPP?

Excellent oral and written skills in English. Fluency in other languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish or Russian) is an advantage. 

IFC YPP Age Limit:

Be 32 years of age or younger.

What is the IFC YPP nationality requirement?

The candidates must be from one of the World Bank Group’s member countries. Find the member countries of the World Bank Group below:

WBG’s Member Countries

What are the competences required for the IFC YPP?

  • Strong analytical and credit assessment skills, as well as solid understanding of accounting and financial statement analysis
  • Knowledge of relevant industry sector trends, sound business judgment and problem solving, negotiation and commercial skills
  • Enthusiasm for working in multi-cultural teams and across borders, preferably with experience working in developing countries
  • Willingness to travel extensively and geographic flexibility

 Other requirements:

  • Minimum of 3 to 6 years of professional experience relevant to the job role.

IFC YPP - Application Process

When to apply for the IFC YPP:

The online application is open from mid/late-August to early October each year. However, the application period may vary according certain circumstances. Therefore, it is recommended to check the period directly on the IFC’s website.

How to apply for the IFC YPP?

The application process is done via IFC’s e-recruitment system and comprises the following steps:

  • Filling out the candidate online profile: personal information; education, training, employment history;
  • Submitting the required documents: CV; Cover Letter; certificates and other attachments (if applicable).

 What are the phases of the selection process for the IFC YPP?

The selection process for the IFC YPP comprises the following steps:

  1. Eligible candidates apply through the IFC e-Recruiting System, completing all the necessary information
  2. Initial screening of applications and short-listing.
  3.  Invitation for the 1st round interview (on school campus’ and/or via webex/skype).
  4. Final interview in IFC Headquarters (All expenses covered).
  5. Pre-employment check and offer process.

What are the documents to submit for the IFC YPP?

The application process requires you to submit:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resume;
  • Cover Letter;
  • Academic transcripts/certificates (if applicable)

What is the evaluation criteria for the IFC YPP?

Recruiters will seek to identify whether applicants’ academic and professional experience is relevant to the IFC’s activities, as well as evaluate their job expectations and level of knowledge about the institution’s work.

Other information:

Young professionals will be recruited as Associate Investment Officers (AIOs). AIO’s are part of a multidisciplinary team focused on identifying investment opportunities, executing transactions and actively managing portfolio projects. In this role, your objectives will be to maximize the impact of IFC’s intervention and contribute to the development of our countries of operation by executing innovative, developmental, and profitable investments for IFC. Through this program, you can also rotate to IFC’s Public Private Partnership as well as IFC’s Treasury and Syndications units.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Analyze operational and financial performance of potential client companies or projects to identify opportunities, address risks, and recommend investment options.
  • Evaluate the benefits and risks of new transactions and develop innovative and appropriate financial structure.
  • Supervise project implementation, including disbursement.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with clients and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinate closely with social, environmental, and technical assistance colleagues to add value to IFC clients’ businesses and achieve sustainable development impact

With the aim of highly increasing your chances of success in this stage of the selection process, OpenIGO Network has put together a thorough Application Review service for IFC YPP candidates, to help you prepare your documents with extreme care and enhance the quality of your application. Click on the link to find out more:

IFC YPP – Application Review

IFC YPP - Interview and selection

The IFC YPP Interview is divided into 2 rounds. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for 1st round interviews. First round interviews are scheduled for mid-October to early November each year, dates pending. All candidates who make it beyond the initial application process will receive a notification. Expenses to attend the first-round interviews are borne by the applicant as most first-round interviews will take place on school campus’ and/or via webex/skype.

All candidates who make it beyond the first-round interviews will receive a personalized notification. The IFC pays for all specified expenses related to second-round interviews including travel, hotel and food.

 IFC YPP Interview Model

After the first round interview, the Shor-Listed candidates are invited to the IFC Head Quarter (Washington, DC), with all related costs sponsored, to a panel interview. For the On-Site Interview, generally, IFC uses the traditional, technical and behavioral-event interview model with the purpose of testing the candidates’ technical knowledge, competencies and their general domain about the organization’s operations, objectives and mission. 

IFC YPP Interview Questions

Candidates are usually asked three types of questions: a) Introductory and Traditional questions; b) Technical Questions; and c) Behavioral-event questions. Below, we present relevant examples about these types of questions extracted from the website Glass Door which contains real testimonies from candidates that passed through the IFC interview process.

 a) Introductory and traditional questions (questions regarding the main motivation that led the candidate to apply for the IFC YPP or questions about their experience and employment history. Examples:

  • What do you know about IFC?
  • Why do you want to work for IFC?
  • Walk me through your CV highlighting what you think is relevant for IFC
  • What other companies are you/will you apply for?
  • What skills do you possess?
  • Tell us about your past experience about climate finance

b) Technical questions related to IFC’s working areas, such as investment and financial analysis. Examples:

  • You have a company which just raised 100 million in debt how does it impact each financial statement?
  • Why is EBITDA sometimes not a good proxy for cash?
  • Which would be the best investment structure for the IFC to invest in a hypothetical foreign project: debt or equity.
  • Walk me through the entries of an income statement or statement of cashflows
  • Could you calculate EBITDA margin? (They may present some figures and ask the candidate to make assumptions about it)

c) Behavioral-event questions to test the capabilities of the candidate in dealing with challenge situations, in order to perceive competencies. Examples:

  • Did you have an experience when you have too much pressure from work and you have to multi-task? How did you deal with it?
  • Tell us about a challenging project and how you made it work?
  • If you have been given a proposal by your boss what are the key things/analysis that you would do to make investment decision?
  • What was your experience dealing with clients?

To help you feel more secure and greatly improve your performance during the IFC YPP interview stage, OpenIGO Network has developed a mock interview, as per the IFC YPP model, with a specialized professional who has extensive experience. Click on the link below to find out more about our IFC YPP Mock Interview service:

Mock Interview

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