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The World Bank Group offers different opportunities to professionals looking to kick-start their careers with the organization, through which they select highly qualified and motivated people to work in its various areas of activity. There are internship programs, consultant vacancies, young professional programs, administrative jobs, among others. In pursuit of its mission, the OpenIGO network has prepared this comprehensive eBook to help candidates navigate through the World Bank Group job and career opportunities.
In order to start a career with the World Bank Group, applicants must know what are the existing recruiting initiatives, their eligibility criteria and the different stages of the selection processes, as well as have a broad understanding of the culture and values of this complex international organization.
In the first part of this eBook, we start by giving you an overview of the World Bank Group so that you can get familiarized with the organization’s history and its different job programs and structures. The information contained in the first chapters is essential for candidates to understand the organization they are applying to a bit more in-depth, especially considering that they may be called on to display this kind of knowledge during the selection process. The second section proceeds to address the selection process itself, explaining each of its stages and how to prepare for them.
This is what you are going to find in each chapter of our World Bank Jobs and Careers eBook:
Chapter 1 – World Bank Jobs and Careers: An Overview – presents the WBG Jobs portal; the WBG job programs; the career structure and remuneration policy and benefits.
Chapter 2 – The World Bank Group (WBG): Understanding the Organization – presents the WBG through its administrative organizations, its history, the role of its agencies, its decision-making system, and strategic activities. This chapter is essential since it is very common for candidates to have difficulties understanding this immense organization during the various WBG selection processes. Overcoming this difficulty is extremely important for those who wish to work at the Bank, since knowledge about the organization and its strategies is essential during any of its selection processes.
Chapter 3 – Navigating through the World Bank knowledge – assists candidates to navigate through the different knowledge and information sources produced by the WBG. This knowledge is essential during the World Bank selection process, to help candidates prepare their CV, to write their cover letters, and to perform well at the interview. Some of the questions which this chapter answers are as follows: “What is the Bank’s main content repositories?”; “How is the e-learning platform structured and how does it operate?’; and “What are the Bank’s main publications and which ones should I read first?”.
Chapter 4 – The World Bank Group Development Model Timeline and Chapter 5 – The Foundations of New Institutionalism and New Public Management Applied to World Bank Policies – are complementary. Throughout its history, the World Bank Group has been supported by different theoretical models to develop its international development strategies and policies. Knowledge of these models (particularly the current one) is essential for WBG candidates, since they must present solutions to the questions posed during the selection process, which are in line with the organization’s way of thinking. Therefore, Chapter 4 presents a summarized history of the Bank’s international development models, from its creation until current times, while Chapter 5 explains the theoretical foundations of the current neo-institutional economics model, presenting its main premises and concepts and providing a study guide to help candidates gain a better understanding of it.
Chapter 6 – Curriculum Vitae – assists candidates to craft a strong curriculum vitae (CV), which is essential to reinforce their chances of success in the selection process and for them to stand out from other candidates. In this chapter, subjects such as the content and structure of an effective CV, visual aspects, and common mistakes will be covered and various tips provided. A sample CV of a candidate who was successful is also included!
Chapter 07 – Writing an Effective Cover Letter – explains what a Cover Letter (CL) is, presenting its basic structure and assisting candidates in the process of writing an effective CL. Includes a sample Cover Letter of a successful candidate.
Chapter 08 – Effective Reference Letters – helps candidates obtain effective reference letters, which can significantly contribute towards their success in the selection process. In this chapter, the following questions are answered: What is a reference letter? How is it different to a letter of recommendation? Who should I ask for a reference letter? How do I request this letter? and What content should be included in a reference letter?
Chapter 9 – The World Bank Group Interviews – qualifies candidates, so that they perform successfully in the interview. This chapter describes how the interview is carried out for World Bank Group jobs and what is expected from candidates during the process; it presents the different interview methods adopted by the organization (especially the Behavioral Event Interview) and gives tips and suggestions for candidates to be better prepared for this stage of the selection process.
Chapter 10 – Getting ready to start work – written to help new staff members to prepare and plan for the job opportunity before it starts, with issues such as: travel, accommodation, transport and a basic understanding of the first day at work.
Chapter 11 – Professionalism in the Workplace – reminds professionals of good etiquette rules in the workplace, giving advice on topics such as: how a staff member can stand out within an organization, everyday work, and how to maintain a good relationship with your bosses and work colleagues.