Young Professionals Program Asian Development Bank

ADB's Young Professionals Program (YPP) recruits highly qualified and motivated individuals to ADB. YPP provides the foundation for a challenging and rewarding professional career in an international development environment. YPP offers a range of opportunities to develop professional skills and understanding of ADB's operations, policies and procedures.
The fundamental objective of the program is to recruit a limited number of entry level professionals with relatively less experience, but with the potential to grow into full fledged staff contributing to ADB's Strategy 2020.

Program offerings

Young professionals (YPs) are offered a 3-year fixed-term appointment in ADB headquarters. YPs will be initially joining one of ADB’s operational departments and then assigned to another department/office as a rotational assignment for 12 months. During this period, YPs are expected to demonstrate competencies required for the positions. The work assignments enable them to further develop their expertise and broaden their perspective through exposure to various aspects of ADB work. YPs may participate in missions for activities in fact finding and appraisal, project review and completion, country programming, sector and policy studies, or disbursement.
YPs will set up a developmental plan under the guidance of their supervisors and human resources teams. In this plan, they identify learning programs offered in ADB to enable them to improve their technical skills and acquaint them with ADB policies and procedures.


Please read the requirements listed below before proceeding to the application process:
  • AGE: not more than 33 years old upon joining ADB;
  • EDUCATION: a university degree in economics, finance, business administration, transport management, urban and regional planning, environment, public management, or engineering; preferably at postgraduate level or its equivalent;
  • EXPERIENCE: at least 3 years of relevant professional experience in any of the following fields: agriculture, rural development and food security, education, energy, environment, financial sector development, gender equity, governance and public management, health, public-private partnership, regional cooperation and integration, social development and poverty, transport, urban, water and operations;
  • NATIONALITY: a national of one of ADB's members;
  • LANGUAGE: excellent oral and written communication skills in English; and
  • DIVERSITY: able to work with others of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.


Recruitment for the 2016 ADB Young Professionals (YP) Program will commence in February 2016 through March 2016. Please note that in order to apply for YP positions, applicants must set up an online account at the ADB Career and Employment System (ACES).

Selection process

Applicants will go through a rigorous screening process. Preliminary interviews are conducted through phone and video and shortlisted applicants will be invited to ADB headquarters in Manila, Philippines for panel interviews. Newly appointed Young Professionals will be expected to be on board by end of September 2016.

The YP Program is highly competitive and only a limited number of candidates are selected annually. Due to the volume of applications, ADB will only contact shortlisted candidates. Application status may be checked through the ADB Career and Employment System (ACES). Applications for opportunities posted before 1 February 2016 are still accessible for viewing in the decommissioned ADB Recruitment Center (ARC). Applicants must also keep contact details updated online.


ADB offers a compensation and benefits package that is internationally competitive and comparable with other multilateral institutions. Salaries are paid in US dollars and are tax-exempt, unless your government determines that it is subject to taxation. You may also be entitled to housing, children's education subsidy, health care, insurance, home country travel, and retirement benefits. Read more.


For further information not included above, please use the e-mail contact form.

sent by
Ms. Carmen Iezzi MEZZERA
Executive Director
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs

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