ADB Young Professionals Program (YPP)

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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.

Program offerings

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.

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.


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

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Frequently Asked Questions: 2023 ADB YP Program

The application process opens early September, with a posting on the Careers at ADB website. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview between December and February.

Unfortunately, there is no flexibility on the age requirement. Only applicants born after 1 August 1991 will be considered.

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.

Applications should be completed and submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., Manila time, on 30 September 2023. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed between December and February, with offers made in March.

The selection process consists of multiple stages, which includes an online psychometric assessment, written test, presentation, and virtual and/or face-to-face interviews.

Those who meet the eligibility requirements of the 2024 YPP can apply, regardless of how far along they progressed in the application process of previous years.

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).

YPs are offered a 3-year fixed term appointment. At the end of the three-year period, the appointment may be extended for one further fixed term, converted to a regular appointment, or not renewed.

YPs are recruited at International Staff Level 1 (IS1) on a Fixed Term Appointment (FT-REG) with the first 12 months as probationary period. Upon confirmation at the end of the first 12 months, all confirmed YPs will be promoted to Level 2. YP’s promotion to Level 3 occurs upon graduation from the program, when absorbed and regularized into a budgeted position.

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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