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Frequently Asked Questions


  • The application can be completed in approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Please refer to the How to Apply guide for more detailed information.

  • You must be a citizen of a member country of the World Bank Group to be eligible for employment. You must be older than 18 years and not older than 60 years at time of application.
  • Your Statement of Interest should be no more than 700 words (approx. 2 pages) long and should include your motivation / reason for applying for the position.
  • No, we expect you to submit your resume in English. English is a required language at IFC.
  • No, please do not attach any letters of recommendation or references to your application.
  • Vacancy closing dates are based on EST/EDT (Washington, D.C. time). Applications for a vacancy may be submitted until 23:59 (11:59pm) EST/EDT on the vacancy closing date.
  • Technical difficulties preventing you from submitting your online application can have various causes(poor internet connection, firewalls, file size of attachments, etc.) In most cases, attempting to submit your application again at a later date will resolve the problem. In the event that the problem persists, contact us through careers@ifc.org and we will support you in submitting your application. Please specify the job number for which you are applying in the subject line and provide us with a detailed description (or a "screen shot") of any error message you experienced. Please do not send your CV or application to this email address as we will not be able to consider such applications.
  • Please go to the Check Application Status page and click on the Check Your Application Status link under the New System heading.

    The selection process follows this order:

    1. Applied - Your application has been received by the system.
    2. Long List - You have been selected for the Long List, the first selection decision has been made.
    3. Short List - You have been selected for the Short List, you will be contacted for further information.
    4. Interview - You will be contacted to schedule an Interview.

    When checking your status, please note that the "My Status" column reflects the status of your individual application. Human Resources Personnel may begin evaluating applications before a vacancy is closed, so it is possible that My Status shows that you have been "Not Selected" before the closing date. 

    The selection process may take about two months, and only candidates invited for interviews will be contacted.

  • It typically takes from three to six months for this process. Following receipt of applications for a job, IFC short-lists candidates. Once the interview process for these short-listed candidates is completed, IFC sends candidates a letter of intent together with some forms. This is followed by security checks and reference checks, concluding with a letter of appointment.
  • Hiring managers will have access to applications immediately upon submittal. Therefore, once your application has been submitted, you will only be able to alter contact information. If you decide to withdraw from a position for any reason, please be aware that you cannot apply for the same position again.
  • Contact Information:

    1. Please go to the Check Application Status page.
    2. Click on the Check Your Application Status link.
    3. Sign in to the Member Center.
    4. Click on the Advanced Functions link.
    5. Click on the Update Contact Information link.
    6. Make changes to your information and click on the "Submit" button.

     Email Address:

    1. Please go to the Check Application Status page.
    2. Click on the sign-in to the Member Center link at the bottom of the page.
    3. Click on the Update Your Account link.
    4. Make changes to your information and click on the "Submit" button.
    Please note that your User ID is the same as your email address, so your User ID will change to your updated email address.
  • Please be sure that your User ID and password were entered correctly. The letters in the password are case sensitive, so they must be the same as when you requested your password. If this does not work, you can reset your password by following the 'Forgot/Reset Password' link below the password field in the Member Center. You will receive a new password in your registered email account. Please be sure to sign in to your account and immediately change the password.
  • Go to the Check Application Status page

    • Sign in as if you were going to check your application status. If you do not yet have an account with the Member Center, please click on the "Create Account" link on the left hand side.
    • Click on the "Advanced Functions" link.
    • Now you can choose or change the Job Clusters, Location and any keywords for vacancies that you wish to be notified about.
    • Click "Save" to save your Search Criteria.
    • Click "Delete" to remove your Job Tracker notifications.
  • Please contact:

    IFC Human Resources and Administration
    2121 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20433
    Email: careers@ifc.org

    Please note that applications or CVs submitted through the contact information above will not be considered.

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