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Employment Policy

The World Bank Group recruits staff internationally and locally from countries around the world. Typically staff are offered renewable term appointments for a specified duration of a minimum of one year to a maximum of five years. 

The World Bank Group hires staff on international appointments (USD salary) and local appointments (local currency salary). 

Both types of appointments offer competitive benefits packages.

Limitations on Employment: Family and Domestic Partners

A staff member is required to inform the Manager, Human Resources Service Center when s/he learns that his/her close relative described in categories I or II (below) is working at or applying for employment with the Bank Group. This applies to close relatives who perform services for the Bank Group under a Bank Group appointment or as an employee of a firm, and to the close relatives of Executive Directors, Alternate Executive Directors, and Senior Advisors to the Executive Director.

The term "cousin" means the son or daughter of an uncle or aunt. Uncle and aunt mean the brother or sister of one's mother or father whether the relationship is by blood or adoption. The spouse of an uncle or aunt is not a close relative by reason of the marriage.

Category I relatives: The following close relatives, including relatives by blood or adoption, are not eligible for employment: mother, father, son, daughter, sister, half-sister, brother, half-brother, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew.

Category II relatives: The following close relatives, including relatives by adoption and domestic partners of close relatives, are eligible for employment provided that they are not assigned to the same division or equivalent unit, and neither supervises the other, directly or indirectly, and their duties are not likely to bring them into routine professional contact:

  • Whole relationships: daughter-in-law, son-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandmother, grandfather, granddaughter, grandson, cousin
  • Step relationships: step-mother, step-father, step-sister, step-brother, step-daughter, step-son, step-aunt, step-uncle
  • Half relationships: half-aunt, half-uncle, half-niece, half-nephew
  • Domestic relationships: mother of domestic partner, father of domestic partner, sister of domestic partner, brother of domestic partner, daughter of domestic partner, son of domestic partner
Global Staff Mobility

We support staff and families as they transition to new assignment locations.

The World Bank Group is committed to supporting staff and families and providing the resources for them to become productive members of our staff. A key driver of the Bank's work is the successful relocation of staff and families transitioning to a new assignment. The Global Staff Mobility team helps staff and families relocate to country offices and Washington, DC. They provide guidance on the full lifecycle of relocation including housing, schooling, child-care, spouse and partner career support, and country-specific resources and information. Specialized support is given to staff relocating to fragile and conflict-affected areas. 

The Global Staff Mobility team works with partners across the organization and in-country staff to provide integrated support throughout the transition and settling in for a new assignment. Our support and guidance during relocations helps position World Bank Group staff and families for successful assignments, delivering on the ours mission to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. 

Grade Levels

The World Bank Group uses 10 grade levels as a way to structure its workforce. The grades reflect levels of responsibility, skills, and education.

The WBG's career tracks are made up of Administrative, Technical, and Managerial streams. 

Administrative Jobs (GA–GD): These are jobs that support Bank operations. Typical jobs in the Administrative stream may include Team Assistant, Program Assistant, and Executive Assistant.

Professional & Technical Jobs (GA–GJ): These are jobs with an emphasis on technical expertise and knowledge, advanced academic achievements and/or technical professional credentials.

GA–GD level positions generally require a Bachelor’s degree and 2–3 years of professional experience.

GE level jobs and above usually require a Masters or PhD with a minimum of five years of relevant experience.

Typical jobs found in this stream are Investment Officer, Operations Officer, Program Manager, Knowledge Management Officer, Technical Specialist/Sr. Technical Specialist, Economist/Sr. Economist, Financial Specialists, etc.

Managerial Jobs (GH–GJ): Managers at the World Bank Group are responsible for the day-to-day management of staff, their work programs, and budgets. Our managers provide the thought leadership, vision, and an enabling environment for staff to fulfill the WBG’s mission with passion and professionalism. Typical jobs found in this stream are Sector Manager, Sector Director, Country Manager, Country Director, Senior Advisor, Vice Presidents, etc.

Consulting Opportunities

There are consulting/temporary opportunities at the World Bank Group, in headquarters and in many country offices. You will find information about them under Current Job Openings. In addition, there is a link to our e-Consult system that provides assistance for the hiring of individuals and consulting firms for Bank work.

There are two types of consulting appointments:

  • Short Term Temporary (STT): A periodic appointment, with or without pay and without benefits, at the equivalent of grades GA-GD for a maximum of 1,200 hours inclusive of overtime in a fiscal year.
  • Short Term Consultant (STC): A periodic appointment, with or without pay and without benefits, at the equivalent of grades GE or above for a maximum of 150 days in a fiscal year.