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Types of Appointments

The World Bank Group hires both Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) and Locally Recruited Staff (LRS). IRS are positions where global mobility and international experience are essential. In circumstances where positions do not require global mobility and international experience, local recruitment may be authorized. LRS are positions where global mobility and international experience are not essential. In circumstances where (i) required skills cannot be obtained by local recruitment, or (ii) global mobility and international experience are essential, international recruitment may be authorized. Positions in country offices, irrespective of level, are subject to local recruitment.

The types of appointments to the staff of the Bank Group are specified below:

  1. Open-Ended Appointment is an appointment of indefinite duration.
  2. Term Appointment is an appointment for a specified duration of a minimum of one year and a maximum of fives years per appointment.

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Limitations on employment


Spouses and Domestic Partners

The spouse or domestic partner of a staff member who meets the normal selection standards may be employed by the Bank Group. A husband and wife or domestic partners may be assigned to the same vice presidency or department, if neither supervises the other, directly or indirectly, and their duties are not likely to bring them into routine professional contact. They may not be assigned to the same division or equivalent unit. A spouse or a domestic partner of a staff member may be assigned to the same country office, provided that neither supervises the other, directly or indirectly, and provided that the Vice President responsible for the country office, in consultation with the Manager, Human Resources Service Center or the IFC Manager, Recruitment, approves the assignment.

Close Relatives

A staff member is required to inform the Manager, Human Resources Service Center when s/he learns that his/her close relative described in subparagraph (1) or (2) is working 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, and uncle and aunt mean the brother or sister, respectively, 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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

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