Donor Funded Staffing Program (DFSP)

A donor funded program for junior and mid-career professionals, of different nationalities, to gain valuable insights, exposure and experience from the Bank’s internal perspective.

The World Bank’s Donor Funded Staffing Program (DFSP) is a staffing program funded by Donor Governments. The objective of DFSP is to contribute to the achievement of the Bank's diversity targets and capacity building efforts through the recruitment of both junior and mid-career professionals, in Headquarters and Country Offices. The DFSP consolidates the two previous stand-alone Donor funded programs, Junior Professional Officers (JPO) Program and Externally Funded Staffing Program (EFSP) under a single umbrella with two recruitment windows: Junior Professional Officers (JPO) and Mid-Career (MC) Professionals. The Program continues to allow Donors and the Bank to leverage their development agendas more strategically.

Participating Donors and Funding

Current Participating Donors: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Salaries and benefits are 100% funded by DFSP donors. Funding is tied to the Donor nationality.

Eligibility Criteria

Junior Professional Officers (JPOs):
  • Candidate must be 32 years old or younger at entry on duty date.
  • Master’s degree and a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Fluency in English is essential. Fluency in another World Bank language is desirable. (Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.)
  • Grade Level: UC (ungraded)
Mid-career Professionals (formerly EFSP):
  • Master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience (depending on grade level).
  • Fluency in English is essential. Fluency in another World Bank language is desirable. (Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.)
  • Grade: GF Level and above
How do I Become a Participant?

Participation is coordinated between partner countries and the Bank. DFSP-eligible positions are advertised by the donor countries at a national level (by Ministries, government agencies, etc.) and qualified candidates are put forward by Donors. The Bank makes all final hiring decisions on all appointments.

Terms and Conditions

Must be a national of the Donor country. Candidates with dual citizenship must indicate this information in their application. For candidates with US dual citizenship, the US citizenship prevails. Participants are assigned to Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., or to a country office. Donor funding is available for up to 3 years (additional funding is potentially available from the World Bank). Business needs, individual performance and Donor funding availability can all affect the length of assignment.

Apart from the source of funding and the nationality tie, DFSP participants will be governed by the same HR rules and policies as for any other Bank staff

Program participants can apply to any vacancies open for competition.

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