Our programme targets high potential young professionals with a strong passion for enhancing the social and economic development of the Caribbean region.

Our programme targets high potential young professionals with a strong passion for enhancing the social and economic development of the Caribbean region.


The Caribbean Development Bank Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is focused on the selection and recruitment of qualified young professionals from our Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs). The successful candidates will be based at the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Office located in St. Michael, Barbados. 

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Programme Features

YPP targets high potential young professionals with a strong passion for enhancing the social and economic development of the Caribbean region. This program offers participants an opportunity to gain valuable exposure and insights into international development.

The Programme will run for a two-year period and is intended to provide the YPs with comprehensive experience of the Bank’s work, policy and processes.  During the first year of the YP Programme, YPs will be assigned to the Department/Division to which they applied.  During this first 12-month period YPs will be responsible for identifying an area of assignment for their second year, based on interest and professional competency.  The CDB will make every effort to rotate YPs based on their specified interests. 

Areas of exposure may include: Infrastructure, Governance, Private Sector, Regional Cooperation and Integration, Agriculture, Gender Equality, Environment, Climate Change, Knowledge Management, Economics, Information Technology, Human Resource Management and Development, Legal Services, Financial and Risk Management, among others. 

The Bank will ensure that the YPs have a robust onboarding experience with an induction programme to ensure faster integration into the Bank’s culture, along with the support of senior team members as they navigate their way through the understanding the Bank’s operations. 



Who Can Apply

To be considered for the YP programme candidates must:  

  • be a national of a Member Country of the CDB; 

  • be no older than 32 years of age by December 31 of application year. 

  • possess a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in any discipline that is relevant to the business of the Bank. 

  • have a minimum of two (2) years’ relevant work experience in areas related to the Bank’s work.  

  • must be fluent in English and possess excellent communication skills (both written and verbal).


The ideal candidates will exhibit: 

  • a commitment to working in a multicultural context and to local, regional or international public service. 

  • a commitment to development (field experience in poverty alleviation or in countries focusing on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an added advantage) 

  • leadership potential. 

  • strong analytical skills, dynamism, and results-orientation 

  • innovative thinking and problem-solving capability 

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position with successful candidates being contracted on a two-year basis. Selection will be on a competitive basis and in accordance with the recruitment process of the Bank.  

Please consider the following requirements: 

  • You must be a national of one of CDB’s member countries. 

  • You will be required to produce evidence of any educational and professional qualifications to support your application if you are selected for an interview. 

  • All appointments are subject to satisfactory background checks and references.  


CDB’s YPP is an opportunity to develop a rewarding career as a future leader of the Bank. In this sense, there are possibilities of securing a regular staff position at the end of the program, depending on the performance of the potential candidates throughout the two-year period. 



How To Apply

Applications for our Young Professionals Programme is now closed.

The request for applications for the Young Professionals Programme is published annually.

Applications reopen November 2023.

EDGE sealThe Caribbean Development Bank is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Bank provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities participating in the job application or interview process. Please contact us to request such accommodation.