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If you are seeking more information on how to kick-start your career with the Asian Development Bank, you have come to the right place! Working for an organization such as the ADB is a dream for many. The ADB combines good remuneration with a wide range of benefits in a meaning­ful work that can help millions of people improve their quality of life. In addition, working for the ADB means having a global career with a global reach, in a multicultural and pleasant environment; you will be able to construct influential networks and receive encouragement to develop professionally.

Among the different ways of selecting staff, the Young Professionals Program (YPP) is known as the ADB’s most important and prestigious selection process. The ADB YPP is a highly competitive selection process. Every year, more than 4,000 highly qualified young people from around the world apply for this program but only around 10-20 applicants are selected each year. Being selected for the ADB YPP can change your life forever, but this is no easy task.

In pursuit of its mission, the OpenIGO network has prepared “ADB YPP – The Essential Guide”! This comprehensive eBook will help candidates navigate through the ADB YPP’s Selection Process.

In order to start a career with the organization, applicants must know what are the existing recruit­ment initiatives, their eligibility criteria and different stages of the ADB YPP’s selection process, as well as have a broad understanding of the culture and values of this complex international organization.

This book was written and revised by a team of professors, human resources specialists, and intergovern­mental organization staff with a great deal of diligence. It is divided into 11 chapters, which have the following aims:

Chapter 01Introduction to the Asian Development Bank YPP

Presents the ADB YPP’s characteristics; its minimum application requirements; the different selection process rounds; and, work assignment features, such as salary, benefits, type of appointment and hierarchical level, among others.

 Chapter 02The Asian Development Bank: Understanding the Organization

Presents the ADB through its administrative organization, its history, its deci­sion-making system and strategic activities. This chapter is essential, since it is very common for candidates to have difficulties with understanding this complex organization during their various selection processes. Over­coming this difficulty is extremely important for those who wish to work at the ADB, since knowledge about the organization and its strategies is essential during any of its selection processes.

Chapter 3 – International Financial Institutions’ (IFIs) Development Models: Timeline and Chapter 4 – The Foundations of New Institutionalism and New Public Management Applied to IFIs Policies are complementary.

Throughout their history, International Financial Institutions (IFIs) have been supported by different theoretical models to advance their international development strategies and policies. Knowledge of these models (particularly the current one) is essential for ADB candidates, since they must present solutions to the questions posed during the selection process, which are in line with the organization’s way of thinking. Therefore, Chapter 3 presents a summarized history of IFIs’ international development models, from their creation until current times, while Chapter 4 explains the theoretical foundations of the current neo-institutional economic model, presenting its main premises and concepts and providing a study guide to help candidates gain a better under­standing of it.

 Chapter 05 – ADB YPP Online Application Form

Presents and gives detailed explanations of the Asian Development Bank’s online application form, which is essential for candidates to gather the required information in advance, prepare the documents requested and avoid making any mistakes.

Chapter 6 – Crafting the Ideal Resume/CV

Assists candidates to craft a strong Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV), which is essential to reinforce their chances of success in the selection process and for them to stand out from other candidates. In this chapter, subjects such as the content and structure of an effective Resume, visual aspects and common mistakes will be covered and various tips provided. A sample Resume of a candidate who was successful is also included.

Chapter 7 – Dissertation and Thesis Abstract

This chapter helps candidates prepare excellent thesis or dissertation summaries, which is no easy task.

Chapter 08 – Writing an Effective Essay

Assists candidates in the process of writing an effective essay for the ADB YPP. Writing an effective essay is a major challenge, since attention should be paid to its content, the logic presented to solve problems, the construction of coherent arguments, the vocabulary, the correct use of written language, its structure and organizing ideas.

Chapter 09 – Reference Letters

Helps candidates obtain effective reference letters, which can significantly contribute towards their suc­cess in the selection process. In this chapter, the following questions are answered: “What is a reference letter?”; “How is it different to a letter of recommendation?”; “Who should I ask for a reference letter?”; “How do I request this letter?”; and “What content should be included in a reference letter?”.

 Chapter 10 – Preparing for the ADB’s Online Tests

Presents the characteristics of ADB’s online tests and offer tips and suggestions to help candidates best prepare for this phase.

Chapter 11 – The ADB Interviews

Qualifies candidates, so that they perform successfully in the interview. This chapter describes how the interview is carried out for ADB’s selection processes and what is expected from candidates; it presents the different interview methods adopted by the organization (especially the Behavioral Event Interview) and gives tips and suggestions for candidates to be better prepared for this stage of the selection process.

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