World Bank Accountability Mechanism Internship 2024 for Global South

Job/Internship in Economics and Finance , in Sustainable Development
  • United States
  • Apply Before : December 25, 2023

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 222923
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • No. of Opportunity 3
  • Fields of study Development and Finance
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 6 Months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

The World Bank Accountability Mechanism (AM) Internship program application is open to young professionals from Global South countries. AM is an independent complaints mechanism for people and communities to complain if they think they’ve been harmed or might get hurt by a project funded by the World Bank.

The World Bank AM Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) gives a chance to interested young professionals to learn about the mission and work of the World Bank Accountability Mechanism.

The intern will help with tasks like researching and analyzing cases, writing, filing cases, planning events, and other jobs for the Dispute Resolution Service (DRS). This internship is a chance for the intern to learn more about independent accountability systems and the dispute resolution field, which includes mediation, facilitation, and dialogue. The candidates will also learn about accountability issues in different parts of the world.

This internship is for recent graduates and young professionals from countries in the global south. It’s a good opportunity for those who are interested in accountability and solving disputes in international organizations.

The internship is fully funded in Washington, DC, at the World Bank Headquarters. Successful candidates will get support to obtain the necessary work visa for the internship period.

There are two internship positions available, each lasting six months. They will be carried out one after the other throughout the financial year. Internship candidates should make it clear in their application that they are available to work full-time.

Key Details

Internship Location: Washington, DC

Funding Type: Fully funded

Internship Duration: Six months

Start Date: April 8, 2024

Application Deadline: December 25, 2023,

Number of Opportunity: 2 Participants

Gender: Male/Female

Eligible Countries: Global South countries, including Afghanistan

Benefits of the World Bank Accountability Mechanism Internship

Selected applicants will receive fully-funded support for the duration of their internship in Washington, DC.

Also, the successful candidates will receive support to obtain the necessary work visa for the period of the internship.

Eligibility Criteria

The fellows in this role should meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants should be from the Global South Countries
  • Show a strong interest in understanding the policy issues and priorities of clients and other important stakeholders.
  • Have a basic understanding of the World Bank Group’s structure and goals, including IBRD, IDA, IFC, MIGA, and ICSID.
  • Be interested in dispute resolution and development issues like climate change, gender equality, and indigenous identity.
  • Conduct research on information and data with guidance from staff.
  • Present information effectively to support the team or workgroup.
  • Have good writing skills.
  • Be able to contribute to organizing events, including handling materials and logistics.
  • Write clear and concise meeting minutes or other records of proceedings.
  • Support DRS staff in collecting and analyzing data on relevant design and implementation issues, including learning from good practices and lessons.

Main Responsibilities

The tasks for the World Bank Accountability Mechanism Internship include:

  • Gathering information from both inside (World Bank Group) and outside sources (like media, NGOs, and Borrowers) about projects, current events, activities, and research related to DRS activities.
  • Doing background research on development issues related to disputes, especially those concerning the environment, gender equality, and indigenous identity.
  • Helping DRS staff with activities related to cases, such as research, filing, taking notes, and analyzing DRS cases.
  • Putting case-related information into the Case Management System (CMS) and making sure all-important details are recorded, like correspondence, call and meeting notes, and documents, following the guidance of DRS staff.
  • Providing support for managing cases, presentations, and outreach events, including giving input and handling logistics. Also, attending and noting down information from internal and external meetings when needed.
  • Keeping everything about the work with the Accountability Mechanism and the Dispute Resolution Service completely confidential.

Selection Criteria

To be selected for the World Bank Accountability Mechanism Internship, the following factors are important:

  • Have a degree in a related subject like law or social science, focusing on international dispute resolution or accountability. Extra qualifications or professional experience are a plus.
  • Show interest in community development, and social and environmental issues.
  • Like working internationally and understanding complex cultural differences.
  • Be good at organizing and researching.
  • Work well in a team, especially in a multicultural setting, and build good relationships with colleagues.
  • Have excellent English communication skills.
  • Write a cover letter explaining why you’re a good fit for the job.
  • Knowing an additional language (e.g., French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Swahili) is a bonus.
  • Be flexible with travel and working hours.

How to Apply?

To apply for the World Bank Accountability Mechanism Internship, please send your CV/resume and cover letter (mention your availability) to Oriana Bolvaran in the submission email below by December 25, 2023. Use “DRS Internship” as the email subject.


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Read more about the World Bank Accountability Mechanism Internship on the official website of the World Bank.


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