More than 470 young graduates have used this opportunity since the Programme was launched in 2006. This way, young recruits, aka Junior Assistants can also start a career in development cooperation without the need of any prior field experience.
Assisted by a coach, the young people work in the field for minimum one year and maximum 2 years for a project of BTC or of one of the twenty NGOs linked to the Junior Programme.
By recruiting and sending young professionals to the field (in Africa, Latin America and Asia) after a rigorous selection procedure, the Junior Programme aims to contribute to the development of a new generation of experts in international cooperation. It also aims to strengthen capacities and promote sustainable development in partner countries.
More specifically, the Junior Programme's double aim is to send Juniors Assistants to the field to acquire competences and expertise opening doors towards a career in international cooperation but also for them to professionally contribute to the projects/programmes to which they are assigned.