More than 500 young professionals have used this opportunity since the Programme was launched in 2006. The young people who are recruited need no prior experience in the field to work in a development cooperation project.
The Junior Programme recruits young professionals through a rigorous selection procedure and assigns them to 13 countries in Africa and to Palestine. Thus, the Junior Programme aims to contribute to the development of a new generation of young people who, following their Junior Expert experience, will commit both in the North and the South to the Sustainable Development Goals.
During their field experience the focus is on developing competences, on innovation, on contact with the local reality and on networking. This way, young experts can professionally contribute to the project/programme to which they are assigned; and at the same time, they acquire the necessary competences and expertise to actively contribute to the SDGs, also beyond the Programme.
The young people work at least 1 and at most 2 years in a project of BTC or of one of twenty NGOs that are affiliated with the Junior Programme.
The Programme accepts young people aged 30 at most, who are European nationals, who have a master’s or professional bachelor’s degree and who master French or Dutch (the selection takes place in French or Dutch).