Our Story and Approach

Launched by H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2009, with funding provided by the HESS Foundation, the President’s Young Professionals Program (PYPP) is one of Liberia’s most competitive programs for leadership in civil service.

The PYPP recruits, trains and prepares promising and talented Liberian college graduates for a future in public service. In the short term, President’s Young Professionals (PYPs) provide additional support to government ministries and agencies by performing a variety of critical tasks as needed.  The Program’s long term goal is to create the next generation of qualified professionals who are able and committed to working for the Government of Liberia (GoL), thereby increasing public sector capacity and contributing to good governance and strong leadership. The two-year program includes a strong training and mentoring component, pairing each young professional with a Liberia Fellow or other mentor within a ministry as well as offering a monthly professional training program, one-on-one training and evaluation, and a monthly stipend.

President’s Young Professionals are recruited through a competitive, transparent process, and receive robust professional and technical training with the overall goal of contributing to top development priorities within the GoL.

The PYPP is structured on four interwoven components:

  1. Training
  2. Mentoring
  3. Performance Management
  4. Immersion Excursion

The PYPP is a sister-initiative of the Liberia Fellows Program (formerly Scott Fellows Program).

You can download a brochure about the PYPP here.