Young Leaders Program Fellow at McKinsey & Company

May 23, 2024
Application ends: June 15, 2024
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Job Description

About the Company

McKinsey & Company is a premier global management consulting firm known for advising the world’s leading businesses, governments, and institutions. Our expertise spans across various sectors including private, public, and social sectors, enabling us to tackle challenges that others cannot. With a robust network and profound functional and industry knowledge, we are dedicated to building capabilities and leadership skills in our clients to foster lasting impact. We are committed to working collaboratively with our clients to uncover real issues and deliver practical solutions.

About the Job

Job Title: Fellow – Young Leaders Program
Location: Nairobi, with opportunities to work in other African offices
Duration: Two-year full-time program

The Young Leaders Program (YLP) is designed to nurture exceptional young Kenyan talent into future leaders. As a fellow, you will be an integral part of client project teams, working closely with colleagues and clients to solve complex business problems. Upon successful completion of the program, high-performing fellows will transition into a business analyst role.

Job Description

  1. Collaborate with teams of 3-5 consultants on client engagements.
  2. Gather and analyze data to form and test hypotheses.
  3. Develop and communicate strategic recommendations.
  4. Present findings to client management and support implementation.
  5. Receive extensive training, coaching, and mentorship.
  6. Engage in continuous learning and skill development through project selections and network building.

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Education: Undergraduate or master’s degree with an excellent academic record.
  2. Experience: Less than one year of continuous work experience in any industry.
  3. Leadership: Demonstrated leadership through extracurricular activities or professional settings.
  4. Analytical Skills: Strong analytical and quantitative problem-solving abilities.
  5. Team Collaboration: Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  6. Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.


  • Advanced analytical and research capabilities.
  • Strong problem-solving and critical thinking.
  • Effective teamwork and collaboration.
  • Clear and concise communication of complex ideas.
  • Adaptability and eagerness to learn.


  • English: Proficiency required.

Eligibility and Selection

Candidates must have a strong academic background, limited work experience, and demonstrated leadership potential. The ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively is essential.

Core Functions / Responsibilities

  1. Engage in data gathering and analysis.
  2. Formulate and test strategic hypotheses.
  3. Develop actionable recommendations.
  4. Communicate results to clients and support implementation.
  5. Participate in training and mentorship programs.
  6. Build professional skills and networks.

How to Apply

Submit a one-page CV that includes your cumulative university GPA or ranking and high school mean grade. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

McKinsey & Company is committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs, understanding that a diverse team best serves our global community.

How to Prepare for the Young Leaders Program at McKinsey & Company

  1. Research McKinsey & Company: Understand the firm’s values, services, and global impact.
  2. Develop Analytical Skills: Engage in activities that enhance your data analysis and problem-solving abilities.
  3. Strengthen Leadership Abilities: Participate in extracurricular activities or roles that demonstrate leadership.

Questions You Might Be Asked During the Young Leaders Program Interview at McKinsey & Company

  1. How do you approach complex problem-solving?
  2. Can you provide an example of a time you demonstrated leadership?
  3. How do you handle working in a team with diverse opinions?

Tips to Nail Your Young Leaders Program Interview at McKinsey & Company

  1. Showcase Your Skills: Highlight your analytical, problem-solving, and leadership skills with specific examples.
  2. Be a Team Player: Emphasize your ability to work collaboratively and effectively within a team.
  3. Communicate Clearly: Practice articulating complex ideas in a clear and concise manner.