ECA Fellowship for Young African Professionals 2023

ECA Fellowship for Young African Professionals 2023

ECA is the regional arm of the United Nations in Africa. Its mandate is to promote the economic
and social development of Africa. ECA’s dual role as a regional arm of the UN, and a part of the
regional institutional landscape in Africa, positions it well to make unique contributions to member
States’ efforts to address their development challenges.

ECA is hereby inviting applications from qualified young African Professionals in the following
thematic areas:

  • Macroeconomic policy, development planning, Economic Governance & Public Finance;
  • Industrialization and Economic Diversification Policies;
  • Regional Integration; Infrastructure and Trade
  • Private Sector Development & Finance, including Innovative Finance & Capital Markets;
  • Poverty, Inequality and social policy;
  • Food systems and food security
  • Gender equality and women empowerment;
  • Demographic Dynamics for Development;
  • Innovation and Technology;
  • Climate Change &Management of Natural Resources, including Green Economy;
  • Labor Economics and Employment
  • Communication and strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation;

This Fellowship programme aims to provide practical, on-the-job experience to the young professionals in their early and middle career in the academy, public sector or international development in providing them exposure and learning in a multicultural environment of the UN and contribute to the work of ECA. It will also provide the candidates with the opportunity to familiarize with the Commission’s broad programmes and services to member States and subregional bodies in addressing economic and social dimensions of Africa’s development priorities. This should expectedly improve their skills, capacity and intellectual ability.


Within delegated authority, the Fellows will be responsible for the following duties:

The Fellow(s) will agree to a work programme in the area of economic and social development defined mutually with the receiving/mentoring Division, Sub-Regional Office or Centre. The fellow(s) will contribute to the work of the Division, Sub-Regional Office or Centre by carrying out research, analytical studies, drafting reports and supporting other activities, as directed.

Assignments within the areas of focus may include, but are not limited to, collecting, evaluating,
interpreting, and analyzing economic, social and political development issues in the focus areas.
The fellow(s) will also contribute to technical and policy reports, briefing notes, and support in the
organization and servicing of expert group meetings, workshops, and seminars; and fulfil various other administrative tasks for the effective delivery of the activities. The fellow(s) will be required
to prepare a research paper and make presentation on it in the course of their fellowship.


Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or doctorate or their equivalents) in
economics, development studies, political economy, international affairs, political and social
sciences, , peace and human security, public administration, law, minerals and natural resources,
engineering, and related field is required.

Experience: Academic research or academic work related to the focus thematic areas is required.
Experience in research/analytical work in socio-economic and political development, natural
resource management/law, regional integration, infrastructure development, governance, peace
and related areas in the context of Africa, either in the academia, private, public or civil society
organizations, is an advantage.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For
the fellowship advertised, fluency in either language is required and working knowledge of the
other is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Conditions of Fellowship

The following conditions will apply:

1. The candidate applying for this fellowship programme must be 35 years of age or below, at the time of the application;
2. The candidate must be a national of a member State of the Economic Commission for Africa;
3. The candidate must have graduated before 1 October 2022 from either a master’s degree or doctorate degree programme, or equivalent;
4. The candidate should have interest in one or more of the identified thematic areas;
5. The selected candidate will work on a predefined project, designed to contribute to specific aspects of the work programme of the mentoring Division, Sub-Regional Office or ECA
Centres, and contribute to other activities;
6. The selected candidate should participate in national, regional or international meetings as assigned for exposure;
7. The selected candidate should submit and present at a seminar a peer reviewed research paper at the end of the assignment; and
8. The selected candidate will be part of an alumni association of ECA Fellows and member of practicing international development “community of practice”.


1. The selected Fellows must be available to travel to the assigned duty station as may be decided by ECA after the selection process;
2. The selected Fellows will receive a return air ticket between his/her country of residence and the assigned duty station;
3. The selected Fellows will receive a one-off settling-in grant of USD 3,000 (for fellows recruited from outside of the duty station) and a monthly stipend of USD 3,000 each for
the duration of the fellowship. Note that the final month stipend will only be paid upon submission of:
 A peer-reviewed fellowship research paper,
 A comprehensive fellowship report, an approved final performance evaluation of the fellow,
 A completed fellowship programme evaluation form and
 An exit boarding pass or immigration stamp showing that the fellow has departed the duty station and returned back to his/her home country, where both are not the same, at the end of the fellowship programme.
4. The fellowship program is for six months but may be extended for a maximum of another six months.

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