Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship Programme Application 2021 (Funded to United Nations Economic Commission for Africa)

Deadline: October 12th 2020

Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship Programme Application 2021 (Funded to United Nations Economic Commission for Africa)

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships form a selective programme designed to mentor future African leaders. Through this annual fellowship programme, we seek to deepen and broaden our growing network which continues to contribute its skills and learning to a better Africa.

The Fellowships offer the opportunity to work in the executive offices of either the AfDB (Abidjan), ECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva) with an annual stipend of $100,000.

“The Ibrahim Fellowships programme is a unique opportunity to develop the next generation of African leaders. At the ITC, Fellows work on trade and development opportunities and challenges faced by developing economies, including those exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. By working in the Executive Office, Fellows are exposed to leadership in action with direct mentorship by the Executive Director, the Deputy Executive Director and the Cabinet. Additionally, working with technical teams within ITC exposes them to innovative ways of developing and delivering capacity building and to building thought leadership around women’s economic empowerment, youth entrepreneurship and innovation. The programme equips young Africans with knowledge, skills and confidence to contribute to inclusive and sustainable trade and development solutions.”


The Foundation Fellow will be mentored by the Executive Secretary and/or a designated Representative in the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES). With this guidance, the Fellow will work on the design and implementation of strategic assignments in support of the ECA’s mandate of contributing to the governance and development of member states.

As part of his/her general responsibilities, the Fellow will be expected to:

Advise on and develop strategic initiatives to advance UNECA’s mission and objectives.
 Support the programmatic and administrative functions of OES
 Plan, develop, and implement strategies for promoting regional integration.
 Conceive, develop and promote innovations in UNECA development policies, including helping Africa to meet its special needs
 Review activity reports and financial statements to determine progress and status in attaining objectives and revise objectives and plans in accordance with current conditions.
 Undertake other duties as assigned.


The Fellowship is for young female and male professionals, mid-career and executives alike who are nationals of ECA member States, residing anywhere in the world and are under the age of Forty (40) years. Consideration will, however, be given to women under the age of Forty-Five (45) years with children;

Work Experience

The Fellow should have at least 7 years of relevant work experience and must be able to demonstrate competencies in professionalism, teamwork, client orientation, planning and organizing and leadership potential.

S/he must also have proven:
 Experience in strategic planning and execution;
 Knowledge of negotiating and change management;
 Enhanced skills in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures;
 Experience in formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures;
 Ability to communicate and interact with officials at all levels of government and to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community; Experience in research/analytical work in socioeconomic related area;
 Experience with working on African issues is an advantage.
 Ability to work in teams and simultaneously on several assignments


Fellow must hold a Master’s Degree in Economics, Social Sciences, International Development, Business Administration, Law, Finance, Engineering, or any discipline relevant to the work of UNECA.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this, fluency in oral and written English or French is required. Working knowledge of the other is an advantage.

Other Skills
Sound knowledge of the Internet and basic software for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations is required.


– Fellow will work with the UNECA for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months and the Foundation will finance an annual stipend which will be paid monthly by the UNECA.

– The selected Fellow will sign a contract with the UNECA before commencement of service in line with administrative instructions of the United Nations applicable to consultants.

– All expenses related to the Fellow’s official mission travel, including travel insurance will be met by the UNECA.

– The Fellow cannot be employed on UN regular positions within six months of completion of a fellowship.

– The Foundation will ensure that the Fellow has his/her own medical insurance, child education and retirement plan arrangements.

– The Foundation will invite and pay for the Fellow’s participation in its annual Forum.

– The travel costs for the assumption of duty and repatriation at the end of the appointment will be borne and paid out of the Funds provided by the Foundation.

HOW TO APPLY -Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship Programme 2021

Candidates must submit their applications together with the following documents:
 Cover letter
 UN Personal History Profile (PHP) *
 Copy of academic degree certificates, and;
 Three letters of reference/recommendation.

Applications with all the supporting documents should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] with subject line: 2021 MO IBRAHIM LEADERSHIP FELLOW

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Programme 2021

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