Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program 2020 for emerging African Leaders (Fully Funded to work at AfDB,UNECA & ITC with annual stipend of $100,000)

Application Deadline: 14 October 2019

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), UNECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva) with an annual stipend of $100,000.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has a dual role as the regional arm of the United Nations in Africa and as one of the major pan-African institutions. Its mandate is to promote the social andeconomic development of Africa through knowledge activities, advocacy and consensus building and technical cooperation.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 and aims to support good governance and great leadership in Africa.

The Foundation works to:

Stimulate debate on good governance;

Provide criteria by which citizens and governments can measure progress;

Recognize achievement in African leadership and provide a practical way in which leaders can build positive legacies on the continent when they have left office;

Support aspiring leaders for the African continent.As part of its programme to support member States, UNECA is partnering with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to promote leadership development through a practical and on-the-job fellowship.

The programme is aimed at enabling young African professionals to develop leadership capacity in a large institution, gain knowledge of the functioning of the United Nations, have better understanding of Africa’s socio-economic challenges and contribute to the analytical, advocacy and policy advisory work of the Commission


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 anddevelopment 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 tomeet its special needsReview activity reports and financial statements to determine progress and status in attaining objectivesand revise objectives and plans in accordance with current conditions.Undertake other duties as assigned


Fellow will work with the UNECA for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months and the Foundation will financean 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 paidout of the Funds provided by the Foundation.

Eligibility criteria

  • National of an African country
  • 7-10 years of relevant work experience
  • Master’s degree
  • under the age of 40, or 45 for women with children
  • any additional criteria as set by the host.

2020 Fellowship process

  • Applications open 12 August 2019
  • applications close 14 October 2019
  • successful candidates notified early 2020
  • Fellows report for duty May 2020

Applications for the 2020 stream are now open. Details of how to apply for each Fellowship can be found on the respective organisation’s website:

International Trade Center


For More Information

Visit the Official Webpage of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program 2020



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