Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program 2021 for emerging African Leaders (Fully Funded to work at UNECA & ITC with Annual Stipend of $100,000)

Application Deadline: October 14th 2020

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.

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.

International Trade Center (ITC) Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program


This Fellowship opportunity at ITC is in collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Established in 2006 the Mo Ibrahim Foundation 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.

The Fellowship offers a mentorship experience with the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director of ITC to prepare young Africans for leadership of major organizations and multilateral institutions.

Under the supervision and guidance of the Chief Adviser to the Executive Director the successful Fellow will:
• Contribute to the creation and implementation of strategic assignments related to trade development including private sector issues and specific challenges of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs); Carry out applicable research as required;
• Contribute to the design, development and implementation of strategies for effective Public-PrivatePartnerships (PPPs) and generation of resources;
• Participate in high-level discussions and preparation of applicable briefing notes and working documentation as required;
• Undertake other duties as assigned and required.

• Applicants must hold African nationality.
• Applicants must be under 40 years of age at time of application (women with children should be under 45 years of age).


Master’s degree in economics, business, international development, international relations or related area.

Minimum seven years of relevant work experience.

Advanced English. Knowledge of other UN official languages in particular French or Spanish is an asset.

• Knowledge of international trade development and trade related development assistance (TRTA);
• Knowledge of strategic planning and governance;
• Strong research and writing skills;
• Ability to analyze and interpret complex concepts and data;
• Ability to effectively communicate and interact with individuals at all levels and different multicultural backgrounds.

International Trade Center (ITC)


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program 2021


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