Deadline: October 15, 2021

Applications are open for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program 2022 at the Economic Commission for Africa. The program 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 Mo Ibrahim Foundation is financing this Fellowship position in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The Fellow will perform the duties and responsibilities of the position at the headquarters of ECA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


The Foundation Fellow will be mentored by the Executive Secretary of ECA 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 Fellow will work with the ECA for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months and the Foundation will finance an annual stipend which will be paid monthly by the ECA;
  • All expenses related to the Fellow’s official mission travel, including travel insurance will be met by the ECA;
  • The Fellow will cover his/her own medical insurance, child education and retirement plan arrangements;
  • 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.


  • 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;
  • Applicants must be under the age of Forty (40) years old on the date of application deadline;
    • Consideration will, however, be given to women under the age of Forty-Five (45) years old with children on the date of the application deadline;
  • Applicants must not be employees of the United Nations Secretariat/ ECA.
  • Applicants should have at least 7 years of relevant work experience and must be able to demonstrate competency in professionalism, teamwork, client orientation, planning and organizing and leadership potential.
  • Applicants must hold at least a Master’s Degree or higher in Economics, Social Sciences, International Development, Business Administration, Law, Finance, Engineering, or any discipline relevant to the work of ECA.
  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this, fluency in either English or French is required. Working knowledge of the other language is an advantage. Applications must be in either English or French.
  • Sound knowledge of the Internet and basic software for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations is required.

Applicants 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 a socioeconomic related area;
  • Experience with working on African issues is an advantage.
  • Ability to work in teams and simultaneously on several assignments.


Candidates must submit their applications via email, containing the following documents as PDF attachments (any other document/ attachment types will not be accepted). Large documents may be combined/compressed into a zip file (.zip) if necessary. Do NOT use any other file compression formats (e.g. RAR).

  • UN Personal History Profile (PHP) in PDF format, including a cover letter within the PHP (to be submitted as an attachment to email submission)
  • Copies of academic degree certificates for all relevant degrees
  • Three (3) letters of reference/recommendation

All submissions with required attachments are to be mailed to [email protected].

For more information, visit Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

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