MO IBRAHIM Leadership Fellowship Program at UNECA 2022 for Africans

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in collaboration with Mo Ibrahim Foundation invites applications for its 2022 Leadership Fellowship Programme.

As part of its programme to support member States, ECA is partnering with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to promote leadership development through a practical and on-the-job fellowship. The programme is to enable young African professionals to develop leadership capacity in a large institution, gain knowledge of the functioning of the United Nations, have a better understanding of Africa’s socio-economic challenges and contribute to the analytical, advocacy and policy advisory work of the Commission.

The Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship Programme is a selective Fellowship that prepares the next generation of outstanding African leaders by providing them with unique work opportunities at the most senior level of prominent African institutions or multilateral organizations, whose mandate is to improve the economic and social prospects of Africa. The Fellowship allows talented individuals to increase and enhance their professional capacity, with the intention of contributing to the governance and development of their countries thereby creating a pipeline of future African leaders.

Location: Addis- ABaba


The MO IBRAHIM Leadership Fellowship Program covers

  • 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 Foundation will invite the Fellow to participate in its annual Forum.


The following are the requirements for MO IBRAHIM Leadership Fellowship Program

  • 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.
  • The Fellowship is for young female and male professionals.
  • Applicants must be under the age of Forty (40) years old on the date of application.
  • Consideration will, however, be given to women under the age of Forty-Five (45) years.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must not be employees of the United Nations Secretariat/ ECA.
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Application Process

Applicants are to submit their application in English Language or in French alongside the following documents:

  • UN Personal History Profile (PHP) in PDF format, including a cover letter w
  • Copies of academic degree certificates for all relevant degrees
  • Three (3) letters of reference/recommendation.

Deadline: October 15, 2021.

For more information on MO IBRAHIM Leadership Fellowship Program, visit the official site.

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