MO Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program for Africans, 2018

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Applications are invited for Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program available for young professionals, mid-career and new executives from Africa. The fellowships offer the opportunity to work in the executive offices of either the African Development Bank (Abidjan), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa) or the International Trade Centre (Geneva).

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

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) is an African foundation, established in 2006 with one focus: the critical importance of governance and leadership in Africa. It is their belief that governance and leadership lie at the heart of any tangible and shared improvement in the quality of life of African citizens.

Course Level: This one-year fellowship programme is available for young professionals, mid-career and new executives.

Study Subject(s): It is a leadership fellowship which 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.

Scholarship can be taken in: The fellowships offer the opportunity to work in the executive offices of either the African Development Bank (Abidjan), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa) or the International Trade Centre (Geneva).

Eligibility: The Fellow must:

  • be national of an African country, residing anywhere in the world;
  • not be an active, non-active, retired, or separated staff member of the Bank;
  • not have close family relations with an active or non-active staff member, such as mother, father, sister  and brother;
  • Government officials, active military personnel and political party leaders are not eligible;
  • age limit is forty (40) years for men and women and forty-five (45) years for women with children;
  • hold a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Economics, Engineering, Social Sciences, International Development, Business Administration, Finance, Banking or any discipline relevant to the Bank’s business: such as outstanding academic credentials, relevant work experience, strong communication skills, demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work with others;
  • have at least 7 (seven) years’ work experience relevant to the Bank’s activities;
  • demonstrate proven leadership and consultative skills;
  • have experience in strategic planning and execution ;
  • demonstrate knowledge of contracting, negotiating, and change management;
  • have enhanced skills in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures;
  • have experience in formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures;
  • demonstrate ability to develop financial plans and manage resources;
  • demonstrate ability to analyze and interpret financial data;
  • top notch professional with private sector experience;
  • strong writing and analytical skills;
  • demonstrate 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;
  • demonstrate ability to motivate teams and simultaneously manage several projects.

Nationality: MO Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program is open to citizens of Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Madagascar, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, São Tomé & Príncipe, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Sudan (applicants also need to be national of one of AfDB member countries).
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Duties and Responsibilities: The Ibrahim Leadership Fellow will take leadership guidance from the President, the Chief Operating Officer and/or a designated Representative. Administratively, the Fellow will be assigned to the Bank’s Strategy Department (STRG). With this guidance, the Fellow will contribute to the design and implementation of strategic assignments that will increase and enhance their professional and leadership capacity, with the intention of contributing to the governance and development of their countries. The Fellow will also have the following responsibilities:

  • Advise on and develop strategic initiatives to advance the Bank’s mission and objectives.
  • Plan, develop, and implement strategies for generating resources.
  • Conceive, develop and promote innovations in Bank development policies.
  • 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.

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How to Apply: Prospective fellows who meet the eligibility criteria should apply direct to the relevant institution using the links below

The African Development Bank (AfDB)

Application link

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

UNECA vacancies page

The International Trade Centre (ITC)

Application link

Application Deadline: The application deadline is October 15, 2017.

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