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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), ECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva) with an annual stipend of US $100,000. The fellows can apply for one of these opportunities:

  1. International Trade Center: The Fellowship offers a mentorship experience with the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director of ITC in Geneva, Switzerland to prepare young Africans for leadership of major organizations and multilateral institutions

  2. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa: 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 and development of member states.


  1. Applicants must hold African nationality.

  2. Applicants must be under 40 years of age at time of application (women with children should be under 45 years of age).

  3. Master's degree in economics, business, international development, international relations or related area. Minimum seven years of relevant work experience.

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

  5. Knowledge of international trade development and trade related development assistance (TRTA)

  6. Strong research and writing skills; ability to analyze and interpret complex concepts and data

  7. Ability to effectively communicate and interact with individuals at all levels and different multicultural backgrounds

Details on how to apply for this opportunity can be found on Please note that there is a different process to apply for each of the organizations hosting the fellows.

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