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MO Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program for Africans, 2016

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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 Fellow will work with the Bank for this purpose for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months and the Foundation will finance the costs associated with the position. The Fellowship allows talented young professionals, mid-career and new executives 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.

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.
Course Level: This one year fellowship programme is available for young professionals, mid-career and new executives.
Scholarship Provider: Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Scholarship can be taken at: The Fellow will perform the functions and duties of the position at the headquarters of the Bank in Abidjan, the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, or any other location from which the Bank carries out its operations.

Eligibility: The Fellowship is for young professionals, mid-career and new executives. To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries. The fellow must:

  • be national of an African country, residing anywhere in the world;
  • should 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;
  • Under the age of Forty (40) years or 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 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.

Scholarship Open for International Students: MO Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program is open for the 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).

Scholarship Description: The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (the “Foundation”), is financing the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship position in the Bank. The Fellow will perform the functions and duties of the position at the headquarters of the Bank in Abidjan, the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, or any other location from which the Bank carries out its operations. The 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. The Fellow will work with the Bank for this purpose, for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months and the Foundation will finance the costs associated with the position.

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.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): Fellowships are offered for twelve (12) months.

What does it cover? The Foundation will finance the costs associated with the position on the following terms: the fellow will receive an annual stipend monthly paid by the Bank out of the funds provided by Foundation funds. The Fellow may be required to travel to different locations on instructions of the Bank. All expenses related to the Fellow's official mission travel, including travel insurance but excluding travel and shipping costs relating to assumption of duty and repatriation will be borne by the Bank.

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: Successful candidate will be notified on 27 January 2016.

How to Apply: Applicants should apply directly to the current hosts Applications will only be considered if they are submitted on line with a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV)) indicating date of birth, nationality, education and relevant experience. Applicants must also attach copies of academic transcripts and three letters of recommendation. Applicants will only be considered if they submit an online application, and attach a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Online Application

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 9 November, 2015.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application


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