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Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program 2022 – AfDB

Apply for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program 2022 – African Development Bank (AfDB)

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program 2022 – AfDB: Mo Ibrahim Foundation is now accepting applications from national of an African country, residing anywhere in the world for its 2022 Leadership Fellowship position in the African Development Bank (AfDB). The deadline for submission of applications for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program is 15th October 2021.


African Development Bank Group (AfDB) – Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries). The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

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Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program Objectives

  • Established in 2006, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation aims to support good governance and great leadership in Africa. The Foundation works to:
    • Stimulate debate on good governance;
    • Provide criteria by which citizens and governments can measure progress;
    • Recognize achievement in African leadership and provide a practical way in which leaders can build positive legacies on the continent when they have left office;
    • Support aspiring leaders for the African continent.
  • The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (the “Foundation”), is financing the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship position in the African Development Bank (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 in 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 on the following terms:

This position is not a regular position of the African Development Bank.  The contract for this assignment is for a period of one (1) year and is not renewable.  Funding is provided by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF).

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Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program 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, , 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, project management and execution ;
  • Have experience in formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures;
  • Demonstrate strong ability to analyze and interpret financial data;
  • 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.

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Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program Selection Criteria

  • The priority for the 2022 selection of the Mo Ibrahim Fellow is the Bank’s High 5 areas (lighting up and powering Africa; Feeding Africa; Industrializing Africa; Integrating Africa and Improving the quality of life for the people of Africa).
  • The key competences are top notch professional experience in private sector and strong policy analytical skills at all levels and ability to run models.
  • The Fellowship is for young professionals, mid-career or/and new executives.

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How to Apply for Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program

Interested candidates who meet the criteria listed above should apply by clicking on the “Apply” button below:

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The Application Process:

  • Interested candidates should complete the online form at the Bank’s website: https://career2.successfactors.eu/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=326&company=africandev(link is external)
  • Applicants must apply online before the deadline.
  • 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.
  • The selection process will include the Bank’s Human Resources Department carrying out an initial vetting of applications to develop a short list of ten (10) applicant files to be further reviewed by the Foundation. A short list of three (3) candidates will be presented to the President of the Bank (or his designate) for final selection.
  • Only applicants who fully meet the Bank’s requirements and are considered for interview will be contacted.

Important Information and Notice

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  • This position is not a regular position of the African Development Bank.
  • The contract for this assignment is for a period of one (1) year and is not renewable. Funding is provided by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF).
  • Should you encounter technical difficulties in submitting your application, please send an email with a precise description of the issue and/or a screenshot showing the problem to: HR Direct; HRDirect@AFDB.ORG(link sends e-mail)


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