2020 Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships Programme at African Development Bank

Deadline: October 14, 2019.

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 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 Fellow will take leadership guidance from the President, the Senior Vice President, the Chief of Staff and Director of Cabinet and/or a designated Representative. 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:

  1. Advise on and develop strategic initiatives to advance the Bank’s mission and objectives.
  2. Design, develop, and implement innovative policies aligned with corporate priorities.
  3. Participate in high-level discussions and contribute to the preparation of the President’s meetings and missions.
  4. Carry out research and analysis as requested.
  5. Undertake other duties as assigned and required.



The priority for the 2020 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.

The Fellow must:

  1. be national of an African country, residing anywhere in the world;
  2. not be an active, non-active, retired, or separated staff member of the Bank;
  3. not have close family relations with an active or non-active staff member, such as mother, father, sister and brother.
  4. Government officials, active military personnel and political party leaders are not eligible.
  5. age limit is forty (40) years for men and women and forty-five (45) years for women with children.
  6. 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.
  7. have at least 7 (seven) years’ work experience relevant to the Bank’s activities;
  8. demonstrate proven leadership and consultative skills.
  9. have experience in strategic planning, project management and execution .
  10. have experience in formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  11. demonstrate strong ability to analyze and interpret financial data.
  12. strong writing and analytical skills.
  13. 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.
  14. demonstrate ability to motivate teams and simultaneously manage several projects.



1. The fellow will receive an annual stipend monthly paid by the Bank out of the funds provided by Foundation.

2. The Fellow may be required to travel to different locations on instructions of the Bank.

3. 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.






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