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UNECA & Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Job for Young African professionals

Deadline for Application: 31 July 2011.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), as part of its programme to support member States, is partnering with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to promote leadership development through a practical and on-the-job fellowship. The programme is aimed at enabling young African professionals to develop leadership capacity in a large institution, gain knowledge of the functioning of the United Nations, have better understanding of Africa’s socio-economic challenges and contribute to the analytical, advocacy and policy advisory work of the Commission. Fellowships are awarded for a period of 12 months.

The Fellows will perform the duties and responsibilities of the position at the headquarters of UNECA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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.

Eligibility Criteria
The Fellowship is for young female and male professionals, mid-career and executives alike who are nationals of ECA member States, residing anywhere in the world and are under the age of Forty (40) years. Consideration will however be given women under the age of Forty-Five (45) years with children;

Work Experience
The Fellow should have at least 8 years of relevant work experience and must be able to demonstrate competencies in professionalism, teamwork, client orientation, planning and organizing and leadership potential.
S/he must also have proven:
Experience in strategic planning and execution;
Knowledge of negotiating and change management;
Enhanced skills in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures;
Experience in formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures;
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; Experience in research/analytical work in socio-economic related area;
Experience with working on African issues is an advantage.
Ability to work in teams and simultaneously on several assignments

Education Qualification
Fellow must hold a Master’s Degree in Economics, Social Sciences, International Development, Business Administration, Law, Finance, Engineering, Banking or any discipline relevant to the work of UNECA.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this, fluency in oral and written English or French is required. Working knowledge of the other is an advantage.

Other Skills
Sound knowledge of the Internet and basic software for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation is required.

How to Apply
Candidates must submit their applications together with the following documents:
Cover letter
UN Personal History Profile (PHP)
Copy of academic degree certificates, and;
Three letters of reference/recommendation.
Applications should be sent to Mr Amareswara Rao, Chief, Human Resources Services Section with copy to Mr. Beruk Getachew at the following address:
Human Resources Services Section
P O. Box 3001
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Or by e-mail:[email protected]

Application Deadline:
31 July 2011. Any applications received after that date will not be reviewed.
To find out more about this scholarship including the Duties & Responsibilities and Terms & Conditions visit UNECA website Here

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