The International Trade Centre in partnership with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has a: Fellowship Opportunity 

Job Opening No.: ITC/JO/F1/2019 

Deadline for Application: 14 October 2019 (midnight Geneva time) 

Entry date: May 2020 

Duration of Fellowship: One year 

Location: International Trade Centre, Geneva, Switzerland 

Eligibility: All African Countries

For information on the International Trade Centre please visit ITC’s website: 

For information on the Mo Ibrahim Foundation please visit: 


The Office of the Executive Director provides strategic leadership for the development and management of the organization. It coordinates the corporate work programme through preparation and monitoring of the Centre’s Business Plan and the key functions of evaluation, resource mobilization and corporate communications. 


This Fellowship opportunity at ITC is in collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. 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 Fellowship offers a mentorship experience with the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director of ITC to prepare young Africans for leadership of major organizations and multilateral institutions. 


Under the supervision and guidance of the Chief Adviser to the Executive Director the successful Fellow will: 

Contribute to the creation and implementation of strategic assignments related to trade development including private sector issues and specific challenges of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs);

Carry out applicable research as required; 

Contribute to the design, development and implementation of strategies for effective Public-PrivatePartnerships (PPPs) and generation of resources; 

Participate in high-level discussions and preparation of applicable briefing notes and working documentation as required;

Undertake other duties as assigned and required


Applicants must hold African nationality. 

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


Master’s degree in economics, business, international development, international relations or related area. 

WORK EXPERIENCE: Minimum seven years of relevant work experience. LANGUAGES: Advanced English. Knowledge of other UN official languages in particular French or Spanish is an asset. 


Knowledge of international trade development and trade related development assistance (TRTA); 

Knowledge of strategic planning and governance; 

Strong research and writing skills; 

Ability to analyze and interpret complex concepts and data; 

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




Respect for Diversity 

Core Competencies 




For further information on the competency framework click here and for competency based interviews please click here

For information on how to apply please click here. Applicants will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

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