UN ECA Fellowship Programme For Young African Professionals 2023

UN ECA Fellowship Programme For Young African Professionals 2023

UN ECA Fellowship Programme For Young African Professionals 2023

Interested applicants are invited to apply for UN ECA Fellowship Programme for Young African Professionals 2023. ECA is the regional arm of the United Nations in Africa. Its mandate is to promote the economic and social development of Africa. ECA’s dual role as a regional arm of the UN, and a part of the regional institutional landscape in Africa, positions it well to make unique contributions to member States’ efforts to address their development challenges.

ECA has five sub-regional offices plus African Institute for Economic Development and Planning, (IDEP) across the Continent through which it supports regional development priorities and agenda and African countries in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063 of the African Union.

Experience in research/analytical work in socio-economic and political development, natural  resource management/law, regional integration, infrastructure development, governance, peace and related areas in the context of Africa, either in the academia, private, public or civil society organizations, is an advantage.

Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For
the fellowship advertised, fluency in either language is required and working knowledge of the
other is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Special Notice

This call is open only to nationals of the Economic Commission for Africa member States.

Candidates must submit their Administrative Profiles (APs) and the following documents as PDF

  • UN Administrative Profile (AP)* in PDF format, including a motivation statement (cover letter) within the AP (to be submitted as an attachment to email submission).
    • The UN AP (Administrative Profile) can be created by signing up for an account at: https://inspira.un.org
    • Applicants should refer to the Annex of this document on https://www.uneca.org/sites/default/files/HR/How%20to%20Create%20an%20Administrative%20Profile_English.pdf which contains detailed stepby-step instructions about how to create an AP within the Inspira system and generate a PDF of the document which must be attached to your email submission;
    • There is no Job Opening for this Fellowship within the Inspira system. The instructions referenced above detail how applicants can create a draft AP (not tied to any published Job Opening) within Inspira, and save the draft AP as a PDF for inclusion as an attachment to the applicant’s email
    • The motivation statement is created as part of the online AP creation process in Inspira, and will be visible towards the end of the AP PDF under the heading “Motivation Statement for this Application”;
    • If after reviewing the information above, you are still unable to generate the AP in the indicated PDF format, you may email: Bilen Kassahun at kassahunb@un.org for technical support. Please plan your time and attempt to create the draft AP well in advance so that you have sufficient time to seek technical support, if needed.
  • A research proposal of not less than 1,000 words (in candidate’s preferred thematic area listed above) Candidate must clearly indicate the thematic area of choice at the top of the research proposal document
  • Copies of all advanced-level academic degrees obtained (e.g., doctorate and/ or master’s degree(s). As an advanced-level degree is required for the fellowship, first-level (bachelor’s) degrees and certificates should NOT be submitted
  • Copy of applicant’s national passport (information page only); if you hold multiple  nationalities, the passport provided should be that of an ECA member State),and;
  • Three letters of reference/recommendation

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its recruitment. Qualified female candidates and young scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

Conditions of Fellowship

The following conditions will apply:

  1. The candidate applying for this fellowship programme must be 35 years of age or below, at the time of the application;
  2. The candidate must be a national of a member State of the Economic Commission for Africa;
  3. The candidate must have graduated before 1 October 2022 from either a master’s degree or doctorate degree programme, or equivalent;
  4. The candidate should have interest in one or more of the identified thematic areas;
  5. The selected candidate will work on a predefined project, designed to contribute to specific aspects of the work programme of the mentoring Division, Sub-Regional Office or ECA Centres, and contribute to other activities;
  6. The selected candidate should participate in national, regional or international meetings as assigned for exposure;
  7. The selected candidate should submit and present at a seminar a peer reviewed research paper at the end of the assignment; and
  8. The selected candidate will be part of an alumni association of ECA Fellows and member of practicing international development “community of practice”.


  1. The selected Fellows must be available to travel to the assigned duty station as may be
    decided by ECA after the selection process;
  2. The selected Fellows will receive a return air ticket between his/her country of residence
    and the assigned duty station;
  3. The selected Fellows will receive a one-off settling-in grant of USD 3,000 (for fellows
    recruited from outside of the duty station) and a monthly stipend of USD 3,000 each for
    the duration of the fellowship. Note that the final month stipend will only be paid upon
    submission of:

    • A peer-reviewed fellowship research paper,
    • A comprehensive fellowship report, an approved final performance evaluation of the fellow,
    • A completed fellowship programme evaluation form and
    • An exit boarding pass or immigration stamp showing that the fellow has departed the duty station and returned back to his/her home country, where both are not the same, at the end of the fellowship programme.
  4. The fellowship program is for six months but may be extended for a maximum of another
    six months.

Email Address: RecruitmentPPost@un.org
Subject Line: ECA Fellowship for Young African Professionals, 2023.

Application deadline: 26 January 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Addis Ababa time.

Deadline: 26 January 2023

For more Information,visit ECA Fellowship for Young African Professionals 2023.

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