The International Trade Centre – MO Ibrahim Foundation


Description of The International Trade Centre – MO Ibrahim Foundation

Deadline for Application: 15 October 2021 (midnight Geneva time)
Entry date: June 2021
Duration of Fellowship: One year
Location: International Trade Centre, Geneva, Switzerland


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.

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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.

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

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-private partnerships (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.

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  • Applicants must hold African nationality.
  • Applicants must be under 40 years of age at the time of application (women with children should be
    under 45 years of age).

EDUCATION: 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.

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• 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.

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ITC Values

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Respect for Diversity

Core Competencies

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability

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This is not a regular position of the International Trade Centre. The agreement for this Fellowship assignment is for a
period of one year and is not renewable. Funding is provided by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF).
ITC shall in no case be responsible for the family and dependents of fellows. In particular, ITC will not provide support
for the families of fellows to obtain work/residential permits. The monthly stipend rates are sufficient only to cover the
normal living expenses of one person. No allowances of any kind will be paid for dependents. The fellow should also
consider that, in the course of their award, they may be required to travel under circumstances that would make it
difficult or impossible for their dependents to accompany them. For that reason, fellows are urged not to bring family
members to the duty station.

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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.

How to apply

ITC’s online application system allows candidates to apply for current job openings within ITC and to register for the ITC Temporary Support Pool. All applications should be created and submitted through the ITC online application system.

Create your account

If you are a first-time user, you have to create your account. Register on our online application system by clicking on the “Click here to join now” link. You will be required to complete and submit a User Registration Form. An automated e-mail will be sent to you with a link to activate your account.

If you are a returning user of the ITC online application system, log in using your User ID and password.

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Complete your e-PHF

Once you have activated your account you will be able to log in. Select the job opening of your interest and click on “Apply” to complete your Personal History Form (PHF).

You will be required to complete all mandatory fields (marked with asterisks) and to click on “Save and proceed” to move to the next section. Please note that partially completed PHFs will be saved and may be completed at a later time.

Returning users will be able to add new details, as well as update and modify the information in their existing Personal History Forms.

Submit your e-PHF

Once you have completed all the sections of the PHF, please ensure that you verify the information before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will be able to view your application but you ill not be able to modify it.

It will not be possible to submit an application after the deadline specified in the vacancy notice. We recommend that you print your completed PHF for your records immediately after submitting your application.

After submission, your online application will be acknowledged via an automated e-mail to the address that you have provided. Please do not send your application via multiple routes and refrain from sending to ITC additional copies or other documents unless they were specifically requested. Due to the large number of applicants to each vacancy neither ITC’s Human Resources team nor the relevant hiring manager will be able to answer specific enquiries regarding the competition’s progress.

About The International Trade Centre

The International Trade Centre is a multilateral agency that has a joint mandate with the World Trade Organization and the United Nations through the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The headquarters of the ITC is in Geneva.

Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

About MO Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) is an African foundation, established in 2006 with one focus: the critical importance of governance and leadership in Africa.

It is our conviction that governance and leadership lie at the heart of any tangible and shared improvement in the quality of life of African citizens.