Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) establishes a fellowship programme: Apply Now 

Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) establishes a fellowship programme: Apply Now 

Economic Commission for Africa: 

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is the regional arm of the United Nations Secretariat in Africa. Its mandate is to promote the economic and social development of Africa. Its mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa informed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, of the African Union. With a dual role as a regional arm of the United Nations and a part of the regional institutional landscape in Africa, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to member States in their efforts to address development challenges. The strength of ECA derives from its role as the only entity of the United Nations system that is mandated to operate at the regional and subregional levels to harness resources and bring them to bear on the development priorities of Africa.


As a foremost knowledge policy institution in Africa, ECA established a fellowship programme embedded within its work programme to engage bright young Africans for skills and capacity development, training and mentorship. The programme is one of the contributions of ECA to the development of highly skilled human capital for Africa that can promote transformative development on the continent.

The fellowship programme

The ECA fellowship programme provides practical, on-the-job experience to young professionals in the early and middle stages of their careers in academia, the public sector or international development institutions by providing them with an opportunity to learn in the multicultural environment of the United Nations and to contribute to the work of ECA. It also provides the fellows with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Commission’s broad programmes and services to member States and subregional bodies in addressing the economic and social dimensions of the continent’s development priorities. The programme is intended to build a community of experts in Africa that can serve as a resource for formulating, implementing and monitoring

development activities at the national, subregional, regional and international levels. Ultimately, the fellows will have improved their skills, capacity and intellectual ability at the end of the programme.

Duration of the fellowship programme: 

The fellowship is for an initial period of six months, renewable for another six months after a satisfactory performance evaluation by the designated supervisor of the fellow. The fellowship will not exceed a maximum period.

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