Fellowship opportunities in West Africa

  • Anywhere
Organization: International Labour Organization
Closing date: 20 Jan 2022

The opportunity

The ILO’s Social Finance Programme invites applications from qualified French-speaking professionals with expertise in insurance, microfinance or development for inclusion in its fellowship programme roster and for a potential placement in West Africa. The project is expected to start in early 2022.

The fellowship programme

The objective of the programme is to match qualified professionals with organizations working on the frontiers of impact insurance and financial inclusion, bridge skill gaps and create a new generation of professionals with experience serving low-income populations.

Each fellow will be placed with a host organization for at least a year to support an innovation project. The project could range from the implementation of a risk management product, public-private partnership, digital solution, or distribution partnership. The project will focus on one or more of the following themes:

● Designing integrated risk-management solutions for small enterprises and/or low-income households that bundle insurance with other financial and non-financial services to improve consumers’ ability to manage risk and increase their productivity capabilities

● Enhancing public-private partnerships that help achieve public policy objectives aligned to the UN’s SDGs, especially those related to decent work, food security, climate change and universal health coverage

Who should apply?

The ideal candidates for a fellowship should:

  • have relevant expertise to contribute to activities related to insurance, financial inclusion and/or public private partnerships;
  • be proficient in English and French (written and verbal);
  • be proactive and ready to document learning experiences during the fellowship;
  • be interested in working in developing countries on development issues;
  • be seriously committed to providing inclusive financial and insurance services and practising in the field on an ongoing basis after the assignment;
  • be resourceful and capable of arranging practical necessities related to travel, life and work in a new environment; and
  • be ready to work in a developing country for the duration of the fellowship.

Insurance, financial inclusion or development professionals who are keen to apply their skills to promote social justice in emerging markets and who have worked in a technical capacity for at least five years may participate. Candidates with the requisite skills and experience will be included in the roster and considered for the aforementioned fellowship opportunity.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to SOCIALFINANCE@ilo.org by January 20, 2022 23:59 CET. Put “Application Fellowship Programme – Your name” in the subject line of the email.