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World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program



World Bank Group

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2019–The Africa Region of the World Bank Group (WBG) announces the opening of the application for the 2020 WBG-Africa Fellowship Program for Ph.D. Students and recent Ph.D. graduates who are Sub-Saharan nationals. 

WBG Africa Fellowship Program 

Launched in 2013, the World Bank Group (WBG) Africa Fellowship Program targets young talented African nationals who are completing or recently completed a Ph.D. in an area relevant to the World Bank’s work. The fellowship program has been very successful since its inception, building a strong pipeline of young African talent interested in a career in development, in international institutions, African governments, think tanks, and academia. The program offers chosen fellows a six-month assignment at World Bank Group (WBG) offices in Washington D.C. or in country offices to gain hands-on experience in the operations of the WBG. This includes knowledge generation and dissemination, design of global and country policies, and the building of institutions to achieve inclusive growth in developing countries. While benefitting from research and innovation in multiple sectors, fellows will also work on research, economic policy, technical assistance, and lending operations that contribute to the World Bank’s goal of eliminating poverty and increasing shared prosperity. Through the fellowship, we aim to build the capacity of the next generation of African change makers in development, policymaking and promote the goals of reducing poverty in the region.  

The WBG’s Africa fellows have proven to be valuable resources for their hiring units. They contribute to the work program of their respective units and to the World Bank’s mission. In the process they (i) gain a better understanding of the World Bank’s operations; (ii) access quality data for their research; (iii) interact with and learn from seasoned experts in the field of development. 

The 2020 WBG Africa Fellowship Program expects to host up to 15 fellows. This year, with the support of the Think Africa Partnership, a private sector window provides support for 10 additional fellowship positions with a special focus on private sector development and finance. The additional 10 fellows will work on improving the macroeconomic, business and financial frameworks to enhance private sector investment, strengthen economic policy making and ultimately promote economic growth across the region. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a Sub-Saharan national who are recent Ph.D. graduates, or current doctoral students within a year of completing or graduating from a Ph.D. program in all relevant field of development, including, but not limited to economics, education, health, governance, energy, agriculture, infrastructure and demography.

  • Have an excellent command of English, both written and verbal

  • Be under the age of 32 by the closing of the application period. Preference may be given to those born on or after Oct 1, 1988.

Selection Process

The deadline to submit applications is August 25, 2019. After applying online, the most suitable candidates will be identified, and their application packages forwarded to World Bank Africa Region managers and participating departments for consideration. Departments and managers will then indicate their preferences, as well as the project to be undertaken. Selected candidates will then be notified and, upon acceptance, will be hired as short-term consultants for a minimum of six months. The fellowship period of engagement is January-June 2020. Fellows will receive consultant fees, round-trip economy class air travel to Washington, D.C. or a WBG country office from their university, and worker's compensation insurance. 

Apply for the Africa Fellowship Program now! https://wbgfellowship.worldbank.org/

About the 2019 Cohort

Country

Fellow

WB Unit

Research Focus

Benin

MODESTE DAYÉ

Social Protection & Labor

Development economics and questions related to financial inclusion, labor, intra-households resource allocation and behavioral biases in agent’s decision making

Burkina Faso

ALEXANDRE HENRY  

Office of the Chief Economist for Africa

Macroeconomics and includes monetary policy, fiscal policy and development issues in resource rich economics

Cameroon

ARLETTE SIMO FOTSO

Human Capital Project

Health, education and labor economics and economic demography, with a special focus on disability, HIV, child's health outcomes, family processes and socio-economic inequalities

Cameroon

BODEL AYMELE GNINTEDEM

Education

The application of spatial econometric methods in field of health and education

Cameroon

MARIE CHRISTELLE MABEU

Office of the Chief Economist for Africa

Health

Economics, Demographic Economics, and

Political Economy

Comoros

AL-MOUKSIT AKIM

Social Protection and Labor

Migration, poverty and inequality, meta-analysis, and distributive effect of fiscal policy

Cote d’Ivoire

MOHAMED DIABY

Office of the Chief Economist for Africa

Interest span from economics of education to monetary policy

Cote d’Ivoire

KADY SYNTHIA KEITA

Governance

Effects of institutions and governance on countries macroeconomic performance

Ethiopia

SELAMAWIT DAMTEW AMARE

Water

Issues related to watershed and water resource management

Ethiopia

HABTAMU TESFAYE EDJIGU

Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment

Trade and Development in developing countries, especially issues related to Intra-Africa trade, landlocked-ness, deindustrialization, business environment, productivity, market reform, foreign direct investment, and impact evaluation

Ghana

THEOPHILINE BOSE-DUKER

Gender

Family economics with a focus on intra-household inequality, gender, and child welfare in developing countries

Ghana

SOLOMON OWUSU

Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment /AFRCE

Structural transformation, industrial policy, trade, sectoral linkages and education

Guinea

MAMADOU TANOU BALDE

Office of the Chief Economist for Africa

Public finance, monetary policy and macro-fiscal management of naturalresource-rich developing countries

Kenya

IMMACULATE NAFULA MACHASIO

Migration and Remittances

Development Economics, International Finance, Monetary Policy, Macroeconomics, Financial Economics and Applied Econometrics

Nigeria

CHIDOZIE ONYEDIKACHI ANYIRO

Agriculture

Agribusiness in developing economies, agricultural financing and social capital development, resource-use efficiency of small holder farmers, climate change adaptation strategies and gender issues on poverty

Nigeria

JENNIFER UJU OKONKWO

Water

The distributional and welfare impacts on the poor resulting from an environmental policy change

Nigeria

OLUWASEYI DOLAPO SOMEFUN

Human Capital Project

Sexual and reproductive health, family transitions, HIV/AIDS, social networks, research methodology, statistics, child and adolescent health
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