ILO Social Finance Fellowship Programme for Young Professionals

ILO Social Finance Fellowship Programme for Young Professionals

Applications are now open for the 2024 International Labour Organization (ILO) Social Finance Fellowship Programme. The ILO’s Social Finance Programme invites applications from qualified professionals with expertise in inclusive finance, microfinance, insurance and development for inclusion in its Fellowship Programme roster and for potential placements in three countries: Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands. The projects are expected to start at the end of third quarter of 2024.

The objective of the programme is to match qualified professionals with organizations working on the frontiers of financial inclusion, micro finance and impact insurance, 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 a year to support an innovation project. The project could range from the implementation of a financial product, public-private partnership, digital solution, or distribution partnership.


The ideal candidates for a fellowship should:

  • Have relevant expertise to contribute to activities related to financial inclusion, insurance, digital finance and/or public private partnerships;

  • 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.

    Eligibility Requirements


  • Bachelor or master’s degree in economics, management, finance, banking and insurance or other relevant fields

    Professional experience

  • 5-10 years of professional experience in financial services industry and knowledge of banking and insurance products and processes

  • Experience in project management

  • Experience in business analysis

  • Experience in development cooperation

  • Experience in design of financial product design and operations

  • Experience in design of mass market distribution strategies

  • Experience in digital technologies


  • English

  • Portuguese (pre-requisite for candidates applying for Mozambique)

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; ILO Social Finance Fellowship Programme for Young Professionals

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