Applications are Now Open for the Afreximbank Research Sabbatical Program 2024 for African Researchers

Afreximbank Research Sabbatical Program 2024
Afreximbank Research Sabbatical Program 2024

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is now accepting applications for the 2024 Research Sabbatical Programme. This programme offers senior lecturers and senior researchers from recognized universities and research institutions the opportunity to conduct relevant research contributing to Afreximbank’s intellectual leadership in its mission to finance and promote intra- and extra-African trade.

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About Afreximbank

Afreximbank is a Pan-African multilateral financial institution established in October 1993. It is owned by African governments, the African Development Bank, other African multilateral financial institutions, and both African and non-African public and private investors.

The bank focuses on delivering innovative financing solutions to support Africa’s trade transformation, industrialization, and intra-regional trade.

Program Overview

Thematic Research Areas

The bank invites research proposals in the following areas:

Intra-African Trade & AfCFTA Implementation

    • Enhancing Intra-African trade
    • Regional Value Chains (RVCs)
    • Composition and opportunities of Intra-African Trade
    • Infrastructure gaps in supporting trade
    • Diaspora engagement in the digital era
    • Informal Intra-African trade
    • Export Trading Companies (ETCs) in Africa
    • African diaspora market
    • Exchange Rate Mechanisms (ERMs) and their implications
    • Tariff revenue losses and the AfCFTA Adjustment Fund

Industrialization and Export Development

      • Constraints to export manufacturing
      • Economic development through African green minerals
      • Light manufacturing and agro-processing in Africa
      • Africa’s entertainment industry
      • Cross-country value chains in agro-processing
      • Critical success factors for export manufacturing
      • Impact of standards and packaging on exports
      • Industrial parks and special economic zones for export manufacturing

Trade Finance Leadership

    • Trade Financing Gap for Africa
    • Regulatory impact on trade finance
    • Sector studies on commodities of interest to Africa

Financial Sustainability

    • Optimal product mix and resource allocation
    • Probability of default on Trade Finance loans

Eligibility Requirements

  • Position: Senior lecturers/senior researchers from recognized universities, research institutions, or similar organizations.
  • Nationality: Open to nationals of African countries and Caribbean Community countries.
  • Language: Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of French, Arabic, or Portuguese is an advantage.
  • Commitment: Must be ready to commit to the bank for one calendar year on a non-renewable basis.

Application Documents

Interested applicants should complete an online application form on the bank’s website and submit the following electronically:

  • Current CV and cover letter
  • Defined plan of research activities with specific outcomes, deliverables, and timelines
  • Recommendation letter from current employer confirming job availability post-sabbatical
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Certified copies of relevant academic certificates
  • A short statement of intent (maximum of one A4 page)

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024.