ECOWAS Immersion Program For Young Graduates 2024: Apply!

Apply for the Immersion program for young graduates in ECOWAS Institutions 2024

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) launches the immersion internship program for young graduates in ECOWAS institutions.


The Heads of State and Government of fifteen West African Countries established the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) when they signed the ECOWAS Treaty on the 28th of May 1975 in Lagos, Nigeria. The Treaty of Lagos was signed by the 15 Heads of State and government of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sénégal and Togo, with its stated mission to promote economic integration across the region. The Senegalese President was represented by the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Cabo Verde joined the union in 1977. The only Arabic-speaking Member Mauritania withdrew in December 2000. Mauritania recently signed a new associate-membership agreement in August 2017.

The ECOWAS region, which spans an area of 5.2 million square kilometres. The Member States are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sénégal and Togo.

Considered one of the pillars of the African Economic Community, ECOWAS was set up to foster the ideal of collective self-sufficiency for its member states. As a trading union, it is also meant to create a single, large trading bloc through economic cooperation. Integrated economic activities as envisaged in the area that has a combined GDP of $734.8 billion, revolve around but are not limited to industry, transport, telecommunications, energy, agriculture, natural resources, commerce, monetary and financial issues, social as well as cultural matters.


The aim of the Community is to promote co-operation and integration, leading to the establishment of an economic union in West Africa in order to raise the living standards of its peoples, and to maintain and enhance economic stability, foster relations-among Member States and contribute to the progress and development of the African continent.

Requirements for the program

• The program is open to young graduates from the ECOWAS Member States, aged 32 years or less.

Target Audience :

• Young graduates from ECOWAS Member States, not more than 32 years of age.

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Objectives of the Program

Overall objective :

• Contribute to the professional integration of young graduates, by offering them the opportunity to get to know ECOWAS programs better, at the same time for the Interns to offer their contribution for efficient implementation of programs and activities of the institutions.

Specific objectives:
• Offer the possibility of an immersion in the services of the regional institution (Institutions, Agencies, Departments, Resident Representations);

• Create a framework that allows young graduates to contribute to the implementation of major ECOWAS programs within Departments, Agencies, Representations and Institutions.

Expected Results

• Young graduates acquire professional experience through their immersion in ECOWAS programs, for their career development.

• Young graduates contribute to the implementation of ECOWAS programs.

Selection Criteria

• Be a citizen of an ECOWAS Member States;

• Hold a Certificate, at the Bachelor (BSc), Master, PhD or equivalent certificate;

Selection Process

• The program positions are defined with ECOWAS Departments and reception structures before each Program, which allows the candidate to apply according to the need expressed by these structures;

• 100 internship positions are expressed for the year 2024 according to the attached list;

Duration, Place and Terms of the Immersion Program

• The Immersion Program for young graduates in ECOWAS institutions lasts one year over a period of 12 months maximum {Non-renewable};

• The Program is carried out in the Departments, Agencies, Permanent Representatives and Institutions of ECOWAS, or any other place duly designated by ECOWAS;

• At the end of the program, the young graduate beneficiaries, produces a report in three copies, one copy being sent to the HDSA Department, second copy to the user department and the third copy for the individual record of the young graduate in person;

• The practical modalities of the program will be defined in connection with the reception structure;

• Selected young graduate will be required (mandatory) to participate in person or online (for those not living in Abuja) in any information or program feedback meeting convened by the Program Coordination accordingly.

• Coordination of the immersion program is carried out by the ECOWAS
Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs.

• NB: Please read the attached terms of reference and the list of program
positions in full. The terms of reference give more details on the conditions
of the program and the list of positions specifies the expressed need for the
position, the location of the program and the level of the certificate required.
• Opening date of the call: August 17th, 2023
• Closing date of the call: August 31st, 2023

How to Apply

Application form

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