The African Union Commission (AUC) and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have launched the Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme to support aspirational public health leaders (Fellows) from Africa in acquiring advanced skills and competencies to strategize, manage and lead public health programmes that will transform public health in Africa.
Fellows admitted in the programme will be senior public health professionals from African Union Member States who will contribute to and lead the implementation of a new public health order for Africa, and in turn mentor and develop the next generation of public health leaders for the continent.
The programme targets aspirational leaders with a background in any field of public health including, but not limited to, One Health, medicine, finance, policy, animal health, or environmental health. These are leaders who want to acquire advanced skills in leading impactful health initiatives, employing health diplomacy, as well as enhance their ability to develop bold, strategic and achievable goals to propel Africa towards achieving Agenda 2063. If this is your aspiration and you are ready to advance public health outcomes in Africa, you should apply.
- The programme will use a hybrid learning methodology that includes self-directed learning to accomplish a Personal Development
Plan (PDP) over 12 months. Experiential learning shall take place through webinars, keynote lectures, online self-directed study with evaluations, case studies and an individual leadership challenge project. It will include eight weeks of institutional residential placements for all Fellows as a cohort.
- Fellows will spend the rest of the training period in their home country, continuing with their regular work responsibilities while also completing assigned courses and implementing the leadership challenge project. Fellows will be matched with experienced mentors and coaches to support their continued learning experience.
- For competent leadership styles that influence and empower others to achieve ambitious multi-dimensional health goals;
- To frame and develop a viable strategic vision for bold, yet attainable goals for positive health outcomes;
- For well-rounded globally competent leadership with attributes such as vision, resilience, flexibility and efficiency
- To steer the complex environment of public health practice to achieve and maintain positive impact; and
- In health politics, negotiation, partnerships, and health diplomacy.
Applicants for the Fellowship must:
- Be citizens of an African Union Member State;
- Possess a postgraduate degree in a relevant field in public health;
- Have relevant professional experience in any field of public health, including but not limited to one health, medicine, finance, health economics, health policy, animal health, or environmental health;
- Be in full-time employment in any area of public health, in a private or public institution in Africa;
- Have a good track record or be able to demonstrate the potential for effective public health leadership where they can positively impact the public health outcomes of populations.
- Selection to the programme will be by an independent committee comprising experts from the African Union Commission and Africa CDC, and their global partners.
- The selection process will emphasize an equal opportunity approach to secure the representation of women and underrepresented groups.
For more information, visit https://africacdc.org/news-item/kofi-annan-fellowship-in-public-health-leadership-programme