The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) invites interested and eligible candidates to submit applications for a fellowship programme on improving the management of public health emergencies in Africa under the COVID-19 Incident Management Support Team (IMST).
Through a three-month fellowship programme, WHO AFRO seeks to support 15 aspirational Master’s degree students, PhD fellows, and emergency public health managers and leaders (Fellows) in Africa in acquiring advanced skills and competencies for strategizing, managing and leading health programmes that will positively transform future public health emergency response on the continent.
The fellowship programme seeks to bridge the emergency public health management and research-to-policy gaps and produce well-equipped, versatile managers and leaders as required by the WHO Emergency Response Framework and the International Health Regulations (2005) for emergency response. Additionally, it seeks to navigate the complex environment of public health practice to achieve and maintain a positive impact on health, politics, negotiation, partnerships and health diplomacy.
The fellowship will adopt a hybrid approach, combining face-to-face engagements with technology-based activities in line with WHO’s Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) flagship programme, which aims to reinforce and scale up the quality and scope of public health emergency management in Africa over the next five years.
A total of 15 fellowships will be awarded to:
- Five Master’s degree students;
- Five PhD students;
- Five mid- and senior-level public health experts.
To qualify, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Be citizens of any WHO Member State working on COVID-19, with priority given to citizens of Member States of the WHO African Region.
- Be registered in a Master’s degree programme (Master’s Fellows).
- Be registered in a PhD programme (PhD/DPhil Fellows).
- Be a full-time employee (in the public/private sector or academia) with a Master’s degree or public health qualification or PhD (mid- or senior-level career Fellows).
- Have professional experience in public health (One Health, medicine, health financing, health economics, health policy, animal health, social sciences, and environmental health).
- Possess relevant experience that has contributed to the advancement of public health emergency management in Africa.
- Demonstrate potential for effective public health management that can positively impact the health outcomes of populations.
- WHO AFRO will provide financial support to the fellows to cover tuition and research fees.
Method of Application
- Candidates must present the following requirements:
- A recent Curriculum Vitae
- Confirmation of registration in an academic institution (for Master’s degree and PhD fellows)
- Letter of employment (mid- and senior-level experts)
- A 500-word motivation statement for the Master’s degree students outlining their objectives and plan for the fellowship.
- A 2000 – 3000-word proposal for all applicants (Master’s, PhD students and mid-/senior-level experts) outlining the proposed project with the following section:
- Introduction of the subject of research
- Relevance and pertinence of the subject
- Brief literature review on the subject
- Research plan and activities
- Potential use of the outcomes of the research
Application Deadline: 13 November 2022
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