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).
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.
To qualify, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Are 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.
- Develop an achievable proposal that addresses strategic challenges for improving the management of public health emergencies on the continent.
Deadline: November 20th, 2022