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2024 Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme

2024 Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme

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Country: Africa
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2024 Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme

Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Fellowship aims to supporting aspirational public health leaders 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 are 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.  As the Africa CDC reflects on the remarkable progress of the Kofi Annan Fellowship in Global Health Leadership Programme, having graduated 39 Fellows from over 20 AU Member States and currently training 20 more from 14 Member States, we have witnessed the tangible impact of this visionary initiative. The programme’s alumni have not only honed their leadership qualities but are also actively shaping the future of healthcare across Africa. With some leading national programmes, others are replicating leadership programmes in their institutions, and some have taken up Government Ministerial positions, the ripple effect of this leadership program is undeniable.

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Application for the 4th Cohort of the Fellowship programme is now open and the deadline for submission is 30th January, 2024. Africa CDC continue to encourage diversity of applicantions from across the AU Member States.  Cohort 4 will witness the introduction of Mental Health track, therefore Public Mental Health Professionals are encouraged to apply. In addition, staff in senior positions within Government Ministries and National Public Health Institutes (NPHIs) especially women are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Programme Details

The Fellowship will support 12 months of high-level professional development in advanced public health leadership that includes acquiring skills in health diplomacy, change management, influencing policy, among others. Fellows will be supported by experienced experts in relevant fields from Africa and the diaspora. At the end of the programme, Fellows would have developed skills:

  • For competent leadership styles that influence and empower others to achieve challenging multidimensional 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.

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Cost for Kofi Annan Global Health leadership

  • Africa CDC will provide all learning and development materials and meet all costs associated with the fellowship, including travel, daily allowance and insurance during the residential placements.

Fellowship eligibility criteria

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 10 years of professional experience in any field of public health, including but not limited to one health, human medicine, finance, health economics, health policy, animal health, or environmental health;
  • Be in full-time employment in any area of public health, in public or private 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 in Africa.

Kofi Annan Global Health Fellowship selection criteria:

Selection to the Fellowship will be done by an independent committee comprising experts from Africa CDC, African Union and partners. Application documents must provide clear and detailed information about the applicant, their values and experience relating to the following criteria:

  • 10 years professional experience
  • Vision and future impact
  • Devotion to duty and readiness to champion public health initiatives in Africa
  • Ability to learn and use one’s talents optimally
  • Personal and professional integrity.

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How to apply

Applicants are expected to fill out the application form with their personal information, professional background attaching:

  • Supporting letter from the current employer to confirm employment, guarantee of a position after the fellowship (at least for one year), allowing time to fully participate
  • Evidence of their commitment to public health on the continent via a personal statement
  • Leadership project proposal that should be completed with in 12 month period.


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline30 January,2024
Open toCitizen of African Union Member State
OrganizerAfrican Union
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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