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Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme

Deadline for applications: 11 December 2020 at 5.00 pm Eastern Africa Time

The African Union Commission launched the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) – Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme on 25 May 2020 in partnership with the Kofi Annan Foundation, following its approval by the Governing Board of Africa CDC in March 2018.

The aim is 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.

Why apply for the Fellowship

  • 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.

What the Fellowship includes

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 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

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 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.

Fellowship selection

Selection to the Fellowship 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.


  • 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.

  • Fellows will be supported to ensure that they have the relevant software for online learning.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted using the online application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All applicants must provide the following required information:

  • A supporting letter from the current employer to confirm employment, guaranteeing that the candidate will be allowed enough time to participate in the Fellowship programme and to attend the full eight weeks of institutional residential experience.

  • Letters of recommendation from two reputable professional referees.

  • A personal statement (maximum 500 words) providing evidence of the candidate’s commitment to public health in

Africa detailing the following:

– Their leadership experience and professional attainment

– Their vision of, and the future impact of effective public health leadership in Africa

– How they would champion public health initiatives in Africa

– How their personal and professional integrity would enable them to fully participate and benefit from the fellowship.

A leadership challenge project proposal

(maximum 750 words) that outlines a potential leadership challenge project they will implement. The proposal should include a title, brief description of the challenge (the what,

the who is affected, and the why), proposed strategy for a solution, and the expected outcome.

Completed applications with all supporting documents should be sent in a single email to KofiAnnanFellowship@africa-union.org.

Incomplete applications and applications sent to other emails

addresses will not be considered



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