Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme 2024

Deadline: 30th of January, 2024

Kofi Atta Annan (8 April 1938 – 18 August 2018) was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the United Nations’ seventh secretary-general from 1997 to 2006. Annan and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. He created and served as chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as The Elders, a worldwide institution formed by Nelson Mandela.

The African Union Commission (AUC) is the African Union’s executive/administrative department or secretariat (similar to the European Commission). It is made up of many Commissioners who work on various policy issues. The African Union’s headquarters are in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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.

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 for the continent.


  • 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.


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




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 support 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 400 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
  • A leadership challenge project proposal (maximum 400 words) that outlines a potential leadership challenge
    project they will implement which is feasible to complete with in the 12 month of the fellowship. The proposal should include a title, brief description of the challenge (the what, the who is affected, and the why), a proposed strategy for a solution, and the expected outcome.
  • Completed applications with all supporting documents
    should be submitted through https://impact.africa-cdc.org/form/kafghlp-4.

** Incomplete applications and applications sent over email will not be considered.

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