Africa CDC Call for Applications for African Epidemic Service – Epidemiology Track Fellowship Programme, September 8 2023
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention is an autonomous technical Agency established by the African Union (AU) to enhance the capacity, capabilities, and partnerships of Africa’s public health institutions. Its primary goal is to control prevent, detect, and respond to disease threats and outbreaks by employing science, policy, and data-driven interventions and programs effectively and efficiently.
Africa CDC is mandated through Article 3 of its governing statute to “support Member States in capacity building in public health through medium and long-term field epidemiologic and laboratory training programmes”. To fulfil this mandate, Africa CDC convened a Task Force for Workforce Development in 2018, which consisted of representatives of Member States, public health organizations, academia, and global health agencies. The Task Force developed a Framework for Workforce Development which describes specific steps for the development of public health workforce in three professional areas: field epidemiology, laboratory leadership and public health informatics.
In this regard, Africa CDC has developed a continental African Epidemic Service (AES), an elite workforce hosted and directed by the African Union. The African Epidemic Service has three tracks namely, Epidemiology, Laboratory Leadership and Public health informatics. The African Epidemic Service – Epidemiology track is a two-year competency based applied epidemiology training program that aims to strengthen the disease prevention and response capacity of African Union member states.
This program targets qualified applicants from Africa Union Member states drawn from public health discipline, with an interest in practicing applied Epidemiology. AES Fellows will be selected from a wide variety of disciplines including Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, Environmental Health, Occupational Health as well as other associated disciplines under public health. Successful applicants are leaders who aspire to master applied epidemiology and are willing to accept assignments in a wide range of public health topics across the 55 African Union Member States.
What the Fellowship includes
The fellowship include a two year training in applied epidemiology, with
three months in class training in Addis
Ababa, Ethiopia, and 21 months of
applied training on a site hosted by an
African Union Member State.
The didactic training will be delivered
in all African Union languages, while
host site activities will be done in the
language of the Member State.
Successful applicants will participate
in experiential core learning of
activities that include, but not
limited to: data analysis, surveillance
system evaluation, and outbreak
investigation. The AES-Epidemiology
fellow will have the support of an
expert supervisor. Fellows will be also
matched with experienced public
health mentors who will provide
support throughout the fellowship
Fellowship Eligibility Criteria
Applicants for the Fellowship
1. Be citizens of an African Union Member State;
2. Have been employed at the time of application in an African country with permission from the government institution to attend the two years training, with right to return post training;
3. have a graduate degree from an accredited school of human medicine, veterinary medicine, or other doctoral-level training in nursing, environmental sciences, or other public health field;
4. possess an MPH or equivalent degree with coursework in epidemiology or quantitative research methods; and
5. have at least three years of recent full-time public health post graduate experience in an African country;
6. Have a functional knowledge of the any of the African Union working languages and ability to read and write technical medical and epidemiological texts.
Note: Advanced FETP Fellows and Graduates are not eligible to apply
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 information:
1. A national passport from an African Union Member State.
2. An official letter of support with permission from a government institution to attend the two-year training programme with the right to return post training.
3. Letters of recommendation from two reputable professional referees.
4. An official degree and student copy transcripts of your bachelor’s degree. (The official transcript will be requested from your university upon acceptance to this program.)
5. An official degree and student copy transcripts of your master’s degree. (The official transcript will be requested from your university upon acceptance to this program.)
6. Evidence of recent full-time public health post graduate experience in an African Country.
7. Brief curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum).
8. Motivation statement (2 pages
maximum), outlining your formal education, work experience and why this program would be a good fit, and further outlining how this training will impact your country.
9. Optional: Evidence of additional
Completed applications with
all supporting documents
should be uploaded to the
online portal. Incomplete
applications will not be
Applicants must have also
demonstrated the benefit of
this program in their career
as well as how this will help
address challenges in their
home countries. If this is your
aspiration and you are ready
to advance public health
outcomes in Africa you should
apply and join us!
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