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West African Health Young Professional Internship Program


The West African Health Organisation (WAHO), the Health Agency of ECOWAS, and its Partners announce its Young Professional Internship programme (YPIP) for 2011 which will commence in January 2011, and hereby invite applications from citizens of member countries of ECOWAS.

Goal: The goal of the programme is to equip young professionals with knowledge, skills and experience for effective management of health problems in West Africa.

Structure: The 12 month programme is divided into 6 stages (I-VI) Stages Iand IV will take place at the headquarters of WAHO in Burkina Faso, during which the Interns will acquire knowledge and competence in basic principles of public health, a second official language of ECOWAS, computer and new information technology as well as basic principles of management and leadership.During stages II and V, the Interns would be posted to host Institutions in different countries in West Africa to acquire practical skills and competences in their technical areas of interest or professional specialisation. The technical areas should respond to the health needs of the sub-region andthe priority domains of WAHO.

Priority Domains for 2011:
The applicants for 2011 Internship should have interest in one or more of the following priority technical areas/domains:


The Interns would be provided with accommodation and would receive a monthly allowance during the period. All travel costs related to the Internship would be paid for and learning materials would be provided free.

All applicants must be citizens of ECOWAS member countries, must be available throughout the 12 month period and should have:

(1) obtained a university degree or equivalence within the past five years.
(2) fluency in reading and writing of at least one official ECOWAS language (English, French, Portuguese) Knowledge of a second language would be an advantage.
(3) basic competence in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Application Procedures

Interested candidates should send the following documents:
(1) Letter of application to participate in the programme.
(2) Up-to-date curriculum vitae
(3) Photocopy of the relevant pages of the National passport, National Identity Card or birth certificate.
(4) Photocopy of Diplomas and Certificates
(5) Letter of motivation stating reasons for wanting to participate in the programme, technical areas of interest and reasons for the choice, relevant experience and future career plans.
(6) In addition, each candidate should send three letters of reference. Two of the Referees must be persons who taught the applicant in the Univeristy or appropriate Institution. For a candidate with work experience, the third should be a professional with whom the candidat has worked. The letters of reference should be sent directly to the address below by the referees.
All applications and letters of reference should be sent by post or e-mail to:

West African Health Organisation (WAHO/OOAS)
Young Professional Internship Programme
01 BP 153 Bobo- Dioulasso 01
Burkina Faso

E-mail: wahoypip2011@yahoo.fr

Closing Date:
All applications must be received by the close of work on 27th August 2010

1 comment:

alieu said...

appeal for deadline extension
your email adresss is having a problem. i try several times to send my application but it is bounce back
consider extending the deadline. this is a very good program
alieu jammeh
banjul the gambia

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