Applications Now Open: NextGen Leaders for NCDs in East Africa


Join us to develop your advocacy, policy and leadership skills, network with like-minded young leaders and potential mentors, and contribute meaningfully to the global noncommunicable diseases movement!


During this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the current policy and political landscape of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in their region and across the globe, and develop strategies on how to drive policy and systems change. The workshop is designed with you in mind-- it will deliver the tools to lead advocacy and action on NCDs, while providing the technical knowledge and evidence you will need to lead lasting improvements in policy for health. 

This workshop will bring together a diverse group of 45 young advocates from across Eastern Africa to learn from experienced advocates, researchers and policy experts.  We will also work together, across countries and disciplines, to develop national and regional strategies toward mobilizing efforts to hold our governments accountable to the global commitments they made at the United Nations in 2011 and through the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The primary focus of this workshop will be to learn skills and create strategies to build accountability of governments and other stakeholders to deliver on their national commitments for NCDs, with focus on outcomes toward the 2018 United Nations High-level Review on NCDs.

Check out info and photos from our last workshop in Nairobi!


Why NextGen Leaders?

The world urgently needs skilled leaders in all corners of the globe who know how to respond to the devastating impacts of non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mental illness, at community, national and international levels. Particularly in low-and middle-income countries, there is a paucity of interdisciplinary training opportunities and mentorship to prepare the next generation of health leaders to drive the necessary changes on NCD prevention and control, as envisioned in the Sustainable Development Agenda. 


Eligibility and application requirements

Early- to mid-career professionals or students enrolled in graduate or professional programs in the healthcare field or communications/journalism are encouraged to apply. Strong preference will be given to applicants who are currently actively engaged in YP-CDN Chapters and local advocacy, but others are also welcome to apply.


In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be able to attend all days of in-person training (Friday mid-day until Sunday mid-day)

  • Demonstrate passion and serious commitment to becoming a local champion and an advocate for NCDs and commitment to NCD accountability in their home country

  • Have a strong desire to lead a campaign/project that will improve access to medicines for NCDs in their community

  • Be a member of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network

  • Have a basic understanding of NCDs and their country’s health system

  • Be a citizen/resident of a country in the east African region

  • Be fluent in English

  • Be a non-smoker


Candidates should possess:

  1. Strong written and verbal communication skills

  2. Demonstrated leadership and/or organizing skills

  3. Knowledge and experience in research, healthcare and/or public health

  4. Commitment to social justice


To apply, by April 3, 2017:

  1. Complete the online application form 
  2. Submit your CV/resume to [email protected] 




About the NextGen Leaders program

Individuals most affected by health disparities should be leading efforts to address it. NextGen Leaders matters for precisely this reason, as young professionals and trainees in East Africa will be equipped with skills to collaborate across sectors, learn research and policy skills, and how to communicate research to inform better health policies in their home countries. Workshops, training materials, dedicated mentorship and practical experience placements within key NCD policy and research institutions will equip these emerging leaders with the tools to lead advocacy and action for NCDs in their communities, as well as provide opportunities for dialogue and learning across cities and countries. Through the diverse network of experts at RTI International and YP-CDN’s strong reputation for delivering policy influence and young NCD leadership worldwide, the NextGen Leaders program is uniquely positioned to provide training and opportunities to young talent to impact NCD prevention and control.

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Jordan Jarvis

About Jordan Jarvis

Board Director of YP-CDN- Passionate about mobilizing social change and better, more equitable health outcomes worldwide.

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Applications Now Open: NextGen Leaders for NCDs in East Africa
Applications Now Open: NextGen Leaders for NCDs in East Africa