Call for Applications: NextGen Leaders on 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 access to medicines and non-communicable disease movement.

During this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the current policy and political landscape of essential medicines for non-communicable diseases 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 and experts. We will also work together, across countries and disciplines, to develop national and regional strategies toward achieving the WHO goal of 80% availability of essential medicines and technologies for NCDs.

Application Deadline

August 1st, 2016

Eligibility and application requirements

Early- to mid-career professionals or students enrolled in graduate or professional programs in the healthcare field or communications/journalism from across eastern Africa 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

  • Currently live in one of the following countries: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Ethiopia
  • Be able to attend all 3 days of in-person training
  • Demonstrate passion and serious commitment to becoming a local champion and an advocate for NCDs and/or access to essential medicines in their home community
  • 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 strong interest in advocacy and social movements
  • Have a basic understanding of essential medicines and their country’s health system
  • Be fluent in English
  • Be a non-smoker

Candidates are asked to

  • Complete the online application by August 1st, 2016
  • Send current curriculum vitae/resume
  • Provide 1 signed letters of support, in English, from a supervisor, dean, professor, mentor, colleague or employer outlining their support for the candidate’s participation in the program
  • Provide a writing sample, such as a previously written scholarly article, report, policy brief, blog or essay
  • Please send all documents to [email protected]

Candidates should possess

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or organizing skills
  • Knowledge and experience in healthcare and/or public health
  • Commitment to social justice

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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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