ECOWAS Young Professional Internship Programmme for Graduate Nationals of ECOWAS Member Countries

Young Professional Internship Programmme (YPIP)

Course(s) Offered: Public health
Course Level: Training/Internship
Provider: WAHO
Country to Study in: West Africa

Scholarship Description
The West African Health Organisation (WAHO), the health Institution of ECOWAS, and its partners announce its Young Professionals Internship Programme (YPIP) for citizens of member countries of ECOWAS for the year 2014.

By this announcement, WAHO, hereby invite applications from citizens of member countries of ECOWAS for its 2014 Young Professionals Internship Programme which will commence in January 2014.

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

Young Professional Internship Programmme (YPIP)
Western Africa sub-region (credit)
All applicants must be citizens of ECOWAS member countries, must be available throughout the 12 month period and should have:
  • Obtained a University degree or equivalent within past five years
  • Fluency in reading and writing at least one official ECOWAS language (English, French, Portuguese). Knowledge of a second language would be an advantage
  • Basic competence in information and communication technologies.
Eligible groups
Citizens of the 15 member countries of ECOWAS including:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo

Participating Institutions
All approved West African host institutions

Fields of study
The applicants for 2014 Internship should have interest in one or more of following priority technical areas/domains:
  • Reproductive Health
  • Child Survival
  • Nutrition
  • Prevention Of Blindness
  • Malaria
  • Health Research
  • Disease Control/Epidemiology
Number of awards
The number has grown since the start of the programme in 2005. Currently, as a rule, YPIP accepts fifteen (15) interns; one (1) from each of the 15 countries of ECOWAS. Where there are no qualified applicants from one or more countries, more than one may be selected from a single country.

Sponsorship duration
The 12 month programme is divided into 4 stages (I - IV)

Stages I and 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 III, the interns would be posted to host Institutions in different countries in West Africa to acquire practical skills and competencies in their technical areas of interest or professionals specialisation. The technical areas should respond to health needs of the sub-regions and the priority domains of WAHO.

Scholarship benefits
The Interns would be provided with accomodations 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!

The programme is designed to cater for just one person – the intern. All provisions: - accommodation, allowances, insurance, air tickets etc. will cover only the intern and no one else.

Method of Application
Interested candidates should send the following documents:
  • Letter of application to participate in the programme
  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • Photocopy of relevant pages of the National passport, National ID or Birth Certificate.
  • Photocopies of Diplomas and Certificates
  • Letter of motivation stating reasons for wanting to participate in the programme, technical areas of interest and reasons for the choice, relevant experiences and future careers plans.
  • Three names of reference. 2 of which must be persons who taught the candidate in appropriate institution. For candidates with work experience, the 3rd should be a professional with whom the candidates has worked.
All applications should be completed online via the Registration Page. It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below). Documents sent by other means except online would not be considered.

Registration is open until August 10, 2013

The Young Professional Intership Programme (YPIP) is a training programme of the Division of Human Resource Development of WAHO. The programme was developed in 2005 by WAHO and its partner USAID in recognition of the lack of adequate human resource for health in the West African sub-region.

Deferments are not accepted. In fact to ensure your place, you will have to accept the offer by the designated deadline (please refer to acceptance letter). However, should you choose not to accept the offer, you are at liberty to apply again next year. Your new application will nonetheless receive no special treatment; it will be treated in the same way as all others received. There is therefore no guarantee that you will be selected again.

WAHO makes no promise to employ interns after the programme (please refer to your letter of acceptance). However, the programme enhances your capacity to get a job afterwards by making a well-round public health professional out of you.

Application Deadline: 10 August 2013
Open to International students: No (ECOWAS nationals only)

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