Application Deadline: 25 February 2023 at 05:00 pm SAT.
In April 2022, the chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) officially launched an African Union public-private-youth initiative co-led by Africa CDC under the name “African Union COVID-19 Vaccination Bingwa Initiative” as part of the Africa CDC’s Programme of Saving Lives and Livelihoods. Bingwa is the Swahili word for “Champion”. The initiative seeks to establish a network of COVID-19 vaccination youth champions across the continent to accelerate the uptake of COVID-19 vaccination in Africa.
With African youth, constituting over 60% of the continent’s population, their mobilization and meaningful engagement has the potential to be game changing in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic on the continent. This initiative is further motivated by H.E. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for innovative ways to scale up vaccinations across the continent.
Africa CDC is therefore announcing a call for applications for young Africans from the Southern and Western Africa regions who are motivated and willing to contribute to the acceleration of the COVID-19 vaccination uptake in their countries, to apply for the African Union COVID-19 Vaccination BINGWA initiative. The selected BINGWAs (champions) are expected to perform the following duties for a period of up to 12 months:
a) The Southern Africa Region. The following countries are part of the Southern Africa RCC region: Republic of Angola, Republic of Botswana, Kingdom of Eswatini, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Malawi, Republic of Mozambique, Republic of Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Republic of Zambia and Republic of Zimbabwe.
b) Western Africa Region. The following countries are part of the Western Africa RCC region: Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, Republic of Cabo Verde, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Republic of Gambia, Republic of Ghana, Republic of Guinea, Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Republic of Liberia, Republic of Mali, Republic of Niger, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Senegal, Republic of Sierra Leone and Togolese Republic.
The BINGWA Initiative is a one-year initiative that will equip vaccinated youth champion across the African continent with technical skills to reach, mobilize and engage their communities and peers to be fully vaccinated against COVID 19. Selected BINGWAS will be supported by experienced experts in key public health, SBCC and community engagement fields from African union / Africa CDC and Partner organizations to enhance their skills in the following areas among others:
Africa CDC under Saving Lives and Livelihood Programme will provide living allowance for a period of 12 Months to all the selected BINGWAs and meet all the costs associated with learning and development materials associated to the initiative including travel, daily allowance, and trainings organized by Africa CDC with the support of Packard Foundation and the Government of Canada
Selection criteria for BINGWA Initiative:
How to Apply
Applicants are expected to fill out the application form online with their personal information, educational and professional background attaching a:
- Statement briefly detailing why they want to become BINGWA and What are the challenges/gaps hampering vaccination in Africa and in their country specifically
- Proof of Education achievements (degrees)
- Proof of COVID 19 Vaccination status and
- A two (2) pages curriculum Vitae MAXIMUM
- Deadline for applications: 10 to 25 February 2023 at 05:00 pm SAT.
- Successful applicants will be informed two weeks after the deadline.
- The training for the selected applicants will start the week of 20 March 2023 (Southern Africa Region) and the week of 10 April 2023 (Western Africa Region).
Africa CDC welcomes applications from all qualified youth from the Southern Africa region regardless of their gender, race, disability, religious belief, caste, or marital status. Young women are encouraged to apply.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Kaniki Chrys Promesse
AU COVID-19 Vaccination Bingwa Initiative Coordinator
Africa CDC, Executive Office
For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the African Union (AU) COVID-19 Vaccination Bingwa initiative