Application Deadline: October 31st, 2022
Applications are now open for the African Union COVID-19 Vaccination Bingwa Initiative.
With African youths 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. In April 2022, the chairperson of the African Union Commission 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.
Africa CDC is therefore announcing a call for applications for young Africans from the Eastern Africa region 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) will be expected to perform the following duties for a period of up to 12 months:
- Develop a community engagement plan to mobilize their respective communities including friends and families to get vaccinated fully against COVID-19
- Support capacity building efforts to onboard social actors within the community to help mobilize for the COVID-19 vaccinations
- Organize innovative youth-focused events to mobilize young people and the broader community to take up the COVID-19 vaccines e.g. Campaigns, community mobilization, peer-to-peer advocacy, etc.
- Serve as AU/Africa CDC focal points for youth vaccination in their respective countries.
- Participate in the capacity building training organized by Africa CDC in preparation of their deployment to respective countries/communities.
- Document progress recorded in mobilizing their respective communities and also the improvement in vaccination rates in their community.
- Citizen and resident of an Eastern Africa Region AU Member State (Union of the Comoros, Republic of Djibouti, State of Eritrea, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Madagascar, Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Seychelles, Federal Republic of Somalia, Republic of the Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania and Republic of Uganda).
- Aged between 18 – 35 years (must be under the age of 35 when completing the 12 Months service)
- Possess a post-secondary education (Bachelors and/or Master’s will be an added value)
- Available in 2022/23 to dedicate 12 (twelve) months as a BINGWA
- Committed to live and work in their country for the entire duration of deployment
- Proficient in the local language and at least one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Spanish)
- Have at least 1-year verifiable community and/or youth engagement experience and 1 year professional work experience. (Experience in Public Health domain will be an added advantage)
- Must be fully vaccinated (Proof of vaccination is required)
- Proven ability to use a computer system and familiar with MS Office applications and social media tools/platforms
- All applications should confirm their availability to travel for the week of training.
Africa CDC under Saving Lives and Livelihood Programme will provide living allowance for a period of 12 Months to all the selected BINGWA and meet all the costs associated with learning and development materials associated to the initiative including travel, daily allowance, in case of trainings organized outside the BINGWA’s country of residency.
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 get 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:
- Understanding Africa CDC and the New Public Health Order for Africa
- Understanding COVID 19 and COVID 19 Vaccination
- Risk Communication, Community Engagement and influencing for COVID 19 vaccination
- Social media Engagement and Mobilization for impact
- Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) and,
- Planning, monitoring, evaluation and Reporting
- Deadline for applications: 19th to 31st October, 2022 at 05.00 pm Eastern Africa Time.
- Successful applicants will be informed the week of 07th to 12th November, 2022.
- The One-week training for the selected applicants will start on 20th November, 2022
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
For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the African Union COVID-19 Vaccination Bingwa Initiative