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The WAAPH VIP Call Notice

West African Institute of Public Health (WAIPH) is the largest regional public health organisation in the African region with nominal global community of practice membership in excess of 6000.
The flagship semi-autonomous department of the Institute known as the West African Academy of Public Health (WAAPH) or just the Academy of Public Health is focused on certifications, standards and growing professional members’ skills and competence. Its bouquet of offerings includes an internship suite called the virtual internship programme (VIP). The VIP is a work experience programme where the intern gains experience while working as part of a cohort and teams mostly remote to garner some key professional skills without having to be physically present at the job location. The VIP is an award–winning programme which has enabled many former participants to get their footing after graduation, and find employment opportunities with solid grip in public health–related domains.

Aims and Objectives

To improve knowledge of youths on global health information and resources.
• To strengthen leadership skills including advocacy and team skills.
• To enhance health knowledge, peer conversation and healthy behaviours.
• To nurture and strengthen career aspirations and provide guidance.

Main responsibilities and functions of Virtual Interns

All interns are expected to
• Participate actively in the online training and commit to a minimum of two hours per week.
• Take guided online courses from portals including WHO for group work.
• Have active social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
• Promote key public health activities/ programmes on social media.
• Participate effectively in tweet chats, interviews, articles, campaigns and meetings.
• Bring new ideas, develop content and promote the approved material.
• Support organisational socials by amplifying messages with communication leads.
• Submit a written monthly report of their activities using WAAPH-VIP report template.
• Engage, learn and be guided by notable health figures as assigned by VIP coordinator.


The interns will be tasked on the following;
• Social media advocacy on trending health issues.
• Researches (desk and field) and reporting on selected public health issues.
• Peer-to-peer knowledge exchange on different health themes
• Feedbacks given remotely by interns
• Step-down training in immediate communities & circles of influence.

Membership/ Duration

The WAAPH VIP is an unpaid programme. It will accommodate thirty (30) - fifty (50) interns per cohort, on a rolling basis. Each cohort is expected to last for three (3) months. However, extension is allowed with approval of the coordinator.


These would be held online and groups would be created and managed by the Internship Coordinator to facilitate deliberations on activities and short assessment of activities. Meetings would be at least once a week. It will be a two-hour-long workshop or one hour per day over two days. Programme calendars are also subject to review.
Review day: This would be done once in a month to report and review overall monthly activities and program strategies with coordinator and other team members.

Expected Outcome of the Virtual Internship

Enhanced knowledge and skills.
• Potential candidate for implementation of future programmes
• Public Health Advocates
• Institutional Reference Letter (IRL) for jobs from Academy and Mentor, VIP Certificate of Participation (CoP) and Certified Graduate Membership of the Academy (The latter would be based on performance and at the discretion of the Executive Director of the Academy of the West African Institute of Public Health).

Applicant Profile

Recent graduates not exceeding 2-year post- graduation window with passion to make a difference in the lives of people with good grasp of English language and use of information technology are encouraged to apply.


Interested applicants should send a letter of expression of interest (1-page max) and curriculum vitae as word or PDF document (2-pages max) as attachments to;

Opening of applications 2nd Cohort 2020 is July 30th 2020.
Closing of applications 2nd Cohort 2020 is September 14th 2020.
NGOs may recommend applicants for the programme from their entry level staff or current interns.
Apply now!