East Africa Leadership Journey Program for Women

East Africa Leadership Journey Program for Women

Program Duration: May 2023 – April 2024

Format: Hybrid (both virtual and in-person elements)*

Cost: Free (all program costs, including travel and lodging, are covered)

Effort: Approx. 8-10 hours each month

Apply By: January 13, 2023

The fully funded, 12-month East Africa Leadership Journey is designed to provide talented mid-career women leaders in health with the safe space to explore their authentic leadership through vulnerability and reflection; an inclusive and diverse network which fosters a strong sense of belonging; tools and strategies for enhancing their voice, presence, and influence – all the while being supported by a powerful group of peers, mentors, and coaches.

The program imparts contextualized tools and frameworks to address the individual, organizational, and societal challenges that women leaders in global health face today.

The Leadership Project is an opportunity for each member to design and lead an effort that taps into their expertise, network, passion, and creativity.

Participants enter the Journey with a project idea and develop a Theory of Change, stakeholder analysis, and implementation plan with the guidance of their mentor, coach, and African health experts.

The implementation phase of the project begins in the latter half of the Journey.

Finally, at the Leadership Lift-Off event, each cohort member presents a summary of their project’s development and early outcomes.

Implementation of the project does not have to be fully complete by the end of the Journey and will likely continue beyond it.

Your Leadership Project Could Accomplish One or More of the Following, But is Not Limited to:

  • Answering a research question

  • Promoting health or gender education in a particular group

  • Developing a new or better technology

  • Innovating a better way to collect/ analyze/ use health/ gender data

  • Improving a gender or health-related process/ system in your organization

  • Empowering or enabling women in your community or organization to be successful

  • Incorporating a gendered lens into a policy, practice or research project where it was absent

    There Are Only 4 Rules For The Leadership Project:

  • It should focus on improving outcomes at the intersection of health and gender equality, or take a gendered lens on a global health issue

  • It should leverage your leadership skills

  • It should be within your scope of control or influence, but also stretch you beyond your day-to-day work requirements

  • You should be passionate about it

    Projects Fit Into One of Four Themes:

  • Centering women and girls in health

  • Catalyzing institutional change

  • Optimizing pathways to leadership

  • Building integrated & resilient health systems

    Program Dates

    The 2023 East Africa Leadership Journey will take place from May 2023-May 2024.

    Before applying, please check the dates and timing of the sessions to ensure that you would be able to attend all touchpoints.

    All touchpoints are mandatory to attend aside from the JourneyPLUS events.

    The in-person residences involving travel include the 3-day Immersion (9-11 August, 2023) in Nairobi, Kenya and the 2-day Lift-Off (24 & 25 April, 2024), location TBD.

    Eligibility Criteria

    You are eligible for consideration if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Identify as a woman

  • Work in a role that focuses on public health policy, practice, and/or research (your work and partnerships serve populations at the national level in your country of residence or East Africa regional level and may include practicing public health in hospitals and health centers, producing research and innovation, creating or implementing policy, and managing teams/departments or projects/grants.)

  • Mid-Career Leader: Possess sufficient years (10 – 20 years) of experience in public health
    Reside and work within Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan or Tanzania

  • Must be a national of one of the five countries

  • Possess fluency and ease in written and verbal communication in English to express the next level of emotional processing required for the Journey

    We require participants to be living in the Central Africa (CAT) or East Africa (EAT) time zones for at least 75% of the program as we believe time zone compatibility is essential to your ability to participate at the touchpoints and to engage with your peers within and outside of the sessions.

    WomenLift Health is committed to selecting diverse cohort members, representing different sectors (public, private, academia, NGO, philanthropy), disciplines, and cultural backgrounds.

    For more information and job application details, see: East Africa Leadership Journey Program for Women

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