Africa Women Health Champions

The Africa Women Health Champions 2020 (WHO/UN Volunteers)

UNV and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched the Africa Women Health Champions, an initiative to recruit early to middle career women professionals in Africa to promote health and boost gender equity across 47 countries in the region.

Since 1973, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been partnering with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme to provide basic social services, primary health care and combat diseases through awareness and prevention. In the last 10 years, 439 UN Volunteers served with WHO, supporting its mission to promote health, keep people safe and serve the vulnerable.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism.

The Africa Women Health Champions

Through the Africa Women Health Champions initiative, UNV will recruit around 100 national and international UN Volunteers from around the world, with a special focus on the recruitment of female professionals, nationals from the African continent, who have at least two years of professional experience related to public health, epidemiology, health research, health emergency management, data management, statistics or other health-related fields, as well as information management, innovation, communications or external relations.



Candidates need to have at least two years of professional experience and be at least 22 years old for national UN Volunteer assignments, and at least 25 years old for international UN Volunteer assignments. Africa Women Health Champions targets nationals of the African continent and female professionals are particularly encouraged to apply. 


  • English and French for Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Guinea Conakry, Madagascar, Mali, Rwanda and Togo. 
  • English and Portuguese for Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe. 
  • French and Arabic for Algeria.
  • English for Eritrea, Eswatini, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

Assignment information

  • Duration: 12 months (or until 31 Dec 2020, with the possibility of extension)
  • Starting date: Any time during 2020, with ideally a large number of UN Volunteers taking up their assignment in July 2020
  • Conditions of service: monthly living allowance to cover housing, basic needs and utilities; settling-in-grant; life, health and permanent disability insurance; return airfares.

How to Apply

Professionals with the qualifications and experience required for one of the following assignments are invited to apply by registering (or updating) their profiles on UNV’s web application system and then clicking on the corresponding link below to apply for the Africa Women Health Champions:

Click here to Apply

Deadline: Varying


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