In November 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) published guiding principles on immunization activities during the COVID-19 pandemic to mitigate some of these disruptions. Those guiding principles focused on the complexity of managing immunization programs in the context of severe disruptions at a time when COVID-19 vaccines were not available. In April 2021, WHO released additional guiding principles about immunization recovery, resiliency building and strengthening in 2021 and beyond.
In order to put all of these principles into practice, WHO, in partnership with Sabin’s Boost Community, is offering a fellowship program for national and sub-national immunization staff to support them as they plan and implement activities for the recovery and strengthening of their countries’ immunization programs.
Starting Wednesday, May 11, 2022, this cohort will participate in a comprehensive program over the course of six months that involves a learning engagement series, developing a strategic plan and receiving 1:1 mentoring support by immunization experts from the conceptual stage of a project idea through implementation.
Why this Fellowship is Unique
- Develop Your Skills and Become An Advocate & Leader: The fellowship will begin with two months of weekly mandatory live engagements led by WHO staff and immunization experts starting Wednesday, May 11 at 1:00 PM GMT around topics relating to rebuilding routine immunization, including catch-up vaccination, integration and life course immunization. During these sessions, fellows will interact with experts and peers to increase their skills and knowledge in these critical areas.
- Craft & Carry Out Your Implementation Plan: Throughout the live engagement series, fellows will develop and submit a COVID-19 recovery strategic plan. Participants with strong plans will be considered for a mentorship program to work 1:1 with experts in the field to further develop and implement their strategies and potentially publish their case studies. Final deliverables for the fellowship will be due December 1, 2022.
- Interact with an Incredible Cohort: Fellows will join and learn from a global cohort of passionate immunization professionals who face similar obstacles and will have the opportunity to work through those challenges together.
In order to receive a certificate of completion for the program, fellows are required to attend all live sessions, submit a strategic plan and, if accepted, participate in the mentorship program through implementation of their plan.
Who Should Apply
Are you a national or sub-national immunization professional who is actively working in immunization? Are you a leader or key decision-maker on your team? Are you eager to recover your immunization program from the COVID-19 pandemic and build it back stronger to achieve the IA2030 targets? You may be a good fit for this program.
In addition, we ask that you commit to the following:
- Discuss the fellowship with your supervisor and team and gain their support to participate in this program
- Attend mandatory weekly live engagements from May-June (90 minute sessions once a week)
- Spend time developing and refining your immunization recovery and strengthening strategic plan (2-3 hours per week for two months)
Moreover, if your plan is selected for mentorship support, we ask that you:
- Attend regular calls with a mentor
- Begin to implement your plan, with guidance of your mentor
- Report initial results by December 2022
We aim to recruit a fellowship cohort that is gender-balanced and strongly encourage women to apply.
How to Apply
Please fill out this brief application no later than May 6.
Please note: There are limited spots, which are available on a first come, first served basis.
We hope you will join us!