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Programme Officer, Research Application – Academic Institutions at the West African Health Organization (WAHO)

The West African Health Organization (WAHO) is the health institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) charged with leadership and coordination of health improvement programs across the ECOWAS region.

We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position below:


Job Title: Programme Officer, Research Application – Academic Institutions

Job Code: 0096
Location: Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Employment Type: Full Time
Grade: P3/P4
Directorate: Public Health & Research
Division: Research and Grants
Line Supervisor: Principal Programme Officer, Research & Grants


Role Overview

  • Under the supervision of the Principal Programme Officer, Research and Grants, the incumbent shall be responsible for the linkage of WAHO with Academic and Research Institutions, the development and implementation of regional research programmes in the region, the development and implementation of capacity building programmes, and the dissemination, summaries, and translation of the research findings into policy and practice.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Assess research needs, research development process, research dissemination, and research environment in higher education and research institutions.
  • Advocate for the development of a research agenda in collaboration with higher education and research institutions.
  • Develop plans and policies to address priority research needs.
  • Implement cross-sectoral action to support research objectives with higher education and research institutions.
  • Develop a regional research agenda in collaboration with higher education and research institutions.
  • Strengthen research capacity and skills programmes of stakeholders.
  • Set research priorities in WAHO’s thematic priorities.
  • Compile research evidence.
  • Develop and implement a knowledge transfer platform to translate evidence into policy and practice.
  • Provide member countries with technical support in research interventions.
  • Evaluate research programmes and provide quality assurance.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Required Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • Medical Doctor, University Researcher or Pharmacist, or hold a Master’s Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biology, Sociology, or a similar discipline from a recognized University.


  • Five (5) years of progressive experience in the implementation of public health programmes as well as in the implementation of healthcare and pharmacy programs involving research centers/institutions, or similar positions.
  • Knowledge of the health policies and related research centers/institutions’ work environment in the ECOWAS member states.
  • Ability to coordinate several actors and a variety of activities to achieve a common goal in the field of public health.
  • Have a perfect mastery of standard software in the field of research.

USD37,431.66 – USD52,379.70 Annually.

Application Closing Date
10th January, 2024.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should forward their completed Application Forms to: [email protected] using the Job Title as the subject of the email.

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Each application must include the following:

  • A completed Job Application Form
  • A Cover Letter of not more than one page on the motivation for the application to the post
  • A signed up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • A certified copy of Birth Certificate.


  • Candidates must be ECOWAS citizens.
  • Candidates must be under 50 years.
  • Submitted documents shall not be returned.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Shortlisting and interview processes shall be based on the ECOWAS Staff Regulations.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.
  • Offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory background check.