The African Nutrition Leadership Programme, the International Food Policy Research Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are pleased to announce the first of two leadership development courses specifically designed for strengthening leadership capabilities in individuals who work in multisectoral environments.

The 5-day course will be hosted from 19-23 November 2018 in Accra, Ghana.

A second course will focus on current evidence and analysis for nutrition policy and programming and will take place in Accra in March 2019.

Both courses will be followed by Francophone versions in Dakar, Senegal in November 2019 (leadership capabilities) and March 2020 (evidence).

TNWA Capacity Strengthening Series

Leading change in nutrition (Anglophone), Accra, Nov 2018

Evidence for policy and programming (Anglophone), Accra, March 2019

Leading change in nutrition (Francophone), Dakar Nov 2019

Evidence for policy and programming (Francophone), Dakar March 2020


The following information concerns the first leadership capabilities course (COURSE 1)
and further details of the other courses will be advertised in due course on this website.

To find out more about the 10-day ANLP course follow this link to the ANLP website

Who should attend?

Individuals who are passionate and are interested in strengthening their leadership skills and work within the broader multisectoral nutrition environment are encouraged to apply.

The typical candidate will be in a position to make an impact in nutrition and might be working in a multisectoral setting in agriculture that is aligned with the aims of CAADP or in nutrition in activities that are aligned with the aims of SUN or achieving change in nutrition in the region.

The candidate will have some work experience and be serious about their self-development and growth and the impact they have. She/he will be working in one of the ECOWAS countries and be passionate about what they do. The person will be open to new ways of doing and be willing to push themselves beyond their comfort zone.

Expected Outcomes

Awareness and growth of own leadership capabilities and a clear sense of how to use them to lead change in multisector environments.

Venue and Date

The first course will be hosted in Accra Ghana from 19-23 November 2018

Course Fees

All course fees, meals and accommodation is funded for the full duration of the course. The TNWA budget allows for partial travel grants for 15 participants from outside Ghana.

Participants are encouraged to obtain travel funds from their organisations. No per diems will be paid and participants’ organisations will be expected to cover their incidental costs if required.

Individuals who receive travel grants will only be reimbursed via electronic fund transfer once they have arrived (on time) for the course. No exceptions will be made.

Language of Instruction

The language of instruction of the first course will be mainly English.

The language of instruction for the second course in 2019 will be mainly French.

Important Dates

The closing date for applications is at 12h00 CAT on 24 August 2018

Results will be made known on 7 September 2018


Numerous networking opportunities will be created for participants during the course and participants are encouraged to make use of them.

Topics to be covered by the leadership capability course:

  • Self-awareness and self-discovery
  • Locus of control
  • Management orientation
  • Leading from where you stand
  • Reflection
  • Giving and receiving feedback

The course will also deal with topics such as

  • The nature of change
  • Role of purpose/vision in change processes
  • Gaining aligned stakeholder commitment
  • Diagnosing own and team strengths and weaknesses
  • Polarity (dilemma) management
  • Team and leadership capability development
  • Managing resistance to change
  • Developing a growing and learning culture
  • Monitoring and evaluating change processes

Please direct enquiries to Mrs Ronel Benson.



Applicants for the subsequent knowledge and evidence course (Accra, March 2019, Senegal, March 2020) will be invited to apply via further process.

This course will include the following topics:

  • The differences between undernutrition, malnutrition, food insecurity, hunger and hidden hunger
  • The distribution of undernutrition and links to wider forms of malnutrition
  • The causes and consequences of malnutrition
  • What works where in addressing malnutrition and its determinants
  • How to assess what works and why
  • How to contribute to creating an enabling environment for nutrition, from policy to implementation.

Applicants will be able to apply for and attend both courses, if applicable.