European Foundations Award for Responsible Research & Innovation

Deadline: 7 December 2015

Applications are invited for European Foundations Award for Responsible Research & Innovation. The European Foundations Award for Responsible Research & Innovation has been launched with the aim of celebrating excellent research practices (i.e. research projects and programmes) in which the process requirements of RRI (e.g. eligibility and assessment criteria) have successfully been integrated throughout the research process. This award will provide an opportunity to explore, articulate and share promising responsible research practices across Europe.

Grant Available

Three awards will be offered, each worth €20,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Universities, research centres, individual researchers, research consortia, civil society organizations and any other type of organization involved in a responsible research practice may apply.
  • Research conducted solely by for-profit organizations is not eligible.
  • As participant, you must meet all of the following criteria:
    • Your scientific research project or research programme addresses a responsible research practice and is conducted by a university, research centre, industry, civil society organization or other type of organization.
    • Your research coordinator must be located in the European Research Area.
    • Your research must be on-going or have been finalised not earlier than 2013.
    • Your coordinator of the research and his/her team must agree to participate in a case study analysis if short-listed by the Award Committee.
    • Your research team endorses the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the online application form through the website.

For more information, please visit Foundations Award.

Research Consultant on SSC and TrC at UNDP, USA

Deadline: 19 October 2015

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Research Consultant on SSC and TrC, based in New York, USA.

UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

Key Job Responsibilities

The Research Consultant on SSC and TrC will perform the following functions-

  • The review and compilation of existing case study drafts on SSC and TrC by fact checking, checking the text and data for accuracy.
  • Organizing peer reviews of knowledge products through correspondences with peer reviewers and partner organizations.
  • Coordination of editing, desktop publishing and printing for all knowledge products produced by the SSC team.
  • Background researches necessary to produce knowledge products on SSC and TrC related mostly to LLDC, LDCs and SIDS contexts.
  • Dissemination of these knowledge products through various networks and channels.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Master’s degree in communications, journalism, international relations, economics, social science or related fields.
  • At least 7 years of professional relevant experience with development organizations or research institutes.
  • Strong familiarity with international development issues, including South-South cooperation, and development issues in LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS.
  • Good knowledge of communication tools and channels.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Competency in another UN language is an asset.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through online process.

For more information, please visit UNDP.

African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Program: Supporting African Young Professional

Deadline: 2 November 2015.

The African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Program is offering a great opportunity to young African professionals to become leaders in public policy and administration. The ALT Scholarship Program will grant scholarships to young African women and men to pursue a Master’s degree in public administration, public policy or public finances.

This program is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), and The MasterCard Foundation.

The ALT Scholarship Program has two components:

  • Academic Component: where the recipient of the scholarship will complete a one to two year Master’s level program in public administration, public policy or public finance at a Canadian university;
  • Professional Development Component: where the recipient of the scholarship will complete a comprehensive professional development plan which will include the development of a case study focusing on their home country, as well as exposure to Canadian knowledge, innovation and best practices in public administration and policy through mentoring, webinars and networking events.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

  • Be a citizen and resident of sub-Saharan Africa
  • Be between 22 and 35 years old (at the beginning of the study program)
  • Have completed an undergraduate university degree (4 years of university) with a minimum average of B (75%)
  • Have two to five years of work experience in the public sector, civil society sector or research and academic institutions in Africa
  • Be fluent in French or English
  • Meet all the academic requirements of the study program of choice
  • Candidates who have obtained Canadian citizenship, who are permanent residents or who have applied for permanent residency in Canada are not eligible.
  • Candidates who are already enrolled in a degree or any program of study at a Canadian university are not eligible.

To know about application process or more, please visit this link.

Call for applications – Litigation Workshop for Lawyers in Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Deadline: 31 July 2015

The Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) are currently inviting applications for a litigation workshop on the right to freedom of expression for lawyers working in Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The workshop, to be held in Johannesburg on 16, 17 and 18 September 2015, is designed to assist lawyers who are currently working on issues involving infringements and limitations of expression, or who have potential cases in this area.

SALC is a regional legal organisation which provides technical and financial support to lawyers working in human rights law in southern Africa. SALC aims to support cases in its programmatic areas (which include freedom of expression, amongst others), but also to build the capacity of the lawyers with whom it works.

Objectives of the Workshop

  • To identify cases on the right to freedom of expression that could be pursued before domestic courts in southern Africa and/or African fora;
  • To equip lawyers with the necessary skills and knowledge regarding the right to freedom of expression, litigation strategies, and the available African human rights mechanisms.

Benefits

  • 5 participants will be selected for the workshop.
  • MLDI and SALC will cover airfare, accommodation, and other related costs.
  • MLDI and SALC’s lead lawyers will provide ongoing legal support when requested by the local lawyer. The assistance provided depends on the assistance required by the local lawyer.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The application process is open to lawyers from Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe;
  • The candidate must demonstrate an interest in, and knowledge of, freedom of expression issues and international and regional human rights law;
  • The candidate must be involved in, or considering, litigating a case/s that addresses violations of the right to freedom of expression (such as criminal defamation, insult laws and other infringements of expression) and must submit at least one case study of the case/s in which they are working to be discussed during the workshop;
  • Preference will be given to lawyers already working in freedom of expression, but exceptional candidates who have experience in other areas of human rights law who intend to litigate on the right to freedom of expression will be considered.

How to Apply

All interested applicants must complete the application form (and submit all relevant information set out in the form) before deadline. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 8 August 2015, and must avail themselves for telephonic interviews if necessary on 11 August 2015.

For more information, please visit SALC Call for Applications.

Programme Officer in United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Germany

Deadline: 7 July 2015

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Programme Officer. The position will be based in Bonn, Germany.

The UNCCD has adopted a multi-stakeholder approach for maximum effectiveness in combating land degradation and desertification. Results-based planning and targeted implementation supported by productive partnerships, effective resource mobilization and alignment of fundraising efforts lead to successful action to address desertification, land degradation and drought.

Key Job Responsibilities

The Programme Officer will perform the following functions-

  • Conceptualize and develop an action plan for UNCCD’s niche on drought, including the implications of drought risk for achieving land degradation neutrality;
  • Develop a draft funding proposal for the second phase of the “Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies” initiative that involves or is at least harmonized with the work of UNCCD and the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP);
  • Ensure that all “Capacity Development to Support National Drought Management Policies” (NDMP) web materials are correctly presented in the IDMP website and work with the IDMP Technical Support Unit (TSU) to update the IDMP Drought Management library;
  • Manage the overall work on the IDMP Drought Case Studies Publication including researching and summarizing at least three (3) drought case studies from various countries that exemplify an integrated approach to drought management. In addition, supporting the finalization of case studies from the IDMP regional programmes according to the IDMP case study guidelines;
  • To assist World Meteorological Organization and UNCCD in preparing drought events (i.e. side events, high-level session) at the upcoming UNCCD COP-21 in October;
  • Conduct an empirical study on the causes of drought and the implications for food insecurity in drought-prone countries.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in ecology, environmental management, international development, economics or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in related project or programme management, administration, evaluation and/or policy development in the area of desertification, land degradation and drought is required.
  • Work experience with the UNCCD Secretariat or relevant partner agencies is desirable.
  • Knowledge of relevant UN policies, activities and programmes is desirable.
  • Experience in an advisory function to senior management is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English is required (both oral and written). Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through online process, indicating the vacancy announcement number.

For more information, please visit UNCCD.

United Nations Commission’s DGWG Small Grants of up to US$20,000 to Registered NGOs in Nepal

Deadline: 23 February 2015

The Demand Generation Working Group (DGWG) of the United Nations Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children (UNCoLSC) is currently accepting applications for small grants to support the development and implementation of demand generation communication strategies in Nepal.  Organizations working in Nepal can submit their proposals that complement country-specific RMNCH priorities by identifying opportunities and gaps in demand generation for the prioritized commodities.

The small grants will support the work of relevant stakeholders to develop demand generation communication strategies and implement activities that strengthen demand generation efforts for the 13 prioritized reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) commodities identified by the UNCoLSC.

The UNCoLSC was established as part of the global Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) movement, which seeks to mobilize and intensify global action to address the main treatable health challenges like death during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and early childhood being faced by women and children in the poorest countries.

Two grants of up to US$20,000 per grant will be awarded to the selected candidate.

Program Activities

  1. Develop and implement a demand generation communication strategy using the guidance and tools provided in the I-Kit, with objectives and related activities that aim to increase the demand for and use of one or more of the 13 priority commodities, based on the country’s national RMNCH priorities.
  2. Strengthen information sharing between NGOs and other implementing partners working on various RMNCH demand generation efforts by contributing to the community of practice and sharing your experience using the I-Kit on the online collaboration space Springboard .
  3. Develop a case study based on the grantee’s experience in using the I-Kit to develop and implement a demand generation communication strategy. More guidance on the format and content of the case study will be provided after the grant is awarded.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant organizations must be registered / incorporated as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) or nonprofit organization in Nepal; local organizations will be prioritized.
  • Applicant organizations are strongly encouraged to demonstrate:
    • An understanding of the RMNCH commodity and demand generation environment within their country.
    • Familiarity with their government’s approved communication and/or demand generation strategies and policies.
    • Demand generation experience to improve RMNCH.
    • Strong experience and demonstrated ability to work in partnership with other RMNCH-focused organizations – membership/leadership in communication and demand generation networks and alliances is strongly desired.
  • Applicant organizations are expected to demonstrate relevant examples of previous work in demand generation for health commodities, as well as successful partnerships and collaborations.
  • Existing coalitions and consortiums are encouraged to submit applications. The consortium must identify one lead agency who will apply on behalf of the consortium or coalition partners.

How to Apply?

  • All application materials must be submitted only via email before deadline.
  • Applicants will receive confirmation of their submission within 24 hours.

For more information, visit UNC RFA Nepal 2015.

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Registered NGOs in Bangladesh to Submit Applications for United Nations Commission’s DGWG Small Grants

Deadline: 23 February 2015

The Demand Generation Working Group (DGWG) of the United Nations Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children (UNCoLSC) is accepting applications for small grants to support the development and implementation of demand generation communication strategies in Bangladesh.

The small grants will support the work of relevant stakeholders to develop demand generation communication strategies and implement activities that strengthen demand generation efforts for the 13 prioritized reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) commodities identified by the UNCoLSC.

Two grants of up to US$20,000 per grant will be awarded.

Program Activities

  1. Develop and implement a demand generation communication strategy using the guidance and tools provided in the I-Kit, with objectives and related activities that aim to increase the demand for and use of one or more of the 13 priority commodities, based on the country’s national RMNCH priorities.
  2. Strengthen information sharing between NGOs and other implementing partners working on various RMNCH demand generation efforts by contributing to the community of practice and sharing your experience using the I-Kit on the online collaboration space Springboard .
  3. Develop a case study based on the grantee’s experience in using the I-Kit to develop and implement a demand generation communication strategy. More guidance on the format and content of the case study will be provided after the grant is awarded.

Eligibility Criteria

  • To be considered for this funding, an applicant organization must be registered/incorporated as an NGO or nonprofit organization in Bangladesh, local organizations will be prioritized.
  • Organizations must provide proof of registration in good standing with the Non-Governmental Organization Affairs Bureau (NGOAB).
  • Applicant organizations are strongly encouraged to demonstrate:
    • An understanding of the RMNCH commodity and demand generation environment within their country.
    • Familiarity with their government’s approved communication and/or demand generation strategies and policies.
    • Demand generation experience to improve RMNCH.
    • Strong experience and demonstrated ability to work in partnership with other RMNCH-focused organizations – membership/leadership in communication and demand generation networks and alliances is strongly desired.
  • Applicant organizations are expected to demonstrate relevant examples of previous work in demand generation for health commodities, as well as successful partnerships and collaborations.
  • Existing coalitions and consortiums are encouraged to submit applications. The consortium must identify one lead agency who will apply on behalf of the consortium or coalition partners.

How to Apply?

  • All application materials must be submitted only via email before deadline.
  • Applicants will receive confirmation of their submission within 24 hours.

For more information, visit UNC Bangladesh RFA.

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The IMRD Consortium Scholarships: Call for Application

Deadline: 15 March 2015

The International Master of Science in Rural Development (IMRD) is inviting applications for limited number of full scholarships to young students from any country. The aim of providing IMRD scholarship is to finance students in IMRD programme. Awarded students are expected to study atleast half of IMRD programme at partner awarding them the scholarship. The awardee has to conduct his/her master dissertation at the awarding university.

IMRD Consortium Scholarship covers:

  • Tuition fee for the IMRD programme for 2 years.
  • Worldwide insurance coverage for 2 years.
  • Subsistence allowances for the participation to the IMRD programme for 2 years.

The IMRD master course programme is a 2 year master programme (120 ECTS) jointly organised by 16 worldwide leading universities in rural development and agricultural economics. The methodology consists of a combination of basic and specialised training in technical, economic and social sciences, a case study of one month, an individual master thesis and a high extent of student and scholar mobility.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants of all nationalities are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants who meet the IMRD admission requirements and have been be academically admitted by the IMRD Management Board to participate the IMRD programme may apply.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit online as well as hard copy of IMRD Consortium Scholarship application form. Selection will be made by the IMRD Management Board.

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GSMA enabled MECS Innovation Fund Seed Grants

GSMA enabled Mobile Enabled Community Services (MECS) Initiative calls applications for its Seed Grant Fund. The objective of MECS Seed Grant Fund is to enhance areas of research and development by using mobile to access water services and sustainable energy. Primary focus of this grant is to help projects implemented in Indian sub-continent, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South East Asia.

The maximum grant size of Seed Grant Fund is up to 200,000 British Pounds. Applicants must be able to contribute 25% of the total cost of project.

Types of Funding

  • Grant funds to most eligible project. Project selected on the basis of deadline by an assessment panel will receive grant.
  • Technical assistance is provided at the discretion of MECS to support in application development and project implementation.

The GSMA holds the interest of around 800 mobile operators along with 250 companies across the world. It provides support to industries engaged in software, mobile ecosystem, internet providers, equipment providers, handset and device makers. The main motive of GSMA MECS initiative is to create innovations in business models by using technology and mobile communications.

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants

  • Be registered and operating in the country of project implementation (whether domestic or foreign owned or a joint venture) in compliance with relevant business licensing, taxation, employee and other relevant regulations;
  • Be in satisfactory financial health having adequate internal capability to implement the project applying an innovative model for service delivery within the agreed timeframe.
  • In the case of a consortium, an MOU will be formed between the members (a document with a clear division of responsibilities between the members of the consortium and a statement of mutual commitment should be present in the final Application).
  • Will take part in the MECS Initiative Annual Working Group and be prepared to: participate in lesson learning and sharing activities, DFID’s annual review process, monitoring and evaluation activities, share project data with the MECS Initiative, and participate in the development of a case study of their experience for public dissemination.

Eligibility Criteria for Projects

  • The project will involve an individual or consortium of organizations that will implement the research and development of early stage innovations using mobile technology to support sustainable energy and/or water provision.
  • The project will include the use of mobile communications channels as a significant element of its delivery model; or will leverage mobile infrastructure or distribution networks (and their operation) to enable energy or water services.
  • The project will involve an innovative model that demonstrates the potential to improve or increase access to energy and water;
  • The project will not be easily supported by other commercial sources of finance;
  • The funding provided by the Fund will be utilized within one year of project commencement, and all projects will have completed by November 2014;
  • In addition, preference will be given to: Projects that demonstrate equitable access to water or energy for underserved women, low carbon or renewable solutions to improving access to energy and water for underserved communities.

How to Apply

It’s a 2-Stage process –

  1. At first stage, applicants need to submit a concept note to outline their project. It will then be reviewed by the Fund Manager. Concept note should meet the objective of Seed Grant Fund. Selection of Concept Note does not subject that the applicant will be funded.
  2. Selected applicants will go through an interview process approved by independent assessment panel whose decision is final.

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The CTA Calls ACP countries Organizations to Document the Farming Practices

Deadline: 14 October 2014

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) invites grant applications from individuals, groups and organizations in ACP (African Caribbean & Pacific) countries along with the European Union (EU) Member States for the documentation of proven practices, tools or policies that promote resilience and help farmers [in short; document the farming practices] to address the challenges posed by climate change. The major purpose of this call is to identify and document agricultural practices, tools and policies that have helped farmers to continue to produce food under adverse changing climate, understand the extent of the impacts of such solutions and draw lessons from scaling them up.

Grant amount up to €20,000 will be made available to successful applicants to carry out the proposed activities.

Program Areas

  1. Practices and technologies for adapting to climate change that have been widely adopted by farmers, over a wide area or in several countries
  2. Conducive policies that have successfully contributed to climate-change adaptation and/or mitigation in agriculture
  3. ICT tools and processes that have been successfully deployed to address the challenges posed by climate change in agriculture

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants can be individuals, groups of individuals and organizations that based in ACP or EU countries. The non-ACP applicants must demonstrate the involvement of individuals or organizations from the ACP in the activity or the relevance of the case study to ACP countries.
  • Applicants must have identified specific innovative practices, tools or policies that provide solutions to the challenges of climate change in agriculture and have the potential to benefit a large number of people in ACP countries.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to conduct high-quality written documentation in a cost-effective manner.
  • Applicants must make a strong case for how the proposed case study contributes to meeting CTA’s objectives.
  • Priority is given to Submissions that discuss climate change from the perspectives of opportunities and solutions that have successfully addressed climate-induced challenges to food security, agricultural production and resilience or have high potential to do so.
  • Proposals can be submitted in English or French language via email by the deadline.

For more information, please visit CTA Call for Proposals.