U.S. Department of State Bureau of PRM: NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees & Vulnerable Populations

U.S. Department of State Bureau of PRM: NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees & Vulnerable Populations

Deadline: 25 May 2016 U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is seeking proposals from organisations for its NGO programs to provide benefits to refugees and other vulnerable populations in Central Asia. Funding Priorities Proposed activities should primarily support Afghan refugees and stateless individuals in Central Asia. Proposals can include projects […]

State Bureau of EAP: Inviting organisations to Promote Women’s Entrepreneurial Center

State Bureau of EAP: Inviting organisations to Promote Women's Entrepreneurial Center

Deadline: 10 June 2016 The U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asia Pacific Affairs (EAP) is inviting organisations to submit applications for a project to promote women’s entrepreneurship, as part of the Lower Mekong Initiative. The Center will provide a safe space for female would-be entrepreneurs and business owners from the formal and informal […]

Call for Applications: The Global Drug Policy Advocacy Fellowship Program for Asia & Africa

Deadline: 25 April 2016

The Global Drug Policy Program under Open Society Foundations (OSF) invites applications to the 2016 Asia & Africa Advocacy Fellowship Program on Drug Policy Reform.

This program supports those working in sectors related to drug policy in order to increase their understanding of international drug policy reform issues, improve their advocacy skills, and enhance their capacity in working with the media on drug policy. The fellowship seeks to increase the capacity of emerging and new leaders in drug policy reform, including people not necessarily working full-time on drug-related issues.

Objectives

The objectives of the fellowship include the following:

  • increase their knowledge of global drug policy reform issues on a region-by-region approach
  • increase their understanding of the international drug control system and conflicts with other United Nations priorities
  • have a greater awareness of the drug policy reform landscape and key figures within that movement
  • establish links with those working in drug policy, particularly in the UK
  • build and develop their communications skills, including for media interviews, press releases, press databases, public speaking
  • have an understanding of the tools for debate, so that they can confidently challenge anti-reform positions
  • improve their confidence as drug policy advocates both through participation in the program and through ongoing support from the host organization

Priority Areas

The program includes the following topics:

  • global overview of drug policy reform
  • overarching issues relevant to drug policy reform
  • international drug control system
  • overview of international human rights in the context of drug policy
  • drug policy developments in Africa
  • effective campaigning
  • media and public engagement

Eligibility Criteria

  • Successful candidates will have a track-record of public engagement in the issues of drug policy reform or other relevant field (e.g., public health) at the local, national, or international levels.
  • Applications are welcome from those working across numerous fields related to drug policy. Previous fellows have worked in drug policy NGOs, at law enforcement agencies, in national governments, in health care facilities, and at universities, among other organizations. Please note that before receiving the fellowship, finalists will be asked to present a letter from their employer agreeing to their two-week participation in the course.
  • The purpose of this program is to promote the capacities of both new advocates and individuals who are emerging leaders in drug policy reform. Starting in 2016, employees of organizations currently receiving support from the Open Society Foundations are eligible to apply for the fellowship.

Eligible Countries

  • Asia Program
    • Southeast Asia: Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia
    • East Asia: Japan
  • Africa Program
    • West Africa: Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, and Nigeria
    • East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda
    • South Africa

How to Apply

To be considered for the program, applicants should submit the following documents in English as .doc or .pdf attachments, together via email:

  • Application: Download and complete the application form. Note that the applicant is asked to address all prompts, including providing short-answer responses to four questions.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): The CV should specify the applicant’s academic and professional background, including a detailed description of previous employment, a list of academic and policy projects in which the applicant has been involved, public engagement record, and honors (including scholarships and fellowships).
  • Writing sample (optional): The sample must be in English and should demonstrate the candidate’s expertise in a field related to drug policy. The writing sample should not exceed two pages.

For more information, please visit The Global Drug Policy Program.

Apply for Uncovering Asia Fellowships and attend the Second Asian Investigative Journalism Conference in Nepal

Deadline: 15 May 2016

The Uncovering Asia Programme currently invites applications from the journalists from across Asia and around the world for the fellowships to travel to and attend its Second Asian Investigative Journalism Conference, in Kathmandu, Nepal (September 23-25, 2016).

The three day conference brings together an extraordinary group of top investigative reporters, data journalists, and media law and security experts.

The conferences, held every two years, are well-known for focusing on hands-on, practical skills and training.

Eligibility Criteria

  • More than 30 fellowships are available both for established and young promising journalists with at least three years of experience who are eager to learn state-of-the-art methods and techniques and help us spread investigative journalism around the world.
  • Applicants should have demonstrated experience in investigative or data journalism.
  • Ten fellowships are reserved for data journalists. Another five fellowships are available for those engaged in cutting-edge investigative techniques and production; This includes use of 360 video, drones, sensors, and multimedia.
  • As part of the fellowship, after the Uncovering Asia Conference, grantees are expected to produce a story or give a presentation about the conference in their home countries to help spread investigative journalism worldwide.
  • Applicants must be able to communicate in and understand English, as this will be the main language of the conference.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit an application form available on the website, in order to apply.

For more information, please visit Uncovering Asia Fellowships.

ViiV Healthcare: Call for Proposals for Positive Actions for Girls and Women Funds

Deadline: 26 April 2016

ViiV Healthcare is seeking proposals from organisations for its Positive Actions for Girls and Women Fund with an aim to tackle the harmful practices and norms that limit the aspirations of girls and women and increase their vulnerability to HIV and to fund projects which focus on the reducing the commoditization of girls as well as supporting projects and organisations that advocate for girls and women.

Objectives

  • Reduce the commoditization of girls (e.g. sexual or gender-based violence, early marriage, forced sex work, inter-generational relationships)
  • Support existing projects, organisations and innovators that advocate for girls and women

Funding Information: The 2016 Call for Proposals is limited to applications of £50,000 over two years (about £25,000 per year).

Focus Areas

  • Community leadership to improve knowledge of and access to appropriate sexual and reproductive health information and services in early adolescence
  • Reducing incidence of and ending community acceptance of early marriage, forced marriage and relationships of power imbalance
  • Community interventions to end sexual and gender based violence, particularly amongst adolescent girls
  • Community initiatives that support HIV positive adolescent girls to access appropriate SRH information and services; and reduce HIV related stigma and discrimination that may lead to vulnerability for these girls
  • Community advocacy that address punitive laws and policies that put adolescent girls at risk of harassment, violence and/or arrest by the police, including girls in key populations

Selection Criteria

  • Addresses harmful practices that leads to health/HIV risk
  • Promoting rights, education and campaigning rights of girls
  • Build aspiration and opportunities to escape poverty for adolescent girls
  • Enhance information about and access to SRH services
  • Advocacy
  • Demonstrating Impact (Monitoring and Evaluation)
  • Addresses root causes
  • Assure sustainability

Eligibility Criteria

  • Non-governmental and community-based organisations that can deliver change at a community level
  • The PAGW does not have any specific restrictions, although it is expected to be focused on communities in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  • The PAGW accepts applications in French.
  • The lead contact should be the person responsible for delivery of the project at a country level wherever possible.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit ViiV Healthcare.

European Commission: Support for Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development in Turkmenistan-Phase III

Deadline: 25 April 2016

The European Commission is currently accepting applications for a programme entitled “Support for further sustainable Agriculture and Rural development in Turkmenistan – Phase III” to support the Government of Turkmenistan achieving the national sector objectives for sustainable agriculture, rural development and institutional support.

The objective of this project is to support and  increase the productivity and competitiveness of the agro-food sector through activities aimed to improve the agro-food production, processing and marketing and to strengthen the capacity of Turkmen agriculture institutions.

Location

All actions must take place in Central Asia – Turkmenistan.

Eligibility Criteria

Participation is open to all natural persons who are nationals of and legal persons (participating either individually or in a grouping – consortium – of tenderers) which are effectively established in a Member State of the European Union or in a eligible country or territory establishing common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union’s instruments for external action (CIR) for the applicable Instrument under which the contract is financed. Participation is also open to international organisations.

Selection Criteria

  • Economic and financial capacity of candidate
  • Professional capacity of candidate
  • Technical capacity of candidate

How to Apply

  • Applications must be submitted in English exclusively to the Contracting Authority in a sealed envelope by post via given website.
  • All written communications for this tender procedure and contract must be in English.

For more information, please visit Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Development and download the guidelines.

Call for Proposals: Asia/New Zealand Co-commissioning Fund

Deadline: 2 May 2016

Creative New Zealand is currently inviting proposals for Asia/New Zealand Co-commissioning Fund programme, in order to support the commissioning of new work with New Zealand and Asian partners for national and international presentation.

Priority is given to projects where the presenting partners are also investing in the development of the new work.

Costs covered

Grant amount of $750,000 will be awarded as :

  • artists’ fees for New Zealand artists
  • artists’ fees for Asian artists and practitioners working in collaboration with New Zealand artists
  • research and development, including travel costs
  • materials

Costs not covered

Presentation costs are not eligible, e.g. venue hire or marketing costs.

Eligibility Criteria

  • To apply for Creative New Zealand funding, applicant:
    • must be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or organisation (overseas arts organisations or overseas-based New Zealand artists may be funded only if the project directly benefits New Zealand arts)
    • cannot be a Creative New Zealand staff member or a member of the Arts Council.
  • Partner countries
    • China
    • Japan
    • Korea
    • Hong Kong
    • Taiwan

Eligible Projects

  • The new work concept must be of high artistic merit.
  • The New Zealand artists involved must have a track record for delivering high quality work.
  • Projects can be new works or works which are already in development.
  • The work should be suitable for domestic and international audiences.
  • Projects must demonstrate the potential to develop new and ongoing strategic long-term relationships and/or cultural and artistic exchange.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to register themselves in order to apply for the programme.

For more information, please visit this link-

http://www.creativenz.govt.nz/find-funding/funds/asia-new-zealand-co-commissioning-fund

Call for EOIs: Financial Inclusion Program at Innovations for Poverty Action

Deadline: 29 April 2016

The Financial Inclusion Program at Innovations for Poverty Action is currently accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from teams of researchers and financial service providers to conduct rigorous research on financial product innovations for low-income households in developing countries.

Supporting Areas

  • Designing financial and non-financial services linked to digital finance channels, including payments for health and education services.
  • Increasing women’s use of (and empowerment through) digital financial services.
  • Testing cash transfers and graduations programs which connect people to digital channels.
  • Addressing the specific needs and cash-flow challenges of farmers and micro-entrepreneurs.
  • Improving take-up and usage of formal financial services by the poor through product design, regulation, or other policy levers.
  • Incorporating behavioral insights into financial product design.

Funding Information

This call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) marks the second competitive funding round of a four-year, $4.1 million

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants: Each application must be presented by a team consisting of:
    • one or more researchers involved in the design of the intervention and responsible for carrying out a rigorous evaluation of the program.
    • one or more practitioner institutions from the financial sector who will partner with the research team on the proposed intervention.
    • Researchers must be affiliated with a research institution or a university and either hold a PhD or be currently pursuing a PhD in a relevant social science or engineering discipline. They must demonstrate experience in field research and randomized evaluations.
  • Geographic Focus: The fund encourages research projects in developing countries.
    • Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, as well as applications from research teams with one or more researchers working full time in these regions, are particularly encouraged.
  • Research: All submissions must present a rigorous study design for a randomized evaluation and a clear set of hypotheses.
  • Submissions proposing to conduct field-based data collection should specify the research implementing partner organization that will assist the research team with the management and implementation of the randomized evaluation.
  • The organization must demonstrate experience implementing randomized evaluations and have a presence in the country.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) application form via given website and submit the completed application and other required attachment via email.

For more information, please visit Call for EOIs.

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Apply for 4th GALA Academy: Enhancing the Capacity of Next Generation of CSO Leaders in Asia

Deadline: 30 April 2016

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asia Development Alliance (ADA), and Asia Democracy Network (ADN) are currently accepting applications for its 4th Glocal Advocacy Leadership in Asia Academy (GALA Academy), with an aim to enhance the capacity of the next generation of CSO leaders in Asia, who will play a crucial and constructive role in the national, regional, and international advocacy on human rights, development, and democracy.

Objectives

  • Better understanding of the international policy-agenda and processes related to human rights, development and democracy in the context of the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda on   Sustainable Development known as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Improved strategic and critical thinking by linking global discourses and local contexts.
  • Enhanced collaboration among CSOs in the region in developing cross-sectoral advocacy action plans based on collective analysis.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full time mid-or high-level staff in a national, sub-regional (South, Southeast, and Northeast Asia) or regional NGO/CSO in Asia.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in the field of policy and advocacy on development, human rights or/and democracy.
  • Commitment to working in the same organisation at least until the end of 2017.
  • Sufficient knowledge and experiences related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), democracy-related issues and/or national/ regional/ UN human rights mechanisms.
  • Timely and satisfactory completion and submission of (preparatory) home-assignments.
  • Ability to communicate in English (both spoken and written).

Selection Process

  • Short-listed applicants will be informed on or before 10 May 2016 by email.
  • Some applicants may be interviewed over Skype or phone during the short-listing process.
  • Short-listed applicants will receive rounds of questionnaires and reading materials for homework prior to the actual training.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the application form via given website and also submit a letter of recommendation.

For more information, please visit http://www.forum-asia.org/?p=20577

European Commission: Support for Public Administration Capacity Building in Turkmenistan

Deadline: 25 April 2016

The European Commission is currently accepting applications for a programme entitled “Support of Public Administration Capacity Building in Turkmenistan” to support the modernisation, in line with international and European standards, the know-how and skills of the Turkmen Public Administration by building up the capacity of the institutions responsible for the training and professional development of civil servants.

The specific purpose of this project is to enhance the institutional and training capacities of the Academy of Civil Servants and of relevant state bodies through the development of modern training programmes.

Location

All actions must take place in Central Asia – Turkmenistan.

Selection Criteria

  • Economic and financial capacity of candidate
  • Professional capacity of candidate
  • Technical capacity of candidate

Eligibility Criteria

  • Participation is open to all natural persons who are nationals of and legal persons participating either individually or in a grouping – consortium – of tenderers which are effectively established in a Member State of the European Union or in a eligible country or territory  and establishing common rules and procedures for the implementation of the Union’s instruments for external action (CIR) for the applicable Instrument under which the contract is financed.
  • Participation is also open to international organisations.

How to Apply

  • Applications must be submitted in English exclusively to the Contracting Authority in a sealed envelope by post via given website.
  • All written communications for this tender procedure and contract must be in English.

For more information, please visit Support for Public Administration Capacity Building and download the guidelines.