Advocate Europe: Seeking Unconventional and Transnational Projects Proposals!

Deadline: 8 March 2016

MitOst in cooperation with Liquid Democracy are seeking applications for Advocate Europe which is an annual idea challenge for European initiatives and projects funded by Stiftung Mercator. Advocate Europe is looking for unconventional and transnational project proposals which strengthen connection and cohesion in Europe.

Advocate Europe is aimed at civil society actors who are looking for start-up funding and support to implement sustainable ideas in the fields of civic education, arts and culture, democracy and participation, social innovation or advocacy.

Advocate Europe encourages applicants to submit their ideas for a Europe that is co-created by its citizens – one that that is based on open-mindedness and tolerance, that offers justice and equal opportunities, that protects individual rights, that guarantees democracy and the rule of law, and that ensures freedom.

Funding Information

Advocate Europe will fund up to 12 pioneering proposals with grants of up to €50,000 each.

Community Awards: Very special is the Community Award, whose winners are solely determined by public voting until 15 March 2016.The three ideas with the most user votes receive Community Awards.

  • First Prize: €5,000
  • Second Prize: €3,000
  • Third Prize: €2,000

Selection Criteria

  • Strengthen connection and cohesion in Europe: Proposals are accepted that support the exchange of people and ideas, and promote international and intercultural understanding. The goal is to identify critical topics for the further development of a unified Europe and to bring together key groups such as multipliers, stakeholders, activists, administrators, young Europeans and change-makers.
  • Are Surprising and unconventional: Supports original approaches and courageous ideas that are oriented towards the current and future needs of Europe’s civil society and citizens. Also looking for ideas that help to design the future, not just manage the status quo.
  • Are based on everyday life: Looking for project ideas that have practical relevance and a clear relationship to the everyday life of people in Europe.
  • Are based on unusual partnerships: Team up with a friend, neighbor or colleague who works on the same topic, but in completely different field. Connect things that don’t seem to belong together at first glance. Advocate Europe is particularly interested in ideas and partnerships from organisations and initiatives that are made up of two or more actors outside of typical constellations.

Eligible Countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Vatican City.

Eligibility Criteria

Non-profit organisations and initiatives from across Europe are eligible to apply for and receive funding.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can register themselves through the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Advocate Europe.

Deshpande Foundation India: Pitch your idea for Social Change at Sandbox Samvidha

Deadline: 20 November 2015

After successful completion of the 1st phase of Samvidha program across the sandboxes in Karnataka, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh,  the 2nd Phase of the program is open for the next round of Social Impact Pitch-Off to be held at Hubballi. The program seeks to enable next generation social ideators and organizations to scale their initiatives. Sandbox Samvidha invites applications to the ​​Social Impact Pitch-Off to be held this December in Hubballi, North Karnataka.

Over the last decade, the Deshpande Foundation has helped over 100 social businesses and non-profit organizations. The event provides ideators an opportunity to:

  • Pitch their idea for social change and opportunity to partner with Deshpande Foundation’s Sandboxes
  • Receive first hand feedback from mentors and experts to strengthen their operational model
  • Network with technical experts, peers and entrepreneurs from the Sandbox Ecosystem
  • Be a part of a vibrant atmosphere of ideators, passionate to create social impact

Focus Areas of Intervention

  1. Health
  2. Education
  3. Agriculture
  4. Livelihood
  5. Water Harvesting
  6. Other relevant

What You will get?

The most promising projects will be given support intended to facilitate the implementation of their ideas within Sandbox Samvidha.

  • Access to an inspiring work space
  • Regular mentorship, workshops and peer learning opportunities
  • Access to the Sandbox Ecosystem
  • IT Training and architecture consulting by Microsoft + more

Eligibility Criteria

Applications are invited that:

  • Are ​​high potential ideas yet to be piloted or have been piloted in India
  • Are led by a ​​passionate and driven team, committed to create social change in their community
  • Have social impact
  • Are innovative and scalable
  • Demonstrate sustainability​​

How to Apply

Applicants can fill the online application form available on the website.

For more information, please visit Deshpande Foundation.

To apply online, please visit Sandbox Samvidha.

Training Officer at United Nations Development Programme, Iraq

Deadline: 14 November 2015

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Training Officer in Erbil, Iraq.

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 Training Officer will perform the following functions-

  • Design learning material for language classes in Kurdish and be in charge of language class registration.
  • Deliver Conversational Kurdish language beginner’s classes once a week (1.5 hours) under supervision of colleagues.
  • Collaborate with the training team for Arabic Beginner’s classes in Erbil (1.5 hours/week).
  • Prepare feedback questionnaires, reports and statistics on language learning initiatives in Erbil.
  • In collaboration with the Training Team members, facilitate ICDL (International Computer Driving License) modules for UN staff after having passed the training of trainer requirements;
  • Prepare broadcasts and inform UN Staff on IT skills learning initiatives.
  • Take registrations for ICDL training and prepare related feedback questionnaires, reports and statistics.
  • Collaborate with Training Section colleagues on promoting a culture of learning and staff development.
  • Take charge of keeping the bulletin board updated and broadcasting the monthly training calendar.
  • Receive registrations for training room bookings; maintain the monthly Training Room Booking Calendar.
  • Collaborate with the staff of the Learning Centre on the maintenance of all learning spaces in the Learning Center:
    • Contribute to the preparation of weekly, monthly and annual training reports.
    • Provide requested information to walk-in clients and coordination for ongoing programs such as SSAFE training and induction.
    • Prepare learning materials for a broad range of the Section’s learning initiative.
  • Serve as tandem for UMOJA (SAP system used for HR, travel and financial transactions for UNAMI staff) training coordination and for the Admin Assistant.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must have-
    • B.A. in Social Sciences, preferably related to education or relevant academic qualification in Training and Development, Human Resources as well as Capacity Building.
    • Experience in providing career support, conducting Training Needs Assessment, preparation of training manuals, conducting Training of Trainers programmes and delivering training to adults is an asset.
    • Knowledge of Database Management and software for development of online training;
    • Languages: Fluency in spoken and written English and Kurdish is required. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.
    • Previous experience in voluntary service is an asset.
  • Other skills-
    • Effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner, ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor work.
    • Proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to draft clear and concise reports.
    • Ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds.
    • Ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender.
    • Shows pride in his/her work and in achievements, able to demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matter, efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
    • Ability to actively seeks to improve programmes or services by offering new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs, promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas, takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks outside the box, takes and interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through online process.

For more information, please visit UNDP.

2016 Hult Prize Challenge: Win $1,000,000 in start up funding

Deadline: 18 December 2015

The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship which brings together the brightest college and university students from around the globe to solve the world’s most pressing issues.

Hult [email protected] gives participants an opportunity to bypass the traditional Hult Prize application process and fast tracks your team and idea through to one of five regional final rounds of competition. The program allows more students to compete around the world, leading to more ideas and ultimately more start-ups. Annual Hult Prize winners can make their ideas reality with the help of USD1 million in seed funding.

2016 Hult Prize Challenge Topic

The 2016 Hult Prize Challenge as selected by President Bill Clinton is Crowded Urban Spaces.

The Crowded Urban Spaces topic will focus on economic inclusion, more specifically, doubling the incomes of the residents who live in some of the toughest conditions in the world through improved mobility and increased connectivity to people, products, services and capital by 2022.

Benefits

  1. USD 1 Million Seed Capital
  2. Mentorship
  3. Advice from International Business Community

Participation

  • University students should team up to create a start-up aimed at solving an issue faced by billions in need; and submit the project.
  • The short listed teams will participate at one of the regional final locations and pitch their project.
  • A regional champion will be announced and the champion team will receive one year membership into the Clinton Global Initiative and an opportunity to spend the summer at the Hult Prize Accelerator – an innovative incubator for social enterprise.
  • These regional champions will pitch their idea in the Global Finals. Global leaders will be selected and awarded the startup capital to implement project.
  • The Global Champion will launch the start-up. They will also receive mentoring and advice to work on the social enterprise.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students past or present from any college or university in the world are invited to form teams of 3-4. There are only two conditions:
    • All participants must have a connection with the same school
    • A maximum of one alumnus who cannot also be a faculty member of the school
  • You are considered a student if at the time of application submission, you have not yet graduated.
  • While only teams may compete, individuals who cannot form a team but are interested in competing should join the Facebook community to find others individuals who are looking to form teams.

How to Apply

Applicants can upload resumes of the team members and one team statement of purpose into the online application system.

For more information and to apply online, please visit The Hult Prize Competition.

2015 Africa Youth Peace Winter Camp Essay Competition in Ghana

 Deadline: 15 November 2015

Africa Youth Peace Call (AYPC) is currently inviting essay entries from African students for its Liberty & Entrepreneurship Camp 2016 (Winter Session).

This Essay Competition is to encourage students to prepare ahead of the Winter Liberty & Entrepreneurship Camp 2016, scheduled at Keta in the Volta Region of Ghana from 3-8 January, 2016.

Competition Topic

“Five Barriers to Prosperity in Africa: Unchaining the Economy through Economic Freedom”

Prizes Offered

  • 1st Prize: Full Scholarship to L&E Camp + 6 Classical Liberal Books
  • 2nd Prize: Full Scholarship to L&E Camp + 5 Classical Liberal Books
  • 3rd Prize: Full Scholarship to L&E Camp + 4 Classical Liberal Books
  • 4th Prize: Full Scholarship to L&E Camp + 3 Classical Liberal Books
  • 5th Prize: Full Scholarship to L&E Camp + 2 Classical Liberal

Eligibility Criteria

  • Application is open to every African student, out of school youth, entrepreneurs & who cares to discover new ideas.
  • All writers must be under the age of 35.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit an essay with details and send it via email available on the website.

For more information, please visit Winter Camp competition.

Water Program Associate at World Resource Institute, India

Deadline: Ongoing

The World Resource Institute (WRI) is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Water Program Associate based in Bangalore, India.

The WRI is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives.

Key Job Responsibilities

The Water Program Associate will perform the following functions-

  • Serve as lead water staff person in India, coordinating with Global Director, Water Program, Director, WRI India, and India Director of the Cities and Transport Program.
  • Coordinate with relevant national, state, and municipal governments and other stakeholders about WRI’s water risk analysis, data, and related work.
  • Lead the application of Aqueduct and local water risk data, analysis, and development of solutions and recommendations for decision-makers in key metropolitan regions in India.
  • Coordinate with Aqueduct and Natural Infrastructure for Water project teams, as well as WRI’s Governance Center, to coordinate funded project demonstrating forest-water mapping tool applications in India and provide feedback to the project teams on needed improvements.
  • Liaise with local water data and analysis experts in India, as well as researchers developing granular water models for India, such as NASA’s SALDAS high-resolution water model.
  • Cultivate ideas and tools to integrate relevant data sets from Indian agencies, interalia ISRO, NRSA, DMA, and various ministries, departments, universities and civil society researchers.
  • Assist with fundraising proposals and background information and writing for prospective project funders.
  • Supervise the work of junior researchers and interns, as appropriate.
  • Develop analytical framework for assessing regional water risk and use Aqueduct and local data in close collaboration with Water Program staff to apply to metropolitan areas like Bangalore.
  • Evaluation and design of institutional mechanisms for the operationalization of the tools, processes and systems for regional and urban water management.
  • Work with WRI water and economics experts to develop customized analysis of watershed solutions and economic tradeoffs among potential water risk reduction strategies.
  • Help to ground-truth results and conclusions associated with forthcoming forest-water maps in specific watersheds in India.
  • Support efforts to communicate about WRI’s water-related work in India, including analytical content to non-technical audiences, media, and existing and prospective funders.
  • Represent WRI’s Water Program and WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities work through presentations at relevant conferences and workshops.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • Master’s degree required in hydrology, water resources management or a related environmental science or policy discipline.
  • Minimum 5 – 8 years of highly relevant, full-time work experience, dealing in natural water management and how water management can be done in urban planning.
  • Excellent academic performance and strong analytical capability. Should had worked in the water related projects, in conservation of natural water bodies.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts clearly both orally and in writing, with excellent demonstrated skills in English.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented; experience managing complex processes or projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to build a strong network of professional relationships.
  • Comfort working with staff at all levels of experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast-paced environment and to juggle multiple assignments with little supervision.
  • International work experience and/or foreign language skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, ideally including proficiency in GIS mapping software.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through online process.

For more information, please visit WRI.

Residential School 2016: Governance and Development in Africa

Deadline: 15 December 2015

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation along with SOAS and Centre of African Studies-University of London is organising a Residential School 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco on the topic of Governance and Development in Africa.

The residential school is for 20 participants who are policy makers, academics, researchers or civil society representatives from any African country who will gain, through this training, new ideas and knowledge on the broad issue of governance and development.

SOAS, University of London is the only higher education institution in Europe specializing in the study of Asia, Africa and the near and Middle East.

Benefits

All costs for successful applicants including economy flights, visa costs, accommodation and meals, will be covered.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should have at least MSc degree in areas related to governance or 5 years professional experiences in fields relevant to the theme of Governance and Development in Africa.
  • Applicant must know English language
  • Applicant should be from any African country.

How to Apply

Interested applicants may send application forms at the address, given on the website.

For more information, please visit Residential School 2016.

Give Your Brilliant Business Idea for Ignite Ideas Contest 2015: An Opportunity for Nigerian Entrepreneurs

Deadline: 16 November 2015

Submit your brilliant business Idea for Ignite Ideas Contest. The Ignite Ideas Contest is an initiative spearheaded by AGDC, with implementing support from Generation Enterprise, sponsorship from The Chair Center and the Lagos State Government, and collaboration from partners such as Digital Jewels and First Bank. With over 200 businesses funded in our first batch: IGNITE1, seeking to enroll in the second batch of entrepreneurs who will make up the cohort of IGITE2. The contest aims to identify, incubate and fund 1,100 viable business concepts in Lagos State.

The contest is looking for talented, creative and dedicated young people who have a business or an idea that they believe can become a successful and salable company.

All selected applicants are required to attend a 1 day business boot camp to refine their business strategy.

Funding available

  • Entrepreneurs selected to take part in Ignite are automatically qualified to receive a maximum of N100, 000 interest free loans. The loan has a 3-month moratorium, and must be repaid within a 12-month period (following the 3 month moratorium). Entrepreneurs who perform well and build credit-worthiness during that time may qualify for additional funding and support.
  • Accepted participants will gain access to seed funding of up to N100, 000, as well as skilled expertise to help them with their business strategy and growth. Qualified applicants with high potential businesses will be selected to enroll in the 3-month incubator program which will include additional training, mentorship and exposure.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be of Nigeria nationality.
  • Applicants must not be below 18 years of Age. Failure to verify age will result in the application being declined.
  • Applications must articulate a specific business problem to solve or opportunity to address. The ideas must be original, address a clear market gap.
  • Applicants must be clear on the benefits from the prize money and the viability of idea must be established.
  • Employees of The Chair Centre Group, Digital Jewels Limited, AGDC etc and their families are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Applicants apply online through the website.

For more information, please visit  Ideas Contest.

Applications Open for 2016 Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Award!

Deadline: 2 December 2015

Are you an entrepreneurial student? Are you recent graduate and have a business idea to work on? If yes, then apply for the Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Award.

The Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Award aims to identify, foster and recognise leadership potential and innovative thinking amongst aspiring entrepreneurs in Ireland, with the aim of making Ireland’s Future.

Entrants take part in a number of development days on the themes of leadership, digital innovation and entrepreneurship. Guest speakers and one-to-one mentoring will nurture participant’s idea and skills.

The Award is structured as a competition of three rounds where participants:

  • Submit an idea or concept which will be developed through the competition into a viable business plan
  • Explore the central topics of leadership, entrepreneurship and digital innovation
  • Network with likeminded participants
  • Identify and develop attributes in leadership, entrepreneurship and digital innovation through development days, which will include guest speakers and one-to-one mentoring
  • Present their developed idea to a panel of Irish business leaders

Benefits

  • The overall winner(s) will visit one of Accenture’s Global Innovation Centres as part of the Leadership and Innovation Tour prize.
  • Winners will secure a space on NDRC Launchpad programme, a three month accelerator programme for digital startup ventures. They will receive expert mentorship, weekly workshops and more to make their idea their future and become a Leader of Tomorrow.
  • They’ll also have the option of a six month Accenture Internship following completion of LaunchPad.

Eligibility Criteria

This competition is open to all third-level students across Ireland as well as those who have graduated in the last year.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit 2016 Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Award.

‘Allies in Action’ Small Fund to Support LGBTI Communities in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia & Ukraine

Deadline: 26 November 2015

European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) is currently inviting applications for its ‘Allies in Action’ small fund to support impactful, creative, and genuine ideas by local LGBTI communities and those who are ready to contribute by action and knowledge to better environments for LGBTI and better understanding of sexual orientation, gender identity, sex characteristics (SOGISC). The fund is meant to enable initiatives and actions that inform and involve individuals, communities, and groups outside of LGBTI movements.

Eligible Countries

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, or Ukraine

Eligibility Criteria

 Initiatives are supported that:

  • Are led by LGBTI persons and/ or allies of LGBTI (with no limitation in regards presence or absence of official registration of the group).
  • Are implemented locally by groups eligible countries (mentioned above).
  • Aim to engage, inspire, mobilize individuals and groups that are in a position to impact everyday realities of LGBTI persons, advocacy capacity of LGBTI organizations, and/ or proper understanding of issues pertaining sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics among particular audiences and groups.
  • Demonstrate a clear vision of how this action contributes its bit to a change you want to achieve in your environment.
  • Are concrete and scalable (i.e. with balanced, matching goals and actions).
  • Are endorsed by LGBTI organizations (if proposed by an informal group of allies or activists).
  • Require funding from ‘Allies in Action’ of no more than 5 000 Euros (if your initiative will be additionally funded by someone else, then the total combined budget should not exceed 12 000 Euros).
  • Value feedback and are interested in the opportunity of engaging external expertise, and therefore commit to regular communication with us in the course of application, implementation, and reporting.

Initiatives Preferred:

  • Initiatives that feed into, reinforce, and/or diversify other ongoing efforts towards better environment for LGBTI persons and protection of their rights (by you or another group).
  • Genuine approach to action that is strongly rooted in a local reality, with its limitations, opportunities, and existing relations.
  • Duration of action or initiative of no more than 6 months in total (from receipt of the award to its completion and reporting).
  • Willingness to share experience with colleagues and activists across the above-indicated countries and beyond.

Initiatives not to be supported:

  • Initiatives aimed at the anonymous, faceless ‘general public’ or ‘broader audience’, without a clear vision of the specific people (or their groups/ communities) that you want to approach or work with and why you think it is needed.
  • Structural costs, such as ongoing office rental or salaries (please note that honorariums/ one-off fees needed within your specific action can be supported if scalable).
  • Initiatives proposed and managed through external third-party organizations (unless it is a joint action by your group and a local LGBTI organization). We want to cooperate directly with the groups we support, without an additional layer in-between.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the letter of interest template available on the website and send it via email.

For more information, please visit small fund.