USAID Broad Agency Announcement for Global Health Challenges

Deadline: 13 May 2016

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is inviting applicants for USAID Global Health Challenges to seek opportunities to co-create, co-design, coinvest, and collaborate in the research, development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and cost-effective interventions to address the most pressing problems in global health.

It is to generate novel tools and approaches that accelerate and sustain improved health outcomes in developing countries.

 Criteria for Consideration

  • Initial submissions are not evaluated against other submissions, but solely whether USAID believes that the submitter will be a valuable contributor to the co-creation process.
  • Concept Papers are not evaluated against other submissions, but solely based on USAID’s determination that the Concept Paper will successfully address the Problem and Challenges set forth herein.
  • Decisions regarding USAID’s pursuit of a particular project, technology or relationship are based on the available evidence, data and resulting analysis.
  • The reputations of an organization, its past performance, the managerial and technical ability of the person or team of people engaged in the endeavor are always significant considerations in assessing the potential and the risks associated with each award.
  • Additional criteria that may be considered under this BAA to indicate that the submission successfully addresses the Problem and Challenges will be specified in each Addendum.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Public, private, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, public international organizations, non-governmental organizations, U.S. and non-U.S. governmental organizations, multilateral and international donor organizations are eligible under this BAA.
  • All organizations must be determined to be responsive to the BAA and sufficiently responsible to perform or participate in the final award type.

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MEPI Local Grants Program to Support Organisations and Individuals!

Deadline: 17 October 2016

The Office of Assistance Coordination’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Program is seeking single-country proposals for its Local Grants Program with an aim to serve as MEPI’s most direct means of supporting organizations and individuals in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Middle East Partnership Initiative Program offers assistance to groups and individuals striving to bring constructive, peaceful and positive change to the Middle East and North Africa. MEPI supports projects that foster partnerships between civil society organizations, communities, youth and women, the private sector, and government to advance efforts to create positive change in their societies.

Priority Areas

  • Strengthen civil society;
  • Support constructive advocacy and civic activism;
  • Support citizens’ efforts to contribute to positive economic, social, and political empowerment;
  • Expand opportunities for women and youth;
  • Strengthen the rule of law;
  • Develop independent media in service to communities; and,
  • Help communities work alongside governments in shaping their own futures.

Funding Information

  • Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between $50,000 to $150,000
  • Projects are usually funded for one year, but the project and budget periods can be a minimum of three months and up to two years if a longer time period would yield more significant or better results.

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the West Bank or Gaza and Yemen.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants include local organizations of civil society, non-profit organizations, community groups, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, private sector organizations, and universities based in eligible countries mention above.
  • Any organization with a headquarters office located outside of these countries cannot apply to this program.
  • MEPI is committed to an anti-discrimination policy in all of its projects and activities.
  • MEPI welcomes proposals irrespective of the applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • MEPI invites applications from organizations working with vulnerable communities, including women and youth.
  • MEPI is also interested in proposals that involve the participation of persons with disabilities

How to Apply

Interested applicants must register themselves at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit MEPI Local Grants Annual Program Statement.

Tandem Ukraine Programme 2016-17: Supporting and Addressing Social Challenges and Opportunities!

Deadline: 14 March 2016

Applicants are invited for Tandem programme to support the development of partnerships that address current social challenges and opportunities. It is an international collaboration programme for cultural makers and their organisations.

Since its inception in 2011, Tandem has supported long-term collaborations, knowledge development and networking opportunities for more than 250 cultural managers from over 100 cities in 35 countries across the wider Europe.

Tandem Ukraine is designed around the core belief that the burning cultural and social questions of can be addressed creatively and effectively through inspiring learning experiences while working with new organisations and across new localities. Their vision is to see strong networks of creative communities and cultural change makers emerge from this programme and to support the impact they make.

Tandem Ukraine offers a platform for collaborations between cultural actors to strengthen their capacities in community development and conflict resolution through the arts and culture on local and international level.


Tandem Ukraine 2016-17 programme includes:

  • 12-day working placement at the Tandem partner organisation
  • 4 international meetings with moderated peer to peer learning sessions and input by experienced trainers
  • start-up funding of EUR 5,000 for a Tandem pilot project
  • becoming part of the Tandem network of more than 250 cultural managers coming from ca. 35 countries in wider Europe

Eligible Countries: Ukraine, all 28 EU member states, Belarus, Moldova and the Russian Federation.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • be based in one of the eligible countries mentioned above.
  • be an independent cultural NGO, a non-hierarchical and open-minded public institution or a civil society initiative which is well rooted in a local community and has an established professional network
  • have the (organisational and financial) capacity, ambition and experience to engage in a one and a half year intensive international programme
  • commit to providing sufficient working time of one cultural manager (ca. 12-15 weeks throughout 1,5 year programme)
  • Applicants need to have a good command of English language in order to follow the programme sessions.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online via link given on the website.

For more information, please visit Tandem Ukraine.

The Sigrid Rausing Trust : Supporting Human Rights

The Sigrid Rausing Trust is a UK grantmaking foundation, founded in 1995 by Sigrid Rausing to support human rights globally. Since then, the Trust has given away approximately £250 million to human rights organisations all over the world.

Our guiding principles are:

  • We recognise the value of core funding.
  • We look for good and effective leadership.
  • We are flexible and responsive to needs and opportunities.
  • We value clarity and brevity in applications and reports.
  • We look to establish long-term relationships with grantees.

The Trust runs nine main programmes:

Advocacy, Research and Litigation
Detention, Torture and Death Penalty
Human Rights Defenders
Free Expression
Transitional Justice
Women’s Rights
LGBTI Rights
Xenophobia and Intolerance
Transparency and Accountability

The 2016 Trust budget is £22.6 million. Please note that we identify potential grantees through research and field work, and we do not accept unsolicited applications.

Contact Details:

Sigrid Rausing Trust,
PO BOX 74062,


International Youth Foundation’s YouthActionNet® Laureate Global Fellowship

The International Youth Foundation’s YouthActionNet strengthens, supports, and celebrates the role of young people in leading positive change in their communities. Each year, 20 exceptional young social entrepreneurs are selected as YouthActionNet Global Fellows following a competitive application process.

The year-long Fellowship program includes:


  • A seven-day leadership retreat for twenty selected Fellows which offers dynamic peer-to-peer learning, collaboration, and sharing among young visionaries
  • Focus on the personal growth and leadership abilities of Fellows, in addition to providing instruction in specific skills required to manage innovative, world-changing organizations
  • Year-round learning opportunities based on Fellows’ individual needs and the six dimensions of leadership highlighted in the YouthActionNet® Global Curriculum: Personal, Visionary, Political, Collaborative, Organizational, and Societal.
  • Networking and Resources:
  • Access to potential resources to support Fellows and their projects, including volunteers, mentors, and grant opportunities
  • Opportunities to network and collaborate with IYF projects and partners
  • Membership in the YouthActionNet® global network of fellows and alumni


  • Training in areas such as communications planning, media outreach, message development, presentation skills, and innovative uses of new media technologies
  • Access to global advocacy platforms and media coverage


  • Open to all young people aged 18-29 (as of October 1, 2013)
  • Applicants should be founders of existing projects/organizations, or leading a project within an organization.
  • Proficiency in English is required; applications must be submitted in English
  • Must be available to attend full retreat (all expenses paid) in early October 2013.

Applications for the 2013 Fellowship program are due by March 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST

For more information, visit this link.

Grab this UN Guide on Human Rights Funds, Grants and Fellowships

If you are looking for funds, grants or fellowships to support your human rights work, then this newly published guide will assist you in understanding the various opportunities available for NGOs through the United Nations.

Human Rights Funds, Grants and Fellowships – A Practical Guide for Civil Society” was launched by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) with the purpose of providing guidance to prospective applicants interested in the funds and programmes to further contribute to the promotion of human rights in their own countries and worldwide.

There are several funds administered by OHCHR and other UN offices and civil society organizations including NBOs, grass-roots organizations, community groups and professional  associations, are generally eligible to apply for the funds and grants. In some cases individuals may also apply for funding.

Human Rights Funds, Grants and Fellowships

The guide discusses in detail about the following funding opportunities offered by OHCHR and how NGOs and individuals can apply to them.

The funds and grants administered by OHCHR are:

1. United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture;

2. United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery;

3. United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations;

4. Special Fund of the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture; and

5. Assisting Communities Together Project.

6. United Nations Democracy Fund

You can download this guide freely from this link.

ActionAid UK Needs International Communications Volunteer – London

Deadline: 7 Feb 2013

Applications are invited by ActionAid UK from qualified and experienced candidates for the job/vacancy of International Communications Volunteer. The locations of this position will be based in Central London. Kindly note that this position is for 3 days a week for up to 3 months (immediate start)s.  This is Unpaid position but reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses to and from office location (within London) and for lunch.

Knowledge and Experience


  • A desire to work in a communications/marketing/digital/campaigning environment.
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and social media platforms.
  • Experience of juggling multiple projects to different deadlines
  • A commitment to ActionAid’s mission and values and to equal opportunities
  • Good level of written and spoken English.


  • Understanding of cultural sensitivities.
  • Experience of working in a fundraising organisation.
  • Knowledge of content management systems and image-editing software.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in the digital community.

Skills and Abilities


  • Able to organise logistics effectively and independently.
  • Team Player
  • Able to interact with members of the team at all levels.
  • Methodical approach to tasks.


  • Experience of using cataloguing system(in particular CatDV)
  • Able use video editing software (in particular FCP 7)
  • Ability to critique creative work.

To apply  

Please email your CV, covering letter and equal opportunities monitoring form to [email protected]

For more info please visit this link.

Opportunity to apply now for 2013 The Cargill Global Scholars Program


  • For Brazil April 15, 2013
  • For China  May 6, 2013
  • For India March 15, 2013
  • For Russia March 31, 2013
  • For US March 31, 2013

Cargill & the Institute of International Education is seeking applications for 2013 Scholarship Program, which is distinctive scholarship opportunity that not only provides financial support, but offers leadership development opportunities through seminars, networking events, and a one-on-one mentoring program. These enrichment activities have been designed to help foster and enhance the Cargill Global Scholars’ leadership potential and critical thinking skills, and equip them with the tools necessary for becoming global leaders and decisions makers.

Through this scholarship Cargill is helping to nourish and build a network of future leaders who can develop new innovations and positively contribute to their communities. This program embodies Cargill’s commitment to improving living standards and promoting vibrant and stable communities around the globe.

The Cargill Global Scholars program provides financial support and leadership development opportunities to aspiring undergraduate students from around the world. Scholarships will be awarded to talented, high performing students pursuing science, technology, engineering, math and business related studies.

Eligibility & Criteria-

  • Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of Brazil, China, India, Russia or the United States.
  • Attend a partner university in the country of citizenship or permanent legal residency
  • Be a first or second year university student
  • Demonstrate high academic performance
  • Demonstrate leadership potential
  • Preference will be given to applicants who-
  1. Demonstrate financial need
  2. Specialize in fields of study that are identified as preferred fields
  3. Are from a disadvantaged or underrepresented group within their country

For more information, visit this link

Job at Plan International : Country Director – Nepal

Deadline: 4 Feb 2013

Plan International is seeking applications from experiened, qualified and deserving applicants for the vacancy of Country Director – Nepal. Please note that this is a 5 year fixed term contract. This job will be based in the country office located in Lalitpur with extensive and regular local travel as well as some international travel. Ability to travel to remote areas required.

Salary: US$60,000 to $72,000. This is an accompanied position and a full expat package will be available.

Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:


  • Demonstrable knowledge as a result of study, training or practical experience on the key debates in development, particularly around child rights.
  • Practical knowledge of the requirements of donor compliance and financial management
  • Practical knowledge of programming for development and emergency response
  • Fluency in English and one other of the Plan languages (Spanish, French, Portuguese), oral and written.
  • Knowledge of Nepal, the geopolitical factors affecting child-poverty in the country and Asian Development Community as well as the political, social and economic opportunities for development are an advantage
  • Knowledge of sponsorship and/or grant funded programming an advantage

Leadership Skills and Behaviours demonstrated from experience;

  • Striving for high performance: Strongly drives performance forward in area of the business for which they are responsible; involves others in setting and achieving goals; creates a strong sense of purpose within own part of the business and with stakeholders.
  • Strategic thinking and innovation: Sets strong strategy in own part of organisation; makes an effective contribution to wider strategy; sees contribution of own part of the organisation in wider Plan and external context; balances future vision with practical delivery; critically evaluates work effectiveness and searches for better ways of working.
  • Decision making and risk management: Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations; alerts others to risks inside and outside the organisation; willing to make judgements about managing risks and ready to take responsibility for such judgements
  • Influencing and Communications: Effective communicator using clear messages drawn from Plan’s work; cross-culturally adept; ready to work to influence leaders in governments, international bodies, partners and communities; can reach out and influence large groups of people; effective communicator with children and young people.
  • Building effective teams and partnerships:  Collegiate – acting as a team player in country, region or function, even if this results in adjustment of own priorities; develops mutually trusting relationships with complex partnerships to deliver excellent business outcomes
  • Developing people: Supports learning and a sense of mutual purpose in diverse teams; sets a strong learning culture in their part of the organisation; effective coach, equally at home with high performers and those in difficulty; uses opportunities across Plan to develop others
  • Self awareness and resilience: Remains calm and positive under pressure and in difficult situations; plans own learning and development; aware of impact on others and adjusts own behaviour accordingly; has a positive impact on those around them; leads major change while keeping staff and partners on board

For more info please visit this link.

Human Resources Policy Statement: Human Resource Policy for Microfinance Companies

The company is a microfinance company. We are market-driven, and technology-based, serving customers with financial products, and services. Our ambition is to be the first choice of customers, employees and shareholders and to be a respected member of society.

People are main resource in realizing its ambition. Therefore, Human Resources Management (HRM) is an integral part of our business strategy and an important line responsibility. The company conducts its diversified activities through business units, which report directly to the Board of Directors. It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to establish corporate HRM policies and to make sure these corporate policies are properly executed. The corporate HR department professionally supports the Board of Directors. It is the responsibility of each member of the Board of Directors to hold unit managers, who report to him, accountable for their HRM responsibilities. Within corporate guidelines, every unit manager is responsible for HRM in his unit, with professional support being provided by its HR manager.

The main objective of HRM policy is to create a winning match between individual needs and organizational demands. We continuously aim to have the right person, with the right experience, at the right time, in the right place, offering the right compensation. The company fosters leadership, individual accountability and teamwork. Our employees are professionals whose entrepreneurial behavior is result-oriented and guided by personal integrity. They strive for the success of their own units, in the interest of the whole of the company. In return, our employees can count on opportunities for individual and professional development, in a multicultural working environment. We offer rewarding and challenging assignments with room for initiative. In this respect, policies have been established and common HRM issues have been defined. Personnel & Management Development policy is based on the view that individual and professional development motivates people and contributes to a flexible organization in which all positions are staffed by capable, accountable and committed employees.

  • Equal opportunity: Our employees are recruited, selected and promoted on the basis of objective, non-discriminatory criteria.
  • Career advancement: We practice to a high degree “promotion from within” at unit level and Company-wide, taking account of both meeting job requirements and preferred profile, and individual ambition in future career prospects.
  • Education & Training: The company’s Education & Training policy is based on the view that the knowledge, attitude and skills of our employees are among the most important assets to realize our ambition. As a consequence, Education & Training is an essential part of our HRM policy.
  • Meeting place: We use training programs to create meeting places for exchange of experience and networks for managers from different Business Units, disciplines and cultural backgrounds, and to offer opportunities for benchmarking to the outside world.
  • Compensation & Benefits: The Company’s Compensation & Benefits policy is based on the view that fair remuneration packages including performance-related pay, matching with individual needs and local practice, contribute to the motivation of our employees. We support diversity but where appropriate, we stimulate common remuneration practices in the organization.
  • Accountability: We foster target setting, for individual and team performance with periodical reviews.
  • Encouragement: We encourage individual and team performance by practicing open and motivating appraisal procedures.
  • Objectivity: We use objective procedures for job ranking (internal equity) and check systematically market conformity in relevant labor markets (external equity).

 Common issues

  • Accountability: The employees are expected to be committed to proper fulfill their duties. Within this scope, it is the responsibility of every manager to set clearly defined targets for their employees, to communicate sincerely about their performance and to be specific with regard to the subsequent measures. In this respect, any errors will be regarded as opportunities to improve performance rather than as obstacles for further development.
  • Managing the difference: Managers are expected to possess the flexibility to act with due regard for existing differences in individual quality, personal ambition, national culture, and organizational interest. They feel challenged to manage such differences.
  • Mobility:  Employees are expected to have a high degree of mobility in their careers, creativity in their thinking, and initiative in their actions. They should have an “open mind” and feel challenged rather than threatened by the new and the unexpected. Each manager has to make sure that the corporate policies in the fields of Personnel & Management Development, Education & Training and Compensation & Benefits are implemented and that the common issues Accountability, Managing the Difference and Mobility get proper attention.