U.S. Mission to Pakistan: Providing Media Training and Professional Journalism Development

U.S. Mission to Pakistan: Media Training and Professional Journalism Development in Pakistan

Deadline: 10 June 2016 The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is seeking proposals from eligible organisations to support activities focused on providing media training and professional development to professionals in the media field. It aims to support the Department of State’s initiatives to promote and strengthen the field of journalism […]

CDC: Polio Eradication and Emergency Response in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Deadline: 15 June 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking applications from eligible entities to fund a program entitled “Polio Eradication and Emergency Response in Priority Countries” with an aim to support the government of Afghanistan and Pakistan to achieve polio eradication in 2016 and provide for post-eradication sustaining efforts.

The program has established a presidential task force and activated an Emergency Operation Center to implement and monitor activities. Multiple partners are working with the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) including Rotary International, WHO, UNICEF, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID and others.


  • Support polio campaign activities in security compromised and inaccessible areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Improve training and supervision of polio eradication initiative (PEI) activities in Priority 1 and 2 low-performing districts (LPDs) in Afghanistan
  • IPV catch-up vaccination of children < 5 years of age in low-performing districts of Afghanistan.

Expected Outcomes

  • Increased access to children with polio vaccine in the insecure and inaccessible areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Improved quality of polio campaigns in Priority 1 and 2 low-performing districts.
  • Improved Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) coverage among children < 5 years of age in Afghanistan.

Funding Information:  Subject to the availability of funds, the estimated total funding is$2,000,000

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicant must have demonstrated experience and collaboration in the following areas:

  • Collaboration in public health programs with priority country national governments
  • Collaboration with multiple polio eradication partners including BMGF, USAID, WHO, UNICEF, Rotary and others
  • Collaboration with movement partners ICRC and ARCS who will negotiate for safe access in insecure areas
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in designing and implementing public health action and programs in complex settings
  • Demonstrated capacity to mobilize sufficient culturally competent personnel to achieve outcomes
  • Ability to manage grants and contracts

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their applications electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Polio Eradication and Emergency Response.

Public Affairs Section: Afghanistan-Pakistan Partnership Summit

Deadline: 14 June 2016

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan is seeking proposals from eligible organisations for Afghanistan-Pakistan Partnership Summit to support at least 18 and up to 30 participants, approximately 15 from Afghanistan and 15 from Pakistan, with equal representation from the two countries, who will discuss areas of future cooperation between the two countries in specific sectors of interest.


  • Promote regional integration by facilitating a dialogue on cooperation in sectors key to the Afghanistan-Pakistan relationship;
  • Promote economic and professional linkages between Afghanistan and Pakistan in support of economic growth and civil society participation;
  • Develop an action plan or road map which outlines paths to increased cooperation in key sectors

Proposal Priorities

Proposals should also describe:

  • The applicant’s proposed schedule and agenda for the program, including how activities under the three pillars might overlap or be conducted separately;
  • The applicant’s previous experience conducting short-term study or training tours in theS. or the region for foreign professionals;
  • Any personnel or partner organizations that will play a role in conducting training exercises or seminars, along with the qualifications of those personnel or organizations.

Funding Information: The award floor for the base period and each option year is set at $150,000. The award ceiling is set at $225,000 for the base year and for each of the two option years

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility is open to all non-profit, non-governmental organizations. Organizations may subcontract with other entities, but only one, non-profit, non-governmental entity can be the prime recipient of the award.
  • When sub-contracting with other entities, the responsibilities of each entity must be clearly defined in the proposal.
  • Applicants must submit proof of their non-profit status with their proposal submission (e.g. proof of 501(c)(3) status, Afghan NGO license).
  • Applications that do not include proof of non-profit status will not be considered.
  • Individuals are not eligible.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their applications electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Afghanistan-Pakistan Partnership Summit.

NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Grant: Enhancing Cooperation based on Scientific Research

Deadline: 15 May 2016

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is currently accepting applications for its Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme, a policy tool that enhances cooperation and dialogue with all partners, based on scientific research, innovation, and knowledge exchange.

The SPS Programme provides funding, expert advice, and support to security-relevant activities jointly developed by a NATO member and partner country.

The SPS Programme promotes civil, security-related practical cooperation, and focuses on a growing range of contemporary security challenges, including terrorism, defence against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents, cyber defence, energy security and environmental concerns, as well as human and social aspects of security, such as the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325).

The SPS Programme supports collaboration through three established grant mechanisms: multi-year research projects, workshops, and training courses. Interested applicants should develop proposals for activities that fit within one of these formats.

Programme Budget

  1. Multi-year research and development project: NATO funds are provided to cover project-related costs such as scientific equipment, computers, software and training of project personnel as well as of young scientists, roughly half of the budget is generally allocated to equipment, about 20% to training and travel and 15% to stipends; these proportions may vary according to the needs of each project.
  1. Training courses: The SPS grant (average 60,000 EUR) pays for direct organizational costs, travel and living expenses of up to 15 lecturers and attendance of students (60 to 80) from countries eligible to receive NATO funding.
  1. Workshops: The SPS grant (average amount: 30,000 to 40,000 EUR) is intended to cover direct organizational expenses of the ARW, the travel and living expenses of key speakers, as well as the attendance of non-speakers from NATO countries and Partner countries unable to obtain support from other sources.

Eligibility Criteria

The SPS programme applications must be submitted jointly by a NATO and a partner country Co-Director.

  • NATO Countries:  Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Rep, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey,  United Kingdom and United States.
  • NATO Partner: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Georgia, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Malta, The Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand and Mongolia.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the duly filled application form in order to apply.

For more information, please visit NATO-SPS.

Call for Applications: DFID’s Accountable Justice in Pakistan Programme

Deadline: 15 April 2016

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has currently announced a procurement of services to manage delivery of the Accountability Justice in Pakistan Programme (AJPP) for a period of 4 years starting from October 2016.

The Accountable Justice in Pakistan Programme (AJPP) aims to strengthen accountability and oversight of rule of law institutions in Pakistan, engage citizens in reforms and legally empower citizens to access justice.

Program Objectives

AJPP objectives are to achieve:

  • Increased accountability and oversight of law enforcement and justice institutions.
  • Increased engagement by citizens in reforms and legal empowerment for informed citizen choice of justice mechanism.

Award Information

The budget for this programme is 8, 000, 000 GBP – 12, 000, 000 GBP subject to ongoing need and availability of funding.

Eligibility Criteria

The law institutions of Pakistan are eligible to participate for the program.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to register themselves to DFID Supplier Portal, in order to apply.

For more information, please visit DFID-AJPP.

Swedish Institute’s Creative Force Programme: Supporting Collaborative Projects in the Target Countries

Deadline: 17 May 2016

The Swedish Institute is currently seeking applications from the eligible organisations for its Creative Force Programme with the overall objective to strengthen democratic structures and freedom of expression in the target countries. These aims shall be achieved through mutual learning processes and sustainable networks between institutions and agents of change who work with either culture or the media to bring about change.

Funding Information

Applicants can apply for the Seed funding for the maximum amount of SEK 100,000.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants may be Swedish civil society organisations, foundations, public sector agencies, private sector agencies or other professional actors.

Geographical Focus

  • AFRICA: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
  • MENA: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
  • Eastern Europe: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldava, Turkey and Ukraine
  • Russia

Note: The countries of South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan) are no longer included in the programme.

How to Apply

Applications with the mandatory attachments must be submitted via web form that will be open during the application period.

For more information, please visit Creative Force Programme.

European Commission: Enhancing CSOs’ Contributions to Governance & Development Processes in Pakistan

Deadline: 18 May 2016

The European Commission is currently accepting concept notes from eligible organisations for a programme entitled “Enhancing CSOs’ contributions to governance and development processes in Pakistan” with an aim to support Civil Society Organisations at country level:

  • As actors in governance and accountability
  • As partners in promoting social development
  • As stakeholders in promoting inclusive and sustainable growth
  • As partners to test pilot actions promoting local development through a territorial approach


  • To support Pakistani CSOs to effectively contribute to local governance and accountability, and development processes at sub-national and local levels, and in support of actions for enhanced social cohesion and social development through citizen empowerment.
  • To strengthen Pakistani local governments enabling them to effectively perform their roles as actors of local governance and development through a territorial, multi-stakeholder approach.

Priority Issues

  • Promotion of more participative, accountable, responsive and inclusive governmental development planning, budgeting, and implementation processes at local, sub-national, and national levels.
  • Enhanced local governments-led engagement with CSOs and communities for effective and pro-poor development planning, budgeting, and service delivery.

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • Minimum amount: EUR 1,000,000.
  • Maximum amount: EUR 1,500,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person
    • be non-profit-making
    • be a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) or an Association of CSOs
    • be established in Pakistan or in a Member State of the European Union or parties to the agreement on the European Economic Area
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary
  • International Organizations are not eligible to apply under this Call for Proposals.
  • At least one co-applicant is obligatory under this Call for Proposals.
  • Non-Pakistan eligible applicants must act together with at least one Pakistani co-applicant.
  • Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant.

How to Apply

Applicants have to register themselves in PADOR, an on-line database via given website.

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

U.S Department of State Bureau of INL: Promoting Gender Equality in Pakistan’s Justice System

Deadline: 28 April 2016

The United States Department of State Bureau of INL is seeking applications from qualified Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other qualified organizations for a Grant/Cooperative to implement a program entitled “Promoting Gender Equality in Pakistan’s Justice System” to promote the rule of law and support women’s empowerment across the world. INL Pakistan’s gender priorities are divided into three pillars:

  • gender mainstreaming by providing services and training
  • supporting female leadership in law enforcement and the criminal justice system
  • improving access to justice for women and girls

The mission of the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is to minimize the impact of international crime and illegal drugs on the United States, its citizens, and partner nations by providing effective foreign assistance and fostering global cooperation.

Project Goals

  • to develop and support professional and leadership development opportunities for women in law enforcement and in the judiciary
  • to provide better services to women survivors of gender-based violence through gender-sensitization of an extensive network of social service providers, police, the judiciary, and the provision of legal aid

Project objectives

  • Network of Service Providers for Female Victims of Crime and Violence ($1,500,000)
  • Gender Sensitivity Training for Justice Sector Actors ($500,000)
  • Legal Aid Network for Victims of Gender-Based Violence ($500,000)
  • Institutionalization of the Women Police Network ($300,000)
  • Establishment of an Association of Women Judges ($200,000)

Funding Information

The anticipated total federal funding amount is $3,000,000. The period of performance is two years with an anticipated start date of June 2016.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants who are eligible to apply include:

  • U.S. non-profit organization meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c) (3.
  • Applicants in the process of registration must submit proof that they are seeking non-profit status from the Internal Revenue Service at the time of proposal submission. Should the applicant be selected for an award, funding will be contingent upon 501(c)(3) status; and can demonstrate current or pending country registration in Pakistan, if required
  • Local, in-country, non-profit organization, educational institution, or private institutions that can demonstrate current country registration in Pakistan, competent programmatic ability, and ability to meet INL reporting requirements

How to Apply

Applicants must submit all application materials electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Bureau of International Narcotics.

The Eligibility Criteria and Application Procedure for UN Trust Fund: Ending Violence Against Women

Visit the eligibility criteria and application procedure for the UN Trust Fund below. You can also find the list of countries eligible to apply for the fund below.

Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo DR, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principle, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kenya, Tajikistan, Zimbabwe, Armenia, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Micronesia, Moldova, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tokelau, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Albania, Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda2, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Gabon, Grenada, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Panama, Peru, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Venezuela, Wallis and Futuna.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Women-led and women’s rights organizations that are legally registered in the country of implementation and that have specialized knowledge, expertise and track record of working in women’s human rights and prevention and/or elimination of violence against women and girls.
  • Civil society organizations that are legally registered in the country of implementation.
  • Regional/international civil society organizations and networks that have national presence in the country and/or territory of implementation. In this case, the proposal must be focused on a single country and demonstrate how the proposed intervention will contribute to national change and/or capacity development and ownership of national and local organizations in the implementation. Organizations must also demonstrate that they or their national implementing partners are legally registered in the country (or territory) of implementation.
  • Operational research/evaluation institutions specialized in gender equality and gender-based violence.
  • Government authorities at central/national, sub-national and/or local levels, including National Women’s Machineries and other sectoral Ministries.

How to Apply

  • Applicants are expected to submit proposals online in the form of a brief Concept Note.
  • Applications can be submitted in the following languages only: English, French and Spanish.

For more information, please visit UN Trust Fund.



Apply for APN South Asia Media Fellowship on Climate Change!

Deadline: 15 May 2016

APN and the University of Peradeniya are currently inviting applicants for its fully funded two-day South Asia Media Visit in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The media visit is designed to engage media in expanding efforts to raise awareness about, and disseminate information on and lessons learned from, APN funded projects on global change and sustainability issues.

The theme for the media visit is Home Garden Systems in the face of Climate Change.


The activities planned for the media visit are:

  • A visit to village sites implementing Home Garden Systems
  • Local governance and media seminar on Home Garden Systems in South Asia: Raising public awareness through media on Home Garden Systems and food security

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant is a journalist/media worker at a media company based in an APN Member/Approved Country in South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)
  • Applicant must have a good working knowledge of English
  • Applicant should have keen interest in environmental communication/journalism.
  • Experience in environmental reporting is preferable.
  • Young/early-career journalists/media workers under 40 years of age are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill the online application form via given website and upload a short CV and a brief profile of the media company.

For more information, please visit Media Fellowship.