LOOKING FOR CUTTING-EDGE EDUCATION INNOVATIONS THAT ARE READY TO SCALE IN EMERGENCIES

The Humanitarian Education Accelerator will identify promising innovations for scaling up to other contexts or a broader group of affected populations. A critical element will be the identification of innovations that have demonstrated a strong proof of concept in one location, and have entered into scaling these pilots within a national, regional or global context. Applications for support under the Humanitarian Education Accelerator (HEA) should focus on education in emergencies projects that demonstrate innovation, effectiveness, and scalability. A project is innovative if it provides a new approach to address existing problems in education in emergencies. A project is effective if it provides evidence of a proof of concept that can be linked, through a credible theory of change, to improve education outcomes for children and youth.  A project is scalable if it is relevant and pertinent to the context, financially and institutionally sustainable, and adaptable. 

Selected candidates will benefit from:

- Tailored mentorship on the scaling process and on evaluation;
- Annual bootcamps to build organizational capacity and enable peer-support;
- A fully-funded external evaluation and;
- Up to £300,000 to strengthen evaluation capacity within your organisation.

Find out more on the following website: http://hea.globalinnovationexchange.org/
 

At a Glance

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$395,000

Deadline

04
November 4th, 2016

How to Apply

About This Funding Opportunity

Funding Stats

Point of Contact Email: 
KENRHHEA@unhcr.org
Grant / Award Value: 
Eligibility Type: 
Organization
Region: 
Duration of Award: 
two-year grant

Eligibility Details

All projects should be affiliated with a recognized, legally constituted organization with existing programming capacity. The HEA will only consider applications that have been fully-filled with the information requested in the application form.

Application Guidance

Applicants will be asked to provide the following information:

1. Summary.  Provide a brief summary statement of your innovative education project by outlining the key problem statement and solution that you have come up with. 

2. Context. Describe in more detail how you identified the challenge in the community context [1] you are working with, how you arrived at the key problem statement and the improvement the project is seeking to achieve. 

3. Project Description. Describe the objectives and beneficiaries to which the project contributes, the main project components, what phase of the project you are currently in, and the role of your organization, partners and local stakeholders in the design and refinement of the project. What is the potential impact on the person’s of concern? 

4. Proof of Concept. Provide proof of concept that tests the effectiveness of the project. Is there an existing evaluation of your project in its current state or its pilot? Please provide a link. 

5. Scaling Plan. Please respond to the following questions:

5.1. Is your organization already scaling your project? If yes, please elaborate on the context of the scaling up process, including:

a. current funding and resources,
b. beneficiaries, and
c. geographic scope
d. partners
 
5.2. If you are planning to scale, please provide information about:
a. secured funding and resources,
b. beneficiaries, and
c. geographic scope
d. partners

5.2. What is your current (expected) timeline for scaling your initiative?
5.3. How has your scaling plan adapted best practices from your pilot initiative in order to upscale it or scale it to a new context/location?
5.4. If your project uses technology, is it an open-source and follows the Principles for Digital Development? 

6. Theory of Change. Describe how project activities or implementation strategies are understood to produce a series of results (outputs) that contribute to achieving the final intended impacts (outcomes), taking into account risks, assumptions, and your specific context. 

7. Evaluative Funds. The intended use of the grant funds it to strengthen evaluation capacity, please respond to the following questions: 

7.1. How would you use the HEA grant?
7.2. Are you collecting or planning to collect baseline information on project beneficiaries? Please provide information of your Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan, specifying M&E processes and methodology in terms of data collection, reporting and dissemination of results. 

8. About you. Describe your organization and its mission, and provide information of its institutional and financial capacity. 

9. Motivation. Please tell us the motivation behind applying for the HEA and how you think the HEA would add value to your scaling up process.

[1] By context, we mean geographic, demographic, economic, and political conditions.

Discuss

Great opportunity for children in vulnerable communities like my community. Can my organisation get proposal writing assistance?

Dear Michael, thanks for your question. We are not offering proposal writing assistance at this time, but if you have any specific questions regarding the guidance notes please do let us know!

I am from Cambodia. I work for Youth Education for Development And Peace, a Cambodian registered and legal organisation.

Our mission: to develop youth's capability and confidence as the foundation to use of democratic means to resolve problems.

Our vision: Cambodian people live in a sustainable democracy, peace and dignity society.

Is our organisation eligible for applying for the fund?

Dear Sokha, Please do apply, your eligibility will be determined based on all the answers you provide on the application. The HEA wants to focus on innovative projects that are ready to scale, you can find out more by visiting the website: https://hea.globalinnovationexchange.org/hea-about

Hello, we would be interested to know if an agency can submit more than one proposal for Round 2? We would ideally like to submit 2 proposals if possible. Many thanks

Dear Savita, the HEA aims to provide a robust evaluation framework for your project, as well as supporting your organisation as a whole to strengthen their M&E capacity. I think that if your projects are working in the same space, your application to the HEA could include both aspects of the projects to showcase the impact on the children you are assisting. Please do feel free to email us if you have more specific questions on KENRHHEA@unhcr.org. Warm regards Clara

Hello everybody.We have a school in Aweil Centre state,Northern Bahr El Ghazal in South Sudan.The school has a proposal to help start a school farm,drill a borehole and construct three more classroom.Kindly do you support such initiatives?

Dear James, if you already have funding to support the scaling of your project, then you would be eligible to apply. We are not providing funds for actual project costs but the HEA is more about strengthening internal M&E capacity as well as providing an external evaluation of your project. Thanks!

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As our program offers an innovative, yet low-tech approach to EIE, we are wondering whether our project lies within your scope of interest for this call?

Our Education in Emergencies (EIE) program re-invigorates the childrens ability to learn resp. prepares children in conflict and crisis situations for a successful re-integration into school. It aims at recovering the learning capacity and building the resilience of children affected by negative stress or trauma. The applied methodologie forsees the children to re-pass the classical ECD-steps (Early Children Development) i.a. by using an “emergency learning kit” (based on recycled materiel which is available in every emergency environment). The programm is right now conducted extra-curricular and in schools/pre-schools in Gaza. It integrates as well teachers, parents and the social environment of the children.

Dear Oliver,
Your project sounds very interesting and certainly lies within the scope of the HEA. Please do apply!
Thanks!

Did the deadline just got extended??

Dear Brukty,

Indeed we extended the deadline till the 4th of November.

Warm regards,
Clara

Hi
I have applied for the Leadership opportunities for refugees as part of our program the Malala Youssafzai Leadership and Entrepreneurship Program for refugees aimed at providing leadership skills as well as scholarship opportunities to refugees, we have already launched it for non refugees students with great success we would like to provide the same opportunities for refugees. I wish to know if this falls within the category of projects you are interested in.I have already applied
Best regards

Hi Fernand,
All the questions asked in the form will allow us to assess whether you meet the aspects that we look at in our eligibility shortlisting so we look forward to reading your applications and will notify you in due course.
Warm regards,
Clara

Hello,
We learned about this opportunity only a few days ago. We are currently working on our proposal and I have 2 questions
1)what time are applications due on november 4th ?
2) our project is in rural areas of Morocco, where education access is limited especially for girls. Our organization really needs M&E capacity to pursue efforts that could engage the local governement in considering scalability. Are we eligible ? Are we considered EIE ? Thank you in advance

Dear Rita,
The applications will be due at midnight on the 4th in your time zone, so as long as the sent stamp indicates the 4th it will be eligible.
We would really need to see the whole context of the project to understand whether it would meet the criteria of being in an emergency. I would encourage you to apply as we do look at all aspects of the questions asked which holistically meet criteria on our eligibility assessment.
Warm regards

Thank you for your response Clara. Application under way.

Best.

Hello,
We learned about this opportunity only a few days ago. We are currently working on our proposal and I have 2 questions
1)what time are applications due on november 4th ?
2) our project is in rural areas Morocco where education access is limited especially for girls. Our organization really needs M&E capacity to pursue efforts that could engage the local governement in considering scalability. Are we eligible ? Are we considered EIE ? Thank you in advance

Hello,
We learned about this opportunity only a few days ago. We are currently working on our proposal and I have 2 questions
1)what time are applications due on november 4th ?
2) our project is in rural areas Morocco where education access is limited especially for girls. Our organization really needs M&E capacity to pursue efforts that could engage the local governement in considering scalability. Are we eligible ? Are we considered EIE ? Thank you in advance