Call for proposals: PROTECT program

Region: East Africa
Office: Nairobi
Application deadline: February 5, 2021

About Hivos

Hivos seeks new and creative solutions to persistent global problems; solutions created by people taking their lives into their own hands. We offer a positive counterbalancing force against discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Our mission is to innovate for social change. With smart projects in the right places, we work towards more open and green societies.

About PROTECT program

Hivos in a consortium with ARTICLE 19, Internews and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is implementing the Protecting Rights, Openness and Transparency Enhancing Civic Transformation (PROTECT) program . PROTECT is a four year program that seeks to foster open societies based on an expanded and protected civic space. The program is working on shifting the paradigm from unequal and closed societies towards free and open societies with civil society including media organisations to hold governments to account. The consortium, alongside local and expert partners, will strengthen the foundations for an open society in three target countries: Kenya, Malawi and Myanmar by combining their worldwide expertise in the areas of Civic Space, Media Freedom, and Data Transparency.

PROTECT seeks to produce practical evidence on challenges facing open societies to inform other activities; support locally driven multi-stakeholder coalitions to bridge the supply-demand gap of data and support infomediaries and media to contextualise and ‘translate’ complex data into actionable information for broader segments of society and marginalized groups to act upon.

In Kenya, Hivos will utilize problem-driven mobilization and use of data to address inequalities in public service delivery focusing on utilization of data and information for women empowerment, and transparency and accountability at the county level (Kisumu and Mombasa counties). Specifically, Hivos will work towards ensuring:

  • State actors are better equipped to engage with civil society actors to address county challenges around public service delivery.
  • Civil society actors, infomediaries and media have improved access to information, and ability to generate and use better quality data to address county challenges around public service delivery.

What we offer

Hivos East Africa is inviting interested organizations to receive funding, support and training tailored to their capacities and needs to effectively implement the PROTECT program. We aim to support partner organizations to adapt new capacities that will enable them to not only achieve PROTECT outcomes but also contribute to PROTECT goals. The non-funded support includes mentoring, trainings, expert advice and support on data management, networking and project management.

What we are looking for

To qualify for this call for proposals, you are a remarkable non-profit organization that demonstrates:

  • A clear, long-term vision and action plan to solve a specific problem related to transparency and accountability.
  • A track record in influencing policy around good governance specifically in transparency and accountability in public service delivery at the national and/or county levels.
  • An ability to tackle a specific problem in a chosen sectoral focus areas.
  • A clear working record on advocacy, citizen engagement, research and capacity building for public participation, transparency and accountability.
  • Engagement record with both state and non-state actors at national and/or county levels.

Eligible organizations interested in submitting an application are encouraged to request for proposal guidelines and to submit a proposal and budget of not more than GBP 50,000 for the first year, that is, March 2021 – March 2022 to with the subject line: ‘PROTECT – ‘Name of Entity/Organization’. Your proposal must be submitted by 5 February 2021 at 5.30pm EAT.

All applicants are expected to use the following templates while submitting their proposals: