The U.S. Embassy in Iraq of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to reduce increase professional skills and job opportunities among key demographics in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.
- University students and recent graduates from regional universities outside of the main urban centers in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region regularly report that they feel unprepared to enter the job market, despite significant U.S. investment in each university’s career development center.
- This program will provide job and interview skills training to students from any of the identified demographics, tailored to the existing job market, ideally in cooperation with the U.S.- funded career development centers at the named universities.
- Length of performance period: 12
- Number of awards anticipated: 1 award
- Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $50,000.
- Total available funding: $50,000
- Anticipated programs start date: August 1, 2023
Participants and Audiences: The chosen audience should focus on those described in the “Priority Region.” Applicants should make clearly explain their rationale for choosing between a program with few numbers but a presumably more in-depth impact, versus a program with significantly larger number of participants but with less time spent per participant. The minimum number of participants for this program is 25.
Priority Region: Iraqi Kurdistan Region, with particular emphasis on high school and university students in Halabja governorate, and students and recent graduates from the following universities: Koya University, Soran University, University of Halabja, University of Raparin, University of Zakho, University of Garmian, and Charmo University.
- The following organizations are eligible to apply:
- Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/nongovernmental organizations.
- Public and private educational institutions
- Public International Organizations
For more information, visit Grants.gov.