The U.S. Embassy in Kenya of the U.S. Department of State invites you to submit a cooperative agreement proposal to develop and implement a program on Inclusive Work Readiness and organize a Tech Opportunities Summit.
- Work readiness skills are the foundational skills needed to be minimally qualified for a specific occupation as determined through a job analysis or occupational profile.
- Equipped with often-missing cognitive, technical, digital, and self-advocacy skills, 18–35-year-old Kenyans, including those living with disabilities, could greatly improve their employability and attract opportunities that could advance their socio-economic wellbeing as well as that of the country.
- Length of performance period: 12 months October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023
- Number of awards anticipated: 1 award
- Total available funding: $22,000
- Type of Funding: FY22 Fulbright Hayes
- Anticipated program start date: October 1, 2022
- In cooperation with the Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kenya, this award will develop and implement a program on Inclusive Work Readiness and organize a Tech Opportunities Summit to be held in-person at the five American Spaces in Nairobi (2), Lamu, Mombasa, and Nakuru. Specifically, the implementer should be able to, at a minimum, conduct the following activities:
- Develop a workshop series of 10-12 modules (with one or more sessions per module) to include topics such as: job seeker visibility, CV/Resume and application letter writing, navigating applicant tracking systems, networking, interviewing skills, salary negotiation, career growth mapping, and job retention among other relevant skills. Content can be original or re-purposed but must be copyright- and royalty-free and may include content freely available from U.S. government websites.
- Publish workshop-related content on availed platforms for participant access and to review progress.
- Recruit a minimum of 250 target audience participants across all five locations. A minimum of 150 of the recruited participants are expected to successfully complete the workshop series.
- Facilitate in-person and/or virtual workshops or sessions at all five locations covering the pre-packaged modules. Include expert guest speakers as needed and appropriate. (Venues are available free-of-charge; grant proposal should include any workshop materials, refreshments, and travel expenses anticipated. Ideally, there would be at least one in-person session at each of the five locations.)
- Collaborate with the U.S. Embassy Kenya to organize an inclusive Tech opportunities Summit (1 day) with speakers at a venue to be provided [No venue cost for implementer.]
- Build in time for U.S. Embassy speakers to address the target audiences periodically.
- Provide all workshop series resources in a manner that can be easily replicated by PDS for future iterations of the program.
- Ensure program is inclusive, accessible, and accommodates persons with disabilities.
- Consider sustainability and follow-on activities for participants to network with others, share the newly acquired knowledge, and/or maintain their new skills.
- Document program activities and testimonials to provide materials for PD Tools and Embassy social media entries for each program. Templates to be provided.
- Develop clear monitoring and evaluation to produce evidence-based results. This will provide a way to gauge public perception, sustainability, and scalability.
Participants and Audiences: Kenyans ages 18-35 who are unemployed or under-employed looking to improve their employability across different fields including the dynamic tech space. Special consideration for persons with disabilities.
Priority Region: Nairobi, Lamu, Mombasa and Nakuru regions.
- The following organizations are eligible to apply: The Public Diplomacy Section encourages applications from Kenya-based organizations, institutions, and individuals. They may partner with U.S.-based entities, but the grant recipient must be based in Kenya, including
- Kenya-registered not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with programming experience
- Kenyan Individuals
- Kenya-based non-profit or governmental educational institutions
- Governmental institutions
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=342811