Creative Employment Solutions for Afghan Women

Active
Yes
Status
Posted
Published Date
April 22nd, 2024
Close Date
June 21st, 2024
Total Funding
$750,000.00
Award Ceiling
$750,000.00
Award Floor
$250,000.00
Expected No. Awards
1
Opportunity No.
SCAKAB-24-GR-002-SCA-04222024

Agency

U.S. Mission to Afghanistan (DOS-AFG)

Eligible Applicants

Others

Funding Category

Other

Funding Instrument

Grant

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The U.S. Mission to Afghanistan is seeking eligible organizations to submit applications for a grant opportunity titled "Creative Employment Solutions for Afghan Women". This program aims to empower Afghan women by providing them with skills and resources for home-based, remote, and other creative employment arrangements. The goal is to address the challenges faced by Afghan women in accessing employment opportunities and reshape societal perceptions about women's participation in the workforce. The program will focus on areas heavily impacted by restrictions on women's rights in Afghanistan. Proposed projects should address areas such as career readiness workshops, mentorship programs, placement and matchmaking services, on-the-job training programs, advocacy and awareness, and strengthening partnerships for remote/home-based work empowerment. The grant has an award ceiling of $750,000 and an award floor of $250,000. The deadline for submission is June 21, 2024. For more information and inquiries, contact KabulPDSProposals@state.gov.

Description

The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U.S. Mission Afghanistan is pleased to announce an open competition for eligible organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to empower Afghan women to conduct home-based, remote, and other creative employment arrangements tailored to fit the unique circumstances in Afghanistan. This initiative seeks to address the challenges faced by Afghan women, particularly in accessing employment opportunities, by equipping them with the skills and resources needed for home-based, remote, and other creative employment arrangements.The program aims to accomplish the following:Empower Afghan women with skills and access to resources for home-based, remote work, and other creative employment arrangements.Reshape societal perceptions about women's participation in the workforce to foster an environment conducive to women making meaningful contributions to the local economy.Create sustainable pathways towards economic independence and progress for Afghan women.Activities will primarily take place in Afghanistan, focusing on areas heavily impacted by restrictions on women's rights, which has significantly impeded their access to employment opportunities. PDS seeks proposals for projects that should address at least one or more of the following areas:Career Readiness Workshops: Enhancing women's skills for home-based and remote employment through targeted training sessions to explain these models and coachwomen on setting up these types of work arrangements.Mentorship Programs: Providing ongoing support and guidance to women participating in the initiative by establishing mentorship relationships. Guiding participants through the job search, application, and interview process, and in their first months of employment.Placement and Matchmaking Services: Establishing relationships with remote or home-based work-friendly employers, raising awareness among such employers about the skills available to them through remote employment arrangements with Afghan women, facilitating engagement between program participants and employers through virtual career fairs or other opportunities, etc.On-the-Job Training Programs: Facilitating practical experience and skills building in the remote work sector through virtual internship or job training experiences.Advocacy and Awareness: Raising awareness among Afghan women about the opportunities of remote work arrangements and best practices in seeking and maintaining such employment.Strengthening Partnerships for Remote/Home-based Work Empowerment: Establishing collaborations with organizations specializing in remote and home-based work initiatives to enhance women's access to job opportunities in these environments, providing tailored resources and mentorship.This funding opportunity provides an overview of the project's objectives, activities, expected outcomes, and resource needs. It underscores our commitment to promoting gender equality and women's economic empowerment in Afghanistan. We encourage proposals that contribute to creating a more inclusive and equitable society by addressing the unique challenges faced by Afghan women in accessing employment opportunities.

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