Call for Implementing Partner: TechCamp New Zealand for Health Communicators

Application End Date: 10 July 2017 at 9:00am New Zealand Time

Maximum Award Amount: $100,000 USD

Contact: Auckland Public Affairs Section, HosodaMK@state.gov


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland, New Zealand seeks proposals for a project entitled “TechCamp New Zealand for Health Communicators.”  The proposed project will consist of a grantee working closely with the U.S. Department of State (DOS), represented by PAS Auckland and the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), in implementing a TechCamp that aims to bring together health communicators, health and business professionals, government officials, and community leaders from countries throughout the Pacific to increase their organizational capacities and develop tech solutions that will help them expand public health communications about mosquito-borne diseases in the region. The TechCamp will invite participants from New Zealand and the Pacific region including but not exclusive to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federal States of Micronesia, and Palau.

The main objectives of the TechCamp are to:

  1. Encourage innovative, locally-based outreach strategies that will increase community engagement in vector control, including the use of readily available technology and tools.   
  2. Support the creation of regional networks and relationships that will allow health communicators across the Pacific to build public engagement strategies to combat Zika, dengue, and other mosquito-borne diseases;
  3. Improve capacity for health leaders to communicate accurate, timely information and encourage behavior change to prevent exposure to the disease and to positively impact tourism and business;
  4. Build regional networks with like-minded health communicators in the Pacific region.  

The TechCamp will occur in Auckland in November 2017, and will consist of a two-day program with an estimated 60 participants drawn from the Pacific region.  In coordination with PAS Auckland, the grantee will organize and manage all logistics, which include securing and booking an appropriate venue; ensuring adequate WiFi connectivity and other equipment requirements at the venue; arranging all travel for participants and trainers – both local and international; arranging lodging and transportation for all participants and trainers; providing guidance to all participants and trainers on any documents and visa requirements necessary to facilitate their travel to the TechCamp location; and securing volunteers as needed. The grantee will also provide support onsite during the two-day event.  The grantee will collaborate with and provide input to PAS Auckland in selecting local and international participants and resource advisors, with PAS Auckland approving the final selection of participants.  The grantee will also work with IIP and PAS Auckland to draft an agenda that includes breakout sessions for the TechCamp.  

As part of the TechCamp, the grantee will organize a small grants competition that will be open to teams comprised of TechCamp participants.  The grantee will be responsible for managing the small grants competition, including concluding sub-award agreements and transferring any funds to the selected teams, as a follow-on activity for a period of 3-5 months after the conclusion of the TechCamp.   

Interested applicants should submit a detailed budget that includes all expenses related to the organization and management of the two-day workshop followed by the small grants competition.  Interested applicants should have familiarity in organizing and managing international workshops, and prior experience in organizing and managing TechCamps or hackathons will be scored more favorably during the merit review.  It is required that a minimum of $20,000 of the proposed budget be dedicated to follow-on activities.

To learn more about U.S. State Department TechCamps see: https://techcamp.america.gov/about/

To learn about TechCamp Bogota, Columbia which focused on transforming health communications, see:

https://techcamp.america.gov/techcamps/techcamp-bogota/

Funding Type and Amount:  

Cooperative agreement

  • Minimum (“Floor”) Award Amount:  $80,000.00
  • Maximum (“Ceiling”) Award Amount:  $100,000.00

The Public Affairs Section Auckland reserves the right to award less or more than the funds described under circumstances deemed to be in the best interest of the U.S. government, pending the availability of funds and approval of the designated grants officer.

HOW TO APPLY:

Review Attachment A for detailed instructions and eligibility requirements.

Applicants must ensure:

  • All documents are in English
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars
  • All pages are numbered
  • All materials are submitted in .pdf format
  • Attachment A and Attachment B (Excel), Forms SF-424, SF-424A and SF-424B (PDFs) are completed and submitted with the application.

Feel free to submit additional information as you think necessary.

  • Budget Narrative: The budget narrative supplements the information provided in the budget spreadsheet and justifies how the budget cost elements are necessary to implement project objectives and accomplish the project goals. Together, the budget narrative and spreadsheets should provide a complete financial and qualitative description that supports the proposed project plan and should be directly relatable to the specific project components described in the applicant’s proposal.
  • Letters of Intent: if local partnerships are included as part of the proposal, applicants must include a letter of intent between all partners as part of their application.  The letters must identify the type of relationship to be entered into (formal or informal), the roles and responsibilities of each partner in relation to the proposed project activities, and the expected result of the partnership.  The individual letters cannot exceed 1 page in length.

Questions:

For questions on this solicitation please contact Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland, New Zealand at: HosodaMK@state.gov

All application materials must be submitted electronically to HosodaMK@state.gov.