Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA): Inviting applications for ‘International Training Programmes (ITP)’ to support and strengthen the participants’ plans for change on organizational and sectoral levels and should not be regarded as individual competence training.

Funding brief: Sida’s International Training Programmes are open to candidates from low and middle income countries. The aim is to support and strengthen the participants’ plans for change on organizational and sectoral levels and should not be regarded as individual competence training.

The methodology is based on the assumption that participating countries wish to carry out changes and are willing to invest their own resources to achieve these changes. Capacity development is focused on support to the participants’ own plans or projects for change. This is why the training programmes are designed for persons qualified to participate in reform processes and who holds a position in their home organisation with mandate to run processes of change.

The programmes cover areas of strategic importance to the social, environmental and economic development of co-operating countries and are based on identified priorities and needs. In the long-term perspective, the programmes shall contribute to institutional strengthening and capacity development in the co-operating countries.

Commissioned by Sida, the training programmes are organised by Swedish public authorities, universities, private companies and NGOs.

The programmes include 2-4 weeks of training in Sweden. The participants review and get started with their plans for change supervised by skilled Swedish colleagues and experts in a mixture of lectures, workshops, process oriented work and study visits.

Approximately six months later a follow-up meeting takes place in one of the participating countries. This phase is focused on exchange of experiences and lessons learned concerning implementation of the plans for change. Support from the programme organisers is given during the entire programme period and in some cases additional workshops are held in the region where the participants are located.

In many programmes, the participants form networks in order to keep contact after the training has been concluded. These networks can be global, regional and/or national and also include participants for every year the programme is open.

Those who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a certificate stating details of the training undertaken.

The programme focuses on the disaster risk management continuum: what needs to be considered before (prevention and preparedness actions), during (response) and after a disaster (recovery), as well as what needs to be considered throughout all phases. The following components will be included (with possible adjustments based on the specific requirements of the participants and their change initiatives),
Using risk- and vulnerability assessments as a tool for decision-making (for example aggregation of data and utilization of risk- and vulnerability data in risk-informed response and recovery).
Analysis of critical societal functions and interdependencies.
Coordination and cooperation mechanisms for effective disaster risk management.
Risk-informed planning and programming.
Information management. How do different methods for sharing of data and information contribute to effective disaster risk management?
What to consider for timely, functional and efficient early warning systems reaching their intended target groups.
Crisis communication to the public as a tool for promoting household preparedness and action.
Gender and environmental mainstreaming in disaster risk management.
Project management, results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, and analysis skills.
The humanitarian-development nexus during all phases of the disaster risk management continuum. There will be opportunities for participants to influence the contents during the training cycle.

Donor Name: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
Funding name: International Training Programmes (ITP)

Deadline: Closing date for applications- 28th, October, 2019

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Funding limit: Sida will cover the costs related to:
Participation in the programme, study visits, and scheduled activities.
Hotel accommodations.
A meal allowance to cover self-sustained cooked meals.
International travel to and from Sweden and regional workshops. Airline tickets will be booked by MSB. Each participant is responsible for travel costs to (and from) the international airport nearest their home, visa costs, and all personal expenses, other than those indicated above. The organiser, or Sida, will not fund the participants’ change initiatives.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: N/A

Project duration: The programmes include 2-4 weeks of training in Sweden.
The total duration of the programme is 12 months (phase 1–3) of which participants are expected to dedicate 20–30% of their work time. Five weeks are scheduled sessions.

Eligible organization: As below

The target group primarily includes technical experts and middle management staff members employed by public authorities, civil society (including the Red Cross/Red Crescent) and academia involved in disaster risk management, and who has a commitment to an intended change initiative of relevance. The programme is open to all relevant staff, regardless of gender, age, disabilities and ethnicity and adaptations to facilitate participation will be made. The programme strives for a diverse and representative group of participants. Only candidates nominated by the appropriate organisation and in accordance with national rules and regulations will be considered.

Good health is a requirement due to an intensive programme and international travel. It is recommended that candidates undergo a medical examination before filling in the Medical statement in the Application form. Prior to international travel you will be asked to fill out a health declaration which will be kept with our medical coordinator. The information is strictly confidential and the information will be used only in emergency.

Other Requirements: If selected, a participant will be required to attend all phases of the programme. The nominating organisation must sign a letter of commitment before the start of the programme. Basic computer skills, internet connectivity and an email address are necessary for the training. Family members are not allowed to accompany programme participants. In addition, as computers and e-mail will be used continuously in the programme, a computer with Microsoft Office programmes (Word, Excel, and Power Point) or similar is essential and possession of a computer is a requirement.

Eligible Country: Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines and Cambodia.

Submission mail: itp@msb.se

Other important link:
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How to apply: Applications shall be submitted directly to MSB, by e-mail to itp@msb.se. Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be conducted. Applications should be submitted using the form attached, including a recent photograph, required information and documents as well as an outline of the change initiative (see application form). Applications submitted after closing date will not be considered. The nominees should fulfil the following criteria:
Have a position of relevance for the intended change initiative, or identified challenge with which the organisation/s applies at technical or middle management level.
Have a permanent position in the applying organisation, alternatively demonstrating a hand-over plan to another function of relevance.

Ability and skills to formulate a change initiative with specific, achievable and relevant outcome.
Possess adequate working experience within the working area (at least 3 years).
Having a demonstrated interest in the area of work.
Proficiency in spoken and written English. Nomination of more than one candidate per organisation is strongly encouraged, as well as application as ‘country teams’, i.e. participants may come from several organisations, working on a mutual change initiative or challenge.

The training programme will be conducted in English, without the possibility of translation. Participants are expected to make both oral and written presentations. Proficiency in English shall be certified in the application form.FundForBangladesh-BorderVisit all Funding opportunities: Click to view
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