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UNHCR seeking Proposals for Community Based Social Media Influencers Challenge

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 27, 2020 from Brazil
Expires on December 30, 2021

Supporting community stakeholders in the online world would include capacity building on key social media concepts linked to source verification, information validation, data protection, privacy, expectation management. It could also extend to content creation – covering topics linked to the use of audio-visual content, inclusive design, recognition of personal / content bias, and user-testing modalities. It would also include how to support influencers to recognize and appropriately refer protection concerns flagged via their networks or directly.

For the Expression of Interests, awarding of funds will be based on the following criteria equally weighted:
1. Challenge: Framing of the Challenge and evidence / data to support it with a key focus on inclusive community engagement and feedback response;
2. Solution: Articulation of the potential of the initiative as a solution to address key aspects covered in this background note. Specific attention will be given to proposed levels of community engagement / meaningful participation considering diversity and inclusion;
3. Impact: Potential Impact of the solution not only in terms of the number of community members supported, but also how the intervention would affect them in their daily lives and build broader community resilience;
4. Feasibility: Based on approach, administration, tentative  budget a determination on how viable the project will be and its level of sustainability;
5. Learning: description of how the operation aims to assess or review the success of the approach, maintain flexibility for making changes as needed, and share findings upon conclusion of implementation.

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Innovation Service through its Digital Access, Inclusion and Participation Programme has announced a call for proposals for the Community Based Social  Media Influencers challenge.

Working with community-based social media influencers has the potential to strengthen UNHCR’s ability to build trust in a community by working to support community-led content creation, sharing and response to community engagements. However, working with social-media influencers is not without its challenges – often relating to selection, due diligence, the risk of reinforcing entrenched inequalities through stereotypes and the exclusion of minority voices.

Only UNHCR country operations are able to apply to the challenge and one submission is accepted per operation.

This Expression of Interest should command the support of senior management within the operation.

Deadline: rolling basis (ongoing).

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 02
Nov 02

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Don't forget to visit regularly the World Pulse website and:
a) Go to Menu (left upper corner);
b) Click on Explore Topics OR Explore Regions;
c) Type the name of your country in the Search space;
d) Then search for offers thay may suit you;
6. Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Oct 28
Oct 28

Thanks, Ana.