Call for Concept Papers: HPS Volunteering Grants

 Call for Concept Papers: HPS Volunteering Grants

THET is pleased to announce a call for concept papers for HPS Volunteering Grants. These grants form part of the Health Partnership Scheme (HPS) which is a four-year programme to support the development of health services in some of the world’s poorest countries. The scheme is funded by the UK Department for International Development. It is managed by THET in consortium with HLSP.

The Health Partnership Scheme (HPS) aims to improve health outcomes for poor people in DFID priority and other low income countries. The Scheme will harness UK health institutions and professionals in partnerships with developing country counterparts, and strengthen health systems through health service skills transfer and capacity development.

HPS Volunteering Grants aim to leverage the knowledge and expertise of UK health professionals by funding efficient, high quality long-term volunteering programmes linked to development projects. HPS Volunteering Grants should contribute towards Millennium Development Goals 4, 5, 6 helping to strengthen health systems through building the capacity of human resources for health.

The five core objectives of HPS Volunteering Grants are:

1. To design and promote an innovative long-term volunteering programme to enable UK health professionals to work in developing countries

2. To place volunteers in development projects supportive of national health strategies in developing countries, encouraging skills development and exchange between UK volunteers and developing country counterparts

3. To source a consistent supply of long-term volunteers through partnerships between UK and developing country institutions or through other activities clearly aligned with HPS’s overall aim

4. To train and manage volunteers, ensuring their safety at all times

5. To contribute towards tackling the barriers to volunteering, helping to ensure that long-term volunteering is an integral part of a UK health professional’s career valued by employers and employees alike

Demonstration of results and the sharing of good practice will be expected at all stages of implementation of an HPS Volunteering Grant.

Eligibility for funding for an HPS Volunteering Grant is contingent on meeting the following eligibility criteria:

1. All partners are eligible organisations/institutions  (See full eligibility statement)

2. A track record of safe, appropriate and professional health volunteer sending and the ability to manage volunteers throughout their journey

3. Ability to deliver an HPS Volunteering Grant over a 34 month period

4. Ability to effectively disburse a budget of between £200,000 and £1,500,000 over the lifetime of an HPS Volunteering Grant

Organisations and institutions that meet these eligibility criteria may submit a concept paper, using the application form  below.

Concepts must be submitted using the application form on or before the 17th October 2011.

For questions about HPS Volunteering Grants please email hps@thet.org.

Organisations and institutions should be aware that their proposed programmes should meet specific requirements. (Please see guidelines below)

Following the submission deadline concept papers will be reviewed and shortlisted by THET. All applicants will be contacted regarding the outcome of their submission within 2 weeks of the submission deadline. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit full applications.

The deadline for full applications is 19th December 2011.

Documents for Download

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HPS Bursaries for Volunteering

Bursaries of up to £15,000 will be available in 2012 for individual volunteers supporting health partnerships for periods of 6 to 12 months.

Please email hps@thet.org for further details.

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