In response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) is issuing a Request for Applications (RFA) to assemble a COVID-19 Response Public Health Working Group (PHWG). The working group members will act as a crisis response team and will develop ideas for a bilateral project aimed at addressing the following health priorities in the US and Russia:
• Promoting safety and self-care among at-risk populations in both countries
• Developing innovative solutions for disease detection and case management
• Providing health-related services to vulnerable populations
In addressing the priorities listed above, selected members are encouraged to work with local communities and provide support to affected groups, especially those in remote areas. Members may choose to deliver activities that equip citizens with tools needed to fight COVID-19 and/or run capacity-building trainings for frontline workers on how to slow the spread and care for affected groups.
Details on specific eligibility criteria, application requirements, and submission instructions are specified in the official Request for Applications (RFA), which is detailed below. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. ET on November 20, 2020.
REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS
Through this Request for Applications (RFA), EF invites individual applications from non-governmental public health professionals and social support service providers in the US and Russia interested in becoming members of a COVID-19 crisis response working group. Upon selection, the professionals in both countries will work together to develop a project that addresses gaps in COVID-19 infection prevention and offers innovative solutions to support the affected and/or high-risk groups in both countries.
Eight (8) members – four (4) from Russia and four (4) from the US will be selected on a competitive basis. To be considered, applicants are required to fill out the online application form and submit their resume and a statement of interest as part of the application process.
Selected members will work with local communities and provide support to vulnerable groups, especially those in remote areas. Members may choose to deliver activities that equip citizens with tools needed to fight COVID-19 and/or run capacity building trainings for frontline workers on how to slow the spread and care for affected groups. At the end of the project period in September 2021, SEE plans to bring the working group members together for an in-person roundtable to celebrate the conclusion of their project and share final takeaways from their joint effort. Participation in the in-person roundtable is contingent on COVID-19 local and international health regulations.
Applicants must apply by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 20, 2020, to be considered for this opportunity.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
• Be a citizen or permanent resident of the Russian Federation or the United States.
• Have a proven academic and/or professional track-record in the nongovernmental public health sector in Russia and/or the US, including promoting safety and self-care among at-risk populations, developing innovative solutions for disease detection and case management, and providing health-related services to vulnerable populations.
• Applicants should have expertise, relevant experience, and be actively affiliated with organizations or institutions that relate to one or more priority areas and be willing to collaborate with other members of the public health working group.
• Applicants must not propose a project that directly engages in political activism, public policy reform, or the influence of public opinion.
• Demonstrate professional proficiency in both the English and Russian languages or provide a plan to overcome linguistic barriers while communicating with the members of the public health working group.
• Applicants who previously participated in the SEE program will be permitted to apply. However, preference will be given to new applicants previously not affiliated with SEE.
• Must not be affiliated with Russian federal, regional, and local government bodies or federal academic and research institutions (except for full-time students).
USE OF FUNDS
SEE will provide up to $50,000 in total in funding towards implementation of the proposed project during the 8-month period. The funds will be managed and disbursed by SEE in accordance with the project needs. SEE will monitor the use of project funds to ensure that spending is prioritized towards implementation of activities and achievement of results rather than solely for the purpose of working group member compensation or travel, as permitted due to COVID.
Compensation to individual working group members is permitted on a contractual basis and will be based on the level of their involvement and relevance to the project needs, but the involvement in the activities of the Public Health Working Group should be voluntary. Disbursements or fund transfers and agreements between SEE and Russian organizations are not permitted, but individual consulting agreements are acceptable. All requests for contractual roles must be approved by SEE.
Applicants may supplement EF funds with additional resources (i.e. cost-share) to implement projects. All non-EF supplemental funding must be reported to SEE.
The working group is expected to submit periodic reports to SEE that capture the working group’s progress toward reaching specific objectives and outcomes as identified in their proposed project. The reports must list specific activities, deliverables, and any interim outcomes that the working group members have achieved during the reporting period.
The final report will offer a detailed overview of the project’s key activities and will summarize the results of the project and its impact on the target beneficiary groups in both countries. The final report should also demonstrate the project’s potential for sustainability beyond the funding period. SEE will share information regarding detailed reporting guidelines, including submission requirements and frequency, shortly after assembling the working group.
Applicants should complete an online application form and include a statement of interest and a resume. All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on November 20, 2020 (7:59 a.m. Moscow Time on November 21, 2020).
The application can be accessed using EF’s grant management system. If this is the first time that an applicant has applied for an EF funding opportunity using the online grant management system, the applicant must create a user account by following the instructions on the right side of the login page linked above. If an applicant already has an account, they may simply log in without creating a new account.
After registering on EF’s grant management system, you will need to enter an access code to view the application form. Please use the following access code to access the application form: SEEPHWG.
Applicants will receive notification by email upon successful submission of the application. If you encounter difficulty in completing the application process, please contact [email protected] immediately for assistance. We strongly recommend that you start working on your application as early as possible. If you encounter technical issues with your application and contact us less than 48 hours before the final deadline, we might not be able to assist you on time. Before proceeding with this application, candidates are strongly encouraged to read the Public Health section of the SEE website.
All materials and documents submitted in conjunction with this competition will be retained in confidence by Eurasia Foundation during the review process and will not be returned to the applicant. Eurasia Foundation does not use the information presented by applicants for purposes other than review and does not provide this information to any outside persons or institutions, except in such cases where it is required by US or Russian law, or by donor agreements with Eurasia Foundation.
APPLICATION EVALUATION AND PARTICIPANT SELECTION
Successful applicants should demonstrate the following:
• Interest in seeking joint solutions to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Professional experience and demonstrated track record working in the non-governmental public health and/or social sectors.
• Desire to bring positive impact to the communities in both countries, reaching 300 (or more) beneficiaries.*
• Commitment to collaborating with professionals from Russia and the US throughout the 8-month period.
• Intent to apply newly acquired knowledge in the professional area in the home country beyond participation in the PHWG.
• Any prior experience working with international professionals or a demonstrated ability to thrive in an international environment.
*Please note that representatives of Russian federal, regional, and local government bodies; government-funded social institutions (e.g. orphanages, nature preserves); as well as federal academic and research institutions are not eligible to serve as project participants or beneficiaries (except for student groups, which may do so).
November 20, 2020: Application submission deadline
December 2020: SEE selects the members of the Working Group
December 2020- January 2021: Working Group members convene for weekly brainstorming meetings
January 2021: Working Group members present project ideas to SEE
January- February 2021: SEE selects the project idea for funding and notifies the Working Group of its decision
February 2021: Working Group members begin the implementation of the eight-month long project
February- September 2021: Working Group members actively collaborate with each other and engage with beneficiaries in both countries to deliver the project
September 2021: Working Group members produce final report, and SEE concludes the Working Group participation in a joint conference