Applications Invited for Cultivating Inclusion for Food Security (Cultivate) Fellowship

Applications Invited for Cultivating Inclusion for Food Security (Cultivate) Fellowship

Organization: FSN Network

Apply By: 05 Apr 2024

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About the Organization

Since 2012, the Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) Network has been a global community where food security practitioners can access and share resources, events, and opportunities as they work to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable.

Funded by USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), the FSN Network is designed for a variety of food security stakeholders. The FSN Network is not only for implementers of USAID-funded emergency and non-emergency programs but it is also for donors, researchers, governments, private sector actors, among others. We work to engage stakeholders on topics such as agriculture, alternative livelihoods, WASH, monitoring and evaluation, and much more.

The FSN Network was originally launched under the USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP)-funded Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) Program.

The Gender and Youth Activity (GAYA) works to improve the quality and impact of food security activities by addressing the barriers and challenges implementing partners face when integrating gender and youth within their activities. Understanding and meeting the unique and intersectional needs of women and youth, and addressing the root causes of the inequalities that affect them, are essential to achieve broad and equitable impacts in food and nutrition security. 

About the Fellowship

Brought to you by the Gender and Youth Activity (GAYA), the Cultivate Fellowship is a capacity-strengthening opportunity for field-based emergency and resilience food security implementers who are interested in using qualitative methods to increase gender and youth inclusion.

Over three months, a cohort of 16-20 members participate in both an in-person workshop, regular online meetings, and independent work to develop innovative solutions to increase gender and youth inclusion in their programs.

The Cultivate Fellowship supports fellows to design and use qualitative methods to address their program-specific questions and deepen their contextual understanding of social inclusion and resilience dynamics of their activities, in order to adapt programming for transformative change. By the end of the Cultivate Fellowship, fellows will:

  • Collaborate with peers and explore how systems thinking tools and strategies can deepen our understanding of inclusive resilience dynamics.
  • Design learning questions, a qualitative inquiry process, and qualitative inquiry tools to answer program-specific questions.
  • Conduct this qualitative inquiry within their own program, including:
  • Collecting data;
  • Analyzing results;
  • Convening a team to apply learning within the program; and
  • Revising the tools for broader use.
  • Engage with a robust Alumni Network committed to creative, collaborative, and critical innovation around inclusive resilience-focused qualitative inquiry.

What is Expected of Participants:

  • Fellows’ program/activity will fund travel costs  (e.g., travel, accommodation, per diem)  associated with attending an in-person workshop
  • Fellows will engage in three months of activities, including, but not limited to, virtual preparatory meetings, a 5-day in-person workshop, biweekly virtual meetings following the workshop, informal and formal technical mentorship calls, and a virtual learning event
  • During the Fellowship, Fellows (with the support of GAYA) will be required to complete an inclusive resilience-focused qualitative inquiry project within their program/activity.

Who Should Apply

Prospective applicants should apply as a pair working within the same program, ideally representing:

Applicant 1: Gender, youth, and/or social inclusion components or the equivalent

Applicant 2: Monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) and/or collaboration, learning, and adaptation (CLA) or adaptive management equivalent

The current cohort is aimed at implementers working on Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)-funded Activities and other USAID strategic partners located in Asia and the Pacific.

How to Apply

Application closes April 5, 2024.

Download the application here and submit the completed form to GAYACultivateFellowship@gmail.com. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to the same email!

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