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Application Deadline : 13 August 2018

Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), in the framework of the Project PrIME - Promoting Prosecutorial Independence through Monitoring and Engagement - is announcing a call for regional CSOs from Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti and Adjara to monitor specific thematic directions envisioned in the Strategy and Action Plan of the Prosecutors Service in Georgia (PSG).   PrIME is the European Union (EU) funded project led by IDFI together with its partner organizations - Caucasus Research Resource Center in Georgia (CRRC) and Studio Monitor. The goal of the PrIME Project is to support the increase of an external and internal independence of the Prosecution Service of Georgia for ensuring impartiality and fairness in the Georgian prosecution and investigation systems.   For that purpose, IDFI and its partner organizations are working in four main directions: monitoring, media investigation, capacity building, and outreach and awareness.    In the framework of this project, it is planned to select regional CSOs from Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti and Adjara regions. Selected organization will monitor specific thematic directions envisioned in the Strategy and Action Plan of the Prosecutors Service in Georgia (PSG).   Scope of Work   Selected regional CSOs shall conduct monitoring of activities of the specified parts of the Strategy and Action Plan of the Prosecutors Service of Georgia (PSG) on the local level according to the monitoring methodology provided by the IDFI.   Selected regional CSOs shall also monitor court hearing on cases of violence against women (VaW) and hate crimes on the local level. Selected regional CSOs shall submit their monitoring reports to IDFI as per terms of the agreement.   Representatives of the IDFI will visit selected regional CSOs in their respective regions and conduct targeted for the project trainings. For the duration of the project, IDFI shall supervise and when necessary, consult its regional partner organizations.   Terms for participation   Regional CSOs participating in the call shall:   1. Be covering Samgrelo-Zemo Svaneti and Ajdara regions in the frames of their work. Total of two CSOs will be selected through this call in the respective regions;   2. Be established for a minimum of three (3) years and have continued working experience in the last two (2) years (a minimum of 2 projects conducted or ongoing in the last two years);   3. Have the capacity to provide at least one candidacy for an expert position. An expert should have appropriate working experience in the field;   4. Have the necessary infrastructure (office setting: computer, internet, landline phone, etc.) for conducting the work envisioned by this project.   Priority will be given to an organization that:   1. have working experience in regards to the institutional reforms of the prosecution service, or have working experience in the field of criminal law, in particular, have some experience in monitoring the cases of violence against women and hate crimes;   2. provide an expert, who has knowledge of the structure and scope of the work of the Prosecution Service, and/or legal background/legislative basis and knowledge of the Criminal Code in regards to the violence against women and hate crimes, as well as experience in monitoring state/public entities;   3. have experience in managing projects funded by international organizations; or   4. have experience in managing projects funded by the EU;   A sub grant agreement will be signed by IDFI and selected regional CSOs. According to this agreement, IDFI will cover the costs of the work delivered by the selected CSOs. The approximate amount of the sub-grant is 5000 Euro, according/depending on the region.   Application Procedure     Interested organizations shall submit a filled out application in the form attached to this call and send at least two (2) resumes of the experts. Application should be sent to: vacancies@idfi.ge  The deadline for submitting the application is: August 13, 2018.  For further information, please, contact us at: +995 32 92 15 14 or e-mail: info@idfi.ge  

Application Deadline : 15 April 2018

  The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) is launching a contest on analytical articles on the topic of Data for Change.   The goal of the contest is to encourage the use open data to prepare analytical articles.   Rules for participation and evaluation criteria:   1.       Submitted analytical articles must be related to public policy and public finance in Georgia. Possibly topics include: public administration, local government, social issues, healthcare, crime statistics, education, environment, economics, finance, transport, society and geographical data. 2.       Each participant may send several articles (preferably on different topics). 3.       The main part of the article must be based on public data and its analysis. 4.       The article must describe the author’s findings and analysis of important issues in Georgia. 5.       The article must make use of database published on Datalab ­- www.datalab.ge, an open data laboratory created by IDFI. 6.       Use of visualizations (e.g. graphs, diagrams, infographics, etc.) will be considered an advantage. 7.       The article must be in Georgian. 8.       The article should follow the following structure:  Title; Cover page with information about the author: name, surname, date of birth);  Key findings; Introduction; Main body; Conclusion;  and Bibliography / Annexes. 9. Technical specifications: the article must be submitted as a Word document; number of pages: 2-5 (without graphs and annexes);  font: Sylfaen, size - 12; line spacing - 1.15; and margin: Normal. 10. Any additional public information requested by the author from public institutions must be submitted together with the article. 11. The analysis included in the submitted article must belong to the author. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. 12. Articles that have already been published will not be accepted. How to find information for the article?  - Browse databases on Georgia’s Open Data Platform (DataLab - www.datalab.ge);   -  Look for public information published on the websites of public institutions;   - Request public information from specific public institutions.   Contest prizes : First place – GEL 1,600; Second place – GEL 1,200; and Third place – GEL 900. Three best articles will be published on IDFI’s website (www.idfi.ge) and social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) with copyright protection.   Deadline for submission is April 15, 2018. Articles may only be submitted electronically to: contest@idfi.ge, by indicating ‘Data for Change’ in the subject line.   For more information about the contest contact us between 10:00 - 19:00, from Monday to Friday:   Tel: +995 32 2 921514 Email: contest@idfi.ge   The contest is organized with the financial support of the International Visegrad Fund and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Application Deadline : 31 March 2018

    The Parliament of Georgia is launching a youth contest ­- Your Idea for Open Parliament with the support of the European Union and the United Nations Development Program, and in cooperation with the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI).   The contest aims to raise awareness of young people about open parliament and to initiate commitments submitted by them for the 2018-2019 Open Parliament Action Plan. The contest enables young people to participate in the activities of the Parliament of Georgia and share their ideas about what the Parliament should do to become more accountable, transparent and open to citizen engagement.   Who can participate in the contest?    Students below the age of 26 enrolled in Bachelor or Master’s programs of any higher education institution in Georgia.   Terms of Participation:   1.       Participants must submit ideas about Parliamentary commitments for the third, 2018-2019 Open Parliament Action Plan;   2.       The main purpose of the submitted ideas must be ensuring citizen engagement, accountability, access to information and transparency in legislative processes, and the use of new technologies and innovations to ensure parliamentary openness;   3.       Each participant may submit several ideas;   4.       Submitted ideas must not coincide with any existing and / or current commitments of the Parliament of Georgia (See 2015-2016 and 2017 Open parliament Action Plans).   5.       The submission must include a clear description of the commitment and its purpose;   6.       The submission must be made in Georgian and must not exceed 300 words.   Contest Prize - unique opportunity to be involved in parliamentary activities   - Selected applicants will be invited to attend a meeting with the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Open and Transparent Governance and its Consultative Group to present their ideas;   - Ideas that are deemed best may be included in the 2018-2019 Open Parliament Action Plan;   - Authors of these ideas will have the opportunity to participate in open parliament meetings and events;   - Authors of 3 best ideas will be able to attend the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit held in Tbilisi on 17-19 July 2018, which will bring together over 3,000 participants from 70 countries.   Submissions must be sent to: contest@idfi.ge with the subject line ‘Youth Contest’ until March 31, 2018. The submission must include the applicant’s name, surname and contact information (phone number and e-mail).   An information session for the interested participants will be held on 26 February 2018, 12:00-14:00 pm, at Fabrika conference hall.    For more information about the contest, contact us from Monday through Friday, 10:00 to 19:00:   Email: contest@idfi.ge FB Message: https://www.facebook.com/IDFI.official Tel: +995 32 2 92 15 14; and / or +995 599 500 137

Application Deadline : 5 July 2017

  The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) with the support from UNDP Georgia and financial assistance from Government of Sweden calls applicants to submit graffiti on the subject of Sustainable Development Goals and Georgia.   The purpose of competition is to promote Sustainable Development Goals in Georgia and raise awareness about their importance.   What are Sustainable Development Goals?   On September 25, 2015, 193 UN member states agreed on the Sustainable Development Agenda document: “Transformation of our World - 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The aim of Sustainable Development Goals is to continue the work started by Millennium Development Goals.   Georgia was one of the first states that supported the adoption of UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 and started to implement them into national political agenda. Sustainable Development Agenda contains 17 goals and 169 targets.      Who can participate in the competition?   - Any interested person, professionals and non-professionals alike   - Participants are not restricted based on age or residence    How to participate in competition?   1. Participants must send at least one graffiti (sketch of graffiti, indicating its exact final parameters)    2. It is possible to send more than one work, regardless of category    3. Each work must deal with only one Sustainable Development Goal. Works that deal with two or more goals will not be accepted   5. No restrictions on content apply; however, a work should be easily understandable to wide audience   6. A work must not contain offensive or violent elements   7. In case of plagiarism, the organizers reserve the right to remove the participant from this competition   8. The submitted visualization must be high in resolution. Files should be sent in JPG or PDF formats and their size must not exceed 5 MB   Deadline for submission is July 5, 2017. Please send your work to the address: contest@idfi.ge. In the e-mail, please indicate your first name, last name, age, and contact information (e-mail and phone number). Please indicate the work's exact final parameters. The e-mail subject line must be - competition Graffiti.       By sending your works to this competition, you agree that:    - You own copyright on the submitted material and it is created by you   - You are able to transfer graffiti to a wall in the dimensions you have indicated    IDFI is not allowed to use the submitted material for commercial purposes.   Evaluation Criteria    - Relevance to the chosen Sustainable Development Goal   - Innovative depiction of an issue graffiti (graffiti sketch)     - Quality of submitted work   - Compositional display of work   - Color coordination    Awards   - The winner will be selected by representatives from UNDP and IDFI.   - One winner will be selected and will be rewarded with GEL 1,000 gift card for a technology store.   - The winner will be awarded during the Sustainable Development Goals international forum.   - The project takes responsibility to obtain necessary permission and wall for author to transfer graffiti.    For additional information about competition please contact us, Monday – Friday, from 10:00 – 19:00:     Institute for Development for Freedom of information   E-mail: contest@idfi.ge      FB: https://www.facebook.com/IDFI.official  Tel: +995 32 2 92 15 14; +995 599 500 137   The competition is held in the framework of the project “Supporting the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Georgia”.     

Application Deadline : 21 May 2017

  The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI)  with the support from United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) and government of Sweden calls students to submit essays on the subject of Sustainable Development Goals and Georgia.   The purpose of this competition is to promote the Sustainable Development Goals in Georgia and raise awareness about their importance.   What are Sustainable Development Goals?   On September 25, 2015, 193 UN member states agreed on the Sustainable Development Agenda document: “Transformation of our World - 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The aim of Sustainable Development Goals is to continue the work started by Millennium Development Goals.   Georgia was one of the first states that supported the adoption of UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 and started to implement them into national political agenda. Sustainable Development Agenda contains 17 goals and 169 targets.     To receive more information about this competition, an information meeting will be held on May 2, 2017, 17:00 at conference room of restaurant Lolita  (#7 Chovelidze str., III Floor). To participate in the meeting, please register no later than April 26, 2017.   Who can participate in the competition?   Any undergraduate or graduate student in Georgia can participate in this competition.        How to participate in the competition?   1. The essay must concentrate on only one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals;   2. One participant may submit multiple essays on different Goals;    3. At the end of an essay, please indicate your first name, last name, contact information (e-mail and phone number) and the name of the educational institution you are enrolled in;   4. Technical requirements: the text should be in Georgian, font – Sylfaen, size – 12, spacing – 1.5, no more than 1,000 words. Please do NOT send essays in PDF. The Word document must include the name of the participant in its title;   5. In case of plagiarism, the organizers reserve the right to remove the participant from the competition;   6. Deadline for submission is May 21, 2017;    7. Please send your essay/s to contest@idfi.ge;   8. The e-mail subject line must be - Essay Competition.       Evaluation Criteria    - Relevance and original analysis of the issue;   - Logical reasoning;   - Analysis and argumentation;   - The structure of the essay (introduction, main body, conclusion);   - Following academic writing standards.     Awards   - First place winner will receive a GEL 1,000 gift card for a technology store, the second and third place holders will be awarded with special gifts at the Sustainable Development Goals international forum.    - Winners will be selected by representatives from UNDP and IDFI. Ten best essays with authors’ name and picture will be published on the IDFI website and Facebook page.     For additional information about the competition please contact us, Monday – Friday, from 10:00 – 19:00:   Institute for Development of Freedom of Information E-mail: contest@idfi.ge    FB: https://www.facebook.com/IDFI.official     Tel: +995 32 2 92 15 14; +995 599 500 137   The competition is held in the framework of the project “Supporting the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Georgia”. 

Application Deadline : 21 May 2017

  The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) with the support from United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) and government of Sweden calls applicants to submit visualizations (photo, graffiti, or poster) on the subject of Sustainable Development Goals and Georgia.   The purpose of competition is to promote Sustainable Development Goals in Georgia and raise awareness about their importance.     What are Sustainable Development Goals?   On September 25, 2015, 193 UN member states agreed on the Sustainable Development Agenda document: “Transformation of our World - 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The aim of Sustainable Development Goals is to continue the work started by Millennium Development Goals.   Georgia was one of the first states that supported the adoption of UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 and started to implement them into national political agenda. Sustainable Development Agenda contains 17 goals and 169 targets.     To receive more information about this competition, an information meeting will be held on May 2, 2017, 17:00 at conference room of restaurant Lolita (#7 Chovelidze str., III floor). To participate in the meeting, please register no later than April 26, 2017.      Who can participate in the competition?   - Any interested person, professionals and non-professionals alike   - Participants are not restricted based on age or residence      How to participate in competition?   1. Participants must send at least one work: photo, poster, or graffiti (sketch of graffiti, indicating its exact final)    2. It is possible to send more than one work, regardless of category.   3. Each work must deal with only one Sustainable Development Goal. Works that deal with two or more goals will not be accepted.   4. No restrictions on content apply; however, a work should be easily understandable to wide audience.    5. A work must not contain offensive or violent elements.   6. In case of plagiarism, the organizers reserve the right to remove the participant from this competition.   7. The submitted visualization must be high in resolution. Files should be sent in JPG or PDF formats and their size must not exceed 5 MB.     Deadline for submission is May 21, 2017. Please send your work to the address: contest@idfi.ge. In the e-mail, please indicate your first name, last name, age, contact information (e-mail and phone number) and place of residence (city, municipality). In case of a graffiti sketch, please indicate its exact final parameters. The e-mail subject line must be - competition photo, competition poster or graffiti.      By sending your works to this competition, you agree that:    - You own copyright on the submitted material and it is created by you;   - In case of graffiti, you are able to transfer it to a wall in the dimensions you have indicated;    - Every person depicted on the submitted material gives you permission to use the work and have it published;    - You give organizers the right to use your work according to their views on their website, exhibitions, and publications or in any other material (author being indicated).       IDFI is not allowed to use the submitted material for commercial purposes.     Evaluation Criteria    - Relevance to the chosen Sustainable Development Goal   - Innovative depiction of an issue via photo, poster or graffiti (graffiti sketch)     - Quality of submitted work   - Compositional display of work   - Color coordination     Awards   - The winner will be selected by representatives from UNDP and IDFI.   - One winner will be selected in each category (photo, poster, graffiti) and will be rewarded with GEL 1,000 gift card for a technology store.   - The winners will be awarded during the Sustainable Development Goals international forum.   - 20 best visualizations (10 photos, 10 graffiti) with authors’ name and picture will be published on the IDFI web and Facebook page. In case of graffiti, the project will provide the author with a wall and permission to paint the sketch.    - The works will be exhibited at the Tbilisi Sustainable Development Goals international forum.      For additional information about competition please contact us, Monday – Friday, from 10:00 – 19:00:   Institute for Development for Freedom of information   E-mail: contest@idfi.ge      FB: https://www.facebook.com/IDFI.official  Tel: +995 32 2 92 15 14; +995 599 500 137   The competition is held in the framework of the project “Supporting the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Georgia”.   

Application Deadline : 18 April 2017

  The Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) within the framework of its project “Supporting the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Georgia” has launched a competition of ideas for and later production of an informative social video clip. Theme: Sustainable Development Goals and Georgia.   The project is supported by United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) Governance Reform Fund (GRF), with financial assistance of the Swedish government and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).   The purpose of the video clip is to raise awareness about Sustainable Development Goals in Georgia and the importance of their implementation.    What are Sustainable Development Goals?   On September 25, 2015, 193 UN member states agreed on the Sustainable Development Agenda document: “Transformation of our World - 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The aim of Sustainable Development Goals is to continue the work started by Millennium Development Goals.   Georgia was one of the first states that supported the adoption of UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 and started to implement them into national political agenda. Sustainable Development Agenda contains 17 goals and 169 targets.     Who can participate in the competition?   Qualified organizations and individuals with relevant experience can participate in the competition.    Requirements:    1. The video must qualify as social video.   2. The video must maintain technical requirements necessary to broadcast on national television.    3. The duration must be no longer than 1 minute.    4. The video must not contain violence.   5. The video must be completed in three weeks after results of the competition are known.    6. The author of the video clip is required to take into consideration the demands of project experts and make any necessary changes.    7. All decisions about and changes in video clip should be agreed with the project team in written form.   8. Labeling video as social video clip and its broadcast on national television is an obligation of the project team and not the author.        Deadlines and Procedures    The deadline for application is April 18, 2017.    Participants must provide:    - Information about the applicant (in case of an individual, please send CV) indicating experience in producing informational, social video clips and ads.      - The idea for a video clip (Word document file), which clearly describes the content and the main massages of the video clip, shot by shot (a script).    - Budget   - At least 3 examples of previously created video clips.    All of the above must be sent to: contest@idfi.ge. In the subject line please indicate - Competition for Social Video Clip.     Evaluation Criteria:   - The script must be in accordance with the goals of the competition;    - Information about Sustainable Development Goals must be easy to understand and remember for a wide audience;    - Innovative outlook;   - Creativity;   - Small timeframe for production;   - Past experience. Only winners will be notified. The project reserves the right not to clarify the reasons behind not selecting a particular idea. For additional information about competition please contact us, Monday – Friday, from 10:00 – 19:00:   Institute for Development for Freedom of information: Tel: +995 32 2 92 15 14; +995 599 500 137