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  1. 1. Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships – Round 11 Guidelines for Submissions
  2. 2. Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships – Round 12 Guidelines for SubmissionsALA Fellowships Program – Round 12Guidelines for SubmissionsInvitation for submissions from Australian OrganisationsInformationRound 12 – Closing Date 5pm AEST Wednesday 20 June 2012 Late applications will not be considered. Please allow sufficient time for your posted application to be received through the mail by the due date.Funding Rounds Competitive grant application processInformation www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/alafellow.cfm www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar www.australiaawards.gov.au Email: alafellowships@ausaid.gov.auKey DatesMonday 14 May 2012 Applications open – application forms and guidelines available on website.5 pm AEST Wed 20 June 2012 Applications close Applications must be submitted in Microsoft Word and Excel format on CD-ROM, accompanied by an unbound printed copy. Supporting documents may be provided in PDF format. Submissions via mail only to: ALA Fellowships Secretariat AusAID GPO Box 887 CANBERRA ACT 2601 Street address for courier: 255 London Circuit CANBERRA ACT 2601 Emailed or Faxed applications will not be acceptedMid November 2012* Successful/unsuccessful Australian organisations notified* Subject to change.January 2013 Earliest date that ALAF Round 12 program activities can commence 2
  3. 3. Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships – Round 12 Guidelines for SubmissionsDEFINITIONSAustralia Awards Australia’s overarching scholarships program which includes scholarships administered by AusAID and those administered by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace RelationsALA Australian Leadership Awards; a program for Scholarships and Fellowships, administered by AusAIDFellowship An award for short term study, research or professional attachment in Australia. The program in Australia may be with Australian business, industry, professional, media, community, government, NGO, research or education organisations or institutions.ALA Fellowships Program Australian Leadership Awards – Fellowships ProgramALA Fellowships – Application Form The form available on the AusAID website to be completed by Australian organisations applying for a grant for an ALA Fellowship.Australian organisation An Australian organisation submitting an application for Fellowship funding.ALAF Nominated Fellows Summary The excel spreadsheet template which provides details of each person nominated as aSheet Fellow. This template is available on the AusAID website.Counterpart organisation(s) The overseas organisation(s) that will be working in partnership with the Australian organisation.Endeavour Executive Awards Individual Fellowship award program administered by Department of Education, Employment and Workplace RelationsGrant Agreement The agreement signed between AusAID and the Australian organisation that defines the program/activities, timeframe, financial and other responsibilities of each party.Leadership The ability to influence and achieve change, from a strong position within an organisation or in the communityPost Australian Diplomatic Mission (High Commission or Embassy) with AusAID representation.Priority Areas Disability and development, economic growth, education, environment, food security, gender, governance, health, human rights, infrastructure, regional stability, rural development and water and sanitation.Whole of Government Public service agencies working across portfolio boundaries to achieve a shared goal and an integrated government response to particular issues.ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMSACR Activity Completion Report ISP Interdepartmental Selection PanelALA Australian Leadership Awards IWG Internal Working Group (AusAID)ALAF Australian Leadership Awards MOU Memorandum of Understanding FellowshipsALAS Australian Leadership Awards NGO Non Government Organisation ScholarshipsAusAID Australian Agency for International ROU Record of Understanding DevelopmentDFAT Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade WoG Whole of Government (Australia) 3
  4. 4. Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships – Round 12 Guidelines for Submissions1 AUSTRALIAN LEADERSHIP AWARDS FELLOWSHIPS PROGRAM (ALAF Program)1.1 Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)AusAID is the Australian Government agency responsible for managing Australias overseas aid program. The fundamentalpurpose of Australian aid is to help people in developing countries overcome poverty. This also serves Australia’s nationalinterests by promoting stability and prosperity in our region and beyond.1.2 Australian Leadership Awards (ALA)Through the ALA program, the aid program seeks to build a cadre of leaders and professionals capable of advancing regionalreform, development and governance. It will increase exchange of knowledge and information and build common purpose andunderstanding between Australia and developing countries through the development of effective networks.1.3 Australian Leadership Awards - Fellowships (ALAF) ProgramA broad cross section of Australian society engages with developing countries at government, business, professional, andcommunity levels. The ALAF Program offers Australian organisations, from all sectors, the opportunity to deepen and broadentheir links with leaders and professionals in eligible countries.Grant funding of up to $35,000 per fellow for ALAF Program activities is offered on a competitive basis to Australianorganisations to host leaders or mid-career professionals from eligible countries for short-term specialised research, study,leadership training or professional attachments, delivered in Australia.The goal of the ALAF Program is to develop appropriately trained current and aspiring leaders in priority areas, who, in the short-to-medium term, will be in a position to advance key regional policy objectives and increase institutional capacity of partnercountries. The ALAF Program is designed to complement individual bilateral country programs by offering flexible Fellowshipplacements which address current and emerging issues at the country, sub-regional and regional level.Applications addressing the priority areas of disability and development, economic growth, education, environment, foodsecurity, gender, governance, health, human rights, infrastructure, regional stability, rural development and water and sanitationare particularly encouraged. Australian organisations may also propose Fellowship placements addressing an issue or prioritythat they consider would significantly benefit Australia’s foreign policy agenda or development objectives.In all cases, submissions will need to demonstrate the relevance of the proposed Fellowship activities to the priorities identified.1.4 Australian Leadership Awards - Scholarships (ALAS) ProgramThe ALA’s other component, scholarships, targets current and future leaders for longer term study in Australia at thepostgraduate level. Further information on the ALAS program is available at www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/ala.cfm.2 ELIGIBLE APPLICANTSEligible applicants are restricted to Australian organisations demonstrating on-going linkages with counterpart overseasorganisations. Australian organisations must be legal entities with an Australian Business Number (ABN). Examples are: • Australian Government departments - (Federal, State/Territory and local), government agencies, statutory authorities, and Government Business Enterprises. • Australian organisations or institutions - research centres, higher education providers, vocational education and training providers, peak bodies, Australian chambers of commerce, community groups, NGOS, media, professional associations. • Australian businesses - may also apply, noting that proposals must not provide, or aim to provide, a direct commercial benefit to any Australian or partner country company or consortium. Note: Partner country counterpart organisations and individual Fellows must be sponsored by an Australian organisation and may not apply directly for support. They may, however, initiate contact with their Australian counterpart to explore the latter’s interest in applying for Fellowship funding. 4
  5. 5. Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships – Round 12 Guidelines for Submissions Prospective individual Fellows may consider applying for other study opportunities available under Australia Awards. Information can be found at www.australiaawards.gov.au3 ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES3.1 What the ALAF Program will fundALAF Program funding is available for selected Australian organisations to conduct activities for one or more Fellows. Fundingis for the in-Australia component of the Fellowship activities only, and is not available to Australian permanentresidents or citizens.Activities are expected to fall into two major classes: Professional attachment Fellowships: emphasis is placed on intensive management training, peer-to-peer learning, short- term training, knowledge sharing, twinning, professional attachments, leadership and/or executive management training. Academic Fellowships: specialised research, seminars, short intensive professional programs, and skills development. Academic Fellowship programs must include activities outside the academic study to enhance the Fellow’s professional experience and provide networking opportunities. This could include site visits, seminars and work placements.Programs may be bilateral or multilateral: • Bilateral – involving Fellow(s) in counterpart organisation(s) from one overseas country only. • Multilateral – Fellows coming from a number of counterpart organisations and countries in the region to work on a common issue.In either case, Australian organisations will need to work closely with their overseas counterpart organisations to develop theALAF Program submission. Australian organisations should devote sufficient resources to preparing and planning the Fellowshipactivities, working cooperatively with counterpart organisations to agree on joint objectives and in nominating people with goodpotential for implementing new knowledge or skills and effecting positive change in their home country.Applications should include a ‘return to work plan’ (incorporated into the ALA Fellowships CV template) showing how theFellowships Program will contribute to the overall capacity of the counterpart organisation. This should be developed betweenthe Australian organisation and the overseas counterpart organisations and identify the specific skills and knowledge that eachFellow will gain and how it will be utilised upon return to their country.3.2 What the ALA Fellowships will not fundThe ALAF will not fund scoping and design exercises. Australian organisations are expected to have strong, pre-existing linkswith their overseas counterpart organisation to be able to identify and develop a program with counterpart support.Proposals must not provide, or aim to provide, a direct commercial benefit to any Australian or partner country company orconsortium.The counterpart organisation cannot be an international arm or branch of the Australian organisation. The counterpartorganisation cannot be under the same overarching international organisation or international partnership as the Australianorganisation. If unsure whether this relates to your submission please seek clarification from the ALAF Secretariat prior todeveloping your submission.ALAF is designed to provide short term opportunities for in-Australia study, research and professional development activitieshosted by Australian organisations. ALAF Programs leading to academic qualifications at Graduate Diploma, Masters or PhDlevel are not eligible for funding under the ALAF Program.A proposed Fellowship program should not be shorter than 10 working days. Travel time to and from Australia cannot beincluded in the calculation of the 10 days.Fellowship activities focusing on English language training are not eligible for funding (See Section 6 below).Fellowship activities that have already commenced prior to awarding the Fellowships grant, are ineligible for funding. 5
  6. 6. Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships – Round 12 Guidelines for SubmissionsFunding is only for in-Australia activities and does not support pre-departure or post fellowship activities, but Australianorganisations or counterpart organisations may count these costs as part of their co-contribution.4 ELIGIBLE COUNTRIESAustralian organisations may nominate Fellows who are citizens of the following countries:Asia Pacific: (33 countires) • Afghanistan • India • Niue • Timor-Leste • Bangladesh • Indonesia • Pakistan • Tokelau • Bhutan • Kiribati • Palau • Tonga • Burma (Myanmar) • Laos • Papua New Guinea • Tuvalu • Cambodia • Maldives • Philippines • Vanuatu • Cook Islands • Marshall Islands • Samoa • Vietnam • Federated States of • Mongolia • Solomon Islands • Wallis & Futuna Micronesia • Nauru • Sri Lanka • Fiji • Nepal • ThailandLatin America and the Caribbean: (30 countries) • Antigua and • Cuba • Honduras • Saint Lucia Barbuda • Dominica • Jamaica • Saint Vincent and • Argentina • Dominican Republic • Mexico the Grenadines • Belize • Ecuador • Nicaragua • Suriname • Bolivia • El Salvador • Panama • Uruguay • Brazil • Grenada • Paraguay • Venezuela • Chile • Guatemala • Peru • Colombia • Guyana • Saint Kitts and • Costa Rica • Haiti NevisAfrica: (51 countries) • Algeria • Congo (Democratic • Madagascar • Seychelles • Angola Republic of) • Malawi • Sierra Leone • Benin • Djibouti • Mali • South Africa • Botswana • Egypt • Mauritania • South Sudan • Burkina Faso • Equatorial Guinea • Mauritius • Sudan • Burundi • Ethiopia • Morocco • Swaziland • Cameroon • Gabon • Mozambique • Tanzania • Cape Verde • Gambia • Namibia • Togo • Central African • Ghana • Niger • Tunisia Republic • Guinea (Republic of) • Nigeria • Uganda • Chad • Kenya • Rwanda • Zambia • Comoros • Lesotho • Sao Tome and • Zimbabwe • Core d’Ivoire • Liberia Principe • Congo (Republic of) • Libya • SenegalMiddle East: (2 countries)• Iraq and the Palestinian Territories 6
  7. 7. Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships – Round 12 Guidelines for Submissions5 ELIGIBLE COSTS5.1 Fellowships Activity BudgetNote: Maximum of $35,000 per Fellow (GST exclusive)Budgets are a very important part of any submission. An accurate and detailed budget (using the Budget Template) mustaccompany your application. Co-contributions should be considered carefully because they show evidence of a commitment onboth sides to the joint activity.Fellowship activities may be for one or more (maximum 25) Fellows from one country or for a cohort from a number of countries.AusAID’s award funding will be a maximum of $35,000 per fellow inclusive of all Fellow and organisation costs (see 5.2 below).Any further program costs are expected to be the co-contribution of the Australian organisation/counterpart organisation (see 5.3below). For programs of less than four weeks duration, the accommodation and living expenses must not exceed 40% of thetotal funding requested.5.2 Activity-specific CostsAustralian organisations may include only the following activity-specific costs in requesting ALA Fellowship funding:Fellows • Return economy airfare from/ to home country’s international hub only (i.e. domestic flights within a fellow’s home country will not be funded by AusAID) • In-Australia transport in respect of approved activities (i.e. taxi, trains, bus, domestic flights within Australia) • Short course/tuition/training course costs (please refer to the AusAID Advisor Remuneration Framework available on the AusAID website when budgeting for course trainer, lecturer and expert costs) • Accommodation and living expenses (living allowances up to $80 per fellow per day). • Fellows’ tax liabilities (where applicable as a result of Fellowship funding) • Medical insurance costs when in AustraliaAdditional assistance/assistive devices may be requested to support people with disabilities (e.g. for fellows who are visually orhearing impaired, or have restrictions on their mobility, or may require a personal assistant or assistive equipment).ALA Fellowships will not fund accommodation and travel costs (domestic and international) for course trainers,lecturers and experts (local or international). Australian organisations may consider covering these costs as part of their co-contribution (Section 5.3), or from the program overhead fee.ALA Fellowship funding will also not be provided for any items identified in Section 5.3 (below).Note: Australian organisations are encouraged to seek advice on possible tax implications of ALAF Program grantfunding and include any Fellows’ costs, where appropriate, in the program budget.Program Overhead FeeAn additional amount of up to 10% of the total Fellows’ costs (above) claimed may be included in the funding application. Note,however, that this forms part of the $35,000 per Fellow limit.The maximum amount an organisation can request as a program overhead fee is $25,000.Individual administrative costs (below) may be counted as a co-contribution, but are not covered by AusAID beyond the ProgramOverhead Fee. 7
  8. 8. Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships – Round 12 Guidelines for Submissions5.3 Co-contributionCo-contribution is an important principle of the ALA Fellowships program. The Australian organisation must demonstrate itscommitment to the proposed Fellowship activities through contribution from its own financial resources and/or cost-sharing withcounterpart organisation(s) in the partner country. Co-contributions for course costs should be considered by all Australianorganisations. Co-contribution and cost-sharing may be as funding or in-kind contributions, and may include the following:Administrative and support costs Office/Operating expenses Visa expensesManagement costs Communication costs Translating and interpretingHospitality costs Travel expenses for lecturers/trainers Staff salaries and allowancesOffice accommodation Professional Indemnity Insurance Follow-up activitiesVisa expenses will not be funded by AusAID and should be costed as a co-contribution.Fellow visa applications are the responsibility of the Australian Host Organisation, and not AusAID. This would include advice toFellows on which visa type to use, as well as the provision of adequate visa processing time to ensure Fellows are able to travelin time for their program in Australia. To assist in this process, organisations should refer to the Visa Options Fact Sheet for ALAFellowships at www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/pdf/visa-options-alaf-apr2011.pdf and the Department of Immigration and Citizenshipwebsite at www.immi.gov.au/students/5.4 Multi-year fundingMulti-year activities are currently not eligible for funding.6 ELIGIBILITY OF FELLOWSALA Fellowships target senior officials and mid-career professionals, who in the short to medium term, will be in a position toadvance key regional policy objectives and increase institutional capacity of developing countries.To be eligible, all Fellows nominated by Australian organisations must: • Not have Australian permanent residence status or be applying for permanent residency. • Be a citizen of, and residing in, an ALA Fellowships eligible country - see section 4. • Have been working in their country of citizenship and in areas relevant to their proposed training in Australia preceding the date of the proposed commencement of their Fellowship. Nominations must be supported and certified by the Fellow’s country organisations or institutions through a “Letter of Support’ demonstrating their strong linkages with the Australian organisation, and a “return to work plan” (incorporated into the ALA Fellowships CV template) demonstrating the potential of nominated Fellows to assume leadership roles and influence policy reform and development outcomes when they return to their organisation and country. • Be able to take up the nominated ALA Fellowship activities at the time and for duration proposed by the Australian organisation.Australian organisations will be responsible for ensuring Fellows have an adequate level of English language ability orimplement appropriate measures to maximise the benefit to them from the Fellowship activities. Note: All Fellows will need to satisfy Australian Government visa requirements for entry to Australia. Please consider visa requirements and processing times when developing your proposal. The Australian organisation must undertake to use all reasonable efforts to ensure that none of the nominated Fellows are associated with terrorism. It is expected that Australian organisations ensure they have reasonable measures in place to exercise ‘duty of care’ and ensure the safety and well-being of Fellows during their stay in Australia. 8
  9. 9. Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships – Round 12 Guidelines for Submissions7 GENDER EQUALITYGender equality is an important overarching principle of the Australian aid program, and should apply across the program. Thismeans that men and women should participate in and benefit equally from development interventions, and that our interventionsshould promote equality between men and women.Each application should consider how the Fellowship activities/programs can contribute to promoting gender equality. There aretwo main ways in which the Fellowship can do this – in the design and content of the Fellowship activities and by ensuring menand women are given equitable access to the ALAF Program.a) Equality in the substance of the programGender equality is relevant across the Australian aid program, and almost every ALAF activity proposal will have the capacity topromote a better understanding of gender equality by participants, whether they are men or women. For example, an activitysupporting financial management skills should consider including modules on gender responsive budgeting; a program oninfrastructure design should ensure that participants can identify how men and women use infrastructure differently and candevise interventions to meet the needs of both. Whether the participants are men or women, the program/activity can supportmore sophisticated understandings of gender equality. Questions applicants may ask in devising a gender equality plan include: • What are the implications for gender equality in this area in the home countries of participants? • How can this activity support participants to understand and respond to these implications better (e.g. By buildingparticular gender components)b) Promoting equitable participation by men and womenMany professions in developing partner countries are significantly gender segregated, as they are in Australia, so it is sometimesdifficult to achieve a gender balance amongst participants. However, there are steps that can be taken to maximise equitableparticipation. Ideas to think about in developing a gender plan include: • Are women and men represented in the Fellowship activity in similar proportions to their representation in thewider pool from which they are drawn? • If not, why not and what can the activity do to address any barriers to more equitable participation (e.g. designingactivities that allow a better balance with family responsibilities, addressing discrimination in the application process as far aspossible, making sure women or men in the minority in an activity feel supported or comfortable, or opening the activity to awider pool of potential applicants). • How will you assess that the activity has promoted equitable participation?8 DISABILITY-INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENTDevelopment for All: Towards a Disability-Inclusive Australian Aid Program 2009-2014 sets out practical approaches to guide theAustralian aid program in meeting the needs and priorities of people with disabilities, who are often among the poorest, mostvulnerable and excluded members of developing countries. This strategy reflects the Australian Government’s commitment toextending the benefits of development to all, and to promoting the dignity and well-being of people with disabilities.Increasing the participation of people with disabilities is a priority of the Australian aid program. Each application should considerhow the Fellowship activities/program can contribute to promoting disability-inclusive development as outlined in AusAID’sDevelopment for All policy. There are two main ways in which the Fellowship can do this – in the design and content of theFellowship activities and by ensuring people with disabilities are able to access to the ALAF Program. 9
  10. 10. Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships – Round 12 Guidelines for Submissionsa) Inclusiveness of the programALA Fellowship activity proposals should look at ways to strengthen leadership in disability and development by building thecapacity of people with disabilities and their organisations. People with disabilities are proven advocates for advancing theissues that affect them. AusAID encourages strategic partnerships at regional and international levels to leverage action, andthrough agency leadership in international forums prioritise on disability-inclusive development.b) Promoting participation of people with disabilitiesPeople with disabilities in developing partner countries may face many barriers to entering formal education and it may bedifficult to ensure that people with disabilities are included as participants. However, there are steps that can be taken to ensurethat every opportunity has been given to people with disabilities to take part in the activity. Ideas to think about include: • Are people with disabilities represented in the Fellowship activity in similar proportions to their representation in thewider pool from which they are drawn? • If not, why not and what can the activity do to address any barriers to more inclusive participation (e.g. designingactivities that reduce the barriers to participation, addressing discrimination in the application process as far as possible, makingsure people with disabilities are supported or comfortable, or opening the activity to a wider pool of potential applicants). • How will you assess that the activity has promoted disability–inclusive participation?9 COMPETITIVE ALA FELLOWSHIP GRANT PROCESSFellowship applications will be assessed and approved on a competitive basis. AusAID retains discretion to identify and supportpriority activities in light of evolving Whole of Government (WoG) priorities. The decision of the selection committee is final andno communication regarding the deliberations will be entered into.9.1 Submission of ApplicationsIn preparation of the Application Form, Australian organisations should refer to the ALA Fellowships Guidelines for Submissions.A range of tools are also available on the AusAID website to assist Australian organisations.Australian organisations are invited to submit the following:  An application detailing the proposed activities under the ALAF Program, using the ALA Fellowships Application Form. Proposals relating to broad priority areas are encouraged, but not required (see section 1.3).  A detailed budget using the Budget Template available on the ALA Fellowship website.  Fellow Nomination details should be completed for each Fellow (and each Reserve Fellow) on the ALAF Nominated Fellows Summary Sheet available on the AusAID website and should be accompanied by a Curriculum Vitae (CV) based on the template provided , which includes a “return to work plan”. Fellows must be nominated at the time of application. Applications which don’t identify Fellows will be deemed ineligible. The application should also include a suitable number of reserve fellows to allow for replacements in the event original nominees are no longer able to participate. After the ALA Fellowship Award has been announced, only nominees included in the approved reserve list will be allowed to replace fellows who do not take up the award. Funding rounds are highly competitive and the quality of Fellows is an important selection criterion.  A support letter for the proposed Fellowships Program and for the nominated Fellows and Reserve Fellows must be provided with the application from each overseas counterpart organisation. 10
  11. 11. Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships – Round 12 Guidelines for Submissions  The overseas counterpart must address the following issues in their letter: a) confirm support for activity b) names of individual Fellows and rationale for chosen Fellows c) expected outcomes and benefit for the overseas counterpart organisation and the Fellows d) how the proposed program relates to current priorities. e) activity the nominated fellow will do when he/she returns to his/her workplace.  Any other documents including copies of MOUs or other formal agreements should be attached to the Application form.The completed ALA Fellowships Application Form, including all attachments, should be submitted by mail or courier by 5pmAEST Wednesday 20 June 2012. Please allow sufficient time for your posted application to be received as late applicationswill not be considered. Applications must be submitted in Microsoft Word and Excel format on CD-ROM, accompanied by anunbound printed copy. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. AusAID will acknowledge receipt by email.9.2 Short-listing of ApplicationsAll applications will be sent to Overseas diplomatic missions for comment on the proposed activities, the Australianorganisation’s presence in-country and the appropriateness of their counterpart organisation. The diplomatic missions will rankapplications based on their relevance and potential to achieve development objectives in the region and/or country. Thediplomatic missions will also consider nominated Fellows and provide comment where appropriate.AusAID will convene an Internal Working Group (IWG), comprising of AusAID representatives with relevant experience, toassess applications against the selection criteria in Table 1. The IWG will also take into account Post feedback and rankings.Extra weighting may be accorded for submissions nominating activities in one of the priority areas. Appropriate regionalrepresentation is also taken into account in the assessment.The IWG will shortlist applications and make recommendations to the Interdepartmental Selection Panel.9.3 Final SelectionAusAID will convene an ALA Fellowships Interdepartmental Selection Panel (ISP) to consider the recommendations of the IWGand make the final selection of successful Australian organisations. The ISP will be chaired by AusAID.Decisions of the ISP are final and confidential. Due to the number of applications anticipated, no correspondence regardingoutcomes of the selection process will be entered into. Both successful and unsuccessful organisations will be notified of resultsby November 2012.If selected, Australian organisations will enter into either a Grant Agreement or Record of Understanding with AusAID (seeSection 9).Australian organisations should take into account the duration of AusAID’s competitive selection process and required visaprocessing times for Fellows when planning their Fellowship activities and estimating start and finish dates. SuccessfulAustralian organisations will receive contracts from December 2012, so should not plan to commence ALAF Programactivities before January 2013. 11
  12. 12. Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships – Round 11 Guidelines for Submissions 8.4 Table 1: Selection Criteria and Documentation Requirements (selection criteria have equal weighting) CRITERIA DOCUMENTATION RATIONALE Is there evidence that the proposed program/activities accords with national and/or Australian priorities for policy1 IMPACT OF • Answers to Questions 5-8 & 12 of the ALAF Application Form. or development agenda in the home country? PROGRAM/ ACTIVITIES • A clear definition of the Is the program suitable to achieve the proposed impact? Is there evidence that the program can be expected to program/activities, their purpose, and achieve its specified objectives given the proposed nature and structuring of the inputs? alignment with the goals of the ALAF Program. Are the activities in the program likely to transfer/exchange knowledge or to achieve relevant skills? • Emphasis on how leadership and capacity will be strengthened. Will the program strengthen leadership potential of Fellows and contribute to capacity building in the home organisation? • Answer to Question 13 demonstrating an understanding of gender equality Interventions that promote gender equality have been shown also to contribute to sound development outcomes. implications. How will the Fellowship program/activities help participants to understand how gender equality is relevant to their work? • Answer to Question 9 The prospective Fellow should be a current leader or an ‘influencer’ of policy or reform in their chosen profession,2 LEADERSHIP or aspiring mid-career professionals who can demonstrate their high achievement. POTENTIAL AND • Clear rationale for selection of specific QUALITY OF Fellow(s) A clear and sound selection process for Fellow(s) demonstrating significant Counterpart involvement. NOMINATED • Clear description of the process for FELLOWS selection and the Counterpart’s A vision of how participation in the ALAF Program and professional networking will benefit the Fellow and involvement. counterpart organisation to address a policy or critical issue on the Fellow’s return. A Fellowship plan which is feasible and relevant to their career (this may only apply to professional attachments). • Completed Summary list of nominated Fellows (Excel spreadsheet) and CV Demonstrated leadership qualities and for example – achievement and results orientation, strategic thinking and template for each Fellow creating vision, acting with integrity; and education (e.g. if appropriate, have earned a degree from a university or • Work-Plan for each Fellow equivalent tertiary institution). • Answer to Question 13 demonstrating The gender plan clearly states how a gender balance in participation will be promoted, and how any barriers to attention to a gender balance in women’s and men’s participation (e.g. as a result of family responsibilities, discrimination or limiting gender roles) participation will be addressed in the Fellowship program design. The Australian organisation must undertake to use all reasonable efforts to ensure that none of the Fellows are associated with terrorism.
  13. 13. Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships – Round 12 Guidelines for Submissions • Answers to Questions 10-12 Letters from each participating counterpart organisation should support the proposed activity, and should release3 COUNTERPART the Fellow for the duration of the ALA Fellowship. They must include a clear commitment to ensuring that on their SUPPORT AND • Letter Of Support from Counterpart(s) return, the Fellows will implement their “return to work plan” (incorporated into the ALA Fellowship CV template) SUSTAINABILITY OF signed at senior level or action plans relating to sustaining outcomes and initiating reforms and will be given time and opportunity to LINKS • Evidence that Counterpart disseminate knowledge and skills they have acquired. Organisation(s) offer enabling and supportive environments for identified Australian organisations should outline their plans to maintain links with Fellow(s) and support them on their reforms return through, for example, coaching, joint research or follow-up visits. • Return to Work Plan (incorporated into CV template) Willingness of Fellows to maintain a strong cooperative relationship with their Australian counterparts on return home. Evidence that the Australian organisation has worked cooperatively with the counterpart in preparing and planning the ALA Fellowships program and in identifying joint objectives. The Australian organisation must undertake to use all reasonable efforts to ensure that none of its counterpart organisations are associated with terrorism.4 CAPACITY OF • Answers to Questions 14-15. Capability The Australian organisation should have experience in managing similar programs/activities. AUSTRALIAN Statement ORGANISATION The Australian organisation must have financial and management systems capable of supporting the • Demonstrates experience in managing similar projects. program/activities. • Value for money Is the Budget robust and accurate? Is the overall cost of the program, and in particular the course costs, reasonable? What is the size and nature of the co-contribution of the Australian organisation? 13
  14. 14. Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships – Round 12 Guidelines for Submissions10. GRANT AGREEMENT / RECORD OF UNDERSTANDING (ROU) For Round 12 AusAID will enter into either a Grant Agreement or Record of Understanding (ROU), with successful Australian organisations. The agreement with AusAID will vary according to the type of Australian organisation. Activity Schedules will be signed under umbrella ROUs where these are in place between AusAID and Australian Government entities. For non-umbrella Commonwealth agencies, AusAID will enter into a stand alone ROU except where there may be a benefit to put in place an umbrella ROU. All other organisations, including State government agencies, NGOs, private companies, higher education providers, research centres, professional associations, etc, will enter into a Grant Agreement with AusAID. Grant Agreements will define the activities to be implemented; timeframe; and the respective financial and other responsibilities and obligations of each party. Grant Agreements or ROUs must be finalized within 14 days of the date upon which the first draft is forwarded to the successful Australian organisation. Grants are disbursed as a single advance payment following ROU/Grant Agreement signature by both parties and AusAID’s receipt from the Australian organisation of a valid tax invoice. The Australian organisation must undertake to use all reasonable efforts to ensure that none of the program funds are used to provide support to individuals or entities associated with terrorism. Further information about listed persons and entities is available from DFAT at www.dfat.gov.au/icat/persons_entities/explanatory_note.html. A full list of listed persons and entities is available from DFAT at www.dfat.gov.au/icat/UNSC_financial_sanctions.html. A register of listed terrorist organisations for the purposes of the Commonwealth Criminal Code is available from National Security Australia at: www.nationalsecurity.gov.au. 9.1 ACTIVITY IMPLEMENTATION The successful Australian organisation is responsible for: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT • All funds granted by AusAID • Proper handling of funds • Acquitted financial report at completion of activity MOBILISATION All aspects of Activity implementation, including all official, personal and commercial arrangements (including travel, payment of allowances, health insurance, accommodation). To assist with Visa processing, please refer to the “Visa Options for ALA Fellows document” available on the ALA Fellowships website. **Please note that AusAID staff (in any location) are not available to assist in arranging visas, customs clearances, travel/accommodation bookings or meetings and appointments. MANAGING THE PROGRAM/ACTIVITIES In-Australia management of the program/activities of the Fellowship as detailed in the scope of services for each ROU or Grant Agreement. Please note: changes to the approved ALAF program start and finish dates and changes to activities and costs require prior approval from AusAID. REPORTING Activity Completion Report - submitted to AusAID within the specified timeframe (Section 10 below).
  15. 15. Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships – Round 12 Guidelines for Submissions11. COMPLETION REPORT AND FUNDS ACQUITTALA completed Activity Completion Report (ACR) must be submitted to AusAID (both in hard copy and electronically)by the Australian organisation, by the scheduled activity completion date specified in the Grant Agreement /ROU(or as otherwise agreed in writing by both parties). The ACR includes a financial acquittal pro forma, a pro formafor completion by the overseas counterpart organisation and a Fellow’s report. An organisation’s eligibility for newALAF Program grant(s) depends upon timely submission of all parts of the ACR from previous Fellowshipprogram(s). The selection panels may take past performance in reporting into consideration during the selectionprocess for the current round.12. FURTHER INFORMATIONFurther information, application details and ALAF Program documents are available through thewww.australiaawards.gov.au site, or directly through www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar. All enquiries can be directed tothe ALA Fellowships Secretariat at alafellowships@ausaid.gov.au.Any advice provided to Australian organisations concerning possible program/activity concepts will not be bindingon either AusAID or the ALA Fellowship Selection Panels in its consideration of any application.Need more help?The Australian Government website, www.australiaawards.gov.au, links to information about different scholarshipand Fellowship programs available through AusAID and Department of Education, Employment and WorkplaceRelations.AusAID’s website (www.ausaid.gov.au) is a rich source of information and policy documents which may assist inpreparing strong applications. The following documents are relevant: • Advisor Remuneration Framework (available from www.ausaid.gov.au/publications/pdf/adviser- remuneration-framework.pdf ), for information about short term remuneration rates applying to AusAID funded advisors. • Aspects of Development and Activity Design (available from www.ausaid.gov.au/pslp), for information about design integrity • Gender equality in Australia’s aid program – why and how (March 2007) • Aid and the environment – building resilience, sustaining growth –an environment strategy for Australian aid (August 2007) • Tackling corruption for growth and development – a policy for Australian development assistance on anti- corruption (March 2007) • Pandemics and Emerging Infectious Diseases Strategy 2006-2010 • Helping health systems deliver – a policy for Australian development assistance in health (August 2006) • Better Education – a policy for Australian development assistance in education (May 2007) • Meeting the challenge: Australia’s international HIV/AIDS strategy (July 2004) • Individual country program strategies (available from www.ausaid.gov.au/country/default.cfm) • Development for All: Towards a disability-inclusive Australian aid program 2009-2014 Available from www.ausaid.gov.au/publications/pdf/FINAL%20AusAID_Disability%20for%20All.pdf • Child Protection Policy - www.ausaid.gov.au/publications/pdf/child_protection.pdfThe Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) has developed helpful guidelines for hosting successful workand study placements: www.ipaa.org.au. 15

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