Support Non-profit Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Project Management


Open to Morocco RPCVs only

Activity/project background

Al Hanae Association is a nonprofit organization that plays an important role in promoting equality and access to education for women and girls in Morocco. The over-30-person organization has been active for seven years and currently implements four major projects and programs throughout the country, while focusing on rural areas. As a nonprofit, Al Hanae Association understands the importance that fundraising and small grants play in opening up resources and creating opportunities for growth.

With an increase in funding, Al Hanae Association can expand its reach and increase the amount of programs that are offered throughout the country. Promoting and creating Social and Solidarity Economy (RSS) through women’s cooperatives and eco-tourism projects, empowering girls and women through different activities (sports, arts, health and fitness, nutrition, etc.), and promoting the youth employability are all project ideas the association would like to bring to life and implement with the help of grants and fundraising.

Al Hanae participated in previous phases of virtual service, which helped them expand their services virtually and strengthen their social media presence. Now the organization would like to collaboration with another Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to develop fundraising, grant writing, and project management skills.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The following are the tasks that the VSPP will support:
• Conduct an assessment of the organization to determine training needs
• Co-organize and host a series of trainings/workshops for members of the association on topics including grant writing, project management, and strategic planning. Some examples of topics include how to identify and build a database of funding organizations, how to design a budget for a project, different types of existing grants and how to apply to them
• Co-design a training curriculum on fundraising and grant writing adjusted to local organizations’ needs. Training will be for Al Hanae staff, as well as for them to use to train smaller NGOs in the community.
• Co-develop a strategic approach for the organization. The VSPP and counterpart will develop a tailored training providing with both technical and practicum content. This will give the VSPP the opportunity to measure and document progress and ensure the trainees get hands-on experience.

This engagement is expected to be approximately 12 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.
• All activities and meetings can take place any day of the week either in the afternoon or early evening Morocco time; however, the association is quite flexible and can adjust their timing to the VSPP’s needs.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom and WhatsApp for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor of arts/bachelor of science in any field

Language:Arabic or Moroccan Darija (Advanced)

• Experience with training design and facilitation
• Fundraising and grant writing experience
• Experience with project management

Intercultural Skills and Motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

Language: Intermediate French

• Experience working with NGOs or grassroots organizations
• Experience developing strategic plans

Partner background

Name: Al Hanae Association for Woman and Child Development in Rich, Midelt, Morocco

Type of entity: Local NGO

Mission and goals:

Al Hanae Association aims to:
• Promote girls’ and women's education, training, and professional development to participate fully in local development;
• Promote equality and fight against all kinds of violence through community initiatives, advocacy, awareness, and mobilization;
• Give women the means to participate fully in political and economic life.
The action of the association is generally aimed at rural communities and in particular focuses on women, youth, and children in precarious situations as well as girls experiencing discrimination in marginalized areas.

To achieve its goals, the association has organized several activities over the years in various fields:
• Provide social and psychological support for women and children in difficult situations;
• Offer non-formal education to young girls in difficult situations;
• Include street children in the education system and monitor their school progress;
• Create income-generating projects for women within the framework of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE), which refers to a wide range of economic activities that aim to prioritize social profitability instead of purely financial profits.

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

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