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Proposal Writing Training

Mercy Hands, in partnership with Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University, is organizing a two-days training on Proposal Writing. The training will take place in Erbil in the first weekend of October, October 4th and 5th, and it will be conducted by Dr. Lisa Andersson. The training will be in the form of an interactive workshop and will combine lecture with group exercises and case studies.

After the training, the participants should be able to:

· Conduct relevant background research to prepare for a proposal

· Analyze strengths and weakness of its organization in relation to funding opportunities

· Organize and prepare all components of a funding proposal

Upon successful completion of the training, the participants will receive a training certificate signed by Dr. Lisa Andersson and certified by Mercy Hands and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance


Erbil City, Erbil, Iraq.


The training will be conducted in the first weekend of October, October 4th and 5th.

Training Language

The training will be conducted in English, with translation into Arabic and Kurdish.

Target Audience

The target audience for the training is humanitarian and civil society professionals in Iraq, national and expat.


Mercy Hands will provide residence for two nights, three days, October 3rd to October 5th, for participants who live outside Erbil. Residents will be staying in twin rooms.


Participants are responsible for their travel to and from Erbil.


Cost of training is $250.

How to Apply

Please send your CV with a cover letter explaining why you would like to participate in the training to Please state in the subject line of your email the following: Proposal Writing Training - Erbil 2019.

Seats are limited. Only selected applicants will be contacted.

The Trainer, Dr. Lisa Anderson

Dr. Lisa Andersson is an experienced proposal writing and project management trainer. She has conducted numerous training courses on the different components of project management cycle.

Dr. Andersson holds a PhD in Development Economics from the University of Gothenburg. She is currently a researcher at Maastricht Graduate School of Governance/United Nations University Merit, and in charge of short-term and long-term research projects and consultancy assignments.

Dr. Andersson has managed large-scale migration and development projects at the OECD (The Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development), Maastricht University and University of Gothenburg. Her work has focused on interrelations between public policies and migration, the economic impact of refugees on host communities, and the wellbeing impacts of migration and remittances in countries of origin. Her work has included collection of quantitative and qualitative migration data in a large number of low- and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She has also worked on issues related to social protection in low- and middle-income countries at the OECD Development Centre.

Training Agenda


08:45-09:00 Registration



· Introduction of participants and trainer

· Training objectives and participants’ expectations

· Exercise: brainstorming

The training will start with an introduction of the participants and the trainer. Participants will have a chance to share their expectations on the training, and prior experiences of writing proposals. The session will also include a brainstorming exercise on “what is a project?”

Project design and the proposal writing process


· Overview of project design

· The proposal writing process

· Exercise: identifying relevant funding agencies

Session 2 will give cover project design features that are important to consider when writing a proposal. It will also give an overview of the different phases in the proposal writing process. Participants will also practice identifying relevant funding agencies for their organisation.



Preparing for a proposal


· Know your organisation

· Preparing an activity plan

· Exercise: SWOT analysis

In the afternoon of day 1, we will discuss how to best prepare for the proposal writing. This includes to identify strengths and weaknesses of your organisation, and discuss how you can use these insights to improve your project proposal.


09:30-10:00 Reflections from day 1 + outlook into day 2

Proposal structure


· Proposal structure

· Writing and layout tips

· Examples of proposals

Day 2 will start with a session that outlines the main components of a funding proposal in detail, and provide some tips when it comes to the drafting. The session will also review one or more examples of funding proposals.



Criteria for evaluation


· How is a proposal evaluated?

· Check-list before submitting

· Exercise: Case study

This session will focus on the proposal evaluation phase, analysing who will read your proposal and how it will be evaluated. It will also provide some tips on what to think about before and after submission, and finish with a case study where the participants get to apply their skills in groups.

Break: 15:00-15:30

Presentation of case study, questions and evaluation


· Participants present the results of the group work

· Time for questions

· Training evaluation

The final session will start by a presentation of the case studies by the participants, and invite all participants to give feedback to the presentations. The session will also leave some room for final tips and questions, and a participant evaluation of the training.


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