We are looking for a variety of teams that have big ideas for using open contracting to fight corruption and strengthen democratic institutions, protect the environment or improve climate resilience, or promote social inclusion.
Up to nine teams from around the globe will be selected through a competitive process. One-on-one support can be delivered in English, Spanish, French, Russian, or Bahasa Indonesia.
Over this 18 month program, teams will receive:
- Two in-person Liftoff workshops to co-create and refine your plan
- Bi-weekly virtual meetings with Lift advisor
- Up to USD$35k financial support
- Technical assistance on open contracting topics
- Data and tech support to gather and analyze your procurement data
- Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation (MEL) support to help learn during implementation
Teams may also be eligible for an additional 6 months of MEL and documentation assistance, as well as light-touch technical support following program completion, depending on team needs and progress.
What to expect.
Onboarding & Planning
*Dates might change based on team needs and progress.
Teams should be prepared to commit to:
Before you apply
- The two project co-leads commit to actively participate in the program for the full 18 months of its duration.
- Your project fulfills the eligibility criteria for having a clear goal in line with one of the three challenge topics, political leadership support to implement changes, data to measure your progress, and team capacity to do the work and participate in the program activities.
In the application process
- Complete a 12-question application to tell us about your reform project, team, and context. This application should take no more than 3 hours.
- If you are selected to move forward, prepare and deliver a pitch presentation and participate in one round of interviews.
We want to help you put your best application together. Check out our application resources for further guidance.
During the program
- Proactively work to achieve the project milestones in your plan. This means having a solid team with leadership and capacity to make regular progress on your reform project that you will create and refine during the Liftoff workshops. We expect that your team moves forward with your own project without OCP thanks to your project management and team capacity, although we are here to support you.
- Have regular check-in calls with OCP program advisors every 2 weeks, with at least 1 team member from each participating department or organization on the team.
- Participate in two Lift-off workshops with your team and critical partners/key outside stakeholders. These workshops last between 2 and 4 days, and are a time for intensive project planning and co-working to achieve progress on critical milestones. These workshops will be delivered in-person in your region. We expect you will help us secure the right participants to make these workshops a success.
- Develop and use a Monitoring, Learning, and Engagement (MEL) plan to adapt and track your reform progress.
- Gather data relevant to your project goals to set baseline measurements and understand your progress. We know that collecting procurement data can be challenging, and we will support you in mapping and analyzing this information.
The more progress you make, the more OCP can support you in terms of technical assistance and funding.