How the program works.

We are looking for all types of groups who have big ideas for using open contracting to improve the quality of public goods, works, or services.

Teams will be selected through a competitive process. One-on-one support will be delivered in Spanish, French, and English. Group learning, seminars, and some expert advice will be delivered in English only. Participating teams should have a working-level English proficiency to benefit from all of Lift’s offerings.

The program has two parts. Check out the Lift Applicant Handbook for more detail each part works.

Part 1: Building Foundations


Oct 2019 to Jan 2020, 3 months

Five teams learn how to identify strategic entry points, engage stakeholders, apply contracting practices to become more effective, and build robust reform strategies for implementation and monitoring impact.

Part 2: Guiding Implementation


Feb to Dec 2020, 11 months

Three teams are chosen to receive hands-on, custom support as they build, test and embed best contracting practices in their contexts. The other two teams will continue to receive OCP support in implementing their projects.

What to expect.

Applications open

JULY 1 2019

Informational webinars

JULY 11 & 31 2019

Applications close

AUGUST 12 2019

Interviews (2 rounds)

SEPTEMBER 2019
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Selected teams for Building Foundations announced

Early OCTOBER 2019

Building Foundations bootcamp

Week of October 21 or 28, location TBD

OCTOBER 21 2019

Building Foundations completion event

JANUARY 2020
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Selected teams for Guiding Implementation announced

2020
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Guiding Implementation begins

February 2020

Beyond Lift workshop

Location TBD

DECEMBER 2020

Your commitment

Teams should be prepared to commit to:

In the application process

  • Completing a short application questionnaire for us to learn more about your reform project, team and context.
  • Up to 2 rounds of interviews in August and September 2019, including a short technical exercise.
  • A round of reference checks.

We will offer your help to put your best application together. Find out more under Apply.

During the program

  • A 4-day bootcamp to kick off the program; must be available during the week of October 21 or 28, 2019.
  • Regular check-in calls with program advisors about every 2 weeks, as well as group seminars on new approaches and 3 in-person workshops throughout the entire program (Part 1 and 2).
  • An estimated 1 day/week of work on your project outside of these engagements, where you’ll be applying feedback or new practices to your work.