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Short Term Training Awards

New Zealand Aid Latin America and Caribbean Regional Programme - Short-Term Training Awards (STTA)

Guidelines 2012

1. Introduction

This booklet provides information on Short - Term Training Awards (STTAs) under the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Programme for calendar year 2012.

STTAs assist in building capacity of development focussed institutions working on projects, programmes and processes that are consistent with the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Programme through the transfer of knowledge and skills where New Zealand has expertise, experience and capacity to assist. They provide an opportunity for individuals working in certain countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to undertake short duration (up to a maximum of one year) training in New Zealand.

2. Background

The strategic objective and mandate for the New Zealand Aid Programme is “sustainable development in developing countries, in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.”

Within this there is
• a core focus on sustainable economic development
• a focus on agriculture in Latin America.

3. Latin America and Caribbean Short Term Training Awards (STTAs)

Applications for funding under the Latin America and Caribbean STTA scheme will be assessed against the broad criteria that the proposed activities are consistent with the strategic objective and mandate for the New Zealand Aid Programme and with the sectoral and geographic priorities for the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Programme.

4. Guidelines

a. Objective of STTAs in Latin America and the Caribbean

To assist in building capacity of development focussed institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean working on projects, programmes and processes which are consistent with the strategic objective and mandate of the New Zealand Aid Programme through the transfer of knowledge and skills where New Zealand has expertise, experience and capacity to assist.

b. Criteria

General

STTAs will:

a. enhance the knowledge and skill base of those working on development projects, programmes or processes that:

i. focus on / are likely to contribute to sustainable economic development in order to reduce poverty;
ii. will foster sustainable economic development in eligible countries;
iii. align with:
• government-owned poverty reduction strategies, national development strategies, national development plans, sectoral strategies; and / or
• regional/provincial/local strategies or plans; and/or
• the coordinated efforts of the international community in contributing to poverty elimination;
b. demonstrate a commitment to the promotion / protection of gender equity, human rights and environmental sustainability;
c. complement New Zealand’s wider relations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The New Zealand Aid Programme has limited funding available for STTAs for Latin America and the Caribbean each year and will prioritise applications that:

a. focus on / will contribute to sustainable economic development in particular agricultural development;

b. target other areas of New Zealand comparative advantage eg oceans, fisheries, law of the sea, disaster risk management, parliamentary assistance, good governance, renewable energy and other issues relevant to small island developing states; and

c. demonstrate that benefits of training will be made available more widely within the applicants’ organisation, country and/or Latin America and the Caribbean.

STTAs should:

a. help meet the short-term human resource training needs of eligible countries

b. strive to maximise the long-term development impact on eligible countries

c. place national development needs ahead of the personal development of individual applicants and awardees

d. have regard to principles of transparency, access and equity, including those that relate to ethnicity and gender

e. have regard to a fair spread of STTAs across eligible countries.

Eligible Countries
Applicants from countries to which New Zealand is accredited ie Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela are eligible to apply.

Applicants from Caribbean countries to which New Zealand is not accredited may also be considered on a case by case basis.

Eligible Applicants

The STTA programme is open to applicants working in:
• central government ministries, departments, and agencies
• local government departments and agencies
• independent government entities
• non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
• educational and research and development institutions
• multilateral agencies
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are key participants in the projects, programmes or processes they are engaged in, and that the STTA is intended to contribute to.

To be eligible for an award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

• have citizenship of the participating country from which their award is funded (i.e. permanent residents of a participating country are not eligible to apply for STTAs)

• be residing in the participating country for which they have citizenship

• not hold another scholarship that would give overlapping benefits

• not have citizenship or permanent residence status for New Zealand or Australia

• not hold, or have held, a New Zealand Government or Australian Government scholarship in the preceding 12 months at the time of application (unless prior approval is granted by the New Zealand Aid Programme)

• not have been terminated from, or unsatisfactorily completed, a New Zealand Aid Programme Development Scholarship or AusAID scholarship previously

• satisfy the admission requirements of the training provider

• be able to take up the award in the year for which it is offered

• be currently employed in the proposed field of study, and receive endorsement of the employer for the proposed field of study; and

• satisfy New Zealand Government requirements for international entry to New Zealand (health and character checks, etc).

Successful applicants will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of written and oral English language ability. This may vary according to the type of award and will be advised if and when interested parties are invited to submit an application (refer to Section 5 on Application Process).

Training Programme Eligibility

Depending on training needs and availability, awards may be available for:
• non-formal courses
• focussed seminars, conferences and workshops
• study tours
• diploma programmes at institutions other than those contracted to manage the New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) scheme
• a combination of the above.

Work attachments may be considered but only where an application is particularly strong in relation to all criteria and there is capacity in New Zealand to provide them.

Assistance under the STTA scheme is not intended for:
• undergraduate degree study (e.g. Bachelors)
• postgraduate degree study (e.g. Diploma, Masters or PHD)
• any other qualifications which can be undertaken under the NZDS scheme
• personal research
• commercial research and development or marketing.

Period of Training

This can vary from a few days, a few weeks or up to one year.

c. Costs

In 2012, the New Zealand Aid Programme will allocate up to $250,000 for STTAs under the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Programme.

STTA’s will be delivered in the most cost effective way possible. In general, the maximum cost of an STTA is NZ$60,000.

Costs that will be met by the STTA scheme include:
• tuition and other necessary costs associated with the training
• international flights, generally on the most direct and economical route
• essential domestic travel within New Zealand
• modest living allowances for time spent by visitors in New Zealand, including for accommodation, meals and incidentals
• immigration visas and travel insurance.
Costs not covered by the STTA scheme include:
• English-language training
• provision for dependants
• travel costs associated with getting to or from an international airport in Latin America and the Caribbean
• passport costs.

d. Location of training

Training will be based in New Zealand. The location of training will be where the best possible training is available that meets the training needs of the awardee. It may be at one location for the duration of the training programme or at several locations throughout the country.

e. Requirement to return home

Applicants will be required to return to their home country on completion of their award in order to apply the new skills and knowledge gained to assist in development in their home country.

Applicants will not be eligible to apply for another New Zealand Aid Programme-funded scholarship of any kind for 2 years after their return to their home country (exceptions may be granted only with the direct approval of the New Zealand Aid Programme).

5. Application process

Latin American applicants should discuss their proposed application with the relevant New Zealand Embassy in Latin America in the first instance (see Section 7 for contact details for each country).

Caribbean applicants should discuss their proposed application with the NZ Aid Programme Development Officer (Scholarships) n the first instance (see Section 7 for contact details).

Application forms are available from New Zealand Embassies or the NZ Aid Programme Development Officer (Scholarships) and must be completed in English.
Latin America applicants must send completed application forms to the relevant New Zealand Embassy.
Caribbean applicants must send their completed application form to the NZ Aid Programme Development officer (Scholarships)
All applications must be received at least eight weeks prior to the proposed commencement of the training to allow programme staff working on the New Zealand Aid Programme time to assess applications in light of STTA criteria, and arrange training programmes for successful applicants.
Final decisions on the granting of awards will be made by the New Zealand Aid Programme and notified to the applicant as soon as possible after the receipt of a completed application.

6. Reporting

Trainees are required to submit a short analytical report to the New Zealand Aid Programme within one month of completion of an STTA using the reporting guide is attached as Appendix 1. An electronic copy will be provided to successful applicants.

The New Zealand Aid Programme or the relevant New Zealand Embassy in Latin America and the Caribbean may contact trainees following completion of training to discuss progress with the development project, programme or process that New Zealand based training was intended to support.

7. New Zealand Embassies in Latin America and Caribbean

Argentina (for applicants from Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay)

The New Zealand Aid Programme Manager
New Zealand Embassy
Carlos Pelligrini 1427
Piso 5
1011 BUENOS AIRES
TEL: (0054 11) 4328 0747
FAX: (0054 11) 4328 0757
EMAIL:
Brazil (for applicants from Brazil)

The New Zealand Aid Programme Manager
SHIS QI 09, Conjunto 16, Casa 01
Lago Sul
BRASILIA DF 71625-160
TEL: (005561) 3248 9900
FAX: (005561) 3248 9916

EMAIL:

Chile (for applicants from Chile, Colombia and Peru)

The New Zealand Aid Programme Manager
New Zealand Embassy
El Golf 99, Oficina 703
(Casilia 112)
Las Condes
SANTIAGO
Tel: (0056 2) 290 9800
Fax: (0056 2) 458 0940

EMAIL:
Mexico (for applicants from Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela)

The New Zealand Aid Programme Manager
New Zealand Embassy, Mexico City
Jaime Balmes #8, Level 4
Colonia Los Morales
Polanco
MEXICO D.F. 11510
TEL: (0052 55) 5283 9460
FAX: (0052 55) 5283 9480

EMAIL: kiwimexico@compuserve.co.mx

Applicants from Caribbean countries

Development Officer (Scholarships)
Latin America and Caribbean Short Term Training Awards Programme
c/o New Zealand Aid Programme
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Private Bag 18 901
Wellington
New Zealand 5045

Email:

Please see report form.

Please fill in the application form.
 

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