Updated Dec 17, 2020CLOSED

UNHCR Humanitarian Education Accelerator

Offered by Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Humanitarian Education Accelerator (HEA) is an Education Cannot Wait-funded programme led by UNHCR.

The programme supports promising humanitarian education innovations to transition from successful pilots to programmes that can operate at scale - through capacity building, mentorship, peer learning and rigorous research. Since 2016, the HEA has supported nine grantees, operating in multiple contexts.

The HEA seeks to address gaps in evidence and scaling capacity by taking common elements from an accelerator - such as mentorship, internal capacity building and establishing a cohort that works together - and merging these with an evaluation-based programme. Through this unique approach, the HEA seeks to:

  • - Build the evidence base on how to effectively scale education innovations in humanitarian settings, through investing in rigorous research;
  • - Strengthen internal monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) processes and provide targeted support for selected organisations to navigate scale ;
  • - Assist organisations to build strong, supportive partnerships with governments, humanitarian and development actors, donors and other practitioners for sustainable scale;
  • - Develop a community of practice, capturing knowledge and sharing lessons learned on scaling humanitarian education innovations, including the development of global public goods for the wider education sector.

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CLOSEDJan 15, 2021Deadline
Up to $200,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 3: Proof of Concept, Stage 4: Transition to Scale and Stage 5: Scaling
Implemented In:
CountryEthiopia, Chad, Lebanon, Jordan and Uganda
Focus AreasEducation
Mentoring/Coaching (Education)
Methods & Learning (Education)
Inclusive Education (Education)

The HEA will not be funding new, untested innovations in this funding cycle. We are instead looking to support innovations that have already been rolled out, have a Proof of Concept and are looking to scale beyond the pilot phase.

The following criteria will be used to identify an initial shortlist of successful interventions for support under the HEA:

  • - Geographic focus: is your innovation being implemented in one or more of the following focus countries: Chad, Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon and Uganda?
  • - Proof of concept: have you developed a Proof of Concept around your innovation?
  • - Readiness to scale: Are you preparing to or currently scaling? What is your readiness to scale?
  • - Sustainability: do you have human resources and financial resources to support the scaling process?
  • - Humanitarian education focus: does your innovation provide a solution to an education challenge within emergency or protracted crisis settings?

Other Requirements

Planned Usage of Funds
  • - The intended use of the grant funds is to strengthen monitoring & evaluation capacity, which together with other benefits, will help organizations to build or reinforce their institutional capacity to scale up their innovations.
  • - The grant fund can be used to directly benefit implementation activities, however we would expect innovation teams to use the HEA fund as a contribution to existing programmes that are resourced or have plans to resource.
  • - The HEA grant fund cannot be the sole funding source for your innovation’s implementation activities as the key objective of the HEA is to support internal scaling and M&E capacities.

Potential for ScaleWe are looking for innovations that have passed the pilot phase and are entering into the next phase of programming. For us, this means innovations that have already tested their concept or idea and have shown initial impact through a proof of concept as they turn their pilot into a fully formed programme. We would like to know how you initially identified your challenges and proposed solutions, how you tested and experimented with the solution and why you feel you are ready to grow.

Application Directions

All applications will be received via our online Application Form which is hosted on https://www.unhcr.org/hea


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