Call for Proposal to Implement Young Women in Leadership Initiative

UN Women's Women Make the Change programme is seeking NGOs and NGO Consortiums to further women's participation in leadership in Papua New Guinea.

UN Women, under the Women Make the Change programme, is launching this Call for Proposals to support a Young Women in Leadership Initiative. In order to support Outcome 2 of the Women Make the Change programme, building a cadre of capable women political leaders at the national and subnational level, specific attention and support must be given to young women who are, themselves, emerging leaders. This has been recognised as a critical gap in much of the work focused on women’s political participation across the Pacific region. The young women in leadership component of the Women Make the Change programme aims to address this gap by helping young women emerge as a dynamic force for change to the current status quo. 

The main objectives of the Young Women in Leadership Initiative of the Women Make the Change programme are:  

  • To develop the leadership skills and capacity of emerging young women leaders from across Papua New Guinea by providing them with mentorship, skills building and internship opportunities.  
  • To support young women leaders to promote gender equality initiatives in their own communities.  
  • To promote awareness on the value and importance of young women’s leadership. 


Scope of Work 

To achieve this objective, UN Women is seeking an NGO or a consortium (a group of organisations), consisting of no more than three NGOs, with a track record of working on young women’s leadership and mentorship. 

The NGO or lead NGO (if applying as a consortium) must be legally registered and can be a national or international organization with a presence in Papua New Guinea. If applying as a Consortium and funds will be managed by the non-lead NGO, the other two organizations must also be registered. 

Proposals should cover a period of 18 months. Up to $200,000 USD is available to support this work.


For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply click the 'English' link above.  For any questions about the proposal application process please contact the Women Make the Change Programme Associate, Rebecca Bogosia, at

Applications must use the UN Women proposal template in the link above and must be submitted to by the deadline, Monday, 22 February 2021 (midnight PNG time).

UN entities involved in this initiative
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women