Proposal and Report Writing (Online Course)


Proposal and Report Writing (Online Course)

Through active and participatory learning, this course aims to equip participants with a solid understanding of proposal and report writing

Proposal and report writing serve important functions in humanitarian agencies and are common and necessary tasks for staff in various levels and roles. Nevertheless, writing proposals and reports can be challenging. The ability of NGOs to deliver aid is dependent on their access to funds, and the quality of project proposals determines whether or not funds are ultimately received. Good reports ensure all are kept informed of progress. Reports must analyse information, draw consistent conclusions, and make sensible and practical recommendations, otherwise they risk falling short of their objective.

This course will help participants develop the competencies needed to write compelling proposals and informative reports in the humanitarian context.

Through active and participatory learning, this course aims to equip participants with a solid understanding of proposal and report writing, as well as the ability to apply this understanding in practice.

This course is composed of six live sessions, with individual and small group work assigned between live sessions. The live sessions are hosted at 08:30 -12:00 (GMT) including a 20-minute break; on:

  1. Monday 21st November 2022
  2. Thursday 24th November 2022
  3. Monday 28th November 2022
  4. Thursday 1st December2022
  5. Monday 5thDecember 2022
  6. Wednesday 8th December2022

Course Objectives:

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • List the components of proposals and reports and explain the logical flow connecting different components;
  • Explain the purpose of proposals and reports, and outline what makes them effective;
  • Show how to distinguish between the templates, requirements and processes for applying to different donors, appeals and funding streams;
  • Shape proposals to fit donor requirements, preferences, and guidelines;
  • Demonstrate the use of tools, such as the logical framework, to design proposals with clear logic;
  • Produce accurate effective reports that are designed to meet the readers’ needs;
  • Demonstrate the use of tools to effectively plan for single-author and collaborative proposal and report writing;
  • Write concise clear proposals and reports using appropriate writing styles, formats, structures and graphics.

Course Structure

This course is a combination of live online sessions and individual or small group work in between live sessions. The course consists of:

  • 21.1 hrs of online facilitated sessioins - 6 sessions each of about 3.5 hours durations on non-consecutive days (8:30-12:00 GMT) on 21st November, 24th November, 28th November, 1st December, 5th December, 8th December)
  • 9.5 hours of asynchronous work to be completed between the live sessions.

Where is it hosted?

The live online sessions are hosted on Zoom and the best experience is available by joining via the Zoom app. Participants may join the training via a browser, although the browser offers limited access to some of the interactive features of the training. Participants will receive instructions on how to join the module after registration. The individual and small group work is hosted on our e-learning platform.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at project officers, programme managers, desk officers, regional coordinators, fundraisers and other staff who are responsible for writing proposals and reports, or contributing to these. It is suitable for participants who are starting in these roles, or who already have some experience and want to further improve their abilities. Staff working for donor agencies who are involved in the review of proposals and reports are also very welcome to attend.The focus is on proposals and reports for the humanitarian sector, although those working in the international development sector may also find it useful.

HPass Badge

Upon completion of the course participants will be eligible to apply for a HPass Badge, a digital indicator of achievement, and a way for participants to demonstrate their skills and experience in the humanitarian sector. You can find more information on HPass Badges here.

How much does the course cost?

• Standard Individual - £220 (for those funding themselves)

• Standard Organisation - £250 (for those being funded by an organisation)

RedR UK offers special discount rates for staff funded by for local organisations in low and lower-middle income countries. These participants can register by purchasing the Standard Individual ticket.

RedR UK is committed to making our courses accessible to any organisation, regardless of size. We offer course scholarships for eligible participants who meet specific criteria. For more information on RedR UK Scholarships and how to apply, please click here.

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Course Overview

Course Length
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