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Expression of Interest to set up National Point of Contacts (N-POCs) of the ECWT

ECWT N-Pocs

The European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT) was set up in July 2008 based on the Bold Strategy and the Global Framework of the International Taskforce for Women and ICTs (ITF), as the first of ten Regional Centres around the world, a European non-profit organization registered under Norwegian law.

The European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT) is a European multi-stakeholder partnership representing high-level expertise in women and technology development from the public sector, businesses, academia and non-profit sector with the basic aims:

  • To measurably and significantly increase the number  of girls and women in the knowledge based economy until 2020
  • To enhance gender equality in regard to ICT access, ICT use and contribution of girls and women in design, innovation and decision making in ICT and related sectors
  • To drive the development of new multi-stakeholder processes, communities of knowledge, needs based services and high-skilled workplaces with a focus on women in technology

National Point of Contacts (N-POCs) will function - in a similar way as the ECWT - as a multi-stakeholder partnership for national and regional activities in EU 27 Member States and in wider Europe with the goal to co-ordinate national activities.

The basic requirements for National Point of Contacts (N-POCs) are:

1. Structural

  • A strong co-ordinating role  in regard to national initiatives and programmes and documented experiences from European collaboration
  • A multi-stakeholder partnership (MSP) of national and regional actors, with documented expertise in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET)
  • Agreement  to the statutes of the ECWT
  • Commitment to designate one main contact person for the ECWT in the country

2. Programmatic

  • Acceptance  of and support to uniform gender indicators for monitoring and impact metrics
  • Focus on engineering & ICT for development
    – Through the 4 focus areas – education, entrepreneurship, workforce, leadership and
    – Using the 5 key tools - policy & action, research & impact metrics, resources & services development, dissemination & communication, context & culture
    – 75% of the services web and mobile based

3. Technical

  • Use of the ECWT portal and platform and its technical resources (databases and services) in English and successively in other national languages

4. Operational

  • Commitment to and experience in European level collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds and ensure organizational sustainability - Previous relationships with donors.
  • Readiness for involvement in the European Regional Mapping & Regional Blueprint for Progress for measurably increasing the number of girls and women in ICT
  • Regular reporting about women and ICT issues  (policy, activities, initiatives, indicators, projects, etc.) in the  country through the ECWT collaboration management platform and portal
  • A proactive attitude in regard to leveraging national initiatives in line with the Code of Best Practices for Women and ICT
  • Readiness to organize an annual awareness raising event in collaboration with the ECWT
  • Interest to participate in regional projects and collaboration with other regions
  • Membership in the ECWT and attendance of  the Annual General Meeting  (AGM) of the ECWT

5. Financial

  • Commitment to leveraging resources, research and progress through collaboration with other N-POCs, the ECWT and other regional centres  based on a common financial model

Project Goals

In order to select the most qualified organizations to take leadership on setting up and running a National Point of Contact (N-POCs) in EU Member States and wider Europe the ECWT has decided to announce a Call for Expression of Interest.

What is the process for submitting an Expression of Interest?

Expressions of Interest are sought from you, your organization or partnerships. If you are interested in being involved, you will need to complete the enclosed pro-forma describing how you meet require-ments and propose to take leadership towards setting up of a National Point of Contact (N-POC) in your country.

Please submit the filled in pro-forma electronically to: info@womenandtechnology.eu 

The closing date for submissions is Friday 4th September 2009 at 5:00 pm.

The ECWT Executive Group will review Expression of Interests and invite upon evaluation of meeting basic requirements selected organizations to a workshop about the start-up of N-POCs.                                                                

The workshop will be hosted by the Commission’s DG INFSO on the 9th of October 2009 in Brussels, 13:00-15:00.

Download the full text of the Call:

Download the pro-forma for sending in your EoI:

 

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