The Expatriate and Diaspora Stipends Grant
This stipend supports international staff, including, Arab-Palestinian Citizens of Israel, Palestinians in the Diaspora with senior technological expertise or leadership experience, who will work with Palestinian IT services firms to build the technical and managerial capacity of their workforce. The Expatriate and Diaspora stipend covers either the salaries or the additional costs of hiring individuals with international skillsets that cannot be found in the West Bank and Gaza. Expatriates are required to have technological expertise or leadership roles during the terms of their contracts to maximize high-tech knowledge transfer and build teams of junior staff. Expatriates need to be either integrated in revenue-generating client projects or be involved in strategic roles to upgrade the capabilities of the enterprise (for example, as temporary Chief Technology Officer or support to improve internal systems and processes). The size of the stipend will be commensurate with the skills and experience of the individual based on market value, as well as previous earnings of the individual, and valid for a maximum of two years. The expatriate contracts will include KPIs and periodic evaluation.
The stipend covers either (i) up to 70% of the basic salary of the individual (the beneficiary company will be required to cover up to 30% of the basic salary in addition to any performance-based bonuses if any), or (ii) the expatriate benefits such as relocation costs, housing allowance, health insurance, schooling, and hardship allowance (the beneficiary company will be required to cover the full salary and performance based bonuses if any). The company must present a diagnosis of gaps and a credible business plan for the utilization of the expatriate staff for workforce capability upgrading to address those gaps. The business plan will need to present the salary and other expenses that the firm will invest in this upgrading process to make a case for value for money.
The following criteria will be used to assess companies’ applications:
The following are the selection criteria for the proposed individuals:
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