SLATSK – Women Empowerment for Sustainable Livelihoods

Program Description

SLATSK is a dynamic initiative dedicated to empowering women from Artsakh to enhance their employability and rebuild their lives in their new contexts. It aims to support participants on their path toward resilience and self-sufficiency after being forcefully displaced to Armenia.

SLATSK is co-implemented by Hub Artsakh and Impact Hub Yerevan with the generous support of the Armenian International Women’s Association – Empower Path Initiative and the “STRIVE” Project.

Program Objectives

Our vision is to empower women from Artsakh on their path toward resilience and self-sufficiency after being forcefully displaced to Armenia. 

Our objectives include the following: 

  1. Equip participants with new knowledge and skills that are tailored to their needs, interests and the unique challenges they face,
  2. Provide participants with soft and technical skills, networks and individualized mentorship to evolve professionally according to their project in their chosen industry,
  3. Enhance the employability of participants by connecting them with professional employers and providing them with necessary resources to build their own businesses. 

Program Components

Reskilling training program

The SLATSK program will provide reskilling trainings in three different industries. This program component is supported by the Armenian International Women’s Association (AIWA) – Empower Path Initiative.

1. Beauty sector (manicure and brows), delivered by HAZE Academy

Participants will select either manicure or brows technical training and will receive training in their chosen field, depending on the selection of the participants. These courses will be delivered by leading experts from Haze Academy.

The training course will last 2 to 3 weeks.

2. Textile sector, delivered by Art House 

Participants will receive comprehensive training in the design and sewing of various types of garments, including a general theory of modeling, use of equipment and sewing machines, measurements, and construction of drawings. 

The training course will last 4 months and will be delivered by Art House training center.

3. Food business sector

Participants will receive training on specialized business skills necessary for the food sector. The training curriculum will be adapted to the needs and requirements of the participants. This could include food safety and hygiene regulations; menu planning and development; food presentation; customer service; pricing and cost control; operations management; licensing and permits; catering and event planning. 

The training course will last 4 months.

Comprehensive Capacity Building

In addition to re-skilling, the program will build the capacity of the participants in the following way:

  1. Soft skills training will be delivered to enable participants to enter and navigate the Armenian workforce with ease and confidence. The final curriculum will be tailored to the participants’ needs, and it could include sessions on communication, negotiation, time management, and more.
  2. Wellbeing and mental health support sessions will accompany participants through any obstacles they may face. This could include sessions on stress management, self-care, building healthy habits, and more. 
  3. Entrepreneurial skills courses will be provided to enable participants to build and develop their own businesses in one of the three sectors (beauty, textile, or food business). This could include training on business models, financial management, marketing, and more.

Who can apply?

This program is intended for women from Artsakh, based in Yerevan or the surrounding regions, looking for training and professional opportunities, and willing to work in beauty, textile or food services.

While filling in the application form, you must demonstrate your motivation to acquire new knowledge, learn new skills, and find employment. Please note that the program contains a significant time commitment, and complete attendance in all workshops is a mandatory condition for participating in the program. This includes both the re-skilling training and the capacity-building component. 

If your application passes the first stage, the Hub Artsakh team will contact you for an interview. Applicants who pass the interview stage successfully will be invited to join the program. 

If you have any questions regarding the Program, call us at +374 99 707932.

How to participate

If your profile fits the criteria for the program, you can apply by filling the form at the button below.

Support Hotline Program

Program Description

Hub Artsakh is dedicated to addressing the needs of refugees from Artsakh and providing comprehensive support. Based on our extensive experience on the ground in Artsakh, and the feedback we have received from our beneficiaries and the wider Hub Artsakh community, we have launched the Support Hotline program. 

The Support Hotline provides the following two free services:

  1. Employment assistance
  2. Legal guidance (in partnership with ELL Partnership Law Firm)

The program is implemented thanks to the generous support of the H. Hovnanian Foundation.

Program Objective

Our vision is to empower people from Artsakh on their path toward restoration and self-sufficiency after being forcefully displaced to Armenia.
Our objectives include the following: 

  1. Increase the employability of refugees from Artsakh
  2. Provide legal guidance to facilitate the navigation of personal and business affairs.

Program Components

1.Job Matching Service 

Our Support Hotline program supports Artsakh refugees seeking employment in Armenia. Our team of operators are trained to match the most diverse profiles to the opportunity corresponding to their background, location, personal situation and availability. 
When job seekers reach out to us, through our hotline or online form, our operators collect the relevant information before matching it with available vacancies thanks to our partners databases and human resources network. Our team makes sure that the compensation is fair and work conditions reasonable before contacting the job-seeker with a vacancy.
Once a match is made, Hub Artsakh supports the job seeker throughout the employment process, from the application to the first day of work, including the interview.
After an individual secures a position, we remain available to answer any work-related concerns. 

2. Legal guidance 

Hub Artsakh is collaborating with ELL Partnership Law Firm to provide legal guidance services, on a pro bono basis.
When a beneficiary reaches out to us, by calling our hotline or filling out the online form, we then transfer their questions to the legal team. The legal experts then will get back to the beneficiary with a response within a few days.
This service is available for every Artsakh refugee seeking legal assistance, on a wide array of matters, such as, but not limited to, family law, property rights, legal documents, or business registration.
All information shared is kept confidential and measures to protect the personal information of our beneficiaries are strictly enforced.

How to participate

If you are from Artsakh and looking for employment support or legal guidance, call our Support Hotline at 012 502 602.
If you have any questions regarding the Hotline, visit our FAQ by clicking there: 

Human Resources Officer – Hotline Program

Human Resources Officer

Hotline Program

Are you an experienced Human Resources specialist willing to have a positive impact in Armenia?

Human Resources Officer

Are you an experienced Human Resources specialist willing to have a positive impact in Armenia?

Hub Artsakh is looking for two HR officers to join their Support Hotline Program, as a full-time position in their office in Yerevan.

Background

Hub Artsakh is a non-governmental organization that was registered and based in Stepanakert since 2021. Hub Artsakh’s mission is to strengthen the human capacity of Artsakhsis, and to provide space and opportunities for community members with education, mentoring, networking, resources and personal support.

Now based in Yerevan, Hub Artsakh continues its activities while developing its new Support Hotline Program to respond to the evolving needs of the people of Artsakh that have been forcibly displaced to Armenia.

Program Overview

As part of its emergency response, Hub Artsakh developed the Support Hotline Program to provide the population of Artsakh with support to secure employment and legal advice for personal and business matters.
The Support Hotline program has two components:
– Legal consultation to help the beneficiaries navigate the complex legal challenges they may face, ensuring their rights and needs are protected;
– Employment assistance to assist the beneficiaries finding the professional opportunity that is right for them, tailored to their education, aspirations and availability.

This program is generously sponsored by the H. Hovnanian Family Foundation.

Functions / Responsibilities

The HR Officers will provide assistance in human resources activities for the Support Hotline program. Their core responsibilities will be to:
– Support the administration of the Support Hotline processes, including phone screens beneficiaries, job placements, CV management, interviews and due diligence,
– Determine specific, appropriate employment opportunities and assist beneficiaries in accessing these opportunities by guiding them through the hiring process,
– Ensure all beneficiaries information is updated in data management systems and maintain HR files,
– Participate in the development and cultivation of partnerships with employers in order to identify appropriate employment opportunities for beneficiaries,
– Monitor job performance, wage level, and employer/employee satisfaction, and assist job-seekers and employers with any post placement issues and continuing employment needs,
– Provide general administration support to the HR team including management of inbox, preparation and delivery of accurate communication content for staff updates and reporting.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum 2 years of work experience in human resources
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be a well organized individual able to work independently, paying attention to detail and meeting deadlines
  • Proficient in information technology, including online database systems, MS Office, Google Workspace
  • Fluency in Armenian both written and spoken is required

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit their CV to hotline@hubartsakh.org before Monday 27th of November. Indicate your full name & vacancy title (Name – Human Resources Officer) on the email subject.

Media +

Program Description

Hub Artsakh is now accepting applications for the MEDIA+ program. The program aims to strengthen the capacity of aspiring journalists and reporters from Artsakh and support them in producing reliable, credible, and high quality media content. MEDIA+ is implemented in partnership with Hetq Media Factory.

The program is designed for young reporters working in Artsakh who are motivated to pursue a career in journalism. Only 15 applicants will be selected to participate in the program.

Program Components

Our goal is to support the 15 journalists participating in the program to create high-quality media content. The program will include:

  • A long-term training program led by local and international experts, during which participants will gain in-depth knowledge in journalism as well as practical skills (including interview techniques, producing multi-format content, photo/video journalism and other creative skills),
  • Individual mentorship by a leading international expert,
  • Access to a local and international professional network, creating the opportunity for future collaboration
  • Access to use technical equipment provided by Hub Artsakh
  • Hub Artsakh membership and the opportunity to work from our inspiring space

*Please note that the program does not include financial support.

Who can apply?

  • Individuals with education in journalism
  • Students who are studying in journalism
  • Individuals above 18 who have an interest in journalism

How to apply?

  • Fill in the application form (link below)
  • Submit your CV
  • Submit your portfolio
  • Submit a motivation letter. Please address the following questions in your motivation letter (250-500 words):

– Your experience in the field of journalism or media.
– What inspired you to become a journalist or media specialist?
– How do you imagine your life in a few years?
– Why do you want to participate in the MEDIA+ program? What are your expectations for the program?

Selection stages

  • Preliminary review of applications
  • Interview
  • Final selection and approval

Important information

  • The length of the incubation program is 10 months
  • Application deadline: May 28, 2023
  • Project start: June 2023
  • Number of participants: 15

Digital You

Program Description

The “Digital You” program at Hub Artsakh aims to empower the women of Artsakh by equipping them with necessary digital skills, as well as soft skills training, to secure remote employment.

All women living in Artsakh are welcome to apply, regardless of their age or any other factors. 20 women will be selected to participate in the program.

Program Components

The goal of the program is to support 20 women with a tailored digital education curriculum in addition to Hub Artsakh’s unique ecosystem, which includes:

  • Individual coaching & mentorship
  • Educational programs and events
  • Membership at Hub Artsakh & the opportunity to work from an inspiring space
  • Peer-to-peer learning
  • A collaborative community and global network
  • Professional networking with local and international creative innovators

The program aims to inspire, connect, and enable women to secure remote employment, working a supportive, inspiring environment.

* Please bear in mind that the program does not include financial support.

Important information

  • The length of the incubation program is 4 months.
  • Application deadline: March 24, 2023
  • Project start: April 2023
  • Number of participants: 20

Idea to Impact

Program Description

The Idea to Impact Program will support 6 entrepreneurs in transforming their ideas and initiatives into business models, motivating and assisting them in taking concrete steps towards implementing their idea.

In light of the blockade of the Lachin corridor since September 2022, the program targets entrepreneurs whose innovative ideas address the crisis situation. The program will prioritize IT solutions in particular.

Program Components

  1. Individual mentorship by entrepreneurs/professionals in their area of practice.
  2. Individual coaching by a certified ICF life coach to improve the not only the business performance but also lives and relationships of participants.
  3. Workshops and training sessions tailored to the participants’ needs.
  4. 3-month membership at Hub Artsakh with access to an inspiring space & office infrastructure
  5. Peer-to-peer learning and networking events.

Important information

  • Timeline: The duration of the program is three months.
  • Application deadline: 20 February 2023, 23:59 (Armenian Local Time)
  • Start date: March 1, 2023

In case of being selected for the program, all participants must commit to pursue their initiative as a top priority (i.e., with at least 50% of their time) and promise to participate in 100% of programs, events, and community activities at Hub Artsakh.

Hovnanian Youth Fellowship

Program Description

The Hovnanian Youth Fellowship at Hub Artsakh will support young (ages 18-30) social entrepreneurs, individuals, researchers, businesses, or projects engaged in, or interested in, implementing approaches that are focused on one of the topics listed below.

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Democracy building
  • Community
  • Development

Goal & Benefits

The goal of the fellowship is to support the work of motivated young social innovators in Armenia by offering Hub Artsakh’s unique ecosystem, which includes:

  • Professional individual coaching
  • Mentorship
  • Educational programs and events
  • Membership at Hub Artsakh & the opportunity to work from an inspiring space
  • Peer-to-peer learning
  • A collaborative community and global network
  • Professional networking with local and international creative innovators
  • Best 3 projects will be awarded financial support
  • The fellowship aims to inspire, connect, and enable social entrepreneurs to address social issues and to do their best work in a supportive, inspiring environment.

Timeline

  • The length of the incubation program is 10 months.
  • Starting time: November 2022

Small Grants Competition

Information

The small grant for innovative ideas aims to develop new and unique ideas related to the overall development of Artsakh.

Artsakh CSOs and unregistered initiatives or groups working towards a positive social impact in Artsakh are welcome to apply.

1-3 projects will each receive at least 500,000 AMD in small grants.

The winners of the program will also members of Hub Artsakh, gaining the opportunity to use our co-working space, as well as to network, participate in events, and utilize our resources.

What is innovation?

Innovation is not just about new programs, projects, or ideas. Innovation also involves new methods of implementation, new project platforms, and new forms of cooperation.

Project timeline

The small grant competition will consist of three stages.

Stage 1. Applicants complete the online application, which summarizes the overall objectives and expected outcomes of the project, and assesses the social impact and innovation of the project.

Stage 2. Up to 10 shortlisted applicants will be invited to a pitching workshop, which will help them present their project goal and implementation plan in a clear, engaging, and captivating way.

Stage 3. Upon successful completion of the workshop , applicants will be invited to a pitching competition. Each applicant will have the opportunity to pitch their project to the selection committee. At the end of the pitching contest, the committee will select the winner(s).

Who can apply?

Artsakh CSOs as well unregistered initiatives and groups working towards a positive social impact in Artsakh are welcome to apply. We are looking for unique and creative collaborations, especially those that bring together different organizations, sectors, and communities and that can demonstrate the power of collaboration and teamwork.

We are interested in proposals from organizations that have never received funding before and/or are not currently involved in any grant programs. We welcome applications from organizations that have difficulties in attaining funding despite having good ideas.

We particularly welcome proposals that:

  • respond to the needs of vulnerable populations
    reduce inequalities;
  • promote social inclusion
    encourage volunteering and mobilization;
  • encourage youth empowerment
    support women and girls

Please note:

  • CSOs/initiatives working in any sector are welcome to apply
  • All programs must be implemented in Artsakh
  • Initiative groups should have experience in implementing projects or initiatives.

Nagorno-Karabakh Entrepreneurship Incubation

Description

The Nagorno-Karabakh Entrepreneurship Incubation Program is an 8-month program by Hub Artsakh and Impact Hub Yerevan that supports young changemakers from Nagorny Karabakh who want to contribute to the development of the region through their entrepreneurial solutions.

Goal & Benefits

The overall objectives of the project are to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Nagorny Karabakh and support innovative solutions to post-war issues. The specific objective of the project is to run our first Entrepreneurship Incubation Program that will:

  1. Assist 12 to 15 entrepreneurs and startups to develop, validate and implement their social innovation ideas,
  2. Connect entrepreneurs to a national and international community of entrepreneurs, mentors, and philanthropic investors
  3. Raise awareness about role models of entrepreneurs in Nagorny Karabakh.

The incubation offers the unique ecosystem of Hub Artsakh and Impact Hub Yerevan, including:

  1. Mentorship by entrepreneurs/professionals in their area of practice (each project will be matched with a mentor)
  2. Membership at Hub Artsakh with access to an inspiring space & infrastructure, as well as the opportunity to work from Impact Hub Yerevan three days a month.
  3. Peer-to-peer learning component and professional networking through facilitated events with a community of creative innovators
  4. Learning curriculum designed for social impact startups, including trainings and workshops on financial management, legal management, team management, social entrepreneurship, idea validation, business modeling, fundraising, pitching and public speaking, etc.

* Please note: this incubation program does not include financial assistance

Timeline

  • The length of the incubation program is 8 months.
  • Application deadline: December 6, 2021, 23:59 (Stepanakert local time)
  • Starting time: late January 2022

Eligibility

Bold and daring teams/individuals implementing solutions to post-war issues that contribute to the development of Nagorny Karabakh are eligible to apply.

Teams selected for the incubation must commit to pursuing their initiative as a top priority (i.e., with at least 80% of their time) and promise to participate in at least 80% of programs, events, and community activities at Hub Artsakh.

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