WOMEN’S PEACE AND HUMANITARIAN FUND (WPHF)
CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR NIGERIA
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 23 AUGUST, 2019

BACKGROUND AND SCOPE OF CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) is a global pooled funding mechanism which aims to increase financing for women’s participation, leadership, and empowerment in peace and security processes and humanitarian response. The overall goal of the WPHF’s theory of change is to achieve peaceful and gender-equal societies. Achievement of this goal will require that women are empowered to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from conflict prevention, crisis response, peace building, and recovery.

The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership between the EU and the United Nations aimed at eliminating violence against women and girls, through a global theory of change based on six Outcome Areas: 1) Strengthening legislative and policy frameworks; 2) Building gender-responsive systems and institutions; 3) Supporting evidence-based prevention programmes; 4) Establishing quality services; 5) Ensuring quality data; 6) Strengthening women’s rights groups.

The WPHF is partnering with the Spotlight initiative to channel quality funding to small, local and grassroots women-led and women’s rights organizations, as well as women’s funds, contributing to results under Outcome Area 6 of the Initiative, “Strengthening women’s rights groups”. The grants will focus on ending violence against women and promoting women’s human rights and gender equality in peace and security contexts in Borno and Yobe States.

ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS
• National and local women-led, or women’s rights-focused civil society organizations based in/have on-going activities in Borno and Yobe States are eligible to apply.
• The lead applicant organization must have legal status with the competent national authority in the eligible country of project implementation. Women’s funds that are not registered in the country of implementation may apply in partnership with a locally registered implementing partner as the lead applicant.
• Project proposals should be for no less than US$20,000 and no more than US$200,000.
• The proposal submitted must be aligned to the two following outcome areas:
• Outcome Area 6 of the Spotlight Initiative’s theory of change: Women’s rights groups, autonomous social movements and relevant civil society organisations, including those representing youth and groups facing intersecting forms of discrimination/marginalization, more effectively influence and advance progress on GEWE and EVAWG, including SGBV/HR
• Outcome Area 5 of the WPHF’s theory of change: Women and girls’ safety, security and human rights are enhanced

EVALUATION CRITERIA
As you write your application, please keep in mind that proposals will be evaluated against the following criteria:

PROJECT DESIGN AND OBJECTIVES:
• Alignment with the two Outcome areas as specified under section 6.8. above (Spotlight Outcome area 6 and WPHF Outcome area 5).
• Identification of a credible implementation strategy and sequential operation of activities.
• Identification of risks and appropriate mitigation measures.

PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT AND MONITORING:
• Realistic results schedule – in general, projects should not last for more than 24 months.
• The allocation of budget resources to monitor and evaluate project activities over time.

BUDGET:
The project demonstrates its capacity to catalyse additional finance.
The budget is sufficient and reasonable for the activities proposed and take the scale of problems into account.

VIABILITY, LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND AND NATIONAL OWNERSHIP:
• Ensuring meaningful participation of groups facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, such as those marginalized and excluded due to poverty, ethnicity, disability, age, geography, migratory status, HIV status, among others which are in clear alignment with the 2030 Agenda and the principle of leaving no one behind in EVAW programming.
• Viability of the programme beyond the financing period and (where applicable), how to reproduce it and improve it over time.

When and How to Apply
Organizations wishing to apply shall submit the following documents as part of one application package:
• Project Proposal (Project Document, Results Framework, Project Budget)
• Proof of legal registration or status
• Evidence of that the organization is a women-led, women’s rights organization

The deadline for submission of proposals is 23 August, 2019.

Application packages can be emailed to: cfpnigeria@unwomen.org

Applicants are required to send an e-mail to Lansanah.wonneh@unwomen.org requesting further information on the components of the application package, eligibility criteria, evaluation criteria and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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