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Grant Opportunities: United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security: Call for Proposals 2022

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Deadline: 12-Dec-22

For the 2022 Call for Proposals, the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) is accepting proposals for human security awareness and usage programmes only.

The UNTFHS will focus the 2022 Call for Proposals on programmes to extend awareness of the human security approach and its usage at all levels. For these programmes, the total contribution from the UNTFHS should not exceed US$300,000 for a period of 12-18 months.

Thematically, the UNTFHS is seeking proposals that focus on advancing the application of human security in priority areas as highlighted in the recent recommendations of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Human Security that was established to leverage the findings of UNDP’s Special Report on New threats to Human Security in the Anthropocene: Demanding greater solidarity, in order to accelerate the SDGs and work under the Common Agenda, including the New Agenda for Peace and plans towards the Summit of the Future.

To this end, proposals must result in concrete knowledge products, strategies or tools to support the UN system and/or national and local governments to better deliver on promises, promote greater integration of operations and expertise, and develop new perspectives and approaches to longstanding challenges such as redressing inequality, overcoming obstacles to implementing the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, and prioritizing prevention in all areas of the Organization’s work. All proposals should explicitly incorporate a focus on those groups further behind or at-risk of being left behind, including an age and gender-sensitive dimension, as it relates to methodology, guidance, strategy, mechanisms and/or processes to ensure that all action will be tailored to the specificities of the intended target group(s).

Proposals could focus on one or more of the following:

  • Developing and piloting a human security integrated methodology, building upon most recent thinking and existing tools such as the Human Security Handbook, and updatingtools such as conflict analysis and vulnerability assessments, among others, to ensure that no one is left behind in rebuilding after crises, including COVID-19 and conflict.
  • Related to the above, proposing an integrated methodology that accounts for cross-cutting issues such as climate change and the environment, health, digitalization, inequality and exclusion, and/or works at the intersection of major agendas such as the 2030 Agenda and the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, among others.
  • Preparing and testing operational guidance on how to use the human security lens to develop crisis responses to support Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams in crisis contexts, including in operationalizing the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.
  • Elaborating human security strategies to ingrain a preventive lens in data collection, programme planning, or policy development to better prepare for or mitigate the impacts of compound crises that could derail sustainable peace and development.
  • Establishing mechanisms and processes that enhance trust and collaboration among communities, between communities and governments, and across a range of stakeholders, based on the human security approach.
What kinds of programmes does UNTFHS support?

The UNTFHS supports two distinct types of programmes:

  • those that mainstream and advance the operational impact of the human security approach and
  • those that extend the global awareness of the human security approach and its usage.

The UNTFHS does not have thematic priorities; however, programmes should aim to support implementation of key global agendas at the local and national level through the application of the human security approach. Please refer to the Call for Proposals for possible thematic priorities in a given year. Applying organizations should carefully review the key funding criteria in the UNTFHS Guidelines and utilise the tools provided in the Human Security Handbook in the development of their proposals.

Funding Information
  • For operational programmes, the UNTFHS provides seed funding of up to US$ 2 million and applying organizations must pool additional resources of at least US$ 3 million for a programme period of two to three years. At the concept note stage, the applying organizations must provide indications of pooled resources (co-funding) and evidence of prospective funding as part of the full programme proposal. Resources can be from the UN system, Governments, foundations, the private sector and local partners, and can include in-kind contributions.
  • For programmes that aim to extend awareness and usage of the human security approach, the seed funding from the UNTFHS should not exceed US$300,000. There is no lower limit for the pooling of resources (co-funding) for these programmes, however, additional resources should be included in the total budget.
Eligibility Criteria
  • UN organizations who are bound by UN Financial Regulations and Rules are eligible to apply for funding from the UNTFHS. Applications submitted by individuals and non-UN organizations will not be accepted. However, the UNTFHS promotes programmes that engage a broad range of relevant partners, including national and local stakeholders, civil society and the private sector.

For more information, visit https://www.un.org/humansecurity/trustfund/faqs-2-2/

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