IOM Call for Proposal
Support for community stabilization in Tel Afar District
1. Project Background
Iraq is at a critical juncture, emerging from a conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and a long history of the internecine conflict, which have set back the country’s economic and social development substantially. Iraq grapples with many of the features of the so-called “conflict trap”, in which the cumulative effects of Iraq’s conflicts on development leave the country vulnerable to the recurrence of conflict.
On 1 April, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Government of Japan (GoJ) launched an innovative new pilot project entitled “Supporting the Security-Development Nexus in Iraq”. Offering a timely response to the challenges facing Iraq, the project seeks to leverage the mutually reinforcing nature of security and development, carefully calibrating action under both rubrics to break the cycle of conflict.
Efforts to address the growing militarization of society in certain parts of Iraq requires action in both the security and development domains. Available evidence suggests that non-state armed groups, including extremist groups, exploit the gap between citizens’ need for basic services and the government’s ability to provide them. The absence of peace and security exacerbates this, as insecure populations are readily drawn to entities that offer protection, stability, or a means to overcome perceived neglect.
Through this Call for Proposal, IOM aims at supporting Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Tel Afar district to improve capacity in project management, overall administrative and financial operation, as well as technical expertise in specific areas such as security, livelihood, social cohesion and family/psychosocial support.
Upon the submission of a project proposal, pre-selected participants will receive an introductory training in developing and managing activities with IOM tools of social cohesion, psychosocial support and methodological insights in project management. Second, upon the completion of introductory training, the participants will be encouraged to revise and improve the proposal submitted to obtain the small grant funded by IOM. IOM will support between 3 to 5 agencies for the grants with a maximum budget of USD 15 000 for each agency. The successful CSOs for the grant scheme continues to receive support for project management and administrative and financial management through regular on-site coaching and mentoring.
2. Scope of work
All selected CSOs will first receive an introductory training to improve operational capacity and project proposal writing skills. After the training, only 3 to 5 CSOs will receive a grant for implementing activities for community stabilization, using innovative approaches to promote inclusion, cooperation, and mutual tolerance and resilience among community members. IOM will provide technical and operational support to the CSOs through regular on-site coaching/mentoring.