24 Mar 2020

IOM - Call for Proposal - Support for Community Stabilization in Tel Afar District

IOM Call for Proposal

Support for community stabilization in Tel Afar District

(grants and training provision depending on funding availability)

  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.

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 up to 1 to 2  local 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 1 to 2 agencies for the grants with a maximum budget of USD 22, 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.  

  1. Scope of work

Selected CSOs will first receive an introductory training to improve operational capacity and project proposal writing skills.Successful 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. 

Project Proposal for the Grant Scheme should follow the guidelines below:

1) Project Duration: A proposed project for the grant scheme should be implemented from June 1st 2019. It should end by November 31th 2020 – to be confirmed. It is recommended to have 4 to 5 month for implementation.

2) Beneficiaries: Community members in vulnerable situations, especially young women and men and their families in marginalized situations, people with disabilities, and returns from combats, in the targeted sub-district. Gender and ethno-religious balance must be taken into account.

3) Geographical Coverage: The proposed project should cover the areas identified by IOM in Telafar district:

Telafer city, Zummerand Al Ayadihiya sub-districts.

4) Area of Focus: The proposed project may consider how security improvement contributes to economic development, and economic development contributes to security improvement. The project should consider one or more areas of focus as follows:  

  1. Promoting the inclusion of marginalized groups (mainly youth in in vulnerable situations, facing risks of recruitment from non-state armed groups) through livelihood, skills training and insertion to the labor market and/or social and psychosocial support (targeting youth and families in vulnerable situations, people with disabilities, returns from combats, female households etc.)
    1. livelihood support, skills training leading to the insertion to the labor market, career development, integration and cooperation at work place,
    2. mental health and psychosocial support for people in need, community and family-based activities
    3. other capacity building support of targeted people


  1. Implementing social cohesion activities to strengthen local capacity to resolve conflict and mitigate tension among different social groups (targeting IDPs, returnees and host communities, interaction among different ethno-religious groups, youth and women)
    1. Support of youth initiatives and leadership for social cohesion.
    2. Support of women’s initiatives and leadership for social cohesion.
    3. Support of children’s (+8 years old) initiatives and leadership for social cohesion.
    4. Awareness on social cohesion, non-discriminatory approach, inclusion of people with different backgrounds
    5. Contribution to the implementation of the peace agreement of the each sub-district


  1. Promoting effective governance and local dialogue between community people and the local government/security service providers/other relevant local authorities (targeting community and local authorities)
    1. Capacity building programs for local authorities and citizens
    2. Joint initiatives of citizens-government
    3. Improve cooperation between different groups of the society (journalist, activists, NGOs, government)
  2. Eligibility for Application

Local associations, such as legally registered Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), are eligible for this Call of Proposals.

The candidates are requested to have:

  • Working experience in similar interventions.
  • Financial capacity to pre-finance the 30% of the activities.
  • Adequate staff in relation to the needs required for the proposed project.
  • Be legally registered to operate in Iraq.
  • An established outreach capability with the identified beneficiary group(s).
  1. Evaluation criteria

IOM shall evaluate the Proposals on the basis of their responsiveness to the above-mentioned guidelines and compliance with the requirements of the Call for Proposals.

IOM shall apply a point-based evaluation as shown below:

  1. i) Experience in working with different communities (10 points).

It includes minorities and people in vulnerable situations, particularly in the targeted areas.

  1. ii) Clear and cost-effective budget (15 points)

The cost application should include a detailed overview of all costs for proposed activities with budget description as per the attached budget template (Annex B), being realistic and competitive (i.e. cost efficiency and effectiveness).

iii) Organization Capacity (10 points)

The candidate organisations should demonstrate both physical capacity (e.g. physical presence in the target areas, human resource capacity, financial condition) and technical knowledge and expertise, and experience working with vulnerable categories of individuals such as women and children.

  1. iv) Quality of proposal (15 points)

The proposal should be clear and in line with the IOM expected objectives. Target groups and indicators should be realistic and measurable. A proposal which contravenes fundamental ethical principles such as Do Not Harm principle, gender inclusion and respect for diversity or fails to comply with the relevant security procedures shall not be selected.

Each proposal shall be given a total technical score by IOM review committee. IOM will conduct due diligence on any organization that is short-listed, which may include a physical verification visit.

  1. Reporting Requirement 

The successful CSOs must provide IOM with:

  • Monthly narrative report
  • Interim narrative and interim financial report
  • Final narrative and final financial report, including all activities undertaken under the project (no later than two weeks after the completion of the project)
  1. Budget:

Annex B form should filled to demonstrate budget breakdown.

The maximum budget available for each organization is USD 22,000.

Staff & Office costs should not exceed 24% of the total budget. Staff costs should include support staff (i.e. finance, admin, HR), while the operational staff (i.e. trainers and facilitators) can be included in the operational budget line. Overheads are not allowed.

  1. How to apply:

Candidate organisations are required to submit a project proposal, all in English, including: 

  • Cover letter from the applying organization, with a signature of a responsible person and the official stamp of the organization – No format.
  • Technical application (maximum 5 pages) – Annex A including • Title of project Project objectives • Main activities • Beneficiaries (include the targeted number of beneficiaries)
  • Cost Application (budget breakdown) – Annex B
  • Organization profile Including • Type of OrganisationYear of Establishment • No. of Staff • Organigram of Organisation • Missions/Objectives • Geographically focused area • Specialised area of work – No format.
  • Copy of government registration in Iraq as a Non-Profit Organisation
  • List of relevant past projects in a Table including • Year of implementation • Funding source • Geographical coverage • Focused area of work • Detailed of beneficiaries (maximum 2 pages) – No format

Each organization can submit only one proposal. 

Any request for additional information must be addressed in writing to before  9th April 2020.

Applications must be submitted to by April 9th 2020 at 5:00 PM (Iraq Time).

Pre-selected applicants will be contacted to participate in training in the mid of April (temporal).

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