UNOPS Call for Proposals: Support to Strengthen Conflict-sensitivity

Deadline: 25 February 2019

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has announced a Call for Proposals to seek proposals from applicants for two distinct (2) grants, one for the Access to Health Fund (ACCESS), and one for Livelihoods and Food Security Fund (LIFT).

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Access to Health Fund

The Fund’s goal is to improve the health status of the population by reducing the maternal, neonatal, and child mortality rates; increasing sexual and reproductive health and rights; reducing HIV and malaria prevalence; and reducing tuberculosis incidence.

The Fund is focused on providing health services in conflict-affected areas, and the case for prioritizing populations affected by conflict is threefold:

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  • Access to health services in conflict-affected areas is low. By focusing on these areas, the Fund will be targeting some of Myanmar’s least equitable access-to-health situations and some of the country’s most vulnerable groups, in places that the government, often, is not able to reach and support.
  • Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – the country’s goal for 2030 – requires access to health for populations throughout the country, and can only be achieved through closer cooperation and coordination with EHOs and their partners.
  • By intervening in conflict-affected areas, the Fund will contribute to peace-building in Myanmar, bringing together actors around concrete shared goals and, through health related discussions, contributing to building trust for further dialogue and collaboration.

The Livelihoods and Food Security Fund

The overall goal of LIFT is to sustainably reduce the number of people living in poverty and hunger in Myanmar. LIFT’s purpose is to improve the incomes and nutrition status of poor people in Myanmar by promoting resilient livelihoods and food security.

LIFT will continue to focus on assisting:

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  • Households with land, labour or commercial potential to ‘step up’ through increases in labour and land productivity and enhanced capacity to market production
  • Rural households or individuals to ‘step out’ of agriculture into the local non-farm economy or to take advantage of opportunities further afield
  • Highly vulnerable households to ‘hang in’ and use agriculture as a safety net, improve their food security and nutrition outcomes while building their capacity to move out over time

Qualifications, Experience and Eligibility

  • Mandatory
    • An organisation authorized to operate in Myanmar;
    • Proven experience and demonstrable expertise on working in conflict and supporting agencies working in conflict-affected areas;
    • Experience working with the Government of Myanmar, international/local NGOs, civil-society based organisations (CBOs) in a supportive and capacity building role;
    • Evidence of required technical and managerial capacity to provide inputs to develop and implement a programme in a challenging environment;
  • Highly desirable
    • Experience in the areas related to livelihoods and food security in conflict-areas (LIFT);
    • Experience in the areas related to primary health care services with focus on MNCH (Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health) and/or communicable disease control is an asset (ACCESS);
    • Dual expertise on conflict sensitivity capacity building trainings AND understanding of larger peace/conflict/Ethnic Armed Organizations dynamics is encouraged.
    • Capacity to manage financial resources in line with UNOPS rules and regulations;
    • Staff with sufficient technical capacity or evidence that sufficiently capable staff will be hired to implement the programme;
    • Proven ability to implement high quality services according to an agreed work-plan.
  • Please note that the first four qualifications are mandatory; the next three highly desirables.

How to Apply

Proposals must be received by email at the address given on the website.

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