The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for proposals that enhance efforts to combat gender-based violence (GBV) in Libya.
DRL’s goal is to prevent, address, and respond to GBV within Libya. DRL aims to enable Libyan civil society to lead survivor-sensitive GBV advocacy efforts and develop effective reporting and survivor-centered service provision mechanisms.
Potential program approaches may include:
- Improving procedures and referral systems that provide comprehensive, victim-centered services including medical, economic, and psychosocial support for survivors.
- Reinforcing capacities of service providers and local institutions to protect women from violence, politically motivated threats, discrimination, exploitation, and abuse.
- Strengthening coordination among service providers, local institutions, and professionalized networks of support.
- Enhancing integrated digital, physical, and psychosocial security measures and increasing awareness of reporting mechanisms for GBV survivors.
- Amplifying rights awareness campaigns, including efforts to change societal attitudes that stigmatize survivors of GBV and prevent survivors from accessing assistance and formally reporting crimes.
- Supporting the establishment of shelters or other protection mechanisms for GBV survivors across all of Libya and increasing response efforts, including improving access to emergency assistance, transportation, and relocation support.
DRL requires all programs to be non-discriminatory and expects implementers to include strategies for nondiscrimination of individuals/organizations/beneficiaries based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sex characteristics, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, or veteran’s status. Proposal approaches should specifically center on supporting underserved and marginalized communities in Libya. This may include, women, residents of South Libya, indigenous communities including Amazigh, Tuareg, and Tebu peoples, migrants, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, and/or LGBTQI+ identifying people.
Where appropriate, competitive proposals may include:
- Opportunities for beneficiaries to apply their new knowledge and skills in practical efforts;
- Solicitation of feedback and suggestions from beneficiaries when developing activities in order to strengthen the sustainability of programs and participant ownership of project outcomes;
- Input from participants on sustainability plans and systematic review of the plans throughout the life of the project, with adjustments made as necessary;
- Inclusion of vulnerable populations;
- Joint identification and definition of key concepts with relevant stakeholders and stakeholder input into project activities;
- Systematic follow up with beneficiaries at specific intervals after the completion of activities to track how beneficiaries are retaining new knowledge as well as applying their new skills.
- Total Funding Floor: $1,000,000
- Total Funding Ceiling: $1,000,000
- Anticipated Number of Awards: 1-2
- Period of Performance: 24-36 months.
- DRL welcomes applications from U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses. DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.
- Applications submitted by for-profit entities may be subject to additional review following the panel selection process. Additionally, the Department of State prohibits profit to for-profit or commercial organizations under its assistance awards. Profit is defined as any amount in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs. The allowability of costs incurred by commercial organizations is determined in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) at 48 CFR 30, Cost Accounting Standards Administration, and 48 CFR 31 Contract Cost Principles and Procedures.
For more information, visit DRL.