UNOPS Call for Concept Notes: Joint Peace Fund for Myanmar

Deadline: 30 June 2017

Applications are open for Joint Peace Fund to support a peace process that ends ethnic armed conflict in Myanmar and results in a sustainable and inclusive peace from which all people  benefit.

The Joint Peace Fund has been set up by a group of international donors to provide financial, technical and advisory support to a nationally owned and inclusive peace process in Myanmar.

JPF is an innovative fund, staffed by national and international specialists who between them have many years of experience in supporting peace processes around the world and in Myanmar itself. It offers a range of assistance, financial, technical and advisory, to support not just the formal peace process, but also activities linking to it that can help strengthen the process and deepen the peace.

Scope of JPF Programmes

The JPF will provide financial, technical   and advisory support to activities in three programme areas:

  • Direct assistance to a nationally owned and inclusive peace process: This support is for both the ongoing negotiations and the implementation of agreements already made between the parties at Union and sub-national level, for example, the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and bilateral ceasefires.
  • Peacebuilding initiatives and activities that strengthen the peace process: The JPF will support peacebuilding initiatives that strengthen the peace process, activities that favor the implementation of agreements already made, and enable broader participation, particularly that of  women.
  • Research and Innovation: The JPF will support applied research and innovation initiatives that enhance shared understanding, inform and enable public participation, and harness digital technology to promote awareness raising, collaborative learning, and engagement.

Grants  Framework        

There are two types of grants available under this call for concept notes: small grants and large grants.

Small Grants

Small grants offer up to US$ 100,000 per year. This grants window has been designed to accommodate smaller, more targeted initiatives from organizations which may have limited capacity or experience, or are seeking to conduct small-scale peacebuilding projects or one-off events. This includes incubation-type support to single-focus, small-scale national organizations that cover critical peace-related issues, are locally relevant, or whose activities have significant potential to impact the peace process.

Large Grants     

Large grants are above US$ 100,000, they can accommodate a larger time frame, and a broader project scope. For large grants, the JPF encourages initiatives with one or more of the following features:

  • Collaboration between organizations, across sectors, multi-disciplinary cooperation.
  • Developing centre-periphery networks.
  • Covering multiple locations.
  • Where appropriate, enabling national access to international capacity, technical expertise and experience.

Project Criteria

A project may fall within more than one of these programme areas.

  • Programme Area 1: Direct Peace Process Support
  • Programme Area 2: Peacebuilding Support
  • Programme Area 3: Research and Innovation

Eligibility Criteria

  • The JPF is open to applications from potential partners, national and international, registered and non-registered, part of the formal process or outside the formal process, that are contributing to an inclusive, sustainable and nationally owned peace process in Myanmar.
  • Priority will be given to national actors and national implementing partners. Where international implementing partners are involved, they will be required to demonstrate strong partnerships with national entities and institutions and clear justification for why the activities cannot or should not be undertaken by a national organization.

How to Apply

Applicants can either submit their concept note email or by delivering it in printed copy at the address given on the website.

Eligible Country: Myanmar

For more information, please visit Joint Peace Fund.

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