Deadline Date: 25-Aug-2023
The UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons has launched the seventh Call for Proposals (Sub-grant Programme 2) to provide essential humanitarian, legal and financial aid to victims of trafficking in persons through established channels of assistance.
The UNVTF was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010 as part of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.
The UNVTF is managed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and benefits from the strategic guidance and expertise of a five-member Board of Trustees, appointed by the UN Secretary-General for a three-year term. Since its inception in 2010, the UNVTF has awarded over USD 6 million in grants to more than 155 NGO projects in over 60 countries.
- This Call for Proposals takes into consideration the importance of harnessing all available resources towards the implementation of activities aimed at meeting the objectives of this Grants programme.
- The main objectives of this Grants programme are:
- to provide direct assistance and protection to vulnerable victims of trafficking in persons
- to improve health and well-being, facilitate social integration and prevent re-trafficking amongst vulnerable victims of trafficking in persons
Thematic Focus and Priority Issues
- This Call for Proposals seeks to provide funding support to not-for-profit organisations working in the area of trafficking in persons whose projects are aimed at providing immediate and essential direct assistance for vulnerable victims of trafficking in persons.
- Priority shall be given to projects that target the following population:
- Priority shall be given to projects that adapt programmes or design interventions:
- Facilitating early identification of human trafficking victims;
- Integrate use of innovative strategies and technologies supporting appropriate victim assistance;
- Integrate survivor-focused financial inclusion and economic empowerment approaches to support victims’ rehabilitation and reintegration to society.
- Promote engagement with persons with lived experience of trafficking and taking into account trauma-informed responses for victims’ reintegration into society.
- Priority will be given to projects tackling human trafficking in the following regions:
- Conflict areas of Eastern Europe, in particular Ukraine and neighboring countries, that are affected by the displacement of people due to the ongoing conflict;
- Human trafficking across the Mediterranean corridor as well as the corridors between areas of:
- South America and Central America/ the Caribbean;
- Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa;
- South Asia and the Middle East;
- South Asia and Western & Southern Europe;
- within South-East Asia.
- Priority shall be given to projects that target persons identified in the following situations:
- persons identified among large movements of refugees and/or migrants, including internally displaced persons where conflict, post-conflict and continued instability caused by sociopolitical tensions or a breakdown of law and order.
- persons identified in or fleeing areas that has been affected by the spill-over of climate change related displacement.
- Priority shall be given to projects that target the following forms of exploitation:
- Proposals with budgets up to USD 60,000 will be considered for award.
- Please note that value for money will be assessed as a part of the rating criteria.
- 2% of the proposed budget amount will be reserved/held for monitoring visit of UNODC to the awarded project. Grant awards will not exceed the entity’s annual income for the previous fiscal year.
- Applicants’ financial management capacity will be assessed in this respect.
- All activities financed by this sub-programme must be implemented up to 24 months.
- Activities that will be given priority include:
- early identification of human trafficking victims through integrated use of innovative strategies and technologies
- medical assistance
- material assistance in the form of food, clothing etc.
- immediate, safe and short-term shelter
- support the financial literacy of survivors to build their economic empowerment and financial independence that enable the reintegration to society
- legal assistance, incl. advice and representation
- psychosocial assistance
- education and/or vocational training
- assistance with family reunification and/or repatriation with full consent of the victim
- supporting engagement with survivors/survivor led organisations and support their work.
- This is a global Call for Proposals.
- Projects to be implemented in origin, transit and destination countries will all be considered.
- In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must:
- be a non-profit making organisation (CSOs including NGOs, CBOs) registered under the relevant Laws of the country where it is registered and in the country where it will be implementing the proposed project;
- have been registered by 1 July 2021;
- be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project, i.e. not acting as an intermediary;
- demonstrate prior experience of at least two (2) year implementing activities in the area of direct assistance to victims of trafficking in persons in line with the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime or in providing other services to vulnerable populations including IDPs and forcibly displaced persons;
- complete registration in the UN Partner Portal (UNPP) and secure a valid UNPP Partner ID;
- have a bank account in the organisation’s name;
- confirm that the organisation takes appropriate measures to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse and signs the Partner declaration form.
- When the applicant who was previously awarded a grant by UNVTF submits a new application, the funded project from the previous grant should have been programmatically and operationally concluded, i.e., the project has concluded/activities completed, and all required reports have been submitted without pending issues or unreturned unspent balance.
For more information, visit UNVTF.