UNITED NATIONS INTERIM ADMINISTRATION MISSION IN KOSOVO (UNMIK)
Call for Confidence Building Project (CBP) Proposals 2023 – 2024
Deadline for submission: Monday 20 February 2023
A. Background and Purpose of this Call
Proposals are invited for small-scale, low cost, rapidly implementable projects, of benefit to the people of Kosovo, developed and implemented in a participatory manner, which seek to promote trust-building, reconciliation and inter-ethnic cooperation in ethnically mixed areas and among the different communities living in Kosovo, and which facilitate integration and cooperation among communities. This call is launched now for projects to be implemented during the financial year July 2023 – June 2024. Project funding is subject to ulterior confirmation of project funds being made available in UNMIK’s 2023 – 2024 budget.
B. Aim, Objectives and Themes
Projects should promote (a) inter-municipal and inter-ethnic cooperation; (b) the provision of basic services at the community level to stimulate cooperation and reconciliation between communities; or (c) the resolution of economic, social, cultural or environmental issues at the local level. The common thread that all projects must have, is an element of inter-community cooperation.
C. Maximum Budget and Project Duration
Submitted projects shall not exceed USD 25,000 in value. Project budgets do not need to be close to this upper limit, smaller budgets are also welcome. Projects shall be implementable within 6 months.
D. Submission Deadline
The deadline for submission of proposals is 23:59 Hours CET (Central European Time) on Monday 20 February 2023.
E. Eligibility Criteria
Submitting entities must:
1. Be reputable not-for-profit organizations including local NGOs (including local branches of international NGOs), local authorities and government institutions. For-profit organizations and private companies cannot submit CBP proposals;
2. Be legally recognized and registered with the relevant Kosovo authorities and have qualified personnel including a physical address, email and telephone contact that can be verified;
3. Demonstrate transparency, accountability and efficiency in the use of resources;
4. Demonstrate understanding of and compliance with UN standards of conduct with respect to the prohibition of sexual exploitation and abuse;
5. Have an account with a reputable banking institution.
6. Proven competencies demonstrated by previous, successful project / programme implementations will be an asset.
F. Acceptability Requirements
Applications shall comply with the following requirements:
1. Proposals must be received no later than the deadline for submitting applications referred to in section D above.
2. They must be submitted in English using only the 2023-2024 application form. All sub-sections of the form must be filled, and all questions answered. Other formats or documents are not accepted.
3. The application form must be accompanied by a detailed budget, using the provided budget form template. Project proposal budgets must not exceed USD 25,000.
4. Projects shall be implementable within 6 months.
5. Proposals need to demonstrate how implementation will promote (a) inter-municipal and inter-ethnic cooperation; (b) the provision of basic services at the community level to stimulate cooperation and reconciliation between communities; or (c) the resolution of economic, social, cultural and environmental issues at the local level; and how it will facilitate inter-community cooperation in Kosovo.
6. Projects may take a variety of forms, including limited infrastructure-related projects, the provision of equipment, short-term employment-generating activities to empower communities, non-recurrent training activities, awareness creation on human rights, gender, and youth issues to enhance inter-ethnic trust-building and cooperation; the holding of confidence-building or similar fora, and so on. In the current situation, projects can also address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on cohesion and on confidence/trust building among all communities living in Kosovo.
7. Proposals should be sensitive to the evolving public health situation, presenting an option of project implementation in line with public health preventive measures, should these be reintroduced (e.g. online or outdoor meetings or other options to avoid gatherings of large groups of people, etc.) and a back-up implementation plan in case these measures become more restrictive again.
8. Proposals that can point to co-funding or otherwise show their sustainability beyond the initial UNMIK funding, will be considered favourably.
9. All applications should meet the eligibility criteria provided in section E above and the provisions of sections B and C. Failure to comply with the requirements will lead to the disqualification of the application.
10. All proposals that meet the above requirements and eligibility criteria will be given equal attention and will be evaluated by a Project Review Committee (PRC), which will make recommendations to the Head of Mission as to which projects best meet the priorities of the Mission. There is no guarantee that projects submitted will be selected, even if they meet the minimum criteria. Applicants will be duly notified of the outcome of this process.
11. Project funding is subject to ulterior confirmation of project funds being made available in UNMIK’s 2023-2024 budget.
If your project proposal meets the above criteria and has a reasonable budget, please submit by e-mail to the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The forms must be completed in English and must be accompanied by the budget form. All sub-sections of the application form must be filled. No other formats will be accepted.
NB: This call for proposals is subject to budget availability. All proposals that meet the above requirements and eligibility criteria will be given equal attention and sent to the Project Review Committee (PRC) which will make recommendations to the Head of Mission as to which projects best meet the priorities of the Mission. There is no guarantee that projects submitted will be selected, even if they meet the minimum criteria. Applicants will be duly notified of the outcome of this process.