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UN Women – Advancing women’s rights and gender equality in Afghanistan

Through the provision of direct multi-year funding, this Call for Proposal responds to the need to strengthen and sustain women-led civil society organisations (CSO), to advance women’s rights in Afghanistan as well as build cohesive communities and address the root causes of social inequalities. CSOs implementing a range of demand-driven activities will be supported through two-year funding. In addition to direct financial support, each partner selected through the Call for Proposal will receive capacity strengthening and technical assistance.

Recommended work areas include (non-exhaustive list):

  1. Building social cohesion and peaceful communities
  2. Monitoring and documenting the status of women and girls
  3. Building coalitions of women leaders across the country to advance women’s rights and gender equality priorities
  4. Strengthening the capacity of women-led organisations and women leaders

Description of required services/results:

The objective of this call for proposals is to support Afghan civil society organizations and their efforts towards advancing women’s rights and gender equality in Afghanistan, with a focus on small women-led and women’s rights civil society organizations.

Proposals may focus on any of the following four areas or a combination thereof (non-exhaustive list):

  • Area 1: Building social cohesion and peaceful communities This area of work focuses on building socially cohesive and peaceful communities, as well as implementing initiatives that seek to address the root causes of social inequalities and conflict.
  • Area 2: Monitoring and documenting the status of women and girls This includes initiatives aiming at mapping, documenting and researching themes and issues related to the status of women/girls and gender equality.
  • Area 3: Building coalitions of women leaders across the country to advance women’s rights and gender equality priorities This area of work seeks to build the influence of women leaders to advance women’s rights and gender equality in Afghanistan.
  • Area 4: Strengthening the capacity of women-led organisations and leaders This area of work seeks to strengthen the capacity of women leaders and organisations to advance their objectives, organisations, and strategies.

Competencies:

Technical/functional competencies required

  1. Demonstrated expertise in women’s rights and gender equality in Afghanistan;
  2. Demonstrated experience in one of the outlined workstream areas;
  3. Experience in implementing adaptive programming that embeds conflict and gender sensitive approaches;
  4. Ability to work across Afghanistan’s diversity, including women from diverse backgrounds, religious beliefs,ages, geographies, abilities;
  5. Capacity to deliver expected results in current context (governance and management competencies, and financial and administrative competency);
  6. Relevance of the mandate and the role of the organization to implement expected results and to contribute to the sustainability of said results;

UN Women will prioritize applications:

  1. Submitted by civil society organizations legally established and operating in Afghanistan;
  2. Submitted by small women-led and/or women’s rights organizations;
  3. Submitted by Afghan organizations with proven expertise and experience in advancing women’s rights and promoting gender equality in Afghanistan;
  4. Conceptualized, developed, and fully implemented by the applicant, in line with their assessments of the needs of targeted primary beneficiaries, and aligned to one of the four programmatic streams outlined in this Call for Proposals;
  5. Directly benefitting Afghan women and girls, with an emphasis on marginalized women and girls at the intersection of multiple forms of discrimination (i.e. rural women and girls, women and girls with disabilities, women-headed households, women and girls living in extreme poverty, etc.).

 

Submission deadline: 11 December 2022, Time: 23:59 (Kabul time)

Funding : USD 100,000 – USD 200,000

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