Interagency Community Outreach and Communications Fund on
Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)
CALL for PROPOSALS
Raising community-awareness on the risks of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and available reporting channels is critical to preventing of SEA, as well as to ensuring that victims know where and how to safely report SEA when it does take place. Local stakeholders have noted the need for effective, updated information, education and communication (IEC) materials on PSEA that are tailored to local cultural contexts, operational realities, the groups that are most at risk, and which take into account among others of literacy, languages, age and capacity. To support NGOs in meeting these needs, UNHCR and ICVA have jointly launched the PSEA Outreach and Communications Fund. This Fund will provide rapid, targeted financial support to NGOs to develop and disseminate PSEA outreach and communications materials, and to make available to all IASC members and the wider sector the materials developed through the Fund for their further use or adaptation.
The Fund is an initiative of the UNHCR High Commissioner’s IASC Championship on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment. You can read more about the Fund here.
PROPOSED ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Who can apply?
NGOs, particularly those that may have limited financial capacity to develop outreach and communications materials on protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA). NGOs contributing to humanitarian responses are encouraged to apply.
NGO fora or networks can apply as well, or one of their members can apply on their behalf.
What can the funds be used for?
The funds can be used to develop or adapt context-specific PSEA outreach and communication materials targeting communities, such as:
The grants can also be used to adapt or translate existing PSEA outreach materials that are currently not appropriate to target communities where the applicant is working or not available in local languages.
All materials developed under the grants will be “open source” and publicly available for the benefit of other humanitarian actors and communities.
Selected grantees will receive technical support during the design process, if requested.
Size of allocation and timeframe for completion
Applications should include a budget outlining project expenditure, accompanied by a narrative project proposal which includes the following elements:
Applications would be scored on the basis of an agreed scoring sheet that prioritises the criteria proposed below,
The initiative will aim to achieve geographic diversity, with particular attention to projects in MENA, Africa, the Americas and Asia.
Applications will be accepted until 15 May 2020.
The applications will be reviewed by a Steering Group comprising experts from both NGOs, NGO networks and UN agencies with decisions being sent in June 2020 and grants disbursed shortly after.
Please send completed applications and questions to:
 According to the UN, ““sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. Similarly, the term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.” We understand SEA as acts perpetrated by aid workers or people associated with aid organisation against the people that they are supposed to protect or provide aid to.