Call for Proposals: Human Security Awareness and Usage Programme

Call for Proposals: Human Security Awareness and Usage Programme


Deadline: 15-Dec-23

The United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) is accepting proposals for human security awareness and usage programmes (window II).

UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) finances activities carried out by the UN system to deliver comprehensive, cross-sectoral and preventive responses to complex and multidimensional challenges. By combining a set of fundamental principles that characterize the human security approach (protection and empowerment, people-centred, comprehensive, context-specific and prevention-oriented), the Fund promotes integrated and targeted responses that cut across sectors, are grounded in local realities, address the root causes of vulnerabilities, build resilience, and adopt multi-stakeholder partnerships to fully realise the transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda.

Focus Areas
  • All proposals should incorporate one or more of the following:
    • Developing and piloting a human security integrated methodology, building upon most recent thinking and existing tools such as the Human Security Handbook, to ensure that no one is left behind in policy or programmatic responses to complex challenges.
    • Proposing an integrated methodology that accounts for cross-cutting issues such as climate change and the environment, health, digitalization, inequality and exclusion, and/or works at the intersection of major agendas.
    • Preparing and testing operational guidance on how to use the human security lens to develop crisis responses to support Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams in crisis contexts, including in operationalizing the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.
    • Elaborating human security strategies to ingrain a preventive lens in data collection, programme planning, or policy development to better prepare for or mitigate the impacts of compound crises that could derail sustainable peace and development.
    • Establishing mechanisms and processes that enhance trust and collaboration among communities, between communities and governments, and across a range of stakeholders, based on the human security approach.
What kinds of programmes does UNTFHS support?
  • The UNTFHS supports two distinct types of programmes:
    • those that mainstream and advance the operational impact of the human security approach (Window I) and
    • those that extend the global awareness of the human security approach and its usage (Window II).
  • For the 2023 Call for Proposals, the UNTFHS will only accept proposals for human security awareness and usage programmes (window II).
  • The UNTFHS does not have thematic priorities; however, programmes should aim to support implementation of key global agendas at the local and national level through the application of the human security approach.
Funding Information
  • For programmes that aim to extend awareness and usage of the human security approach (Window II), the seed funding from the UNTFHS should not exceed US$300,000.
  • There is no lower limit for the pooling of resources (co-funding) for these programmes, however, additional resources should be included in the total budget.
  • Human security challenges are complex in nature and require a mix of short and medium-term measures that are coherent and are developed in support of longer-term objectives. The UNTFHS programmes have an average duration of 12-18 months for Window II programmes.
Eligibility Criteria
  • UN organizations who are bound by UN Financial Regulations and Rules are eligible to apply for funding from the UNTFHS.
  • Applications submitted by individuals and non-UN organizations will not be accepted. However, the UNTFHS promotes programmes that engage a broad range of relevant partners, including national and local stakeholders, civil society and the private sector.

For more information, visit United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security.

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