CALL FOR PROPOSAL - Implementation of local Social Cohesion initiatives


Service:                            Implementation of local Social Cohesion initiatives
Application Deadline:     21 December 2018
Duty Station:                   Una-Sana Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration:                         02 January - 12 March 2019     
There have been over 12,000 detected refugee and migrant arrivals to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in 2018 to October 2018, compared to a total of 755 in the whole of 2017. The majority arrive irregularly over land from Serbia or Montenegro, with the aim of transiting through the country towards the European Union (EU), via Croatia, onwards to Italy, or Slovenia and Austria. The migration flows are mixed, including vulnerable migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. The majority of migrants are residing in Una-Sana Canton, near the Croatian border, where an estimated 3,500 migrants and refugees are currently residing, and a smaller number are in Sarajevo and its vicinity.
Thus far, host communities in Una-Sana Canton have largely responded with openness and generosity to the increase of migrants and refugees’ arrival. Local civil society organizations and informal groups of volunteers, together with international and local volunteers, have mobilized resources to provide and distribute clothes, food, blankets, and other necessities. Nonetheless, there is clear evidence of growing tensions in local communities. There have been a number of incidents of verbal assault and threats directed towards staff of either IOM or the Service for Foreigners’ Affairs, as well as instances of hostile and xenophobic rhetoric, occasionally rising to violence, directed towards the migrant population.
In response, IOM is working closely with local-level government and service providers to improve the quality of service delivery and accessibility, and to address community concerns and frustrations regarding the challenges that have arisen through the migration situation. These efforts will contribute to restoring the legitimacy of governments in the eyes of their communities. Alongside IOM’s migrant response, the project intends to lend support and assistance to communities hosting migrants and refugees, in order to ensure that they can adequately provide for the basic needs and rights of migrants, while at the same time countering the narrative that this is being done to the detriment of public services for the local population.
IOM is inviting local NGO’s to submit project proposals to apply for grants in support of social cohesion initiatives and other community actions in migrant reception centres or communities in Una-Sana Canton hosting refugees and migrants.
Initiatives may be social, cultural, educational, sports activities, preferably involving both the migrant and local population (initiatives only involving either migrants or the local population may be accepted).
Illustrative examples of initiatives are listed below:
  • Provision of occupational therapy for the adult migrant population in the Temporary Reception Centres.
  • Provision of life-skills or vocational training for the adult migrant population in the Temporary Reception Centres.
  • Facilitation of connection/networking/relations between the local and migrant population.
  • Raising the awareness of the migrant population about BiH, Una-Sana Canton, or the surrounding area of the centre.
  • Community projects, such as small infrastructure projects, joint clean-up actions.
Scope of service
The service provider (hereinafter the Contractor) can be an informal group, volunteers, or a registered NGO in Una-Sana Canton. Under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, the Contractor will be responsible for implementing social cohesion and community activities.
Within the scope of the consultancy, the Contractor is expected to deliver the following:
  • A draft activity description and implementation plan for IOM approval
  • A draft budget for IOM approval
  • Implementation of social cohesion/community initiative according to the approved plan
  • Within one week of the concluded activity, a final narrative and financial report.
Expected results of the assignment:                              
As a result of the Consultancy, a final evaluation report will be provided to IOM with evidence of the degree of the project impact.
The Contractor is expected to:
  • Deliver on set objectives within strict deadlines;
  • Effectively coordinate actions and/or works effectively with stakeholders, beneficiaries, and the broader community to advance activity implementation.
Experience and expertise
  • At least 2 years’ experience in working with one or more of the following beneficiaries; women, families, single men, children
  • Previous experience in partnering with other UN agencies or International Organizations is advantageous.
  • Using Arabic as a work language is an advantage
Interested individuals, informal groups, associations, or NGOs, are asked to submit the following documents:
  • Short community project description (including the purpose, type and target group of the initiative)
  • Activity plan (time frame and location)
  • A detailed budget of the proposed project
  • A detailed budget of the proposed project up-to 30,000 BAM
How to Apply
The individuals, informal groups, associations, or NGOs should apply by submitting requested documentation to
Deadline for submission of the applications is 21.12.2018.
Duty Station: 
Una-Sana Canton
Closing Date: 
Friday, December 21, 2018