Call for Proposals: Improving the livelihoods of vulnerable populations by supporting CSOs

Call for Proposals: Improving the livelihoods of vulnerable populations by supporting CSOs

February 5, 2023

UNDP supports developing and implementing local economic recovery strategies that stimulate growth through employment creation. It specifically aims to support Civil Society organizations and community organizations in selected municipalities. The CSOs targeted are focused, have implemented, or plan to launch new projects related to enhancing livelihood opportunities in the communities they operate.  The project will be implemented by an International NGO.

Objectives and expected outputs/deliverables

The objective of the Call for Proposals is to engage a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) as a Responsible Party to execute the following:

  1. Methodology for the Call for Proposal and CSOs engagement for livelihoods projects in selected seven municipalities;
  2. Distribute grants to the CSOs and monitor project implementation;
  3. Evaluate and provide collective M&E reports and knowledge products on impact.


The objective of this project is to initiate and manage small grants for CSOs to implement livelihoods and economic recovery projects in municipalities. The project implementation strategies, selection criteria, risk management, and administration and management of grants will be handled by the Responsible Party. Detailed objectives, related outputs, deliverables and key considerations are provided in terms of Reference – Annex I.


Eligibility and qualification criteria  

The applicants have to meet the following minimum criteria:

  • A non-governmental, charitable, non-profit organization operating in Libya for at least three years;
  • Two previous project (s) in Libya in implementing distribution-in-kind or cash grants to CSOs, businesses or households is an asset (proven with the reference);
  • The geographical areas of operation of the NGO match the selected municipalities, or there is an ability to scale, hire local coordinators and ensure the full engagement of local CSOs;
  • Availability of expertise in livelihoods, particularly in Technical and Vocational Education and Training, blue economy or small businesses, proven with the reference from Libya. 
  • Previous experience in project administration from the UN agencies is a strong asset.
  • Availability of human resources that will ensure due quality and timely implementation of the contract. NGOs must have a team of at least four or more members satisfying the requirements in terms of Reference (TOR) – Annex I.

The parameters that will determine whether an NGO is eligible to be considered by UNDP will be based on the Capacity Assessment and risk assessment that will be conducted by reviewing the information provided by the NGO through the Capacity Assessment Checklist (CACHE) and the Request from information (RFI)  for NGO that should be duly completed and submitted alongside supporting documents request.  

Capacity Assessment Checklist (CACHE) For NGO template – Annex III.

The project will be taking place over a period of 7 months. The applying organizations must submit a clear and detailed work plan for each output/deliverable and the budget within the foreseen timeframe.

Submission Process  

Applicants must submit their proposals through email at by the deadline: 27th February 2023 with the subject field Strengthening livelihood opportunities for vulnerable population through support to CSOs (Tripoli, Benghazi, Zuwara, Kikla, Tawerga, Sebha, Ubari).

PLEASE make all efforts to provide your proposal not exceeding 10 MB size.

Interested NGOs may obtain further information or clarification by contacting the UNDP Libya with subject field “Strengthening the Livelihoods of population through small project grants distribution to CSOs (Tripoli, Benghazi, Zuwara, Kikla, Tawerga, Sebha, Ubari): Request for information” to the following address: