Myanmar Humanitarian Fund
Open for submission of proposals: MHF First Reserve Allocation (2017)
Deadline extended up to 13 March 2017
The Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF) is an OCHA-managed country-based pooled funding mechanism which enables the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) to provide an emergency response and timely assistance to urgent or chronic humanitarian needs of people affected by natural disaster or conflict. Prior to 2015, the MHF was known as the Myanmar Emergency Response Fund (ERF). Up to 2013, the Fund was known as the Humanitarian Multi-Stakeholder Fund (HMSF).
Since 2007, the MHF has mobilized US$29.3 million for 76 projects, providing assistance to more than 860,000 vulnerable people. The Fund, which is continuing to grow in size, received US$8.4 million in 2016 from five donors: Australia, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. As of 01 March 2017, the MHF has already received US$ 5.34 million in pledges for the current year, including a contribution from Luxemburg, new contributing donor to the Fund.
Funding Allocation Process
The MHF can provide urgent response in all humanitarian sectors and in all geographical areas of Myanmar on the basis of the identified humanitarian needs. However, the MHF will pay special attention to cluster/sector priorities described in the Humanitarian Response Plan.
Once a new emergency hit the country or critical gaps in the core humanitarian response need to be addressed, the MHF will undertake a consultation and analysis process to elaborate an allocation strategy paper for a call for proposals. The Call for Proposals is developed in collaboration with partners, clusters/sectors, the MHF Advisory Board and the Humanitarian Coordinator, in close consultation with the Humanitarian Country Team.
The project proposals must be submitted online through the Grant Management System (GMS) at https://cbpf.unocha.org, as per deadline and criteria indicated in the allocation strategy paper. The proposal will be technically reviewed by the relevant cluster/sector, and strategically reviewed by the MHF Review Board and which will provide a funding recommendation to the Humanitarian Coordinator. A Review Committee will conduct a Strategic Review of proposals based on a scorecard for project prioritization and technical criteria. Short-listed proposals by the Review Committee will be submitted to the Advisory Board for comments and preliminary HC’s approval. After that, the Review Committee will conduct technical and budget review and will work with the applicant organizations to revise the proposals. Final project proposals will be submitted to OCHA HQ for budget clearance and grant finalization.
In line with the Global Guidelines for Country Based Pooled Funds (CBPF), the MHF Operational Manual and eligibility guidance documents that govern its management, the MHF will only fund active NGOs which have completed the due diligence process through the online Grant Management System (GMS), have undergone the capacity assessment process and become eligible to receive the Fund . Active participation in the humanitarian coordination system at sub-national level, including the sectoral coordination, will be also considered during the evaluation of the project proposal for funding. Only NGOs that are eligible partners can apply for direct funding under this allocation, as well as UN Agencies.
A consortium approach with several partners working in cooperation is encouraged: several partners can either apply together with one partner taking the lead. The objective would be for partners to either deliver the same package of assistance in different geographical areas or to complement each other’s work (i.e. different organisation deliver different relief assistance in the same community).
Partnership between humanitarian actors is strongly encouraged. Clear and identifiable coaching, mentoring, and capacity building activities should be integrated as much as possible. However whilst these activities can form a sub-set of the overall outcome of the project, they cannot represent the main output of the project. Organizations that have not yet completed MHF eligibility process can be sub-implementing partners to an eligible organisation. However the signatory organisation will bear full responsibility for the work and actions of its sub-implementing partners.
Feedback and Complaints
With main purpose to ensure transparency, accountability and effectiveness of the Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF) management, a dual system of feedback and complaints mechanism is established within the MHF performance framework. One part of this system addresses directly any concern or complaint made by the MHF implementing partners. The other part focuses in any concern and complaint from MHF funded projects’ beneficiaries and other stakeholders involved in the implementation process.
MHF General Information
- MHF Operational Manual (July 2015) Under Revision
- Operational Handbook for Country-based Pooled Funds (February 2015)
- OCHA global guidance on country-based pooled funds
- IASC Gender Marker FAQ
- Project Proposal Template (Myanmar language)
- Project Budget Checkist (Myanmar language)
- Budget and Financial Statement NGOs (Myanmar language)
- MHF-Project Proposal Template- Aug 2016
- MHF-Budget-Template -Aug 2016
The Grant Management System (GMS)
- The Grant Management System Homepage
- How to create a log-in ID and apply for MHF funding eligibility
- Due-diligence application form
- How to fill out the due diligence application
2017 MHF Allocations
- MHF-1st Reserve Allocation (2017) - Deadline extended up to 13 March 2017