Myanmar Humanitarian Fund

 

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$31.4 million for 82 projects, providing assistance to more than 927,000 affected people. This includes a 1st Reserve Allocation in 2017 of US$2.65 million for six different projects to respond to the nutrition situation in northern Rakhine, new displacements in Kachin and Shan States, and to cover critical gaps on the education sector in central Rakhine State. 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 June 2017, the MHF has already received US$7.5 million in pledges (US$5.1 million paid contributions) for the current year, including contributions from Luxemburg and Canada, new donors 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.

Partner Eligibility

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 Implementing Partners
MHF implementing partners with insufficiently addressed concerns or complaints regarding MHF processes or decisions can at any point in time send an email to MHFComplaints@un.org and/or contact the OCHA Deputy Head of Office in Myanmar (hyslopc@un.org), who oversights the overall MHF management, in support to the OCHA Head of Office. Complaints will be compiled, reviewed and raised to the HC, who will then take a decision on necessary action(s). The HC will share with the Advisory Board any such concerns or complaints and actions taken thereof. 
 
MHF Beneficiaries
In order to facilitate the communication of any concern or complaint by project beneficiaries or other stakeholders related to the MHF funded project implementation, implementing partners are requested to disseminate and publish the OCHA Humanitarian Financing Unit’s contacts (MHF-Myanmar@un.org, +95 1230 5682 ext. 204) in a visible place in the locations designated to implement MHF funded interventions, taking into consideration conflict-sensitivity analysis and other protection concerns, if any. OCHA HFU will compile, reviewed and raised to the OCHA Head of Office and the concerned implementing partner, who will agree on necessary action(s), as needed. The OCHA HFU will share with the Advisory Board any such concern or complains and actions taken thereof.

Useful Links

MHF General Information

MHF Guidelines

MHF Documents

The Grant Management System (GMS)

2017 MHF Allocations