PeaceNexus supports global leaders and organisations that have a strong peacebuilding impact in fragile states. We currently provide organisational development support to nine international partners, including two multilateral agencies that have a peace and security mandate (for more information about our programme and testimonials from our partners, click here).
With this 2020 Organisational Development (OD) Call, we wish to partner with international organisations that have peacebuilding as their primary mandate and want to strengthen their ability to support local peacebuilding actors, including women and youth-led groups. We are particularly interested in supporting civil society networks and organisations that serve to strengthen local peacebuilders and increase their influence. We look for innovative leaders that can influence global policy and practice and directly support locally-led peacebuilding, particularly in our focus regions.
Local peace actors are not eligible for support in this Call, they can apply for OD support through our Regional Calls for Central Asia, South East Asia, West Africa or the Western Balkans. The next Regional Calls for Central Asia and West Africa will take place in 2021.
International partners that do not have peacebuilding as a primary mandate but are interested in integrating a peacebuilding or conflict-sensitive lens to their work are eligible for our conflict-sensitivity support. The next Call for conflict-sensitivity support for international partners is scheduled for 2021. Please monitor this website or the PeaceNexus LinkedIn account for Call announcements.
Under this Call, we do not support specific projects nor provide institutional (core) funding. Instead, we provide organisational development support in the form of a well-defined process of internal change, to help peacebuilding organisations become more effective and inclusive in the pursuit of their mission and strategic objectives. By effective, we mean helping organisations achieve a higher peacebuilding impact. By inclusive, we refer to ensuring those affected by the organisation’s programmatic work participate in shaping it. We also refer to modelling internally the values of participation, diversity and inclusion that are at the heart of peacebuilding.
In these uncertain times, we believe that our process support can be catalytic in helping organisations adapt to changing circumstances. Our focus is to help our partners overcome internal challenges that hinder their effectiveness and their ability to respond to external challenges – so they can better reach their own goals. If you are selected for our support, we will start by visiting you (if conditions allow) to make sure we understand the specificities of your situation and can accompany you accordingly.
Before putting together an application, you are strongly advised to read our Concept Note and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Applicants need to complete 1) an on-line webform and 2) fill in and upload their application by July 28, 2020 (23.59pm CET).
|Indicative timeline for this Call :
· Launch of the call: July 6, 2020
· Deadline for submission of applications: July 28, 2020 (23.59pm CET)
· Publication of list of selected partners on our website: end of September 2020
· Kick-off workshops with selected partners: November-December 2020*
*may be affected by Covid-related travel restrictions
What is organisational development…
Organisational development (OD) is a process through which an organisation undergoes internal change, often towards building up its capacity, adapting or improving its strategy, approaches, internal systems, structures and processes, all in order to become more effective in delivering on its mandate and pursuing its objectives.
PeaceNexus’ organisational development support targets organisations that are well positioned to make meaningful contributions to local peacebuilding. It is informed by our belief that if we help our partners strengthen core capacities related to strategic direction, management, learning and adaptation, then they will achieve relevant and sustainable contributions to the development of peaceful societies. We also believe that diversity, inclusion and participation are key to both peacebuilding and organisational effectiveness.
… and why is it relevant for international partners?
Few donors provide support for organisations to make the internal adjustments required to ensure they remain adaptable, innovative and relevant. While donors increasingly expect their partners to demonstrate both impact on the ground and organisational effectiveness, most provide short-term, project-based funding that does not help build institutional foundations. PeaceNexus’ OD support seeks to address this gap by providing peacebuilding organisations and networks with the opportunity to invest in internal change processes tailored to their needs and mission.
At this time of unprecedented change and increasing resource scarcity due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are also opportunities for organisational and systemic adaptation. International organisations or networks may need and want to try new ways of empowering local peacebuilding, by 1) amplifying local peacebuilding voices – on-line and off-line, and at local, national and international levels, 2) channeling resources in the most efficient way to the most relevant local actors and 3) supporting capacity building and learning within and across organisations. International organisations may also view this time as ripe for influencing international policy or donor practice, when donors maybe reviewing priorities and under pressure to deliver efficiency gains. For many, it may therefore be both a necessity and opportunity to adapt or review organisational priorities, business models and processes in the coming years.
What you can do with our support
Our support always entails giving organisations the space to think through HOW they work and to develop organisational strategies to improve the quality of their peacebuilding-related work. We favour participatory approaches to organisational development and believe that change can only be successful if those expected to make it happen are actively involved in shaping it. We will start our partnership with a participatory assessment of your challenges and priorities (see also in FAQs: If selected for OD support, what will the kick-off meeting look like?) On this basis, we will agree on the change objectives you will pursue with our support. Since we know that organisations often have interconnected challenges, the process will be broken down into concrete and achievable steps instead of attempting to tackle all issues at the same time.
The processes we support are diverse and always tailored to the needs of our partners. In practice, our support can for example be used to:
**This list is not exhaustive. You can find other examples and testimonials here**
Accompanying organisational development: our approach
Since 2009, PeaceNexus has supported more than 30 partners on OD. From this experience, we know that successful change processes require time, resources and dedicated internal and external capacities. Therefore, our support entails:
Financial contribution to cover costs directly associated with the process:
Direct process accompaniment from PeaceNexus
Support in identifying and managing required external consultancies
In addition, we approach all OD partnerships in line with the following core principles
PeaceNexus will even further emphasize its focus on local peacebuilding in its 2021-23 strategy. It will continue to provide organisational support to networks that strengthen the practices, capacities and impact of local peacebuilders, particularly in its focus regions. It will also support international organisations developing participatory, inclusive models of collaboration with local actors (see also in FAQs: You provide both Organisational Development and Conflict-Sensitivity support, what is the difference?)
We welcome applications from all organisations that fulfil the eligibility criteria and want to address internal challenges to maximise their impact and contribution to local peacebuilding. When selecting international OD partners, we seek out change-makers with a demonstrated potential to challenge the status quo – be it through who they connect, how they work or through the scale of their activities. For example:
Applicants need to fill all the following eligibility criteria:
We achieve our impact through the work of our partners. Therefore, we need to understand through concrete examples what difference your work makes and to whom. It is important for us to understand where you have already a track record that contributes to local peacebuilding, and where you see potential for even more impact.
Since an honest self-assessment and open acknowledgment of difficulties is key to the processes we support, we encourage you to be self-reflective and to be upfront in the articulation of your challenges. Through your application, we want to understand what is your current situation and why you want to invest your time and energy in this process. To this end, we’re particularly keen to know how you expect the OD process to contribute to your effectiveness and impact.
Please note this is a highly competitive Call. Our staff reviews the application and prepares a shortlist. The final selection will be made by the Board of PeaceNexus in September 2020.
PeaceNexus’ contribution includes more than a financial contribution. As an engaged partner our support includes:
We support our partners throughout the partnership, from process design to the final steps of implementation. We visit each partner after their selection to facilitate a participatory assessment of the challenges to address through the PeaceNexus support. The agreed objectives and roadmap will form the basis of a Partnership Outline which is the contractual basis of PeaceNexus’ financial investment. While our role is largely defined by what our partners want help with, at the beginning of the process it usually involves helping the partner select and contract the relevant external experts. As the process unfolds, our role includes monitoring process developments, providing feedback and assisting our partners where needed on the roadmap implementation in order to achieve their change objectives.
The budget and total amount allocated to each partner is determined by the roadmap which we jointly establish after the initial kick-off visit. It covers the costs of external consultants and possibly additional thematic or technical expertise, as well as expenses directly related to the process (typically logistics costs related to meetings). By providing the direct accompaniment mentioned above, we play a complementary role to external consultants, for example by helping partners to make the best use of the support they receive.
PN grants are neither operational project funding nor core funding and the following costs are not eligible:
The parameters and process are very similar, the main difference is in the audience. We provide organisational development support only to organisations that have peacebuilding as a primary mandate. We try to do it in a way that will increase their conflict-sensitivity but the support may focus on a wide range of organisational issues and barriers to effectiveness. We offer conflict-sensitivity support to organisations that have multiple mandates or a mandate other than peacebuilding (such as humanitarian, development or environmental organisations) but that want to integrate peacebuilding and a conflict-sensitivity approach in their programmatic work in conflict-affected contexts. This also entails organisational change efforts. The difference is that those are focused on how to institutionalise a conflict and peace lens for organisations pursuing other primary objectives in conflict contexts.
We now consider the two types of support as separate yet the lessons we learn with peacebuilding organisations feed into the work we do with other NGOs, and vice-versa. We have quite a broad understanding of peacebuilding, the determining factor will be how the organisation’s core mission is articulated. If unsure in which category your organisation fits in, you can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since we remain in close touch with our partners throughout their processes, our reporting requirements are light. We usually facilitate a review workshop with our partners to extract learning with a brief narrative report reflecting on the results of the different change objectives, together with a financial report. To reflect on our practice, we conduct online surveys with our partners every other year, and may commission external evaluations.
Should you be selected, we will get in touch and start planning the kick-off workshop with you, agreeing on date, participation and agenda. The kick-off takes place usually over 2 days, involves all staff members directly involved in and affected by the process and is facilitated by PeaceNexus staff. Consultation with staff, Board members and other stakeholders may also take place in the lead-up to the workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to create a shared understanding of:
PeaceNexus staff will write a report of this meeting, with observations and recommendations. On that basis we will jointly finalise the roadmap with an estimated timeline, deliverables, roles/responsibilities, and budget allocations. These elements will be reflected in a Grant Offer Letter which is the contractual reference document for the process.
Most organisations face several challenges at the same time, and they are often interconnected. You can include all of them in your application while highlighting what the priorities are in your view. We will use the kick-off meeting to further explore and analyse the status quo. The resulting roadmap will determine what to begin with, what the first steps will be, and how to structure the further process. As such it is an important element of our process design support. We understand that organisations can only dedicate a fraction of their time and efforts to organisational change processes, and our intention is to make sure that you use that investment wisely and strategically.
If the first cycle leads to results and not all of your challenges have been addressed, we are happy to suggest a follow-on phase of our collaboration to our Board and continue working with you, to ensure that you achieve comprehensive and sustainable results.
Change processes are complex and challenging. If the solution was easily available and implementable, our partners would not call on external help. Therefore, we understand that some processes face resistance or get stuck along the way. If this happens, we do not abandon the process, and we “hold the space” for renewed attempts. We know from experience that organisations that work through resistance can come out at the other end stronger and more effective than ever. If leveraged wisely, difficulties can be great learning opportunities and accelerators for change.
While some OD processes are triggered by challenges related to financial sustainability or have implications for fundraising, if your organisation is in the midst of a severe funding crisis that threatens its existence, this is not the right time to engage in OD. Do try to approach us well ahead of such a crisis, or once you have recovered from it.
We select our OD civil society partners only through our Calls for Proposals.
If you are interested in OD support but a local peacebuilding actor, please consult regularly our website or LinkedIn account for the upcoming OD Calls of our regional programmes in Central Asia, South East Asia, West Africa or the Western Balkans. If you are a regional organisation that operates exclusively in one of our focus regions and are not sure if you qualify as an international actor, please contact us at email@example.com.
In case you are a multi-mandate organisation or have a primary mandate that is not directly peacebuilding (humanitarian, development or environmental organisations), please consult regularly our website or LinkedIn account for our upcoming Call for conflict-sensitivity support for international partners.
If you are a governmental or multi-lateral oganisation with peacebuilding at the core of your mandate and are interested in our OD support, please contact us at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck – we look forward to learning about your work.
This application process consists of two parts, a webform to be completed on-line and a word application form to download, fill in and upload. Both need to be completed by July 28, 2020 (23.59pm CET)
Step 1: Please go back to the Overview, Concept Note and Frequently Asked Questions to make sure you are eligible for our international organisational development support. Submissions that do not meet our eligibility criteria will be eliminated without review.
Step 2: Download and fill in the Application form. The more consultation and thinking are invested in the application, the stronger it will be. It should however remain short – maximum 5 pages.
Step 3: Fill in the webform on-line, which requests basic information about your organisation. When done, upload your filled Application form, in Word or pdf, in the dedicated space.
Please bear in mind that there is a “save and continue later” function in case you cannot complete your application in one go. If you have any questions, please make sure to have read carefully all of our available call documentation, and get in touch with us via email at email@example.com if you have an urgent question that is not covered by our documents.
Once you submit your application, you will receive an automated confirmation of receipt (please check also your spam folder). There is no need to follow up with us from your side. We will only get in touch if we need clarification about your application or if you are shortlisted.
Unsuccessful applicants will hear back from us by the end of September.