I. Background & Objective
The Government of Lebanon (GoL) has included the promotion of volunteerism in Lebanon as an objective in the National Social Development Strategy. As such, the GoL launched, in 2013, the National Volunteer Service Program (NVSP). NVSP aims at increasing youth civic engagement which, in the medium term, will contribute to enhanced cross-confessional understanding and social cohesion as well as to improve youth employability. In its first phase (2013-2016), the target beneficiaries were Lebanese youth aged 15 - 24 from the different regions of Lebanon. In its second phase (2017-2018), the target beneficiaries will be Lebanese youth aged 15-29 from the most vulnerable Lebanese communities hosting Syrian refugees. Syrian refugee youth will be able to participate in project activities. The Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA) is the main implementing agency, and receives technical and financial assistance from the World Bank.
From 2013 to 2016, NVSP partnered with 48 different NGOs, universities, schools and municipalities to implement projects that provided civic engagement and soft skills training opportunities to more than 3,300 youth aged 15-24 throughout Lebanon. Thanks to NVSP success, in 2017, the NVSP received additional funds from the World Bank to partner with NGOs to implement volunteering projects that address: (i) the unmet social service delivery needs in some of the most vulnerable Lebanese communities hosting Syrian refugees, as well as (ii) the fragile inter-communal relations and social tensions between Lebanese citizens and Syrian refugees living in those communities. NVSP second phase will seek to improve social stability and service delivery through youth volunteering, soft skills development, and psychosocial awareness activities.
The second phase of NVSP, to be implemented in 2017 and 2018, has three main components: : (i) Capacity development, communications and outreach, which involves inter alia capacity building training for participating NGOs as well as soft skills training for participating youth volunteers. ; (ii) Youth volunteering for social stability and service delivery, which includes volunteering weekend activities and Small Grants Programs (SGP); and (iii) Monitoring and Evaluation and program management.
As part of the SGP under component (ii) of the NVSP, interested and eligible non-governmental organizations will be able to apply for financing to implement projects in the most vulnerable Lebanese communities hosting Syrian refugees. Selected projects, will provide a minimum of 40 youth aged 15-29 (and which could include Syrian refugee youth) at least 40 hours of volunteering, as well 24 hours of soft skills and psychosocial awareness.
To submit your expression of interest, all eligible NGOs* must register on the NVSP Portal, and then fill out the following application with the required information. Your EOIs will be evaluated by a Jury of 6 members representing the Ministry of Social Affairs and the American University of Beirut, our partner for phase 2 of the NVSP. The NGOs whose projects will be shortlisted, will benefit from a 1-day capacity building training to be able to better develop their proposed project for the final evaluation. EOIs submitted after the deadline (May 1st, 2018) will not be accepted.
*Eligible: You should have (i) an official registration document from a relevant governmental unit (i.e: NGOs should be registered at the Ministry of Interior) (ii) a proof of an official Bank account