Second Call for Proposals


The UN Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea region in Uzbekistan (MPHSTF) is pleased to announce its Second Call for Proposals

About the MPHSTF

The UN Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea region in Uzbekistan (MPHSTF), officially launched on the margins of the 73rd UN General Assembly in November 27, 2018, serves as a unique unified platform for international development cooperation and the mobilization of donor resources to implement integrated measures and complement the efforts to address the consequences of the Aral Sea disaster by the Government in the Aral Sea region through the Human Security approach.

MPHSTF Programmatic Framework

MPHSTF’s Programmatic areas complement existing national and UN-led efforts to mitigate the Aral Sea crisis. Proposals must contribute to one or more of the following areas that are the  focus of the Fund’s Programmatic Framework:

  • Environmental insecurity
  • Economic insecurity
  • Food insecurity
  • Health insecurity
  • Social insecurity


Thematic Focus for the Second Call 

As per the decision of the MPHSTF Steering Committee from 16 December 2019,  Youth, Innovations, and Health Security are the focus areas of the current (Second) Call for Proposals.

Who is eligible to submit proposals?

The participating UN organizations (PUNOs, i.e., UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNODC, WHO (subject to signing the MOU with the UNDP MPTF office), and FAO) are eligible to submit proposals to the MPHSTF.

PUNOs are encouraged to develop proposals in partnership with national and international counterparts (e.g., government agencies, local authorities, INGO and NGOs, academia, etc.). Proposals can only be formally submitted by PUNOs.


The proposals will be assessed against the following principles and selection criteria:


Focusing on technology transfer and the piloting of new approaches


Based on an assessment of the needs, capacities and insecurities of people –particularly young people (for this call for proposals) – as well as the risks of the region.


Designed based on the conditions of the Aral Sea region and on knowledge of the situation of communities targeted.

Integrated solutions:

Based on the MPHSTF Theory of Change and not prepared in isolation


What are the Selection Criteria?

MPHSTF will evaluate proposals on the basis of the following key criteria:

  • The extent to which the goals and objectives of the proposal conform to the MPHSTF Programmatic Framework;
  • Alignment with one or more of the thematic and priority areas (Youth, Innovation and Health Security) for the Second Call for Proposals;
  • Integration of gender issues;
  • Context-specific and relevance;
  • Effectiveness, impact and scalability;
  • Sustainability and cost-efficiency;
  • Potential of the proposals to strengthen the national capacities, strengthen institutions and provide support to local actors;
  • A clear description of budget requirements and link to achieving results.


The call for proposals is open from 19 February 2020 till 19 April 2020 (18:00, Tashkent time, Uzbekistan).

Filled in proposal forms should be submitted to the following e-mail address (zarif.jumaev@one.un.org) to the attention of the MPHSTF Technical Secretariat.

The template proposal form can be downloaded from the following link: www.un.uz. and www.aral.mptf.uz  (Guideline and budget template). 

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