The Civil Society Support Programme Phase 2 (CSSP 2) supports Ethiopia’s Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to help them to contribute to the country’s national development; poverty reduction; and the promotion of good governance in line with the government’s policies and strategies. CSSP2 works to support effective relationships that foster collaboration between civil society actors, citizens and the government in order to support the needs of women, men, youth, boys and girls, including those hard to reach groups.

Many of the social groups with whom CSSP2 works with may have an increased risk of experiencing violence, including sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (SEAH), because they are vulnerable and hard to reach. This means that safeguarding beneficiaries and community members from all forms of violence and harm is a cornerstone of CSSP2’s approach. CSSP2 recognises that harm may be done by CSSP2 staff, contractors, CSO representatives and community members; and this is a manifestation of power relationships and often occurs within unequal relationships, for example, between manager/supervisor and employee, or employee and beneficiary.

CSSP2 has developed a safeguarding framework designed to mitigate the risk of SEAH. It describes how the programme will work with its partners including in relation to:

  • minimum safeguarding standards for CSOs and due diligence on these standards
  • capacity development for CSOs on safeguarding
  • monitoring compliance across CSOs

In order to give effect to these goals, CSSP2 wishes to invite eligible organisations or groups to submit their grant application on safeguarding.

Eligibility criteria

  • Valid registration License and registered under the law of Ethiopia
  • Has operational presence in Ethiopia
  • Demonstrated expertise in building capacity of Ethiopian CSOs in related area
  • Contextual knowledge of Ethiopian civil society.
  • Experience of working on safeguarding including either child safeguarding or protection from SEAH.
  • Experience of organisational change, including for example working on organisational cultural change.
  • Experience of conducting or supporting safeguarding investigations and ideally conducting capacity building of CSOs/individuals in relation to safeguarding investigations.
  • Experience on service provision mapping or research
  • Have basic  financial management systems (to be checked by due diligence  assessment immediately after the selection of successful concept notes) 

Application procedure

Interested and eligible applicants can send their application pack through by specifying ‘Safeguarding Grant Application’ in the subject line of your email. In additionplease send three hard copies of the application pack to the CSSP2 Office through a sealed envelope. The CSSP2 Office is located in Addis Ababa, Africa Avenue Street, in front of Millennium Hall, near to Bole Mini, on the 6th floor of SEVITA Building.

Applications should be submitted on or before July 31st, 2019.

Details of the call are available in CSSP2 safeguarding grant application guideline. The guideline, concept note application template, Declaration Form, and Sample grant agreement are available below in the downloads section.

For any enquiry, please send your request through Or Call to +251-116153 411/ Ext 127 or169.