Confidence Building Early Response Mechanism (henceforth COBERM) is a flexible grant making mechanism, funded by EU and implemented by UNDP. The major objective of the programme is to enhance peace dividends and foster a peaceful transformation of conflicts in Georgia.
Specifically, COBERM aims to:
- Support opportunities for confidence building through direct people-to-people contacts and
- Build an enabling environment within the divided communities to strengthen the respect for the democratic processes as the main basis for direct confidence building.
COBERM was set up in May 2010, and during its first phase was able to successfully engage with civil society representatives by supporting a large number of confidence building projects, ranging from public diplomacy events, youth education initiatives, joint infrastructure and improved livelihood operations, joint cultural endeavours and peace journalism trainings and actions, among others. As a result, UNDP is considered a trusted and impartial partner by a significant number of civil society representatives on all sides of conflict divides.
As of June 2012, the second phase of the COBERM programme is being initiated, with a duration of three years. One of the lessons learned from the first phase of COBERM was the acute need for capacity development of the civil society organizations, especially new ones that are committed to peacebuilding endeavors. Engaging with new actors and enhancing efficiency of the overall civil society representatives to contribute more substantively to peace-building processes will be actively pursued under the second phase of the COBERM programme. Thus, COBERM intends to offer a series of trainings prior to each call for project ideas to support NGOs and other civil society representatives to increase capacities of COBERM potential partner organizations, whose project ideas were found relevant and were therefore invited to submit full project proposals, COBERM intends to offer a round of trainings on project cycle management. This training will enable COBERM applicants to submit quality project proposals that will then be submitted for review and evaluation by the EU and UNDP.
These trainings will take place periodically, during each selection round that COBERM will announce, and will enable our applicants to:
- Better understand the concepts and tools for appropriate project planning and implementation, including the logical framework approach.
- Improve their ability for proper budget formulation in regards with proposed activities.
- Enhance the quality of project proposals in terms of results-based contributions to conflict prevention and peace building.
The current call, seeks to set up a roster of international trainers that would be available periodically for short term assignments to conduct trainings on Project cycle management during the next three years.
It is envisaged that the first such training will take place in September/October 2012. It is still uncertain how many interested representatives of the civil society will attend, so the numbers provided in these TORs are approximate and will be available in due course.
The training will be provided by the team of one International and one national expert. The number of trainees is expected to vary according to the number of organizations invited for submission of full project proposals.
Trainings will be held in Tbilisi and Sukhumi. Logistical support will be provided by the COBERM team.