Call for Proposal for Covid-19, Food and Nutrition and Shelter

Call for Proposals (CFP)

Issue Date: 31st August 2020

Deadline:  30th September 2020

1. Introduction to Penny Appeal


Penny Appeal is a charity that was set up in the United Kingdom in April 2008 to provide poverty relief across the world. We are an independent humanitarian organisation who both implement developmental, humanitarian and faith inspired seasonal actions, and work with a carefully selected range of partners in over 30 countries, including the UK, and across a wide range of thematic areas in order to provide support and relief to marginalised communities and individuals in need.

Our Commitment

Penny Appeal is as committed as ever to working with partners and recognises the value and positive impact they have on the eradication of poverty at a local level. The organisation embraces the ‘localisation’ agenda and is committed as part of its new five-year strategy to strengthen ties with partners, including increased capacity building and joint planning. For its 2021-2025 strategy, Penny Appeal is looking to move beyond transactional partnerships and aims to build long-lasting mutually respectful, complementary, accountable relationships.  

Penny Appeal’s Vision

 “A world that’s UNITED and STRONG. The best societies we can build. Communities working together, supporting one another, leaving need and poverty behind for good.”

Penny Appeal’s Mission

Penny Appeal has outlined its mission to achieve the vision:

To deliver short- and long-term interventions to vulnerable communities internationally and ‘at home’ with competence and compassion. To develop a knowledgeable, empowered and leader-full team at Penny Appeal. To ensure self-reliance and sustainability in the organization and the communities we serve. To engage with the community and in the sector to build capacity, model best practices and enhance relationships. We will work to promote and enhance transparency and demonstrate accountability to all stakeholders, including partners, programme participants, staff, colleagues and donors.

2. Scope of Work


Yemen has been engulfed in a civil war for five years with splintering factions, and the resulting food security, WASH and medical crisis affects millions.

UNICEF recently called Yemen the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with some 80% of the population, 24 million people, living below the poverty line and in need of humanitarian assistance.

With COVID-19 spreading globally, Yemen is facing a crisis within a crisis. Sanitation and clean water are lacking. Half of Yemen’s health facilities are not functioning fully, and many that remain functional lack basic equipment as well as supplies to treat those infected by COVID-19. Containment of the virus, once spreading widely, will be extremely challenging. Many health workers are not receiving salaries, further affecting the availability of basic healthcare.

Over 20 million Yemenis are food insecure, of which nearly half are acutely food insecure and in need of immediate assistance. According to a WFP survey, since the start of the conflict in 2015, the cost of the minimum food basket increased from YER 2,360 (USD 3.2) to an average of YER 5,641 (USD 8.4) per person per month, and YER 6,000 (USD 8.11) in areas under the Internationally Recognised Government.

4 million Yemenis have been internally displaced since March 2015 and are relying on humanitarian assistance. In addition, some 1.28 million IDP returnees and 281,000 refugees and asylum seekers also require humanitarian aid. With violent fighting flaring up, thousands of Yemenis are being displaced each year. Heavy rains and flooding, as well as extreme weather such as tropical storms, also lead to damage to housing and displacements. 

Scope of Work

Penny Appeal has been active in the country since 2016, and has monitored the conflict closely. Due to the worsening humanitarian situation, an emergency appeal was launched in June 2020, and £500,000 has been committed for efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people over the next 12 months.

Based on ongoing analysis of the situation, OCHA’s Humanitarian Response Plan 2020 and feedback from partners on the ground, Penny Appeal has defined the aim to respond to 3 priority needs;

1) COVID-19 and Health;

2) Food and Nutrition; and

3) Shelter.  

Penny Appeal will prioritise these 3 key areas of critical need and aims to address them from a relief perspective, incorporating elements of sustainability and partnership – to ensure better coordination on the ground and a long-lasting impact.

Penny Appeal welcomes innovative proposals to meet the outlined objectives and results in an effective way, enhancing the safety, security and protection of vulnerable communities in Yemen.  

Overall Goal

The overall goal is to alleviate the needs of vulnerable population in the targeted areas in Yemen by improving their health, food security, shelter and overall resilience.

Specific Objective-I

To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and reduce the outbreaks of infectious diseases by helping to suppress the factors that lead to the epidemic and upgrading treatment capacities;

Specific Objective-II

To help Yemeni people overcome hunger by providing food and reducing acute malnutrition amongst highly vulnerable populations; and

Specific Objective-III

To promote the dignity of displaced families living in emergency and IDP settlements by upgrading substandard sites and providing services and shelter.  

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General Instructions

Please carefully read the following instructions in order to successfully complete the application process;

  • The applicant should carefully consider and demonstrate justifications for the project, approaches, beneficiaries’ selection and the short- and long-term impact of the intervention.
  • Innovative approaches will be considered as long as they can demonstrate how they will support achieving the objectives. 
  • Please attach a fully costed and justified proposal.  Please note budgets are indicative and can be considered as advisory at this time.
  • No late proposals will be accepted, and incomplete proposals may result in disqualification.
  • All applicant organisations must follow the latest version of the application templates which are provided by Penny Appeal
  • Any organisations who haven’t been through the Penny Appeal UK partner appraisal process will be required to do so before any funding is received and any acceptance of applications will be subject to successfully passing the partner appraisal process.

Submission Deadline



Circulation of Call for Proposals

31st August 2020

Receipt of Project Proposals

30th September 2020

Technical review and Evaluation of Projects

15th October 2020

Informing the Successful Applicant Organisation

19th October 2020

Please submit completed applications and all supporting documents to Global Humanitarian Response Coordinator Nazim Ali Tasadiq at Kindly ensure to cc in your email. Applications should be submitted latest by 1700 hours BST on or before 30th September 2020.