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The Voices for Climate Action (VCA) programme is a lobby and advocacy programme being implemented  by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Netherlands, SouthSouthNorth (SSN), Akina Mama wa Afrika  (AMwA), Slum Dwellers International (SDI), Fundación Avina and Hivos under the Dutch Ministry of  Foreign Affairs’ five-year strategic partnership: “Power of Voices”. 

The programme aims to ensure that by 2025, local civil society and underrepresented groups will have  taken on a central role as creators, facilitators and advocates of innovative and inclusive climate solutions.  Their inclusion is crucial for effective and lasting climate responses. It is also crucial, and because the  climate crisis is also a societal challenge with ethical and human rights aspects occurring alongside a  number of inequalities based on gender, socioeconomic class, race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, sexual  orientation, and age. The overall approach of the programme is to work with civil society to build  widespread societal support for locally shaped climate solutions through an inclusive and rights-based  approach. This includes building a broad-based climate alliance at country level, bridging divides (urban rural, gender, youth) that amplifies voices in new unusual ways. In addition, it will influence national and  global policies and financial flows (e.g. climate finance, private sector investments) in support of these  locally shaped solutions. Climate justice approach Climate change is essentially a human rights issue  because of its devastating effect on human life – and rights. It exacerbates existing inequalities between  rich and poor, ethnicities, sexes, generations and communities. It undermines democracy and threatens  the economy and development at large. Likewise, by far the greatest burden falls on those already in  poverty and on underrepresented groups such as Indigenous peoples, the rural and urban poor, women  and youth, although they are the least responsible for climate change. Through a climate justice approach,  the programme intends to see an expanded civic space where civil society voices, in particular those of  indigenous and/or marginalised people are heard on climate action.  

Main strategic interventions at global level  

The programmes main strategic interventions are centred around the following three pillars:

– Mutual capacity strengthening for co-creating alternative scaled climate solutions 

– Agenda setting and movement in climate action through amplified storytelling 

– Joint lobbying and advocacy to make policy and financial flows responsible to locally shaped climate  solutions  

Voices for climate justice in Tunisia  

This programme is being implemented in Tunisia by consortium members AMwA, Hivos, SSN and WWF North Africa. We are seeking partners for the programme to join forces with us to amplify and strengthen 

voices for the achievement of the programme goals, with strategies focused around any of the main  interventions as outlined above. Please read on for the specifics of this particular call. 

Specific intervention strategies for Tunisia are:  

– Mutual capacity strengthening for CSOs and entrepreneurs to co-create alternative climate  solutions and connect. 

– Knowledge system strengthening to enable inclusive and accessible agenda setting and climate  action movement through amplified storytelling 

– Joint lobbying and advocacy provide an enabling environment for civic space  

How we are:  


WWF North Africa is an independent conservation organization which is part of the WWF  Mediterranean program.  

Created in 1994, WWF North Africa acts in order to offer to the future generations a living planet. 

With our experts and the support of our donors, we are striving to sustain the natural world for the  benefit of people and wildlife. From individuals and communities to business and government, we are  part of a growing coalition calling on world leaders to set nature on the path to recovery by 2030.  Together, we seek to protect and restore natural habitats, stop the mass extinction of wildlife, and  make the way we produce and consume sustainable. 

The fields of intervention of WWF North Africa, cover essentially the following areas: 

– The conservation of ecosystems: marine and coastal protected areas, wetlands, forests and national  parks. 

– Sustainable fishing 

– Capacity building of environmental protection associations 

– Environmental awareness and education 

– Ecotourism 

– The creation of job opportunities in the field of sustainable development 

Our projects and activities are aimed at a single objective which is: « To stop the degradation of the  environment and build a future where human beings can live in harmony with nature.  » 

Call for proposals 

WWF North Africa (WWF NA) welcomes proposals for media partners working around climate change  adaptation especially with a focus on women, youth, urban poor, rural communities, and marginalized  groups.  

The WWF NA encourages applications from coalitions of classic and alternative Medias. Coalitions should  include unusual groups and bridge divides (national-local, urban-rural, gender, youth), to amplify the  voices for just climate action especially in relation to the following outcome: 

– Knowledge systems are in place and decision makers are better informed through amplified  storytelling and an enabled civic space to represent vulnerable groups in influencing agenda  setting 

The WWF NA is seeking for interested groups to apply to the following grant:  

  • Media fellowship or storytelling grant – for an organisation or coalition (two or more  organisations)

Media fellowship or storytelling grant 

The WWF NA seeks to partner with Tunisian organisations active in the media space to see an increase in  both stories of inspiring climate action in the media, and more citizen stories being amplified for the  public. Your organisation should have experience in facilitating storytelling sessions with communities and  citizens with tangible outputs, and/or experience implementing media trainings and fellowships, as well as using stories for influencing at local and national level. Use of other (new social) media and innovative  approaches to engage audiences, are welcome. If applying as a coalition, one organisation must be  designated the lead in the application. 

Budget: 35 000 Euros for four applicants

– One national media: based in Tunis 

Three regional media working for the following regions: Kerkennah/Sfax, Mednine,  Gabes or Tataouine.

  • Classic and alternative Medias 

  • Applicant with a clean human rights record

  • Applicant with track record on developing and advocating for locally shaped climate solutions 

  • Applicant with ability to link to and mobilize larger networks or capacity to access, mobilize,  convene, and influence power holders 

  • It will be considered favourable if the coalitions/organizations: 

  • – Have prior experience carrying out activities in priority areas related to climate change  adaptation  

  • – Includes actors not traditionally working in climate justice issues, but that have skills and tools  which are relevant and/or scalable 

  • – Reflects a diverse perspective and intersectionality approach which will enhance participation  and strengthen the wider climate justice movement and advocacy 

  • – Led by or who work with women groups, youth, persons with disabilities, or other marginalized  groups. 

  • – Willing to collaborate with other actors to influence stronger impacts and to build capacity over  time and jointly develop and implement a capacity strengthening plan. 

Non eligible organization:  

– International organizations  

Evaluation Criteria 

Generally, applications will be assessed based on eligibility or threshold criteria (minimum standards must  be met), the quality of the proposal and the quality of the applicant organization or lead party of the  coalition. 

Key thematic area of evaluation:  

– Climate solutions  

– Storytelling 

– Approach of stakeholder’s engagement  

– Innovative practices and enhancement process  

– Gender  

– Marginalized and minoritized groups  

– Human rights 

Specifically, the following criteria will be used during proposal review and selection: 

  • Clear aim and objective: the proposal is instrumental and/or strategic in contributing to VCA  strategic objectives / outcomes (or even better the ToC) 

  • Context analysis: the extent to which the proposal defines the problem and objective

  • Rights holder representation: the degree to which the organization involves, represents, and  potentially amplifies the voices of most impacted and underrepresented groups and communities • Advocacy and lobby: the degree to which the project potentially influences the stakeholders to  implement new procedures and policies, create new and unexpected connections and practice • Innovation: the degree to which the project/coalition provides clear innovative methods to  enhance civil society participation in climate action (innovative solutions, now-how potential of  local communities and indigenous people, nature-based solutions NSBs)  

  • Knowledge brokering: how the project plans to use the available knowledge and package relevant  information in easily accessible formats, to reach key stakeholders to support evidence-based  decision-making for just climate action 

  • Thematic focus and relevance: project addresses at least one of the thematic areas  (desertification, water, food, deforestation, coastline, energy, etc…) 

  • Intersectionality approach: adopts a diverse, gender-equality and rights-based perspective to  climate action and advocacy 

  • Regional presence: Tunisia, the priority is given to the hotpots of climate change vulnerability  zone.  

  • Covid-19 context: clearly outlines covid-19 context and effective ways of working in light of the  pandemic: mitigation risk plan  

Grant Value 

Grants will be awarded for the duration of six months from the signing of the contract (June to  December 2022). Applications should include an indicative budget in the proposal. A full and detailed  budget is not expected at the proposal stage. 

Application Timeline




May 17, 2022

Issuance of ‘Call for Proposals’

June 6, 2022

Deadline for submission of Proposals

June 7– June 9, 2022

Assessment of Proposals

June 10, 2022

Successful applicants are notified 

June 11 – June 15, 2022 (tentative timeline)

Due diligence, including operational and financial management, integrity and governance, human rights

June 16, 2022

Signing of contracts


Proposal Requirements 

Proposal should include the following: 

  • Indicate your thematic area of interest 

  • Title of project 

  • A brief description of your organization or coalition and why you are well-suited to carry out the  proposed project 

  • A detailed description of the experience of your organization related to the thematic (concrete  projects and actions related to storytelling, climate solutions, Nature based solutions,  

environmental awareness etc…)  

  • A detailed description of the proposed project including overarching goals. Clearly explain the  targeted results, and how they will be measured 

  • A description of how the project will be implemented in the context of Covid-19: Risk mitigation  plan 

  • Identify lead organization and list coalition partners in the case of coalition, network,  

consortium, and alliance applications 

  • Identify lead contact and list contact name, phone number, and email information.

  • Amount of requested and indicative budget.

How to apply?
1. Please read the full Call for Proposals.
2. Please use the VCA proposal template (Word) for your proposal and VCA budget template (Excel).
3. Send proposals before 06 June 2022, 17:00 (Central African Time) to  na.contact@wwfna.org
please use PoV_VCA Media in the subject line
For further information, questions or clarifications, please contact: na.contact@wwfna.org  and add in cc the following email addresses: sdhouib@wwfna.org, hbaccouche@wwfna.org

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