Rapid Response Fund


With the aim of enabling a rapid humanitarian response to external shocks resulting from natural and man-made disasters in Ethiopia, and through the support of USAID/OFDA, IOM is implementing the Rapid Response Fund - Ethiopia. Emergency responses can be supported through the provision of grants to allow for immediate access to funds on a rolling basis April – December 2019. Proposals should respond to recent events; applicants are advised to contact the RRF team (rrfethiopia@iom.int) as soon as possible to potential responses.


To meet acute, emergency humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable populations, namely those affected by natural and/or man-made disasters, by providing a flexible, effective and need-based funds disbursement mechanism to humanitarian actors operating in multiple sectors of the emergency response.


RRF-E will be activated in the event of a new development in the ongoing crisis:

a) a man-made emergency such as inter- and intra- state conflict and inter- and intra-ethnic violence;

b) a natural disaster such as flooding or drought;

c) areas experiencing acute emergencies that need urgent support due to, for example, lack of water supplies, food shortage, disease outbreak and large-scale return of population as a result of a sudden external shock.


The activities related to these grants will maintain a delivery-oriented and needs-based relief support focus in the sectors listed below:

  1. Shelter and Settlements (including NFI distribution)
  2. WASH
  3. Protection


The RRF works with organizations that are working in disaster affected areas of Ethiopia and have the capacity to swiftly implement specific emergency interventions that meet immediate needs of people affected by natural or man-made disasters.

Selected organizations, in close coordination with IOM and local communities, will serve beneficiaries that are identified as the most vulnerable individuals in the affected communities, be they returnees or residents or others in need of direct life-saving assistance and will work to achieve the following results:

  • life-saving humanitarian assistance to people affected by natural disasters such as flooding or man-made disasters;
  • distribution of NFIs and ES materials provided by IOM;
  • use of cash for NFI response in appropriate areas
  • implementation of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion interventions
  • support for child protection, prevention of gender based violence and psychosocial support services in emergencies.


To be eligible as a recipient of funds from the RRF-E, applicants must meet the following basic conditions:

  1. Registered, locally or internationally as a humanitarian organization;
  2. Established sectorial competence in the area of potential intervention to be supported by the sub-grant;
  3. Established geographical presence in area of operation, or established capacity to mobilize over a short period of time;
  4. Able to meet standards of financial probity acceptable to the IOM/OFDA;
  5. Sub-grant recipients will be required to agree to restrictions and conditions relating to ineligible goods, restricted goods, suppliers as set out in the OFDA Guidelines for Proposals (https://www.usaid.gov/what-we-do/working-crises-and-conflict/crisis-response/resources/guidelines-proposals).


In order to be considered eligible to receive RRF-E grants, prospective organizations should follow the RRF Guidelines and submit the following documents:

  1. Organizational Information (Annex I)
  2. Proposal Template (Annex II),
  3. Budget, Logframe and Work Plan Template (Annex III)

These documents can be requested from the RRF staff: rrfethiopia@iom.int or can be downloaded from this website.


Proposals will be selected based on their match with the RRF Guidelines according to the three key sectors and associated activities and the requirements therein. Grants will be allocated according to the following principles:

  • Funding is granted based on proposals adherence to the RRF Guidelines;
  • The proposals do not duplicate existing activities implemented by the same applicant or by other organizations;
  • The proposed activities assure the maximum coverage of regions and population, as well as the different target beneficiaries;
  • Grants are allocated taking into consideration the needs of each region and the target population;
  • Cost-effectiveness;
  • Proposals build synergy with existing community resources;
  • Proposals respond to immediate humanitarian needs caused by an external shock;
  • Proposals should establish clear connections between the needs identified and the activities proposed;
  • Proposals should clearly outline goals and objectives that are achievable within a short (usually three month) timeframe;
  • Proposals should outline a viable exit or transition strategy. Exit/transition strategies should describe planned transition of activities; and steps planned, if any, to continue the program after RRF funding ends.

While the Fund will prioritize emergency activities that do not last for more than 3 months, consideration will be given to longer implementation periods, should there be a clear need and where the intervention is unlikely to lead to protracted reliance on aid.