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Launch of the 2018 4th Reserve Allocation

On behalf of the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator (DRHC) Mark Cutts, we are pleased to inform you that THF launched its 4th Reserve Allocation for this year.

This allocation aims to respond to the emergence of unforeseen emergencies requiring immediate funding to avoid a worsening of the humanitarian situation in a short timeframe. In line with the objectives of the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), project proposals funded under this emergency reserve will respond to immediate emergency requirements for most vulnerable communities with an emphasis on those in areas with high severity of needs.

As of today, the THF made US$33 million available for this Reserve Allocation in 2018. The envelope is divided among seven (7) clusters. Please refer to the allocation strategy paper for more details on the indicated allocated amount for each cluster and the strategic and geographic priorities for each cluster.

Considering the time criticality of the proposed interventions, the allocation is launched on the GMS as of 19 November 2018 and THF partners are called to respond to the call for proposals and submit their projects no longer than 26 November 2018 at midnight

The HFU will be available to support partners through bilateral coaching from 19 to 22 November 2018. Please contact the THF team to make an appointment:

The review and approval of project proposals is made in accordance with the programmatic framework and focus of the THF and on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Approved THF Capacity Assessment and updated Due Diligence;
  • Confirmed active cluster membership targeted cluster(s) with the proven technical capacity to apply to this allocation;
  • Partner’s performance with the THF (shared with the existing THF partners), including recent audit findings and spot check reports;
  • Grant ceiling: the ceiling per project per allocation is defined based on the partner risk level and project duration, as outlined in the Operation Modalities (page 22);
  • A maximum of two proposals per partner is allowed for this allocation but submission of multisector/integrated proposals or Joint proposals regrouping different partners with clear delineation of activities and responsibilities will also be considered favourably.


In addition, due to the emergency character of this allocation and the tight timeframe to be followed, project proposals submitted will prioritize projects in a strict manner using the following additional criteria:

  1. The partner has an operational presence in the area and is implementing activities relevant to the needs identified in this allocation strategy and has prior “4W reported” experience in the activity proposed;
  2. The partner has a proven capacity to deliver in a timely manner;
  3. The partner has a demonstrated expertise in the cluster with a demonstrated good performance;
  4. The partner has consulted clusters on their intention to submit, prior to their submission, to avoid overlaps.


Please find the detailed allocation paper and the THF Operational Manual for your reference. For details on eligibility criteria and cluster criteria to be ensured during the proposal preparation process, please refer to the allocation paper and its annexes.

We ask each partner to read the allocation strategy carefully together with the THF Operational Manual which notably provides essential guidance on budget preparation (section 6). In addition, tips on what is essential when submitting a budget are attached for your consideration.

Any question should be sent by email to:

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
19 Nov 2018
Document type: 
Communication Materials
Syrian Arab Republic
Humanitarian Financing
Coordination hub(s): 
Syria: Crisis 2011-2021