Extended deadline: People in Need Moldova – Call for Proposals: Advocacy and information campaign addressing energy-related indebtedness of vulnerable households in Moldova


About the Implementer:

People in Need (PIN) is a Czech non-governmental organization that provides relief aid and development assistance while working to defend human rights and democratic freedom. It is one of the largest relief and development organizations in Europe and has administered projects in 37 countries over the past 30 years. People in Need has been working in Moldova since 2003, implementing projects in the field of Sustainable Livelihood and Environment, Social Inclusion and Protection, Good Governance and Human Rights.

About the project:

The action is designed to limit the negative socioeconomic impact of the current energy crisis on vulnerable households in the Republic of Moldova, thus preventing the deterioration into a socioeconomic crisis with the potential to lead to widespread social unrest. The main objective of the action is to maintain the stability of the Republic of Moldova. As such, the action contributes to the foreign policy of the European Commission and is aligned with the objectives of the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) in the areas of crisis response, conflict prevention, and crisis preparedness. Finally, the action strengthens the role of civil society as active pillars of democracy, community building, and policy dialogue.

The project aims at achieving its overall goal through the following three outputs:

Output 1         The action will provide vulnerable households with direct access to multi-purpose cash assistance (MPCA) and in-kind heating assistance to cover the needs of target populations.

Output 2         Vulnerable population will be provided access to improved social services such as access to food, transportation, legal assistance, counselling on indebtedness etc. to address a wide range of needs.

Output 3         Comprehensive study on energy-related indebtedness of households will be conducted alongside targeted outreach.                                                                       

Purpose of this restricted call:

Through this action advocacy activities will be promoted towards reducing the level of indebtedness and energy efficiency of vulnerable households in Moldova.

The call aims at experienced civil society organisations (CSOs) or think tanks that are engaged in policy analysis and dialog on issues related to energy-related indebtedness on local and national level.

Priority will be given to organizations that have previous experience in caring out similar activities and have an increased level of visibility and community engagement. The activities should start immediately after the conclusion of the contract in order to ensure timely coverage of the project.

The activities can focus but are not limited to the following:

  • Raising awareness about the opportunities and benefits of energy efficiency, mobilise communities across the country towards actions for the efficient use of energy and heating materials.
  • Policy analysis and preparation of recommendations for the state actors on energy-related indebtedness and compensation system for increasing energy efficiency.
  • Organizing visibility and outreach activities/actions about the state programmes on indebtedness and available compensation mechanisms for higher gas, electricity and heating materials.
  • Raising awareness of the most common types of debts, risks and conditions for accessing loans from banking and non-banking institutions in the Republic of Moldova.

In addition to the grant, the selected organization will also benefit from support with organizational and financial resilience building. All awardees will be provided mandatory online training on financial and reporting grant management, and a training on monitoring of the projects. Upon request, additional capacity building can be provided.

Conditions of the grant:

  • The maximum amount of the grant will be 60.000 EUR
  • The applicants will present their proposal by filling in the application form attached below
  • The applicants should submit their registration certificate
  • The grant will be used to gain awareness with the general public with implementation of up to 4 months
  • The budget must be in line with the activities described in the application form.

Eligible costs:

  • Salaries
  • Transportation services
  • Procurement/rent of equipment (new and/or used)
  • Administrative expenses including office rent, bills, telephone subscriptions etc.
  • Visibility, communication and outreach campaigns
  • Bank fees.

Evaluation criteria:

The proposals will be evaluated against the criteria illustrated here below:



Max. Points


Project reach

Expected number of participants/target groups reached by the activity



Stakeholder involvement and diversification

Number of persons from different stakeholders, including local authorities, involved in the project



Funds allocation

Budget comprehensive, well balanced, realistic, consistent, cost-effective



The scope of the project

Alignment with the action and FSTP Schemes objectives


Relevance of the activity

Relevance of the activity for the local communities


Gender sensitiveness

Gender mainstreaming and capacity to reach and include vulnerable groups (women, older persons, people with disabilities, etc.) in the proposed activities



Impact on environment

CO2, waste, recycling, etc.



Visibility of EU

Raising awareness activities foreseen







  • Officially registered as an NGO in the Republic of Moldova
  • Be established in the Republic of Moldova
  • Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action, not acting as an intermediary
  • Relevant experience in providing advocacy and outreach activities
  • Demonstrated evidence of managing funds of a similar budget size
  • No record of illegal and unethical activity (corruption, fraud)
  • No political party affiliation.

Note: Potential applicants may not participate in the calls for projects or be awarded sub-grants if they are in any of the situations which are listed in Section 2.3.3 of the PRAG to contract procedures for EU external actions.

Roles and functions of CSO:

The CSO is expected to:

  • Participate in a mandatory training session covering several core topics during the inception phase of the project including:
    • PIN Policies – Training and Signing of PIN’s Code of Conduct, PSEA and Child Protection Policies
    • Sub-Grant Management – financial and administrative management of sub-grant, financial and narrative reporting procedures, EC regulations, etc.
    • Monitoring and Evaluation – Community Feedback Response Mechanism (CFRM), functional instruments, useful tools and best practices;
  • Take part actively in the implementation of the relevant project activities and collaborate to ensure the achievement of the overall goal of the project
  • Cooperate closely with the implementer (PIN) and participate in the required meeting sessions
  • Timely submit the interim and final report to the implementer.

Application process:

Applications can be submitted in Romanian, English and Russian.

Application must be signed by the head of the applicant organisation, scanned (also in editable format), and sent electronically to the following email address: concurs.moldova@peopleinneed.net specifying in the subject line: Ref. ENERGY CRISIS RESPONSE – Advocacy campaign.

The deadline for submission of this application is 17/10/2022, at 11:00.

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