The Romanian Mobility Fund for Governmental Experts is a rapid response financing tool that facilitates the quick transfer of Romanian experts and expertise to Romania’s ODA priority countries, such as Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan in order to meet the ad hoc needs in development sectors in which Romania can bring an added value, by sharing its transition experience to democracy and a market economy. This instrument is addressed to public servants from both Romania and its partner countries.
The Mobility Fund has been designed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania (MFA) in consultation with the UNDP and became operation in the autumn of 2013. The instrument is fully financed form the MFA’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget on an annual basis and is implemented jointly by the UNDP Regional Hub in Istanbul and the MFA.
The Mobility Fund’s focus areas are:
- Transition to democracy (reconstruction of the state, democratic governance, administrative reform, support for the civil society, the media, and conflict resolution);
- Support for agriculture and sustainable economic growth in the climate change context– preferably in the phytosanitary and sanitary and veterinary fields;
- Environment protection and support for activities to promote sustainable energy in the context of the climate changes;
- Health and education (secondary priorities).
The Mobility Fund is an application-based financing instrument, whereby interested representatives of public authorities in Romanian or the ODA partner countries (and in exceptional cases, where the requested expertise cannot be found in public institution, representatives of the private sector and the civil society) can submit their proposal, using a standardised application procedure. Applications for the Mobility Fund are received throughout the year, depending on the availability of funds, and are awarded on the first-come first-served principle, granted that the assistance needs are well justified.
Which are the eligibility criteria?
- The applicants can be Governmental experts from Romania or partner countries (representatives of civil society in exceptional and justified cases, when their expertise could add value to the actions of the Governmental experts);
- The proposal must respond to a direct development need of at least one partner country;
- The activities must have practical objectives and must produce tangible results/deliverables;
Eligible costs: transportation/flight tickets; Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA), as per the UNDP list of DSA rates around the world;
What is the application procedure?
The application process lasts up to 15 working days. The complete application must be sent to the UNDP representative with at least 10 working days prior to the event/meeting. Within maxim 5 working days from the receipt of the complete application, the applicant will receive a response to the acceptance or rejection of the application. In the case of acceptance, the flight ticket will be procured by UNDP in the shortest time possible, and the respective DSA will be granted to the successful applicant.
Between August 2013 and April 2016, 31 mobility missions were financed through this mechanism, targeting the following fields of expertise: public health – phyto-sanitary, agriculture, consumer protection; project writing, M&E; market economy; internal affairs and public safety; anti-corruption and justice; child protection; public communication; and education.
The Mobility Fund for Government Experts:
- Offers a low-risk, low-cost and timely solution for scaling up adequate development solutions upon the request and with the ownership of the partner countries, in a complementary manner to the other available funding modalities used by Romania;
- Is well suited for small scale interventions that do not require a more ambitious project or programme-type intervention;
- Is dedicated to development needs that had not been planned/could not have been planned in advance so as to be financed through other financing modalities, such as annual calls for proposals.
- Offers reduced bureaucracy of the application process, with rapid deployments of experts in maximum10 days upon the application submission;
- Can be used as seed funding to assess the potential for partnership development in a partner country.
Budget: 73,000 USD between 2013 and 2016
Contact person: Anca Stoica, Romanian ODA Project Manager, UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub