Terms of Reference: Call for proposals from civil society organisations working to protect human rights in Iran 

Non-governmental organisations, based anywhere in the world, working to protect human rights in Iran can apply for grants to implement micro-projects to improve monitoring of human rights violations. The amount available for each project is between 2,000 – 5,000 Euros.

Projects may last up to a maximum of three months and must be completed by May 2020.

The micro-projects will aim to implement the following:

Monitoring and reporting of human rights abuses

Sub-grants will be awarded to CSOs to monitor and report human rights abuses in Iran, including abuses against women and/or minorities.

Using this research, CSOs should produce credible, detailed and timely information on violations of human rights. Studies on specific issues which aim to lead to policy recommendations also qualify for support, as well as studies which aim to be used for advocacy.

The project should use the Ceasefire-Iran reporting tool to document base data on violations: https://ceasefire-iran.ushahidi.io/views/map . (The Ceasefire-Iran reporting tool is a secure online platform that supports reporting in both Farsi and English. Successful applicants will be offered a training on use of the tool at the start of the project.)



Applications are encouraged from organisations with extensive knowledge of the main concerns and priorities of vulnerable groups in Iran.

Projects which aim to work with women, ethnic or religious minorities, or vulnerable groups that are difficult to reach are particularly welcomed.

Projects which demonstrate clearly that they involve organisations/individuals from vulnerable groups in running the project in an active way are also welcomed.


Selection Criteria

Selection of the grantees will be made according to the following criteria:

  1. A well-argued project that shows clearly how its objectives will be achieved.
  2. Clearly justifying a budget that represents value for money.
  3. Clearly identifying target audiences and planning to reach those audiences effectively.
  4. Producing reliable information and data on human rights violations in Iran and making good use of the online reporting tool.
  5. Projects that address gender issues, pay attention to multiple forms of discrimination, and include vulnerable groups in project implementation and/or organisational structure.


Submission Process

Please send a completed application form to recruitment@mrgmail.org by 30 January 2019. In your email subject line, please write “Iran: the name of your organisation, and the country you are based in (i.e Iran: Organisation’s name – Country)”.

Filed Under: Middle East, Iran
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