What is the role of the Technical Assistance Unit?

The Technical Assistance Unit (TAU) assists the Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia in managing the implementation of the Civil Society Fund II. The TAU operates from its self-contained office, close to the main EU Delegation building in Bole sub-city, Addis Ababa. It assists the Delegation in the daily administration of the Fund, with the preparation of calls for proposals and contract management, monitoring the implementation of the Programme and its supported projects, and supports the Programme’s Steering Committee as well as provides policy inputs related to civil society.

Is it possible to get regular information from the TAU?

We encourage those interested to receive information to register. One can also contact us at our address or visit our office.

What is the relationship between the European Union, European Commission, the Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia and the Technical Assistance Unit? Is the Technical Assistance Unit for CSF II part of the EU?

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 27 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The EU operates through a system of supranational independent institutions and intergovernmental negotiated decisions by the member states. Its main institutions include the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European Council, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Central Bank, the Court of Auditors, and the European Parliament. Some of the key priority areas of the EU are good governance, democracy and human rights, empowerment of civil society, and cooperation with Non-State Actors.


The European Commission is the executive body of the European Union responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the Union's treaties and day-to-day running of the EU.


The Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia has the status of a diplomatic mission and officially represents, coordinates and negotiates on behalf of the European Union. The Delegation in Addis Ababa is one of over 130 European Union Delegations around the world. The partnership between Ethiopia and the EU is based on the Africa-EU strategic partnership which defines relations between the EU and Africa collectively and the Cotonou Agreement,  between the EU and African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. 


The Civil Society Fund II is a programme funded through the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) to support the civil society sector in Ethiopia in the framework of the Cotonou Agreement. The Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia acts as a Contracting Authority on behalf of the Government of Ethiopia. The strategic management of the programme is guided by the tripartite Programme Steering Committee, which is comprised of representatives from Non-State Actors, the Ethiopian Government and the Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia. A Technical Assistance Unit (TAU) based in Addis Ababa assists with the day-to-day administration of the programme. The Technical Assistance Unit (TAU) is not part of the EU Delegation.

When will you launch the next CSF II call for proposals?

The CSF II has closed its last Call for Proposals in the framework of the current phase of the programme. Please visit the grants section on this website for information regarding the last Call for Proposals. All the CSF II Calls for Proposals will be published on local media and EU websites. 

Is it obligatory to include partners while applying for EU funding?

This is usually stipulated in Guidelines for Applicants. As a general principle, applicants may apply and act individually. In the case of Civil Society Fund II partnerships are generally encouraged with the aim to increase cooperation and dialogue amongst CSOs as they implement projects. 

Can international NGOs apply for funding?

The CSF II primarily targets national CSOs of Ethiopia, and hence general priority for application and implementation is accorded to local organisation as opposed to the international ones. Nevertheless, international NGOs whose headquarters are located in one of the member states of the European Union could participate in Call for Proposals as partners to local organisations but not as lead applicants.

What does the grant size exactly mean?

The grant size indicates the amount of the EU contribution one can request for a single project. It does not include the contribution (co-financing) from the applicants’ own sources, which should be a minimum of 10% (unless the request is for full-financing). In most cases, our grants are provided for a maximum of 2 years and with an average grant size of 150,000 to 200,000 Euros.

Is CSF II exempted from the application of the 70:30 Guideline of the Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSP)?

No. Applicants are expected to comply with the provisions of the 70:30 Guideline as well as all the relevant legislation applicable for Civil Society Organisations in Ethiopia.

Will the maximum 7% of eligible indirect costs be considered as administrative costs according to the Charities and Societies Proclamation (CSP) and its 70:30 Guideline?

Generally it is not up to the Contracting Authority i.e. the Delegation of the European Union to decide which costs of the actions will be categorised as administrative costs according to the CSP and the 70:30 Guideline. However, the 7% indirect costs are meant to cover overheads/administrative costs that are not included in the budget for the action. 

Why does the CSF II not fund 'service delivery', such as HIV/AIDS projects?

The CSF II can fund such projects as long as they are linked to some aspect of governance or as long as they are designed to directly strengthen the organisation or build its capacity. The Programme is not designed to fund purely service delivery projects.

For job seekers, I want to work for Civil Society Fund II. How can I find out about information about vacancies?

All vacancies are posted on our website. Check our site and local media periodically to see what new jobs have been posted.