WORKING WITH DG ECHO AS AN NGO PARTNER | 2021 - 2027
The list of Implementing Partner included in the Single Form must give a comprehensive picture to ECHO on how the action will be implemented. The list of Implementing Partners to include will depend on the level of their involvement in the Action and the budget managed. To be noted the difference between implementing partner and co-beneficiary: as only the latter are ECHO certified partners.
Consortia within ECHO-funded grant agreements is defined as an Action under which several partners work together under a consortium arrangement, with one Certified partner signing the MGA and acting as the coordinator, while other Certified NGOs and partners also take part in the implementation. DG ECHO will not impose on partners to work in consortia. However, it may decide to fund voluntary consortia when operationally justified.
The MGA will be signed only with the lead partner organisation, while the partners will sign Accession Forms. All consortium members will be described in he Single Form. In order to ease ECHO assessment of the proposal, it might be advisable to indicate which partner will be in charge of a specific result.
All certified partners are on an equal footing, even though they will still have a  coordinator. All non-certified partners will be considered as implementing partners.
The coordinator receives the EU contribution and distributes the funds to the other  beneficiaries without unjustified delay (which does not mean immediately upon receipt
from the Commission!). The coordinator is the interlocutor between the consortium and  the Commission, monitors the implementation of the action, submits reports, etc.
No, DG ECHO doesn’t ask for such an agreement, but although it is not obligatory,  Partners involved in a Multi-beneficiary agreement would normally sign some kind of  consortium agreement reflecting the internal arrangements
No, only the coordinator will receive the EU contribution.
The responsibility will be shared according to the maximum amount of the beneficiary.
Yes, with an amendment request that the Commission has to approve.
Not at the level of the grant agreement, as only DG ECHO certified partners can accede  to it. Local NGOs can be implementing partners.
Partners are jointly responsible for the technical implementation of the action. If one of  them fails to implement its part, the other beneficiaries must ensure that this part is
implemented by another beneficiary. Also, the consortium can request to the  Commission the termination of the participation of one or more beneficiaries in the  action.
Certified partners can only act as implementing partners if they cooperate with an organisation (for instance an international organisation including UN) which signs with
the Commission an indirect management delegation or contribution agreement (IMDA or HACA).If the agreement framing the action is a grant agreement (using the model grant agreement), then all certified NGO partners will become co-beneficiaries/co-partners
To a certain extent: look at the standard justifications for exceeding the 60,000 EUR  ceiling in the HIP Technical Annexes for more information.
Yes. Look at the standard justifications for exceeding the 60,000 EUR ceiling in the HIP  Technical Annexes for more information.
A consortium is an association of certified partners agreeing to conclude with the Commission a multi-beneficiary grant agreement. Certified partners can decide to work  with IPs (based outside the EU) for the implementation of such grant agreement.
A consortium is an association of certified partners agreeing to conclude with the Commission a multi-partner grant agreement. Certified partners can decide to work with  IPs for the implementation of such grant agreement.
Implementing partners can be EU or not EU-based as long as they directly contribute to  the implementation of the action.
No, as long as the implementing partners directly contribute to the implementation of  the action
Yes, the principle is that it will not be possible to use certified partners as implementing partners: they will have to be associated to the lead certified partners in the grant  agreement as co-partners.
Co-beneficiaries decide on the allocation of the budget of the action among themselves.