Updated Mar 31, 2019CLOSED

Skills Initiative for Africa (SIFA) Funding Window I--Tunisia

Offered by Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and New Partnership for Africa's Development as part of Skills Initiative for Africa

Africa is growing and to fuel this growth it needs skilled labour that caters to the needs of the growth sectors of the economy. The importance of employable skills development in a broader sense is increasingly understood by African governments and significant efforts have been made. The Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) have laid down the vision and ideals for the continent’s accelerated development and technological progress to serve as pillars for the continent in the foreseeable future. The African Union’s Agenda 2063 calls for a paradigm shift towards transformative education and training systems to meet the knowledge, competencies, skills, research, innovation and creativity required to nurture the future. To unleash the potential of skills development and technical and vocational education and training (TVET), the African Union has developed a “Continental TVET Strategy” that provides a comprehensive framework for skills development and youth employment. Nonetheless, a shortage of qualified teachers, scholarships and inadequate infrastructure as well as an absence of practical vocational curricula and missing or inadequate technical and didactical equipment still pose significant challenges to the successful implementation of the Strategy.

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CLOSEDMay 31, 2019Deadline
Up to €3,000,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 4: Transition to Scale, Stage 5: Scaling and Stage 6: Sustained Scale
Created inTunisia
Implemented In:
Focus AreasTechnical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) (Education)
Workforce Development (Education)

Lead: Domestic public or private accredited training provider; Primary partner: Domestic private sector entity

Each Applicant (consortium) must: • Consist of legally registered entities according to the list of eligible entities • Be able to demonstrate financial capacity for the last three years • Demonstrate their human capacity to implement the proposed project idea • Demonstrate proof of counterpart funding Each Applicant must provide the following evidence as proof of eligibility of the consortium: • Copies of documentation of legal status / registration showing that the Lead and its Partners belong to the list of eligible entities • Copies of accreditation documents of training providers • Audited or certified financial statements of the Lead for the last three years • Number and qualifications of relevant staff • At least one reference of a project with a financial scope that is similar to the proposed project idea • Commitment letter for counterpart funding, showing breakdown of estimated value of proposed complementary (in-kind) measures Eligibility Requirements for Applications - Concept Note • The proposed project idea (outline of activities) must belong to one of the stated eligible project activities. • For construction works and procurement of equipment, the application must include documentation for ownership or lease hold of buildings or lands. • The application must address the skills and employment needs of women and youth (e.g. access, enrolment, job opportunities, etc.) in proposed project concept (outline of activities). • The application must demonstrate private sector engagement in the proposed project activities

Eligibility Requirements for Applications - Full Proposal The full proposal must include • A detailed implementation plan with timelines • A detailed budget • A proposal-specific results framework • Draft technical designs and/or specifications for construction and equipment, including draft procurement plan, • Draft operational and maintenance plan, including financing • A market assessment analysing the growth potential of the industrial sector under consideration within the specific country, and an assessment of the training needs against the skills currently available

Other Requirements

Planned Usage of Funds
A combination of 5 technical and didactical interventions:

Procurement of training equipment
Construction, rehabilitation or expansion of learning infrastructure
Training of trainers*
Curriculum design*
Learner scholarships*

*The activities 3-5 can be funded only in combination with the core activities 1 and/or 2 and only up to 5 % of the total project cost.

Ineligible project costs The following costs (activities) are NOT supported by the SIFA Financing Facility: • Normal recurrent costs such as staff salaries, rental or maintenance of equipment • Import duties, VAT, or other public charges However, these costs may be financed through the applicant’s counterpart contribution.

Reporting Requirements

Upon signing an implementation agreement with the NPCA, the Applicants must commit to the following: • Quarterly reporting to the SIFA Financing Facility according to the stated results and associated indicators in the Full Proposal application (both quantitative and qualitative) • Contribute to possible additional monitoring and evaluation (lessons learnt) exercises, surveys, etc. • Allow un-announced site visits by the SIFA Financing Facility team • Agree to follow the approved SIFA Guidelines on Procurement of Works, Goods and Services • Compliance with national and IFC Environmental, Social, Health and Safety Standards • Keep to project duration timeline • Full financing and completion of the project in case of cost increases or overruns

Application Directions

Register in SmartME, the online application system to create and submit the concept note. See more details in attached materials and online


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