Call for a Spanish hosting organization/cluster to support and host a Palestinian cluster- ECF

Context & Background

About Berytech:

Berytech is a leading organization in the Entrepreneurial Eco-system in Lebanon, that aims to provide a conducive environment for the creation and development of startups, through incubation, business support, counseling, funding, networking, and company hosting, hence taking part in the economic revival of the country, participating in wealth and job creation, and retaining graduates and high-level skills in Lebanon.

About Euromed Clusters Forward:

ECF is a 4-year project that aims at establishing and improving clusters legal policies, strengthening clusters capacity & regional cooperation, and strengthening regional value chains. Berytech is the implementing partner of ECF in Lebanon, that is funded by the European Union and coordinated by Anima Investment Network with 3 implementing partners and 9 affiliates from the Euromed region

About Cluster Connect Mission (CCM):

Cluster Connect is a short-term exchange activity between clusters and support organizations from similar or different industrial ecosystems. It involves twinning, matchmaking and knowledge sharing activities, and peer learning between a South Mediterranean cluster – the Visitor and a host organization from South Mediterranean and European countries – the Host.

We are seeking well established EU clusters/ support organizations in Spain to design and deliver capacity building and consultancy services to support the cluster in the green transition of the cluster and its members, accessing adequate financial channels, and engage the Palestinian cluster in partnership opportunities and reinforce their internationalization and export services.

Support will be given to the Cluster manager and 1 staff member from the Palestinian Cluster in the Leather sector for 3 months virtually and in Spain. 

Cluster background information:

This cluster (Visitor) was established in 2013 and consists of 50 SMEs. The mission of the cluster is to enhance the competitiveness of cluster members and improve their market access capability through offering a wide range of innovative services and strengthening the interrelationships to ensure integrated response to market dynamics.

The Cluster aims to enhance cluster management capacity and ensure sustainability, while also providing vital support to cluster members to boost competitiveness and improve market access capabilities.

The CCM will equip the cluster with the skills and capacity to:

  • Gain new skills and knowledge to better serve the cluster members including financial skills and technical knowledge in green transition and sustainability.
  • Create networking opportunities and establish partnerships with new partners.
  • Increase visibility and expose the cluster to new experiences and knowledge.
Scope of work

The Host will be responsible for conducting a comprehensive series of workshops, trainings and  consultancy services, based on a needs assessment conducted with the Visitor, the TOR is divided into 3 main components:

Component 1 – Green transition and sustainability:

  • Benchmark on green regulations and formulate guidelines specific to leather production. This involves studying existing environmental standards, identifying gaps, and recommending sustainable practices that align with export and EU requirements.
  • Propose recommendation for new technologies, green raw materials, and circular processes that align with sustainability goals, improving efficiency and minimizing environmental impact.
  • Facilitate training sessions and workshops to build the capacity of internal teams on circular processes, green laws, and the utilization of new technologies. Ensure that relevant stakeholders are equipped to implement and sustain the recommended practices.
  • Develop a comprehensive implementation plan for the proposed circular processes, green laws, and technology adoption. Provide step-by-step guidelines, timelines, and resource requirements for seamless integration into current operations.

Component 2 – Access To Finance:

  • Build a Sustainable Financial Model by conducting a thorough analysis of the cluster's financial structure and develop a sustainable financial model that aligns with the cluster's goals and objectives.
  • Assess the cluster's current readiness for investment and develop an investment readiness model that showcases the cluster's potential, strengths, and attractiveness to potential investors.
  • Identify and recommend suitable funding channels that align with the cluster's financial needs, considering options such as grants, loans, partnerships, and other financial instruments.
  • Develop and conduct training sessions to enhance the financial management skills of cluster members, ensuring effective use of the financial model.

Component 3 – Travel mission:

  • Organize and implement the travel mission of up to 3 cluster staff/members to Spain for a maximum of 5 days.
  • Facilitate meetings with clients and suppliers in the field.
expected deliverables
  • Support materials: templates, presentation, and resources for participants to use during and after the workshops.
  • Agenda: for activities of each of the 3 components including virtual and in-person training, workshops, consultancy services, stakeholders’ meetings and visits for 3 months.
  • Attendance: attendance sheet of the visitor to different activities.
  • Travel mission: booking and invoices of flight tickets, accommodation, and other costs of all travelling participants.
  • Meeting reports: Outcomes of meetings with suppliers and clients.
  • Investment Pitch Development Report: Outlines the development of a compelling investment pitch, including key messages and supporting materials.
  • Sustainability Model: The guiding principles, key concepts, and the overall approach to sustainability adopted by the organization
  • Final report: sessions given and final outcomes of the CCM submitted to Berytech.
Timeline:
  • The CCM will be implemented from the beginning of April 2024 until the end of June 2024.
  • The travel mission of up to 3 cluster staff/members to Spain shall occur within the mission timeline.
  • The final report should be delivered by July 15th the latest.
Qualifications
  • Business support organization in Spain or Spanish Cluster in Traditional industries (Leather) sector.
  • Track record in facilitating partnerships with other clusters/SMEs.
  • Track record in financial modeling, investment readiness, and accessing finance for businesses, especially those involved in green and sustainable practices.
  • Experience in designing and implementing capacity building programs on green transition and sustainability.
  • Knowledge of green business practices, sustainable development, and experience in guiding businesses through a transition to more sustainable operations
  • Knowledge of regulatory compliance related to financial and environmental matters, ensuring that cluster activities align with legal requirements.
  • Familiarity with various funding channels, including grants, loans, impact investment, and other financial instruments relevant to green and sustainable projects.

How to apply

To apply, please submit your proposal (technical and financial), agenda of activities, along with your resume and work/ project portfolio by email to: [email protected] before March 4th, 2024, with the subject: Cluster Connect Mission 2 - Spain- ECF

The Application should include:

  • Technical proposal describing the methodology, content and timeline of the mission including travel mission details.
  • Financial proposal describing the costs incurred in preparing and providing the mission, including the costs of the travel ticket and accommodation of the cluster staff in the Host country. The financial proposal shall be quoted in EURO.
  • CVs of the individuals involved in the mission.

PS: Every component should have an allocated budget.

The shortlisted candidates will be contacted by Mid-March 2024.

Expired
Deadline
Monday, 04. Mar 2024
Type of Call
Call for Consultancies
Intervention Sector(s):
Communications & Media, Development, Training & Capacity Building
Remuneration range:
> 6000 (USD)
Duration of Contract:
N/A