Training & Mentoring Services to Strengthen Women Entrepreneurship
The Office of the Minister of State for Economic Empowerment of Women and Youth (EEWAY) is partnering with the United Nations Development Programme – Lebanon (UNDP) and Senteurs d’Orient, which work together since 2011 to support the empowerment of women in Lebanon. In this framework, EEWAY, UNDP and Senteurs d’Orient are pleased to announce the launching of a competition for Lebanese Organizations to support the Lebanese women entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Through this Request for Applications, it is anticipated that one award will be issued to an Organization (non-profit, or for profit) with a ceiling of $13,000 to deliver training and mentoring to targeted end beneficiaries who are women-owned small businesses.
Over a period of the project, services should support one or more of the following technical assistance topics:
- Business skills development in particular branding and marketing
- Identification of market opportunities
- Access to finance opportunities
- Use of digital technologies to scale businesses and reach customers
- Innovative ideas to increase women-income generation businesses
The proposed project should provide women small business owners with the knowledge and skills needed to strengthen their businesses in the short, medium and a long-term and provide them with practical information they can use beyond the period of performance for this award, making sure that their needs are met after the project has ended (eg. Links to value chains, connections to relevant private sector and/or civil society organizations, Ministries, and any relevant stakeholders).
Lebanese Organizations that have been registered for a minimum of three years and have previous experience in capacity building of micro- and small enterprises are eligible to apply, including but not limited to, for-profit, non-profit and academic institutions. Organizations must demonstrate a proven track record in recruiting beneficiaries, designing curricula, and delivering training and mentoring services to MSMEs and/or SMEs delivered by in-house and/or freelance trainers, consultants and partners across the country.
Statement of Work
The successful applicant will be awarded a 12-month contract to deliver this technical assistance program, in addition to management of the recruitment process and all logistical matters pertaining to implementation, reporting, communicating success stories as well as monitoring and evaluations. EEWAY expects to be involved throughout the project implementation period to monitor the progress of work and ensure meeting the required quality standards of performance.
Applicants must propose a specific target group that they will work with. Preference will be given to applicants that propose to follow-on previous capacity building efforts build on and/or scale up a technical assistance program that has been implemented previously.
The targeted beneficiaries are nascent women-owned small businesses that:
- Were set up for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 years
- Manufacture products (rather than provide services)
- Have a minimum of two full-time staff and maximum of 25
- Are headquartered outside of Beirut
This approach will enable targeted beneficiaries to continue their journey towards growth and sustainability.
How to apply
The proposal (and relevant annexed documents) should be submitted in soft copy to Ms. Marielle Kalache: [email protected]
Using the attached application form, the Technical Proposal should address how the applicant intends to respond to the priorities outlined in this RFA and demonstrate a clear understanding of the goals of this program. The technical proposal shall be in Arabic or English and not exceed 5 pages.
The Applicant’s Cost Proposal shall include a detailed budget and budget narrative utilizing the attached template.
Senteurs d’Orient is keen on making sure that the budget is well spent and benefits the women directly, and therefore will not accept proposals with a budget with high transportation and/or food costs. All the expenses related to logistics such as rental, equipment, transportation etc. shouldn't exceed 30% of the total budget.
Required Application Documents
- Signed proposal form
- Registration papers
- CVs of key personnel
- List of three previous donors/clients
UNDP intends to issue one award resulting from this solicitation to an applicant whose proposals conform to the solicitation requirements and represent the best value after evaluation in accordance with the criteria listed below. The following criteria will be considered in the evaluation of received offers:
Technical Approach 30
Proposed targeted beneficiaries 20
Offeror Past Performance and geographic reach15
Key Personnel 15
For more information, contact: Rim Kalfayan at [email protected]