UN Women: Call for proposals

UN Women
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Thursday, 20 June, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Implementing Partner to support the provision of Financial Literacy and Financial Management to Women Owned/Led Businesses and Entrepreneurs
in 5 targeted provinces (Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape, North West and Limpopo)
 

Project Title Stimulating Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs through Affirmative Procurement, Investment and Supply Chain Policies
Implementation Duration July 2019 – May 2021 (One year and nine months)
Type Implementing Partner
Purpose To provide financial and financial management support to women entrepreneurs in 5 targeted provinces in South Africa
Contract Duration 2 years
Deadline for Submission of Proposals Date and Time:  June 20, 2019 12:00 AM
City and Country: Pretoria, South Africa
Proposals received after this date and time will be disqualified. 

1.Background

UN Women is grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates the efforts of the United Nations system to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. UN Women provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

In pursuit of its objectives UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office (SAMCO) is in partnership with National Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) implementing a flagship programme on Stimulating Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs through Affirmative Procurement, Investment and Supply Chain Policies.

The flagship programme seeks to improve women’s access to public and private procurement of goods and services by linking them through the value chains. The programme aims to reach a minimum of 5,000 women entrepreneurs for the initial three years of implementation. The work seeks to develop and strengthen the capacity of Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) to engage in existing markets.

UN Women SAMCO is inviting non-profit organizations/networks working on access to finance for women entrepreneurs to submit proposals that aim to achieve the following key outputs:

  1. A minimum of 5000 Women entrepreneurs from across the 5 targeted provinces are trained in financial literacy and business management skills strengthened
  2. Increased access to innovative financial products (i.e contract money etc)   for women owned businesses.

Organisations must clearly indicate which output they work will be contributing to.

The provision of support to women entrepreneurs will be provided by the implementing partners with adequate dedicated capacity and working closely with UN Women and respective women businesses associations and entities.

2. Objective and description of required services

UN Women is issuing a Call for Proposals (CfP) to select a non-profit entity to undertake activities contributing to the following outputs: The implementing partner will primarily responsible for supporting UN Women SAMCO in achieving the stated outputs:

  • At least 5000 Women entrepreneurs trained in financial literacy and business management skills strengthened
  • Entrepreneurship funds and other innovative financing sources targeting women are identified and capacity to access such mechanisms strengthened  

2.1 Planned Outputs and Activities

Output 1:  
At least 5 000 Women entrepreneur’s financial literacy and management skills strengthened

For this output, the implementing partner will develop implementing modalities that will enable it to reach and deliver the targeted training and mentoring support to women business owners and entrepreneurs in financial literacy.  
To guide this work, research on the most effective ways to combine access to finance and skills training will be carried out to identify and replicate best practice in financial literacy capacity building.

Planned Activities:

Liaising with women businesses associations and entrepreneurs to mobilise women entrepreneurs

  • Trainings, coaching and mentoring for women business owners and entrepreneurs in financial literacy and management.
  • Develop materials for other trainers to deliver financial skills courses to scale up capacity development to support women entrepreneurs
  • Research the most effective ways to combine access to finance and skills training

 
Output 2:
Entrepreneurship funds and other innovative financing sources targeting women are identified and capacity to access such mechanisms strengthened

The implementing partner will leverage its unique ability to generate and mange knowledge to support gender-responsive finance at the macro and micro level. This will involve market analysis of trends to inform gender-lens investing and to make the business case for investing in women's economic empowerment. Additionally, the implementing partner will create an inclusive dialogue with women's business networks; and enhance capacity of women's networks to collaborate.
 
Planned Activities

  • Market analysis: analyze trends to inform gender-lens investment and to make the business case for investing in women's economic empowerment
  • Market analysis: analyze trends to inform gender-lens investment and to make the business case for investing in women's economic empowerment
  • Enhance the capacity of women to access finance and investment opportunities by building more inclusive dialogue
  • Build consistent and reliable data sources on women's business enterprises' access to finance:
  • Create databases of women-owned business to access investment and procurement opportunities

2.2 Expected Results:

  • Number of women owned businesses trained
  • Number of women entrepreneurs accessing financial services and products
  • Number of knowledge products developed to understand and promote women's access to finance and financial services 
  • % of repayment by women owned businesses

 3. Proposals should include the following information:

  • Provide innovative approaches during the whole duration of the project implementation
  • Focus on effective training and hand holding methodologies
  • Contribute to increasing the capacities of women businesses associations
  • Explore collaboration with and involvement of key relevant stakeholders including government and private sector

4. Budget Request:

Proposals for each component must fall between a minimum indicative amount of USD 150,000 and a maximum amount of USD 200,000. Currency exchange into local currency will be calculated using the UN Operational Exchange Rate as per date of the submission of the proposal.  However, the budget should:

  • Realistic and market related.
  • include managing, administration and operation costs
  • Charge a maximum of 7% of total budget towards administration (project’s contribution towards organisational expenses).

5. Institutional Arrangement

The selected organization(s) will sign a Project Cooperation Agreement (PCA) with UN Women. The organization will be selected only if it has proven capacity to deliver the proposed activity. The CSO’s/NGO network’s capacity will be assessed by UN Women as per UN Women’s policies, rules and regulations.

6. Reporting

The selected partner will be the principal responsible party but will work closely with UN Women during programme implementation. The partner will provide regular narrative and financial reports in line with UN Women’s guidelines and requirements. All knowledge products and communication materials that will be produced under this agreement must acknowledge the support of and seek the approval of UN Women.

7. Target

The project should reach a total of no less than 5000 beneficiaries over a one and half year period.

8. Timeframes

The provision of support will be conducted between July 2019 and May 2021.
The implementing partner will be appointed for a period of one and half years (July 2019 -May 2021).
 
9. Competencies

Organisations must clearly demonstrate the following competencies in their proposals.

  • A Non-Profit organization/Non- Government Organisation or network must demonstrate capacity to deliver expected results including technical, governance and management, and financial and administrative. 
  • The organisation must be a women’s network that currently works with entrepreneurs including women entrepreneurs.
  • A good understanding of the financial services sector and women financial inclusion in South Africa.
  • Good track record on provision of financial literacy and management and financial products for women owned businesses and entrepreneurs.
  • Demonstrate experience in working on enterprise development and entrepreneurship.
  • Extensive experience in developing innovative financial solutions and products.
  • Organisation to demonstrate ’s relevant capacity to provide required work e.g. technical, governance and management, financial and administrative management
  • Applicant must demonstrate a clear understanding of the UN Women’s Terms of Reference (TOR). Applicant must include in the proposal clear and specific statements on what the organisation will accomplish in relation to UN Women’s TORs. (maximum 2 pages in the proposal)

10.  Expression of interest/How to Apply

Interested parties must request guidance Annexes by sending email to siya.leshabane@unwomen.org, with title “Call for proposal guidance Annexes”
Interested applicants should apply through an email to Procurement.mco@unwomen.org  by midnight on 20 June 2019. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  In accordance with the criteria and requirements as set out in the TORs, the applicant must submit the following for consideration:

  • A Cover letter (Annex 11)
  • A written proposal (Annex 111)
  • Detailed Budget (Annex 1V)
  • Organogram of the organisation highlighting the main programme resources and please attach all relevant CVs
  • Latest Audited Financial Statement

For more information or access to links please email siya.leshabane@unwomen.org

UN Women reserves the right to discontinue the recruitment due to any unforeseen circumstances. Outputs of this assignment shall belong to UN Women and partners.
 

Location: 
South Africa

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