This requires a three-dimensional shift:
Call for Solutions
We have selected the two thematic focus-areas based on our labour demand assessment, which in turn considered 1) observed unmet labour demand
2) match to youth’s need and interests
3) opportunity for cross-sectoral flexibility with one skillset, and
4) potential for high productivity jobs with negative environmental or social impact.
The following general criteria for eligible proposals apply:
Employment type: Initiatives in both the informal and formal sectors are eligible. However, they should focus on wage employment or semi-employment (working with agents or other semi- self-employed positions as part of a company’s business model). Fully independent self-employment without a matching mechanism with confirmed off-takers of products or services is not eligible.
Business Development stage: We are looking for readily tested concepts ready for scaling up or scaling out (meaning already scaled up but ready to diversify).
Idea stage ideas are not eligible. Lead applicants need to have been in active business for at least 2 years. Lead applicant: Both companies and NGOs are eligible as lead applicants, but there should be a business in the consortium (with confirmed labour demand) if an NGO is the lead applicant.
Minimum number of jobs: The minimum number of jobs that need to be created, improved, or matched is 500, although we hope to receive proposals with higher numbers due to the focus on agency style business models.
Decency of work: Basic requirements include an average monthly income at living wage level (at least Sh 23,400 depending on location), no more than 48 hours/week of work and jobs are maintained for at least 6 months. Thematic focus: Eligible projects need to focus on one of two windows: Digital Business Development Services or Scaling up Green Jobs.
The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment will apply a competitive process to select the projects that will receive a grant.
That means that only those projects that present a clear and convincing pathway to employment, lead to significant and sustainable results in terms of decent employment for youth, with a focus on young women, and can demonstrate high leverage will be selected.
As we have identified two thematic areas with opportunities for youth employment, we have split our call for proposals into two windows. Each applicant must choose whether to submit a proposal for ;
Apply by 7th March.
For more information and application details, see; Challenge Fund for Youth Employment in Kenya
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