Zantchito – Skills for Jobs Programme

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

The global objective of this call for proposals is to increase employability and self-employment opportunities available to young TEVET graduates, with special attention to gender, equity and environmental principles. The specific objective of this call for proposals is to provide relevant, innovative and labour market oriented Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training programmes for both formal and informal training with a main focus on girls and youth living in vulnerable situation in view of enhancing self- and employment opportunities. The priorities of this call for proposals are (not in order of relevance):

• to increase access to informal and formal relevant, innovative and labour market oriented TEVET training with particular attention to vulnerable youth through provision of both technical, entrepreneurial, vocational and life skills training;
• to promote greater gender and women empowerment (including fight against Sexual and Gender Based Violence), equity and environmental inclusion in the TEVET system through (but not limited to) linkages with i) interventions fighting SGBV (e.g. EU-UN Spotlight Initiative) and providing preferential access to SGBV victims or vulnerable girls; ii) the Government led Social Cash Transfer Programme targeting vulnerable youth belonging to ultra-poor households; iii. initiatives targeting secondary schools youth (e.g EU-ISEM – Improving Secondary Education in Malawi) to ease transition from Secondary to TEVET;
• to promote innovation, market-driven and evidence-based approaches in the TEVET sector through improved linkages with the industry and the private sector;
• to contribute to diversify and innovate the TEVET offer, including (and not limited to) areas such as Digital/ICT skills and Green TEVET/Climate resilient skills by responding and anticipating the labour market opportunities;
• to increase the quality of the TEVET offer as well as the capacities of staff and instructors to meet the labour market requirements;
• to promote entrepreneurship and employability skills and the transition of TEVET graduates to decent jobs, being employment and/or self- employment;
• to inform the policy dialogue in the TEVET sector through applied research and analysis (labour market assessment, tracers studies, skills gap analysis, solid monitoring and evaluation, etc..) around the responsiveness of the sector to the evolving economic opportunities;
• to support collaboration amongst various entities and TEVET providers (public, private, etc.) at different levels to enhance their respective training offer, innovation, exchange of practices as well as operational and financial sustainability (e.g. support to Community Skills Development Centers, Community Technical Colleges and Technical Colleges targeted (and not limited to) by the EU STEP Programme).

2) Eligibility

In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must: (1) be a legal person and (2) be non-profit-making and (3) be a specific type of organisation such as: national and international non-governmental organisation, Civil Society Organisation, public sector operator, local authority, international (inter-governmental) organisation and (4) be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Malawi.

4) Budget

The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is €5,000,000. Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the minimum €1,000,000 and maximum €2,500,000. Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the minimum (60%) and maximum (95%) percentage of total eligible costs of the action. The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 36 months nor exceed 48 months.

5) Application

The concept note together with the declaration by the lead applicant must be submitted online via PROSPECT. The deadline for the submission is 28 February 2022.