Increasing Economic and Social Empowerment for Adolescent Girls and Vulnerable Women in Zambia

EMPOWER ZAMBIA: Increasing Economic and Social Empowerment for Adolescent Girls and Vulnerable Women in Zambia

Request for Applications (RFA)
Submission Deadline: 27 February 2018
Funder: United States Department of Labor
Reference: IL-29964
Grant Period: March 10, 2018 – July 31, 2021
Grant Amount: 2,259,660 ZMW

I. Project Background

Winrock International is a non-profit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.

Winrock International, in partnership with Panos Institute of Southern Africa (PANOS), in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security is implementing a project called EMPOWER Zambia: “Increasing Economic and Social Empowerment for Adolescent Girls and Vulnerable Women in Zambia”. EMPOWER Zambia is a four-year project funded by the United States Department of Labour (USDOL). EMPOWER will be active in 20 community hubs throughout Eastern province.
EMPOWER Zambia’s intervention will provide 2,500 adolescent girls with relevant skills and access to acceptable work through the Rural Entrepreneurial and Leadership (REAL) course, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Courses have also been developed to help 1,500 vulnerable women better access livelihood opportunities and increase understanding of acceptable work and gender equality for the 1,000 men enrolled. Last, with the support of PANOS, EMPOWER will be partnering with community radio stations to develop broadcasts that will raise public awareness of children’s rights and the negative effect of child labor.

Winrock aims to reduce child labor in Zambia’s Eastern Province through interventions that support four long-term objectives:

Objective 1) adolescent girls engaged in or at high risk of entering child labor with increased access to acceptable work and high-quality training opportunities;
Objective 2) vulnerable women, whose households have children engaged in or at high risk of entering child labor, with increased access to livelihood opportunities;
Objective 3) public awareness on child labor and gender equality increased; and
Objective 4) collaboration between government, private sector and civil society on the promotion of acceptable work for adolescent girls and vulnerable women strengthened.

Winrock is currently seeking applications from qualified, locally registered non-governmental organizations to support Winrock in achieving collaboration between government, private sector and civil society on the promotion of acceptable work for adolescent girls and vulnerable women strengthened (Objective 4).

II. Subcontract Objectives

The main objective for this subcontract will be to increase government, private sector, business, and civil society engagement and collaboration through the promotion of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) under Objective 4. The subcontracted organization will be asked to utilize a specific strategy in order to meet this objective. The approved strategy is built on a foundation of participatory community mobilization and collaboration with the Zambian government and private sector that will ensure local ownership in the design, implementation, and monitoring of project interventions. The PPPs developed during the project will help women succeed in self-employment and promote opportunities for women-led businesses and female entrepreneurs. As part of EMPOWER’s mobilization work, a database of public and private stakeholders has already been collected, and it will be the responsibility of the subcontractor to engage with this network of stakeholders to explore options for collaboration.

III. Approach and Activities

It is expected that the subcontracted organization will use a PPP Specialist to lead activities. The PPP specialist will be housed in Winrock International’s EMPOWER Zambia office in Chipata. The PPP Specialist will be reporting to the EMPOWER Project Director as part of the EMPOWER project team, but will need to be provided technical support remotely by the subcontracted organisation. Winrock will provide administrative and logistical support to the PPP Specialist and create an enabling environment to enable the PPP Specialist to implement activities per their scope of work. The subcontracted organization will be expected to implement the following activities:

  • Coordinate with EMPOWER technical specialists and District Coordinators to establish priority areas for collaboration in achieving EMPOWER objectives and identify potential partners/stakeholders among public, private and civil society.
  • Create a directory of strategic partners with their profiles and areas of collaboration with EMPOWER and engage them in creating and developing shared values and a platform of collaboration for specific project needs
  • Establish at least twenty-eight (28) formal MOUs between EMPOWER and stakeholders that outline specific areas of collaboration based on project priorities for engaging with beneficiaries and collaborating with EMPOWER
  • Create linkages for women entrepreneurs to participate in relevant business networks and the Rural Women Entrepreneurship Network (RWEN) events and promote private sector participation of these events at the district-level
  • Support project beneficiaries in joining formal networks, such as the Zambia Federation of Associations of Women in Business and the Zambia Chamber of Small and Medium Business Associations
  • Develop a roster of mentors from various sectors who are able and willing to help beneficiaries navigate through the steps to establishing a functioning business or obtaining employment
  • Support implementation of the project sustainability strategy to ensure that stakeholders maintain and sustain the partnerships they established as part of EMPOWER beyond the life of the project.
  • Lead in reviving and strengthening District Child Labour Committees as well as represent the EMPOWER project in all relevant district and provincial level coordination meetings of key sectors (education, labour, agriculture etc); and
  • Provide technical support to the PPP Specialist in developing, implementing and monitoring an outcomes-based plan of action in line with EMPOWER objective 4, consistent with the project’s Comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan Reporting and Deliverables.

Program Reporting

Monthly workplans must be submitted to the Project Director based on agreed specifications. Monthly accomplishment reports must be submitted to the M&E Specialist and Project Director. These should contain inputs to program reporting tools that aim to collect data for indicators under Objective 4, and ultimately contribute to the semi-annual technical progress report submitted to USDOL.

With technical guidance from the subgrantee, the PPP Specialist is expected to collect data and report on the following key indicators for Objective 4:

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  • the number of public, private, and civil society stakeholders coordination bodies that have been established or strengthened through EMPOWER’s support;
  • the number of public and private institutions receiving technical assistance from EMPOWER; and
  • the number of women entrepreneurs’ networks supported by EMPOWER.

The subcontracted organization will be expected to submit quarterly progress project reports to the Project Director highlighting the accomplishments and challenges during the reporting period. The progress reports will be approved by the Project Director.

Financial Reporting

The subcontract shall submit a financial report and invoice on a monthly basis, no later than 15 days after the end of each month.

The initial report should include organizational policies and financial procedures. Other attachments to the monthly financial report are as follows:

  • Monthly submission of supporting original documents, to support field expense report (FER)
  • Approved monthly Bank Reconciliation and Bank statements
  • Monthly accruals report
  • Monthly Time-sheets
  • Labor distribution report – for indirect staff
  • Cash forecast (Projected expenses prior month)



IV. Application Guidelines

Eligibility Requirements:

a) Must be registered as a local NGO in Zambia
b) Prior experience in private and public-sector engagement, preferably with organizations and networks that are promoting child rights, child labour elimination, gender equity; support to education, training and holistic empowerment of disadvantaged girls and women in Zambia.
c) Prior experience in working within the selected geographical area, Eastern Province of Zambia preferred;
d) Prior experience in working within US government funded programs/projects preferred
e) Must demonstrate a capacity in its programming, finance, organizational development, and staff. Must have sufficient capacity and resources to implement the activities outlined above;
f) The NGO must be willing and able to enter into a contractual arrangement with Winrock to work together to implement the EMPOWER project;
g) NGOs with political identities are not eligible;
h) NGO has demonstrated good collaboration with government, civil society organization, private sector, donor, and other stakeholders in the country;
i) All funds must be spent in local currency;
j) Must provide latest audited financial statements and management letter.

Application Submission Requirements

Please make sure all documents are clearly labeled. Use 1.5 spacing, Times New Roman Font with size 12 font for the text, and size 14 font for the Headings. The application package should be made up of 4 parts:

1. A proposal of no more than 10 pages excluding the budget, annexes and support documentation. The proposal will be submitted detailing:
a. your organization’s information (historical experience, location, mission statement, vision, beneficiaries, objectives); experience including past achievements and how it is relevant to the approach and activities required
b. Approach and activities to address Section III above
c. Management and Implementation Arrangements
d. Assumptions and risk factors as well as mitigation measures

2. CV of PPP Specialist and any other relevant team members included as an annex

3. Copies of supporting documentation (copies of Registration Certificate; Constitution, Latest audited financial statement) included as an annex

4. A complete workplan following the template in Annex A

5. A complete budget following the template in Annex B

Complete application packages should be emailed to EMPOWERjobs@winrock.org. Individual CVs or independent consultants will not be considered for this subgrant.

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