The Challenge Fund for Youth Employment (CFYE) is calling for innovative private-sector-led solutions that create, improve, or match decent work for youth in Jordan, with a focus on women. CFYE strives to disrupt the employment status quo for Jordanian youth.
Projects should result in decent employment for a minimum of 250 young people (aged 15 to 35), especially young women.
Companies should be interested in developing scalable, private sector-driven solutions for impacting employment opportunities for youth, young women & refugees through either creating new jobs, matching job opportunities to youth with the appropriate skillsets, or improving existing jobs held by youth. Women-led/owned enterprises are highly encouraged to apply.
- The minimum CFYE co-investment is € 100.000.
- The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a relatively small country of 11.2 million (Department of Statistics, 2022). It is a country with a long history of nomadic culture which permeates societal norms till today. Jordan lends considerable support as host to the second largest population of refugees worldwide. It is an open economy with strong trade ties with the Gulf states, the European Union, and the US and significant foreign direct investments (FDIs), therefore making it vulnerable to external shocks.
- CFYE Youth Action Research has identified multiple challenges within Jordan towards employment creation or improvement that require countermeasures, including low labour demand, limited job-related skills & employability, limited business support and access to finance, traditional cultural and social norms, limited matching to job opportunities and volatile macro-economy.
- Based on the scoping study conducted in 2021, lessons from the first call for solutions, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy and employment; CFYE will now work through private sector firms in high potential sectors, implementing sustainable solutions for the creation of jobs for women and youth, and embedding decency of work, aspirations of the youth, empowerment of women, sensitivity to gender and other inclusion requirements, and compliance to the labor laws of Jordan.
- Actively Support Women
- CFYE strives to support equal opportunities for young women in the job market; CFYE’s ambition is to ensure that at least 50% of the youth reached in target countries are young women, and that women-led businesses are actively supported to apply for CFYE.
- Maximize Additionality
- CFYE will only support solutions and initiatives that would not be delivered within the same timelines, at the same scale, or delivering the same impact level, without support from CFYE.
- Clear Pathways to Employment
- CFYE identifies and supports initiatives that present a clear pathway to creating, matching and improving jobs. CFYE looks for solutions that present a deeper analysis of youth employment challenges and present a sustainable solution that will lead to sustainable business growth and employment outcomes.
- Collaboration with the Private Sector
- CFYE actively targets private sector entities or consortia involving a private sector entity. While CFYE welcomes ideas from any organisation, CFYE is looking for market-based solutions, tailored to the context of every country. CFYE prioritizes initiatives that are led by or actively engage private sector. These entities can be local or international.
- Youth Engagement
- Actively involving youth, and especially young women, is a prerequisite for being considered as a CFYE partner. Interventions should demonstrate how youth were involved in developing the proposed solution and how these solutions are likely to contribute to the goals and aspirations of young people.
- As part of the design of a project/investment, prospective Implementing Partners will be required to demonstrate how their initiatives will become independent of external funding as part of their business case. It is of importance that projects have the necessary means to sustain their job outcomes beyond CFYE’s funding.
What they’re looking for?
CFYE takes a holistic approach to assessing the concept notes and business cases received. CFYE evaluates the proposals based on a detailed criteria that considers the technical design, delivery feasibility and associated commercial proposal. Key elements of CFYE’s evaluation and selection criteria are given below:
- Additionality: Will your project be able to reach the same goals, within the same timeframe and with the same quality without CFYE’s funding?
- Business Model: Can your idea demonstrate commercial viability in a competitive market environment, to create the highest value of returns to its stakeholders?
- Targets & Impact: Are you proposing ambitious and realistic job targets which are clearly aligned with CFYE employment outcomes?
- Scope & Pathways to Employment: Is your project able to layout a defensible and logical theory of change addressing the key challenges identified and leads to employment outcomes?
- Social Impact Aspects: To what extent do you understand and center your initiative around the true needs, challenges and aspirations of the young women and men you intend to work with?
- Sustainability, Scale & Resilience: Is your project likely to create scalable positive impact beyond CFYE’s contribution?
- Value for Money: Are you proposing reasonable and justifiable cost drivers and cost per job?
- The following general criteria for eligible proposals apply:
- Principles: Should be able to adhere to CFYE’s guiding principles & priorities.
- Local Presence: You (the lead organization), or at least one of your consortium partners, has a local operating presence in Jordan.
- Legality: The Applicant has to be a legally registered entity in Jordan.
- Total Targets: The proposed project will create, match, improve or sustain at least 250 jobs for young men and women over a maximum period of two years.
- Women Targets: Of the total youth employment created, matched, or improved, at least 50% are for women, however that the higher this percentage is, the more competitive your Concept Note will be.
- Women Focus: Women-led/owned enterprises are highly encouraged to apply.
- Decency of Jobs: For any job created, matched, or improved, the average monthly income should be representative of the local cost of living, depending on location, has no more than 48 hours/week of work, and jobs are maintained for at least six months.
- Private Sector: CFYE is seeking applications from private sector employers. NGOs and business associations are welcome to apply, but they must partner with at least one private-sector employer in the consortium.
- Leverage & CFYE Contribution:
- The applicant’s co-investment must be at least equal to the contribution requested by CFYE. The minimum CFYE co-investment is € 100.000. Sources of co-funding have to be approved based on the guidance provided.
- In-kind contributions should not exceed 30% of the leveraged resources.
- Youth: The jobs created, matched or improved would be for youth aged 18-35 years. Unless the minimum working age is otherwise stipulated by Jordan labour laws.
- 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).
For more information, visit https://fundforyouthemployment.nl/call-for-solutions-jordan/