The Qudra 2 – Resilience for refugees, IDPs, returnees and host communities in response to the protracted Syrian and Iraqi crises, has announced a call for proposals for “Developing skills of vulnerable youth and Syrian refugees in Jordan” Action to improve the relevance of vocational training and facilitate the transition from the world of training to the world of work for the target group through an increased involvement of the private sector in skills development.
The action is part of the second phase of a large multi-country, multi-donor programme named “Qudra 2 – Resilience for Refugees, IDP’s, Returnees and Host Communities in response to the protracted Syrian and Iraqi Crises”.
Qudra 2 is implemented by five European development agencies and jointly co-financed by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (EUTF Syria), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).
The overall objective of this Call for Proposals is to equip vulnerable refugee and host community youth with employable skills for semi-skilled work to facilitate their transition to the labour market. To this end, the Call intends to fund flexible, quality and demand-driven trainings at semi-skilled worker level, organized and implemented through partnerships between not-for-profit training providers and private enterprises.
As such, the expected results of the Call are as follows:
- Result 1: Refugee and Jordanian youth are equipped with quality skills at semiskilled worker level relevant to the local labour market, enhancing their livelihood and (self-) employment opportunities
- Result 2: Enhanced participation of the private sector in the development and implementation of semi-skilled training programmes
- Result 3: Enhanced access and participation of marginalized, vulnerable refugee and Jordanian youth and women in semi-skilled training programmes
The Call targets Skills Development projects for short-term, qualitative, and demand-driven trainings at semi-skilled worker level, implemented both outside and inside refugee camps, and therefore has the following two funding windows:
- Lot 1: Initiatives targeting both vulnerable Syrian refugee and Jordanian youth, including women, in the targeted governorates.
The trainings are implemented in urban or rural settings in the targeted regions, outside refugee camps, based on local labour market skills needs, and accessible to the targeted groups. The training programmes should integrate a Work-Based Learning (WBL) component (minimum 50% of the total duration).
- Lot 2: Initiatives targeting only Syrian refugee youth, including women, residing in refugee camps.
The trainings are organized within the camps and respond to skills needs of incamp economic activities, in-camp income generating or livelihood opportunities, and/or capacity building needs aimed at building beneficiaries’ resilience upon future return to their country of origin. The training programmes should equally integrate WBL (at least 50% of the total duration of the training programme), either linked to in-camp economic activities or through attachment of trainees to out-of-camp private companies.
- Minimum amount: EUR 100,000
- Maximum amount: EUR 400,000
- The total volume available under Lot 1, for actions targeting vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugees living in urban areas or outside refugee camps, is 950,000 EUR. The total volume available under Lot 2, targeting Syrian refugees residing in Northern refugee camps, is 475,000 EUR.
All applicants (i.e. lead and co-applicants) must satisfy the following conditions to be admissible for grants:
- be a legal person
- be a public entity
- be a national or international non-profit private entity or a foundation; or be a legal entity of private law for which profit maximization is not the priority objective
- be established or officially registered in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for at least 2 years
- be directly responsible for the preparation, management and implementation of the action) and not be acting as an intermediary
- have adequate local experience in managing and/or implementing skills development programmes at semi-skilled worker level, targeting refugees, vulnerable youth and women
- have an active bank account for the past 24 months
- have audited financial statements for the 2 previous calendar years.
For more information, visit https://www.qudra-programme.org/index.php?id=343