The Ministry of Social Solidarity and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) invite NGOs to submit expressions of interest for the implementation of the economic empowerment activities of the project “Strengthening Institutional and Human Resources Capacities of the Ministry of Social Solidarity – Support to COVID-19 Response” implemented through partnership between the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by the European Union.
- The project aims to establish production units and local projects to meet local market requirements and create job opportunities based on the expected changes in the supply and demand chains. This will focus on supporting livelihoods with the aim of stimulating the local economy and generating income for local households, especially those severely affected by COVID-19 socio-economic impacts.
- Applying NGOs shall implement a lending program for families benefiting from the conditional cash transfer program Takaful and Karama, with a focus on the geographical areas targeted by the presidential initiative “Haya Karima” (Decent Life) to enable them establish/develop economic projects, provided that the value of the funding required by one NGO, whether targeting one governorate or more, shall not exceed USD 150 thousand in equivalent Egyptian pounds according to the exchange rate on the date of submitting the proposal.
- The amount of funding requested shall not exceed the equivalent of USD 150,000 in Egyptian pounds according to the exchange rate on the date of submission of the proposal.
- Improving the socio-economic status of vulnerable groups following the COVID19 crisis.
- Selecting the economic and operational model of economic projects and production units based on the local needs in each governorate, availability of raw materials/production inputs, competitors, market share, feasibility of implementing these units and the return to beneficiaries. Number of beneficiaries in each NGO shall not be less than 50 beneficiaries.
- Develop a technical and financial training plan for the project according to the nature and scope of each economic project/production unit in coordination with the project management and with the assistance of specialized consultants.
- Provide an integrated feasibility study that includes, but not limited to, the unit’s business model, the model estimated cost, the estimated number of employees in the unit, the marketing plan, the economic return from the unit operation, and the expected results.
- Training the beneficiaries to qualify them to join economic activities, provided that training shall include technical and administrative aspects.
Targeted Beneficiary Groups
- Individuals in the working age group (21-55 years) in the Takaful and Karama database, including:
- Current beneficiaries who want to maximize their monthly revenue through microenterprises.
- Beneficiaries who have been enrolled in the program for four years and are about to graduate from the program.
- Beneficiaries within the villages targeted by “Haya Karima” Presidential initiative.
- The Ministry of Social Solidarity considers disability a cross-cutting issue in all its activities. Therefore, the project must meet a minimum share (5% of the total) of beneficiaries of persons with disabilities seeking employment and/or training opportunities from poor and low-income families.
- The project should accommodate not less than 50% women beneficiaries at working age of the total number of beneficiaries.
- The project management team should be consulted if there is a justification for anything that may hinder the contracted NGO’s compliance with some of the criteria.
- Each NGO is allowed submitting only one bid for one governorate, or more than one bid for more than one governorate.
Targeted Geographic Scope
- The governorates of the presidential initiative “Decent Life”’ shall be targeted, provided that the best bids meeting the needs of the largest number of the target group and achieving the greatest economic benefit are selected. Implementation in all governorates is not a necessity.
- NGOs should:
- NGOs’ experience in implementing economic empowerment projects, especially in the proposed activities should not be less than three years.
- Registered under the Civil Work Regulation Law No. 149 of 2019 and its executive regulations for the year 2021, and have submitted a request to reconcile the situation accordingly.
- Has a license from the Financial Regulatory Authority to carry out lending activities in the governorates in which it wishes to implement the project.
- Has a good financial position and have sufficient financial resources to implement the project.
- An NGO that is not suspended, and does not have any legal disputes or negative financial credentials with the Ministry of Social Solidarity or any international organization.
- No declaration of bankruptcy, no participation in bankruptcy or receivership proceedings, and no pending judgment or legal action against the NGO that could harm its operations for the foreseeable future.
- The NGO should pass the capacity assessment and risk management by one of the specialized institutions designated by the UNDP before the final contract is awarded.
- Does not have conflict of interest with the Project Management Unit of the Ministry of Social Solidarity or UNDP.
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