June 2018: Request for Proposals: Generating Revenue Opportunities for Women and Youth in the West Bank (GROW)

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CowaterSogema International Inc. (lead), in collaboration with the Palestinian Businesswomen’s Association (Asala) and the Near East Foundation (NEF) Palestine, will implement a 4-year initiative that aims to enhance economic empowerment and increase prosperity for low-income women and youth in the West Bank.

Generating Revenue Opportunities for Women and Youth in the West Bank (GROW)

The goal of the GROW project is to enhance economic empowerment and increase prosperity for low-income women and youth, particularly female youth, in the West Bank. The project will seek to achieve this by adopting a gender transformative approach aimed at recognizing, formalizing, and amplifying women’s existing roles in key value chains whilst promoting women’s increased decision-making and control over income, assets, and productive resources. This project will focus specifically on value chains, where significant potential exists to empower women, including female youth, to move beyond their essential but largely unrecognized roles, ultimately contributing to their increased agency in both economic and social spheres.

One of the important challenges limiting women’s economic empowerment is the lack of access to reliable and affordable energy. In energy intensive activities, high electricity costs and the unreliability of the connection contributes to high production costs, thereby limiting overall productivity and competitiveness of women’s businesses and co-operatives. The project will seek to address these challenges by developing small scale photovoltaic (PV) generation projects to provide cost effective and reliable access to power where a potential exist to significantly enhance the productive capacity and competitiveness of selected women’s groups or SMEs.

Moreover, the growth of the RE sector in the West Bank may provide valuable opportunities for women employment and entrepreneurship, particularly female youth. The project will therefore seek to promote employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women in the RE sector. Specific attention will be given to both graduates and entry level technicians, with a focus on youth.


Objectives and expected results

As part of the inception phase, CowaterSogema is building a detailed, current and well informed knowledge base on relevant sectors and refining the activities to be carried out under the implementation phase. CowaterSogema is therefore commissioning a study that will provide an overview of the RE sector in the West Bank with a focus on identifying high impact opportunities to promote women’s economic empowerment in the sector. The expected result is a study that will enable CowaterSogema to finalize the design of activities and interventions to be undertaken by the project, supported by a robust analysis of relevant issues. It is expected that the study will include (i) an accurate and up to date diagnosis of the RE sector with a focus on issues most relevant to women’s economic empowerment, (ii) an assessment of the labour market for women in the RE sector, and (iii) a framework to assess and structure small solar PV projects.

Please download the PDF for all the information about this Request for Proposals (RfP). 

Submit your proposals and or clarifying questions to jobs@cowatersogema.com

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