Request for Projects - Capacity Building Programme for Employment Promotion

The Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) and the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa wish to invite South African government departments, agencies and entities to submit proposals for technical assistance and capacity building support to the Capacity Building Programme for Employment Promotion (CBPEP).

The CBPEP is looking in particular for project proposals which could have a catalytic impact on youth activation and youth employment, including the activation and employment of women.

The template can also be obtained from Ms Annalien Coetzee, at projects@cbpep.org

Submissions should include a signed letter of support from the Head of Department or relevant DDG, and submitted via email to the following address: projects@cbpep.org

The CBPEP technical assistance team are available to assist you with the development of your proposals, and to provide guidance on the development of project Terms of Reference. The team’s contact details are as follows:

Glen Fisher glen.fisher@gtac.gov.za 0795863168

Kathy Nicolaou-Manias Kathy.nicolaou@gtac.gov.za 0836262731

The closing date for the submission of proposals is Friday, 28th February 2020.

Background

The Capacity Building Programme for Employment Promotion (CBPEP) is anchored in the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) of the National Treasury. The CBPEP is funded by the European Union.

On behalf of the CBPEP, GTAC and the EU wish to issue a Request for Projects, for technical assistance in support of innovative and strategic projects, initiatives and interventions which are aimed at building institutional capacity for employment promotion in South Africa.

Proposals must contribute to one or more of the CBPEP’s Key Result Areas, namely:

  • active labour market policy interventions for the unemployed;
  • support for small and medium enterprise development, including the informal sector:
  • further education and skills development.

Detailed criteria for the selection of projects are outlined below.

Catalytic projects that support youth activation and youth employment are strongly encouraged. Proposals that support collaborative action by government and the social partners, and/or integrate cross-cutting issues such as environmental responsibility and climate change (including the promotion of green jobs) are especially welcome. Proposals should be gender positive and ideally gender transformative.

The closing date for the submission of project Terms of Reference is 28 February 2020.

Who is eligible to apply?

A primary objective of the CBPEP is to build institutional capacity within government for employment promotion.

In addition, the CBPEP encourages and supports active collaboration and engagement between government and the social partners, with civil society organisations, and with the academic and research communities.

Proposals from the following will therefore be considered:

  • government departments, agencies and entities, at all three levels of government
  • Collaborative or joint initiatives put forward by one or more of the following: business, organised labour, civil society, non-governmental and faith-based organisations, the academic and research communities

What kind of support is available?

The CBPEP offers technical assistance and capacity development support in the form of consultancy (non-key expert) days.

Capacity development means more than just training or technical assistance (though these may well form part of a capacity development initiative) and encompasses a number of levels, including:

  • the fostering of an enabling socio-political environment
  • the development of an effective institutional framework
  • developing the capacity of organisations and key individuals

Non-key expert or consultancy days may therefore be used to develop capacity in a variety of ways including, for example, the promotion of social dialogue and stakeholder engagement, policy analysis, research, technical assistance, training, study visits, etc.

Depending on the need, the support provided may vary, typically from as few as 20 to upwards of 100 days.

What are the criteria for selection?

The aim of the CBPEP is to build capacity for employment promotion. Proposals will be selected that creatively and practically address this central challenge, are evidence-based, action- and results-oriented, and have the potential to make a systemic and sustainable national, regional or local impact.

Proposals that could have a catalytic impact on youth activation and youth employment, including the activation and employment of women, are especially encouraged.

In addition to the above, there are three specific sets of criteria for the selection of projects:

  • Criteria derived from the CBPEP Terms of Reference
  • Procedural and technical criteria
  • Criteria related to the achievement of project and CBPEP objectives

i. Criteria derived from the CBPEP Terms of Reference

The CBPEP Terms of Reference indicate that ‘due consideration’ should be given in project selection and approval to the need to:

  • Align with the priorities identified in the National Development Plan (NDP) and other government policies and strategies
  • Align with the objectives of the employment creation focal sector of the SA-EU Multiannual Indicative Programme 2014-2020 and the employment cooperation priorities determined at the EU-SA Summit and Joint Cooperation Council levels
  • Integrate cross-cutting issues including gender equality and women empowerment, environmental responsibility and climate change (including the promotion of green jobs)

ii. Procedural and technical criteria

Procedural and technical criteria include the following:

  • In the case of government departments or entities, written support of the Head of Department or the appropriate DDG
  • Satisfactory and timely submission of proposed Terms of Reference, in the approved format
  • Technical quality of the submission: problem analysis, use of evidence, a robust and valid theory of change, clear, measurable and realistic proposals for implementation, clear and relevant indicators of success
  • Co-funding or in-kind contributions of the department or agency (optional)
  • Value for money

iii. Criteria related to attainment of CBPEP objectives

  • Contribution of the project to government’s employment promotion/unemployment reduction goals
  • Addresses one or more of the CBPEP Key Result Areas
  • Alignment with the relevant government policy frameworks
  • Relevance, timeliness
  • Institutionalisation and sustainability of actions
  • Leveraging of resources, networks, partnerships and opportunities
  • Contributions to social partnerships for growth and employment
  • Knowledge generation, dissemination and utilisation
  • Strategic outcomes
  • Strategic impact

Selection process

All eligible proposals that are submitted by close of business on 28 February 2020, in the approved format, will be considered by the CBPEP Project Selection and Allocation Committee (PSAC).

PSAC is chaired by GTAC, with the EU as a full member. Technical advice and support is provided by the CBPEP Technical Assistance Team.

At its discretion, PSAC may:

  • approve a proposal and the allocation of resources
  • approve with conditions, or subject to amendment
  • decline to approve.

How to apply

Applications for technical assistance and/or capacity building support take the form of project Terms of Reference.


These must be submitted using the prescribed template.


The template is available by emailing Ms Annalien Coetzee, at projects@cbpep.org


Proposals submitted by government departments require a Letter of Support from the senior sponsoring official, normally the Head of Department.


Proposals submitted by government departments require a Letter of Support from the senior sponsoring official, normally the Head of Department.


For further information, contact: Glen Fisher: glen.fisher@gtac.gov.za
Kathy Nicolaou: Kathy.nicolaou@gtac.gov.za

What is the CBPEP?

The CBPEP is a multi-year programme, funded by the European Union Delegation to South Africa and anchored in the Government Technical Advisory Centre, an entity of the National Treasury.

The aim of the CBPEP is to assist the government of South Africa to meet the key national objective of reducing unemployment, by building institutional and organisational capacity for employment promotion. The programme will run until 2021.

The Delegation of the European Union to South Africa is the Contracting Authority for the CBPEP, and National Treasury is the National Authorising Office. The programme reports to the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC).