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Call for Proposals by the Facility
Investing for Employment
in Egypt: Focus on Green Economy projects

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The call for proposal is closed.

All applicants will be informed about the outcome of their application.

Questions and answers

IFE’s responses to your questions during the first, second and third webinar can be found in the 1. Q&A document, 2. Q&A document3. Q&A document and 4. Q&A document.

The purpose of the facility Investing for Employment (IFE) is to support the creation of employment opportunities in Africa (long-term, full-time jobs). It does so by offering co-financing grants for new investment projects with a high job creation impact. The selection of projects is based on a competitive application process, looking for an optimal allocation of available funding to projects with the highest plausibility of success and expected return in terms of the number and quality of new jobs created.

Green Economy is the priority theme of this Call for Proposals. While project proposals from different sectors can qualify for funding, priority will be given to proposals that contribute to the economic development in areas such as green cities, sustainable agriculture, sustainable energy and transport systems, biodiversity and forestry, water, wastewater, solid waste, resource efficiency.

IFE is part of the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Operating under the brand Invest for Jobs, the Special Initiative aims to create good jobs and training opportunities and to improve working conditions in its partner countries in Africa.

What does the Facility Investing for Employment fund?

IFE provides grants between 1 million and 10 million euros per project to co-finance four types of projects:

  1. Public infrastructure for job creation – not-for-profit (facility covers up to 90 % of the cost)
  2. Common service for job creation – not-for-profit (facility covers up to 75 % of the cost)
  3. For-profit-projects that foster direct job creation, and have broader benefits/impacts that are not limited to the applicant’s entity (facility covers up to 50 % of the cost)
  4. For-profit-projects that foster direct job creation by the applicant (facility covers up to 25 % of the cost)

Who is eligible?

  • Individual applicants (legal entities registered in Egypt)
  • Consortia (two or more legal entities, with at least one registered in Egypt)
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How does the application process work?

  • Submit a concept note online in SmartME (link to system below) by January 24th 2022 at 5 pm CET at the latest.
  • In case of questions, please visit our FAQ-section. In case you cannot find the information you need, please send an email to until January 17th 2022 at 5 pm CET.
  • Webinars for further information will take place on December 6th, 13th, and 20th 2021 at 9 am CET (10 am in Egypt) on the ZOOM platform. Please see our flyer for details.

For more general information on the objectives of IFE, the eligibility criteria and project categories, check the flyer: Download

If you wish to learn more of the terms, conditions and the application process, download the Guidelines for Applicants: Download

When you are ready to submit your concept note, access the online submission platform SmartME through this link: (note: the link will direct you to a third-party web page).

Submit here

For more information about the facility Investing for Employment: