Employee at facility

Call for Proposals by the Facility
« Investing for Employment »
in Senegal

The call for proposals is closed.

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

Questions and answers

IFE’s responses to your questions during the webinars can be found in the 1. Q&A document, 2. Q&A document and 3. Q&A document.

The purpose of the Facility « Investing for Employment » (IFE) is to support the creation of decent 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.

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 apprenticeships and to improve working conditions in its partner countries in Africa.

More information about the IFE facility can be found here.

What does the Facility « Investing for Employment » fund?

The Facility IFE provides grants between €1 million and €10 million to co-finance four types of projects:

  • Public Infrastructure for job creation – not-for-profit (up to 90% of the cost)
  • Common service for job creation – not-for-profit (up to 75% of the cost)
  • For-profit-projects that foster direct job creation which have benefits/impacts more broadly than solely for the project owners (up to 50% of the cost)
  • For-profit-projects that foster direct job creation by the project owners (up to 25% of the cost)

Who is eligible?

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

  • Submit a concept note online in SmartME (link to system below) latest April 26th 2021 at 5 pm CET
  • In case of questions, please visit our FAQ-section. In case you cannot find the information you need, please send usus an email to cfp-ife.senegal@invest-for-jobs.com latest until April 19th 2021 at 5 pm CET
  • Participate in our webinars for further information; the webinar dates can be found in the flyer.

For more general information on the objectives of the facility IFE, the eligible applicants and eligible project categories, check the flyer: Download

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

When you are ready to prepare your Concept Note, visit 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 »: https://invest-for-jobs.com/en/investing-for-employment


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