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The Facility Investing for Employment

The Investment Facility under the
Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition"

SHOW OUR CALLS FOR PROPOSALS

 

Our Calls for Proposals

The Facility Investing for Employment has launched sector-open competition rounds in Ghana, Morocco, Rwanda, and Senegal.
Applications can be submitted from 15th of May to 1st of July 2024.

Please click here to get more information on the current call for proposal and the access to the application platform:

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About us

The Facility Investing for Employment (IFE) of KfW Development Bank is part of the Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Special Initiative operates under the brand Invest for Jobs. The development objective is to work together with companies to create up to 100,000 good jobs in the private sector and to improve working conditions and social protection in its eight African partner countries: Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tunisia.

The Facility IFE provides co-financing grants for investment projects with a high job creation impact. With its support, IFE removes investment barriers and consequently supports the creation of new and better jobs in the private sector.

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Private companies as well as public and non-profit organisations can submit investment proposals. From purely private sector projects to public infrastructure projects, the Facility awards grants between EUR 650,000 and EUR 6 million euros per project proposal. The amount of the grant depends on the project and country. Details on upcoming Calls for Proposals and the respective grant amounts can be found in our overview of Calls.

It is essential that each proposed investment project contributes to sustainable job creation in the private sector and that the jobs give access to social benefits, like health insurance, maternity leave, pension schemes or accident assurance. As a basic condition, all jobs created as part of a co-financed project must fulfil the legal requirements for social protection in the respective country. However, IFE is particularly looking for projects that create jobs whose social benefits go beyond the statutory minimum. Furthermore, projects that contribute to the promotion of women’s employment or to the socially just transition to a climate-friendly economy have a better chance of being selected.

The grant amount per job created must not exceed EUR 10,000. Projects with a better grant / job ratio have better chances for being selected. The Facility only finances mature projects that have not yet started and that offer reasonable chances for being operationally and financially sustainable.

Applicants must provide own financial contributions towards the overall project expenditure in the required proportion. The specific grant amount awarded depends on the financial capabilities of the applicant and the project category. Applicants must prove that all reasonable finance sources have been explored, but a funding gap remains. The grants are disbursed during the investment phase of the project and in accordance with achieved milestones.

Please go to Background and Context for more information about IFE.

From 2020 to 2022 IFE implemented a Corona Response Programme on behalf of the German Federal Government. This programme has now ended.

General Introduction and Overview of the Application Process

Project Selection Process

The Facility uses a lean and competitive project application process to carry out its Calls for Proposals in an agile and demand-driven manner.

The process is broadly similar to that of a “Challenge Fund”. IFE is looking for projects that are at an advanced stage of conceptualization and planning – which means they must be ready for implementation within the next 12 months (with preference for even shorter time frames) and the resources and partners needed to carry out the projects must have been identified. The preparation phase and the investment phase together should not exceed 30 months.


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The Facility IFE selects projects through a competitive, objective, and transparent two-stage application process.

Stage 1:
The Call for Proposal invites applicants to submit Concept Notes. After an eligibility verification and qualitative assessment, Concept Notes are scored and the most promising are ranked based on qualitative evaluation criteria and the following Key Performance Indicators:

  • Number of new and good jobs (KPI 1);
  • Number of existing employees who benefit from improved working conditions, social protection or income (KPI 2);
  • Number of people, participating in higher education or short-term job-related trainings (KPI 3).

Projects that contribute to the achievement of additional development policy objectives benefit from a bonus system. Bonus points will be awarded if projects fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

  • More than 25 % of jobs created will be for youth,
  • Promotion of women in employment / women in business / improvement of working conditions for women / specific training for women,
  • Project contributes to the socially just transition to a climate-friendly economy (“Just Transition”),
  • Improved access to social protection of existing and new employees, self-entrepreneurs and their families (e. g. health and unemployment insurance, pensions, extended maternity/paternity leave, family allowances etc.),
  • Positive synergies with other projects supported by the Special Initiative.

Please refer to the Guidelines for Applicants in our Download Center for a full list of bonus criteria.

Stage two: The shortlisted applicants are informed to submit a detailed Full Project Proposal. The received Full Project Proposals are subject to a detailed analysis (due diligence), which may also involve an onsite visit. If IFE approves a project, it offers the applicant (individual entity or consortium) an agreement for the grant amount determined during the due diligence.

 

FAQ: Frequently asked questions

For questions regarding a Call for Proposals, please visit our FAQ-Section.

In case you cannot find the information you need, please contact one of our specific CfP-email addresses:

For questions regarding the Call for Proposals in Ghana, Morocco, Rwanda, and Senegal in May 2024, please use only the following e-mail address: cfp-ife.may2024@invest-for-jobs.com

For questions regarding the Call for Proposals that was running in Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia in June 2023, please use only the following e-mail address: cfp-ife.june2023@invest-for-jobs.com.

Please use only the following email address for all questions regarding the Call for Proposals that was running in Morocco in June 2023: cfp-ife.maroc@invest-for-jobs.com

Download-Center

 In our Download-Center you find an overview of the most important documents of IFE.

To the Download-Center 

Contact us

For general enquiries regarding the Special Initiative and the Facility IFE, please write an email to:

info@invest-for-jobs.com

Address

Investitionen für Beschäftigung (Investing for Employment) GmbH
Eulenkrugstraße 55-57
22359 Hamburg
Germany

Grievance Mechanism

Do you have Program grievances? Take a look at the Facility IFE Grievance Mechanism

Contact

We are looking forward to hearing from you

Under the Invest for Jobs brand, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has put together a package of measures to support German, European and African companies in investment activities that have a high impact on employment in Africa. The Special Initiative "Decent Work for a Just Transition" – the official title – offers comprehensive advice, contacts and financial support to overcome investment barriers. The development objective is to work together with companies to create up to 100,000 good jobs and to improve working conditions and social protection in its African partner countries.

Partner countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia.

Find out more about our services for companies, universities, chambers and associations: https://invest-for-jobs.com/en/offers

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