Indonesia: Women in Waste’s Economic Empowerment Activity
The Clean Cities, Blue Ocean’s (CCBO) Request for Applications: Technical Assistance for the Women in Waste’s Economic Empowerment (WWEE) Activity in Semarang, Indonesia seeks applications from organizations that are interested and qualified to work closely with CCBO in developing and delivering Basic Business and Empo werment Skills Training and Advanced Business Training Skills curricula that are tailored to local needs, contexts, and opportunities to advance women’s knowledge and access to opportunities while addressing gender issues in the solid waste management sector and gender empowerment in Semarang.
CCBO seeks to issue one grant to a local private university, NGO, business incubator, or business and gender training organization to work in partnership with the CCBO and WWEE program staff team, along with its subcontractor, the Johns Hopkins University’s Self-Empowerment and Equity for Change Initiative (JHU SEE Change).
It is anticipated that the successful grant recipient will take a multi-disciplinary approach (i.e., multiple departments in a single university collaborating on the grant, or a lead organization with consultants providing targeted technical support for curriculum development and delivery).
Tetra Tech was awarded the Clean Cities, Blue Ocean (CCBO) program, a five-year contract (2019-2024) from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). CCBO responds to the global crisis of ocean plastic pollution by focusing on plastics directly at the source, specifically in rapidly urbanizing areas throughout low- and middle-income countries.
To achieve this objective, CCBO will implement the WWEE program through five mostly sequential steps.
Basic Business and Empowerment Skills Training: WWEE will cast a wide net to identify and recruit participants, working through the networks of local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), sector associations, and local and social media with support from local government partners. Course content includes basic business development skills that addresses SWM gender issues (e.g., business and financial management, marketing, leadership for women entrepreneurs, mindfulness, negotiation, addressing GBV, and business plan development), and will be offered throughout the remainder of CCBO’s implementation of WWEE in Indonesia.
Business Plan Coaching and Evaluation: Participants who choose to prepare a business plan/funding proposal will receive WWEE technical assistance and coaching to develop and pitch their business plans to a selection committee (CCBO, private sector partners, with input from USAID).
Funding Support: WWEE will seek to leverage CCBO’s partner networks and private sector funders and finance institutions to help assemble funding streams for those selected in Step 2.
Advanced Business Training and Mentorship: Participants who successfully complete the Basic Business Skills training, mentored and accessed funding may enroll to receive Advanced Business trainings that builds on Step I courses (e.g., product development, marketing, people management advanced negotiation for women, SWM health and safety, accessing business loans, etc.).
Private and Public Sector Market Opportunities: WWEE will coordinate closely with local governments to ensure their full support and optimize participating businesses’ impact on enhanced SWM and service delivery.
CCBO anticipates awarding (1) one technical assistance grant to not exceed $320,0000 to achieve the activities over a period of 24 months. It is anticipated that grant activities will begin in March 2022.
The implementing grantee will:
Support the development and adaptation of the Basic Business and Empowerment Skills Training (BBEST) to the context of the women working in waste in Semarang.
Conduct the roll-out BBEST for 200 women working in the SWM Value Chain.
Provide logistic and mentoring activities support for BBEST graduates to develop their business plans.
Manage the disbursement of small grants3 from potential private sector funders for BBEST graduates who have been mentored and developed their business plans.
Lead in the development and implementation of Advanced Business Skills Training for Women in Waste.
Conduct follow-up and monitoring activities with the BBEST Graduates and their Business Status through the project life. Monitoring includes changes in their business registration, income and/or challenges they are facing.
The project will be implemented in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia
Eligible applicants include:
Local Indonesia universities, non-governmental organizations, business and gender training organizations or business incubators (must be non profit, non stock);
Located or able to operate in Semarang City, Central Java;
Demonstrated experience (either as an organization or by proposed staff/consultants) in:
developing and delivering on-line and in-person training materials for workforce development;
developing and delivering tailored mentorship programs;
recruiting community members to participate in training programs;
experience in business training, particularly gender and business training and solid waste management;
Demonstrated expertise in gender programming, training, or research;
Potential program manager and trainers have demonstrated fluency of verbal and written English and Javanese;
Potential program staff can speak Bahasa and Javanese fluently;
Organizations with experience working with women-owned micro, small and medium-enterprises (preferred but not required); and
Organizations that have never received funding from USAID are encouraged to apply.
Eligible applicants must demonstrate the following:
Be legally registered to operate in the Indonesia;
Be in good standing with all civil and fiscal authorities in the Indonesia;
Sign applicable assurances and certifications; and
Be willing to register for a DUNS number.
For more information, visit https://urban-links.org/project/ccbo-grants/