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UN Women: Promoting Economic Empowerment of Women at Work – WeEmpower Asia in Malaysia

UN Women: Promoting Economic Empowerment of Women at Work – WeEmpower Asia in Malaysia

Deadline: 30 April 2020

The UN Women has announced a call for proposals for Promoting Economic Empowerment of Women at Work in Asia – WeEmpower Asia in Malaysia.

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Under this call for proposal, the programme aims to recruit the implementation partner in Malaysia in order to promote an awareness of private sector companies implement the WEPs. The expected result is to outreach/train 300 companies, encourage companies to sign up to the WEPs and provide a coaching for at least 60 companies for WEPs implementation.

The overall programme has three major components, including support to:

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Women’s networks, public institutions and the private sector in the EU and Asia region share expertise and knowledge to advance an enabling business environment for women’s economic empowerment,
Women-owned business and entrepreneurs engage with governments and private sector companies in policies and dialogues for advancement of women’s economic empowerment, and
More private sector companies implement the WEPs, including gender-sensitive business culture and practices in the EU and Asia region.
Targeting women led enterprises and networks, multi-national companies, and relevant stakeholders in selected Asia countries, the project will promote business opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women-owned enterprises in Asia and their business relations with Europe, while supporting inter-regional dialogue and exchange of good practices to increase the capacity of the private sector more broadly in the implementation of gender-sensitive business culture and practices. The programme will cover seven countries: India, Indonesia, China, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet Nam. It will also have a regional component under the responsibility of UN Women Region Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP).

Description of required services/results

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The required services/result is to encourage more companies to commit and adopt to implementing at least one (or more) of the WEPs into their workplace policies. The proposed programme will provide a technical support by providing ‘Train the Trainer’ session to the selected organization, contents for the awareness and implementation session and needed tools and training to support the implementation. The selected organization will be responsible for outreaching/raising awareness among Malaysian companies on WEPs and its benefits and successes, training 300 companies, encourage companies to sign up to the WEPs and provide a coaching for at least 60 companies for WEPs implementation.

Programme Outcome and Outputs

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This call for proposal is linked to the Outcome 3 of the ‘WeEmpower Asia’ Programme Document: More private sector companies implement the WEPs, including the gender-sensitive business culture and practices in Asia.

Programme Document:

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Outcome 3: More private sector companies implement the WEPs, including the gender-sensitive business culture and practices in Asia.
Output 3.1: Networks of private sector companies of WEPs are strengthened and expanded in EU and Asia to create an enabling environment for the adoption and implementation of good practices at the regional and country levels.
Within this framework, it is expected that more women in Malaysia would be able to participate and take up new economic opportunities because a more gender-responsive playing field has been created with stronger commitments from the private sector to support WEE in partnership with the public sectors and networks of women’s entrepreneurs, women’s groups and associations.

Funding Information

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The budget range for this proposal should be USD 100,000 – 125,500

Proposed target groups and location

The proposed geographical areas and numbers of beneficiaries included in the programme document are provided in the table below for the purpose of preparing the technical and financial proposals. The selected organization is responsible for raising awareness of 300 companies and encourage 60 companies in Malaysia to sign up to the WEPs and complete implementation training.
The programme location is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. UNWOMEN encourages all interested organizations to submit proposals to be based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where activities can achieve maximum impact.
Timeframe: Start date and end date for completion of required services/results The project implementation is expected to start in July 2020 until March 2022 (approx. 21 months)

Eligibility Criteria and Competencies

Applicants based in Malaysia are considered eligible provided that they are capable of achieving the results indicated and can demonstrate capacity to achieve required results within the timeframe.

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Legally registered company or legally registered non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Malaysia.
Minimum 5 years of experience on capacity building for private sector.
Proven track record in gender responsive programming and women’s economic empowerment, value chain and entrepreneurship development in Malaysia with in-house gender experts.
Understanding and familiarity with knowledge on WEPs is preferred.
Strong organizational capacity and experience in working with women’s groups, local CSOs and relevant stakeholders at community, provincial and district levels.
Experience in working in the proposed target areas, including operational presence required.
Strong local network with private sectors, the state government and local organisations is an asset.
Previous collaboration with UN Women and/or other UN agencies and understanding of UN contractual systems and processes is an asset.
For more information, visit https://www2.unwomen.org/-/media/field%20office%20eseasia/docs/tor/2020/04/20200414_cfp_%20wea_malaysia.pdf?la=en&vs=5022

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