Request for Proposal: Key Facilitating Partner (KFP) Grant in Community-Based Tourism

NOTE: Proposal submissions deadline has been extended to Wednesday, June 7 at 17h00

The Jordan Valley Links (JVL) Project is a 5-year initiative being implemented by MEDA and funded by Global Affairs Canada. The ultimate outcome of the project is to increase the contribution of women and youth to Jordan's economic growth in three main sectors: food processing, community-based tourism, and clean technologies. MEDA will seek to support 25,000 women and youth in and around the Jordan Valley to seize new opportunities in targeted sectors and in tum become strong economic actors. MEDA will use two main approaches to achieve this goal: improving entrepreneurial and business acumen through capacity building and market linkages; and working with communities, families, and market actors to reduce barriers to entry for enterprise development for women and youth.

Building the capacity of local partners and sharing risk with private sector stakeholders is a critical component of MEDA's approach. With this RFP, MEDA is looking to partner with local organizations to provide vital knowledge of local context and culture and important linkages with communities for social mobilization, specifically within the sector of Community-based Tourism. Potential Key Facilitating Partners (KFPs) should have experience working in one of the sectors mentioned above, as well as demonstrated experience in outreach and ability to gain trust in local communities across different ethnicities, genders and religions. Offerors should also be interested in acquiring capacity in market-based development and in analyzing and addressing issues in gender equality, youth development and environmental sustainability in accordance with MEDA's proven methodology.

Please refer to the Request for Proposals document for a complete description of objectives and expected results.

Awards are anticipated not to exceed JOO 250,000 for a maximum period of 2 years. Receipt of the award under this RFP does not disqualify organizations from submitting proposals to future RFPs under this same project. MEDA reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted.
Applications must be received via e-mail no later than Wednesday, June 7 at 17h00. Applications and modifications thereof shall be submitted in pdf (preferred) or other electronic format, in English, to JVLsubmission@meda.org.

The project will host a bidder's conference on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (details to be announced) for interested organizations. The conference will allow participants to ask questions and learn more about the project, what JVL is looking for in potential partners, and clarify submission requirements. Participation in the conference is optional and in no way precludes an organization from submitting a proposal nor does it affect the evaluation of that proposal. If your organization is interested in applying to this initiative and attending the bidder's conference, please send an e-mail or letter of intent to JVLsubmission@meda.org by Thursday, April 27.

Thank you for your interest in the Jordan Valley Links Project!

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