Request for Partnership Clean Technology and Environment Interventions in Jordan Valley

Reference Number:
Jordan Valley Links Project (JVL)
King Abdullah II Street, Building 367
Amman, Jordan
Tel +962 6 568 2335
Fax +962 6 568 2335
JVLsubmission@meda.org
www.meda.org

RFP Date of Issuance: 23/Jan/2018

Due Date for Questions:

  • Submission of questions or requests for clarification in writing via email to JVLsubmission@meda.org by 6/Feb/2018 4:00 pm Amman time
  • Responses to questions will be communicated on or before 11/Feb/2018

Due Date for Concept Note: 23/Feb/2018

  • Concept note (including technical and budget summary) are due by 16:00 local time in Jordan via email to JVLsubmission@meda.org
  • Emailed submissions must contain the subject: "Jordan Valley Links Project (JVL) Clean Technology Interventions"

Jordan Valley Links Project (JVL) Overview

Jordan Valley Links (JVL) is a five-year project (2016-2021) funded by MEDA and Global Affairs Canada. MEDA is a not-for profit organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty. It was founded in 1953 by a small group of business people who saw the need to invest with, and provide support to entrepreneurs and communities to help them take advantage of economic opportunities. MEDA's work is founded on respectful interaction with communities, supporting women to rise above the social and cultural barriers that stand in the way of success and improved livelihood. MEDA's projects cover over 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.

The ultimate outcome of the project is to increase the contribution by women and youth to Jordan's economic growth. JVL will seek to support women and youth in the Jordan Valley to seize new opportunities in targeted sectors and in turn become strong economic actors. JVL will use two main approaches to achieve this goal:

  • Improving women's and youth's entrepreneurial and business acumen through capacity building and market linkages;
  • Working with communities, families, and market actors to reduce barriers to entry for enterprise development for women and youth.

JVL will work in the Jordan Valley and surrounding areas to directly support 25,000 women and youth entrepreneurs (WYEs) in increasing their incomes and their contribution to Jordan's economic growth. A further 25,000 individuals are expected to benefit indirectly from the project's initiatives in three sectors: food processing, tourism and clean technologies.


Background

There are three main areas that need support and some level of intervention by the JVL project and its partners: energy, water, and waste.

Jordan faces numerous environmental challenges, including those related to energy, water and waste management. In regard to energy, Jordan only produces 2.5% of the energy it consumes. Most of this energy produced is solar energy, with a very small amount coming from natural gas. That said, the popularity of solar photovoltaic (PV) products has been growing since the first solar PV on-grid system came online in 2012 and now reaches ~100 megawatts (MW) of decentralized solar PV systems installed.

Water resources in Jordan Valley are subject to increasing salinity levels and pollution by human activities and agricultural chemicals that leach into water aquifers and deteriorate quality. In addition to climatic changes which have reduced the water supply. The main challenges that face the water sector in the Jordan Valley - - are the inefficient use of water in agriculture, widespread production of water intensive crops, deterioration in water quality due to improper agricultural practices, urbanization and an increasing population.

Concerning waste management, the Jordan Valley is not an exception from the rest of Jordan in terms of lack of proper solid waste management and treatment both for domestic and industrial waste. About 50% of solid waste is organic which can be treated to produce compost to be used in farming activities and reduce using synthesized fertilizers.

Clean Technology Potential Solutions:

  • At a minimum, awareness sessions can be designed around using energy efficient devices, equipment and appliances.
  • Private sector linkages with market actors providing and servicing energy efficient technologies can be fostered and introduced to help local businesses upgrade equipment for efficiency gains.
  • Financial incentives or services can be leveraged to encourage energy savings - e.g. a savings program to redirect savings from energy into other household savings goals.
  • Innovative and efficient water saving technologies and techniques are needed to use water more efficiently and increase water productivity for households and businesses (especially the agriculture sector). These include but are not limited to water harvesting, renewable energy for water supply (solar pumping), using and upgrading water-saving technology (e.g. drip irrigation and hydroponic) in irrigation, water reuse, and growing less intensive water crops.
  • Outreach to raise awareness at the community level on the importance of water conservation would promote behavior change and increase the visibility of water conservation technologies to facilitate wider adoption.
  • Per official numbers about 50% of waste is organic matter, which provides an opportunity to work with local businesses and households on innovative solutions to separate and reuse organic wastes to produce fertilizers for their own use or to be collected by entrepreneurs in collaboration with existing recycling companies.

Purposes

Jordan Valley Links project is seeking to partner with Jordanian entities (private and NGOs) to implement interventions related to the clean technology and environmental sector that focus on energy, water and waste.
The following is the JVL results framework to which this call is expected to contribute:

1110 - Women and Youth Entrepreneurs (WYEs): Increased capacity of WYEs to operate environmentally sustainable and gender equitable businesses.
1120 - Business Development Services: Increased access for WYEs to environmentally sustainable and gender equitable, informal and formal business development services.
1210 - Access to Finance: Increased access to finance for WYEs.
1220 - Market Integration: Increased capacity of market actors to engage with WYEs in selected sectors in an environmentally sustainable and gender equitable manner
1230 - Community/Social: Increased community support for WYEs


Scope of Work

The purpose of this call is to partner with reputable entities or consortiums, private or not-for profit, to:

  1. Increase awareness in Jordan valley around clean technology sector and environmental issues
  2. Build entrepreneurs capacities specifically in installation and maintenance of clean technology solutions
  3. Help creating successful business model in clean technology sector (energy, water, waste) in Jordan Valley
  4. Create financial solutions in business and household level to facilitate clean technology usage.

The nature of this Call for Partnerships requires different and diverse expertise; hence a consortium between private and not for profit entities is encouraged to implement the interventions efficiently and effectively.

Applicants can apply to implement interventions under all themes above or can select one or more of them. A comprehensive intervention including all the themes is a plus and encouraged, and partnerships with businesses (market actors, lead firms) in the clean technology sector is a requirement for all.


Targeted Areas and Groups

Woman and youth of Jordan Valley are the primary target group. Partners can select different areas and populations in the Jordan Valley, with a focus on woman and youth specifically in food processing and community based tourism sectors. Other sectors are welcome in agreement with the JVL team and a good justification.

1. Awareness Target
Awareness about environmental issues: 20, 000 individuals (Farmers, Households, Businesses)
Awareness about clean technology benefits using community agents/ambassadors: 1,500 individuals (500 food processing and tourism businesses, 500 farmers, 500 households)

2. Capacity Building
Technical capacities to operate, install and maintain solar systems: 500 youth ambassadors/agents
Capacity building: 150 women and youth trained on technical and soft skills related to clean technology sector.

3. Business Support and Business Model
Support and mentor 500 clean technology entrepreneurs in renewable energy services, water services and solid waste service (businesses could be a home-based businesses).

4. Financial Solutions
Support 20 JVL Savings and Loan Groups to become business oriented in the clean technology sector
Develop and/or promote 2 green financial products with Micro Finance Institutions to reach micro and small entrepreneurs


Period of Performance

It is expected to conclude the intervention results in 24-30 months


Tentative Budget

To implement all components mentioned above, tentative budget would be JOD 500,000 (about CAD 877,000).

Ineligible Cost Elements
Costs that are considered as ineligible under the Project include, but are not limited to the
following:

a) Entertainment expenses;
b) Costs incurred before the effective date of the Agreement;
c) Gifts;
d) Travel insurance (health, cancellation, baggage, etc.), except as previously approved by MEDA;
e) Carrying charges;
f) Membership fees;
g) Patents;
h) Immunizations or medications, unless allowed under the Technical Assistance Handbook;
i) Interest expenses;
j) Costs related to non-authorized accompanying family members.


Application Process

5. Eligibility Criteria

  • Legally registered in Jordan with necessary licenses and permission to conduct business
  • "Good standing" legal and financial position with Jordanian government (including tax authorities)
  • Experience in implementing clean technology interventions
  • Operate in or target Jordan Valley area and WYEs

The applicant should submit the following:

  1. Cover include: applicant/s names, contact information and name, title, email and telephone number of the person or persons who are authorized to discuss and accept a grant, if awarded
  2. Concept note (no more than 5 pages, the concept note should have background/context information, the problem/challenge identification, intervention description that include objectives and activities, targeted areas and beneficiaries, gender and environmental consideration)
  3. Budget summary (no more than one page that include the main categories cost and contribution if applicable)
  4. Applicant/s profile and previous experience related to this call (two pages max)

Language: Applications should be submitted in English.

Currency: The budgeted costs must be represented in Jordanian Dinars (JOD) and total budget in Canadian Dollars (CAD)

Questions and/or Clarifications: Requests for questions and/or clarification(s) will receive a response. Requests should be submitted via email to: JVLsubmission@meda.org

Application Deadline & Delivery: Concept note (including technical and budget summary) are due by 23/Feb/2018 16:00 local time in Jordan via email. Emailed submissions must contain the subject: "Jordan Valley Links Project (JVL) Clean Technology Interventions" Applications must be submitted via email to: JVLsubmission@meda.org.


Special Consideration

The application and recipient should align with gender and environment policy as following:

Promoting Gender Equality
In line with Global Affairs Canada's objectives regarding gender equality. To this end, an in-depth review of concept note will be conducted by the evaluation team to assess the intended benefits to women. Each proposal should include a description of how the grant will help the business better deliver value to women and men, either as employees, suppliers, or customers. Particularly, proposals aimed at reducing gender-specific constraints such as innovative ideas or technologies that help to reduce the time and labor required of women are of much interest to the program's achievement of gender equality.

Environmental Compliance
MEDA has a strong organizational commitment to protect the environment while fostering economic development in all its programming. To this end, MEDA will screen for environmental issues and an in-depth review for compliance with the organization's as well as its donor's environmental policies and local regulations.
Proposals aiming to promote the protection of the environment, conservation practices, and climate smart technologies, are highly encouraged and supported by this program. Following the procedures mentioned in the Project's Environmental Management Plan, and in collaboration with applicants, JVL staff will conduct an environmental review/analysis to screen shortlisted grant proposals/applications. This screening will identify grant activities' potential environmental impact, develop mitigation measures as necessary, and specify environmental monitoring and reporting requirements. As per the environmental analysis findings, the Project will build the capacities of partners to ensure they understand and implement appropriate mitigation measures and monitoring. Mitigation measures, monitoring and reporting requirements will be added to the award contract.


Selection Criteria

The applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:

Preliminary Evaluation: JVL team will evaluate applications according to the following criteria:

  1. Administrative compliance - verification that the application is complete and that the application file includes all items required.
  2. Eligibility - verification that the applicant and the proposed activities are eligible according to the eligibility criteria described above.

1. Technical Evaluation and Scoring of Eligible Applications:

JVL will evaluate applications based upon the evaluation criteria listed below. An application can be categorized as unacceptable when it has many deficiencies or gross omissions or both and thereby: (1) demonstrates a failure to understand much of the scope of work necessary to perform the required tasks; or (2) fails to provide a reasonable, logical approach to fulfilling much of the requirements. A finding of unacceptable in one technical evaluation factor may result in the entire application being found to be unacceptable.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Management and organizational capacity: Demonstrates technical and financial capability to carry out proposed activities.
  • Cost effectiveness: The cost-effective use of funds reviewed to ensure a strong social return on investment grant funds.
  • Cross-cutting: The degree to which environmental and gender considerations are incorporated into the venture.
  • Impact on WYE in the Jordan Valley: The degree to which the initiative delivers benefit to women either in the business' supply chain or through expanded employment opportunities, or enhanced delivery of service to women business owners.
  • Consortium of different organization one of them at least private sector specialized in clean technology sector

Applicants will be informed about MEDA's decision before June/2018, successful applicants will be contacted to develop a full proposal in cooperation with MEDA's staff.

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