Request for Proposal – Skills and expertise Development; Off Grid Talent Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa

March 2019

Call description

This initiative is strategically positioned to target the development junior and mid-level talent to target the skills and careers of local Africans. Specifically, the Off-Grid Talent Development Initiative aims to support the talent needs of off-grid energy enterprises, whilst empowering local nationals to pursue careers in the social impact sector in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Off Grid Talent Initiative (OGTI) is one of the constituent projects of TEA’s Skills and Expertise Development (SED) programme. OGTI aims to sustainably develop a generation of leadership in African enterprises.

It is envisaged that this will happen through:

  • A graduate work placement programme, which aims to increase the pool of young talent with professional skills available to the off-grid energy sector and reduce the internal costs to companies of developing young people.
  • A mid-management capacity development programme, which aims to improve the quality of mid-management talent and thereby enable more productive workforces
  • Support the implementation of the sister TEA Learning Partnership, which will support African universities in designing and delivering educational content into degree programmes that matches the skills requirements of the off-grid energy sector.
  • Gender mainstreaming of the Off-Grid Talent Initiative. As addressing gender issues is an essential component of the TEA programme, and the service provider is expected to conduct gender mainstreaming of the initiative.

Service providers are asked to design programmes in two Africa sub-regional groupings: 1) southern and east Africa, 2) west and central Africa. Within these regions, service providers should take into consideration TEA priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa which include Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, DRC, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Mali, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia. The primary justification for specifying two regional groupings is to ensure a spread of implementation outside of the well-established and easier to target countries in East Africa.

A total budget of  £2,100,000 has been made available for 1 or more successful applicants. Co-funding (either financial or in-kind) is a prerequisite for proposal consideration.

The timeframe for this competition is as follows:

StageDescriptionDate (if applicable, time)
  RFP   RFP submission period opens26/02/2019
RFP questionsLast questions to be received by: 15/03/2019
RFP Submission deadline1700 (GMT)  29/03/2019
Notifications to successful/unsuccessful applicants12/04/2019