Request for Proposal – Employability in the Renewable Energy Sector (Case Study) News

19 July, 2022


Cowater International (lead), in collaboration with the Palestinian Businesswomen’s Association (Asala), is implementing a 5-year project, entitled Generating Revenue Opportunities for Women and Youth in the West Bank (GROW).

The goal of the GROW project is to enhance economic empowerment and increase prosperity for low-income women and youth, particularly female youth, in the West Bank. The project seeks to achieve this by adopting a gender transformative approach aimed at recognizing, formalizing, and amplifying women’s existing roles in key value chains whilst promoting women’s increased decision-making and control over income, assets, and productive resources. This project will focus specifically on value chains, where the significant potential exists to empower women, including female youth, to move beyond their essential but largely unrecognized roles, ultimately contributing to their increased agency in both economic and social spheres.

The project focuses on three inter-related intermediate outcomes: i) reduced barriers to entrepreneurship faced by women; ii) enhanced opportunities for women entrepreneurs to successfully establish and/or grow sustainable businesses; and iii) enhanced opportunities for female entrepreneurs, particularly female youth, to support the adoption of renewable energy in the olive and agro-food processing value chains. To achieve these outcomes, the project is addressing several key challenges impacting women’s entrepreneurship in the West Bank, including the prevalence of socio-cultural barriers and their associated impacts on women’s household, community, and economic roles and status, and women’s limited access to finance, business development support services, technology, reliable and affordable energy, skills development opportunities, and markets.

Scope of Work

As GROW is phasing out its activities in the 5th year of implementation, it wishes to document and assess its gender-responsive approach to women’s technical skills development, capacity building and job placements within the West Bank’s renewable energy sector, as well as capture lessons learned and share outcomes with the development community in the form of a final case study report. In doing so, it also wishes to document the results achieved with the view of enabling any future programming efforts by GAC and Cowater International to build on the successes and adapt approaches to maximize impacts.

The impact to be assessed and incorporated into the final case study report should include contributions to GROW’s 3rd Component related to Renewable Energy, mainly focusing on:
1) Targeted young female engineers’ preparedness for employment in the energy sector;
2) Jobs created whether as full employment or freelancing, and Social, economic, and environmental impacts of the program.

The assignment is planned to take place starting mid-August 2022 and be completed by end of September 2022.

Proposal Content

A. Technical Proposal:
• Approach and methodology for carrying out the assignment: Provide a comprehensive and detailed methodology on how the research will be designed and delivered, including the proposed tools to be used.
• Levels of effort: This should include a breakdown of the level of effort of each team member across the assignment.
• List of activities/tasks and who will implement them.
• CVs and qualifications of consultant(s), and consultant(s) experience in this field, especially any specific experience related to the assignment.
• In the case of a team, a list of key experts should be provided. This should include current and complete CVs of each team member.
• Detailed action plan and timeframe.

B. Financial proposal:
This should include the total budget for conducting the assignment. A detailed breakdown of the budget should also be provided as follows:
Item No. of units (days, CV’s)
Price per unit (CAD)
Total Cost (CAD)

  • Companies should be able to issue zero VAT invoices, while costs of individual consultancy
    contracts will be subject to 10% tax deduction at source.
  • All prices should be in Canadian Dollars (CAD). Please note that we are not obliged to accept the overall package proposed by the bidder.

Submission Procedures

To apply, please send your proposal with the above-mentioned requirements to the following email:, no later than 30th of July 2022, before 4:00 p.m Ramallah time.

When applying, please state the following in the email subject: Assignment Ref: (Com. 3: 07, 2022, Case Study Employability in RE). If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact us at:

We thank all applicants. However, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Click here to read the full version of the RFP and Terms of Reference. 

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