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CfP/ZWE/PCA/2174/18/12/2018: Call for Proposals from NGOs/CSOs for The Development of Social Enterprises and Employment Generation for Urban Youth and Women in Zimbabwe
Procurement Process :Other
Office :Harare - ZIMBABWE
Deadline :31-Jan-19
Posted on :18-Dec-18
Development Area :URBAN DEV’T.URBAN DEV’T.
Reference Number :52329
Link to Atlas Project :
00111631 - Urban Resilience Programme -Country Investment Facility
Documents :
Call for Proposals from NGOs/CSOs for The Development of Social Enterprises and Employment Generation for Urban Youth and Women in Zimbabwe_Revision 1
Questions and Clarifications_Revision 1
Overview :

Due to connectivity problems and disruprions in work schedules experienced throughout last week, upon requests from prospective bidders the deadline has been extended to 31/01/2019.


Due to regrettable internet shutdown in Zimbabwe, the submission deadline is being extended to 24 January 2019. We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences caused.

This Call for Proposals (CFP) is specifically related to Partnership for Building Urban Resilience in Zimbabwe.

Resilience Programming in Zimbabwe has been largely focused on the rural areas, with various multi-million-dollar mechanisms e.g. the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF) in collaboration with Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ). Generally, poverty is perceived as a rural phenomenon. However, recent studies have shown that poverty in the urban areas is increasing faster than in the rural areas, mainly driven by joblessness and rural to urban migration. Whilst the rural resilience programming has helped to enhance the rural communities’ resilience capacities, there is a need to also focus attention on urban resilience given the magnitude of the shocks and hazards in urban areas.

The GoZ, UNDP and UNICEF are jointly implementing a pilot programme called Partnership for Building Urban Resilience in Zimbabwe with objective to improve urban resilience to promote economic recovery, the basic social services delivery for the poor and vulnerable urban population in Zimbabwe. Specifically, the focus will be on WASH, Basic Social Services and Local Economic Development (LED) to contribute towards urban resilience in Zimbabwe.

This initiative will help to create evidence and models that will build the resilience of urban populations to withstand shocks and stressors, poverty, unemployment, recurring chronic epidemics (e.g. cholera, typhoid) and other environmental issues. By focusing on shocks and stressors faced by the urban population the Programme also aims to address the inadequacies in local governance. 

With an increasing pace of urbanization, youth will contribute most to population growth in the next decades. The potential of a growing share of youth can be harnessed to benefit the economic momentum and revive the economy. However, if not properly addressed, youth population growth presents a challenge to city infrastructure which might be unable to accommodate growing urban population, as well as contributing to unemployment issues.

The programme adopts one of the approaches to address youth unemployment and well as livelihoods of the most vulnerable groups, which is linking provision of basic social services (including WASH) with generation of employment opportunities: by providing better access to WASH services, developing enterprise opportunities, while at the same time generating jobs in the sector of WASH infrastructure development.

This Programme will be initiated in 2 phases: The Inception Phase of 12-18 months in which evidence is built, assessments are completed and initial support to critical urban challenges is provided. This will be followed by Phase 2 ensuring that the broader urban and peri-urban aspects become an integral part of the national resilience building framework and may include a significant urban / community infrastructure component managed by UNDP while building local capacity.

The urban resilience programme is in line with the strategies and priorities of the GoZ, Zimbabwe United Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF), Transition Stabilization Programme (TSP), SDGs and the Sendai Framework.

The overall Goal of the Programme is to improve economic recovery and access to the provision of basic social services of unemployed youths, women, and vulnerable groups in urban areas of Zimbabwe. The Programme approach recognizes the synergistic relationship between a WASH, LED and Basic Social Services Sectors. The initial programme will therefore focus on four interrelated components delivered under two Outcome areas:

1: Immediate improvements in urban environment to build practical evidence- Access to basic public services, employment, livelihoods opportunities for youth in unserved and underserved urban areas improved.

2: Evidence based framework/ strategies for building urban resilience developed.


The Contractor is expected to carry out a comprehensive analysis of existing and missing linkages between WASH, Basic Social Services provision and employment opportunities in order to facilitate the creation of employment and social enterprises development for youth and women in selected programme urban locations (Gwanda, Chipinge and Harare). Specifically, the Contractor is expected to deliver the following results:

1.      Carry-out a study to identify WASH-led economic opportunities and social enterprises for unemployed youth and women in selected programme areas (an analytical report with identified intervention areas /sectors   and clear strategies to facilitate /deliver the below 2,3 and 4 areas).

2.      Support the setting up/ proto-typing in WASH-related for at least one per local authority high impact social enterprise projects in targeted urban areas.

3.      Established Innovation Hubs in partnership with private sectors that enable to foster employment and social enterprises, at least 2 in selected programme areas

4.      Facilitate the creation of at least 500 jobs/enterprises development opportunities for youth and women mainly in WASH and basic social services sector in selected programme locations.