GIZ launches the first round of Call for Proposals in East Jerusalem
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GIZ has announced the launch of the first round of Call for Proposals under the project entitled “Integrated Training and Employment Services for Youth in East Jerusalem". The Call for Proposals comes as part of the “TVET and Employment Promotion Programme” which is implemented by the GIZ on behalf of the German Government, in cooperation with the Palestinian partners the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
The announcement was made during a special launching event that took place on Thursday 18 February 2016, at the Royal Hall in Abu Dis. The launching event was attended by Samer Salameh, Assistant Deputy Minister, the Ministry of Labour, Jihad Draidi, Director General of TVET, the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Manar Idris , the Chamber of Commerce in East Jerusalem, Dr. Andreas Koenig, Head of TVET and Employment Promotion Programme (TEP), Sabine Brickenkamp, Deputy Head of Development Cooperation at the German Representative Office in Ramallah and dozens of TVET institutions and providers in East Jerusalem.
The “TVET and Employment Promotion Programme” has the overall objective “Young people in the West Bank including East Jerusalem, and in Gaza, who have participated in an integrated labour market and TVET programme, are in skill-related employment or self-employment”.  “The programme aims to gear the supply of TVET programmes further towards the needs of the labour market and towards groups of disadvantaged young people, and to strengthen and align employment services and promotion stronger towards matching labour market demand and supply,” said the Head of TVET and Employment Promotion Programme (TEP), Dr. Andreas Koenig. “The objective of this round of Call for Proposals is to support the potential project beneficiaries who wish to develop proposals for “Integrated TVET and Employment Actions”, targeting youth and vulnerable and marginalized groups in the Governorate of East Jerusalem,” he added.
During the launching event, GIZ provided the audience with the basic information regarding the two phases of the selection process and the timeframe of this Call for Proposals, and further explained the eligibility and assessment criteria for applicants, including the scope and structure of the expected proposals as well as the overall budget allocation and duration. Information was also provided on the supportive measures that the GIZ Programme “Sports4Development” can contribute to the successful applicants in implementing future programs.
The deadline for submission of the initial proposals is 15 March 2016. After the given deadline, the evaluation committee which is composed of mandated technical staff of MoL, MoEHE, GIZ and BTC will review all project proposals and score the proposal according to the predetermined set of criteria. The project proposals with the best scores will be shortlisted and presented to the TEP Programme Management which is composed of the executive members from MoL, MoEHE, FPCCIA, GIZ and BTC for approval.

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