Skills for Employment in La Francophonie: Call for Proposals

This call is closed. The deadline for submissions was May 14, 2015.

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is launching a Skills for Employment in La Francophonie call for proposals. This call will be worth up to $30 million for a period of five years (2015–2020). Canadian organizations may submit only one application under this call, either on their own or as the lead organization in a consortium.

The deadline for proposal submissions is May 14, 2015, at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4).

The purpose of this call is to increase the economic prosperity of target populations in La Francophonie through skills for employment programs. This call seeks to help developing member countries of La Francophonie to strengthen their educational institutions’ organizational management and ties with the private sector so they can help students acquire the skills needed on the labour market and make it easier for them to enter the job market or become entrepreneurs. In addition, proposals must strengthen the ongoing cooperation of institutions within La Francophonie.

Initiatives must align with DFATD’s thematic priority of fostering sustainable economic growth by increasing equitable access by youth, women, men and vulnerable groups to skills training that is based on the needs of the developing countries targeted by this call. Initiatives funded under this call must contribute to the achievement of the following intermediate outcomes:

  • Stronger organizational management of training institutions that teach skills for employment in developing countries that are members of La Francophonie;
  • Improved delivery of skills for employment programs that incorporate the environment and satisfy various labour market or entrepreneurship needs for youth, women, men and vulnerable groups; and
  • Enhanced and sustainable collaboration between institutions that teach skills for employment and private sector businesses in countries of La Francophonie.

Proposals must also incorporate DFATD’s three crosscutting themes: environmental sustainability, gender equality, and governance.

Only Canadian organizations that meet all of the requirements and eligibility criteria listed on the application form will be considered under this call for proposals. Canadian organizations that meet all of the eligibility criteria can be the lead partner of a consortium, including with other Canadian or international partners from civil society, academia or the private sector.

Parameters of Skills for Employment in La Francophonie

  • The initiatives must be carried out over a maximum of five years.
  • DFATD’s contribution to an initiative will be at least $1 million and not more than $15 million.
  • The organization must provide at least 25 percent of the total eligible direct costs in cash or in kind, of which at least 5 percent must be in cash, calculated on the total direct costs. The organization’s contribution must be entirely from Canadian sources (other than the federal government).
  • The initiatives must be delivered in French.
  • The initiatives must be carried out in one or more developing countries that are members of La Francophonie:
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Mali
  • Madagascar
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Niger
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Lucia
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

DFATD’s country travel advice and advisories must be respected when Canadians are sent abroad. DFATD reserves the right to withhold all funding in cases where there is an “Avoid All Travel” or “Avoid Non-Essential Travel” country or regional advisory to Canadians. Please keep this in mind and regularly check the Country travel advice and advisories on the DFATD website when preparing the application.

Important notice for new applicants

  • Applicants must be legally incorporated under a provincial, territorial or federal act in Canada and must meet the minimum eligibility criteria listed on the application form.
  • Applicants that cannot meet the minimum eligibility requirements, but are interested in this call, are encouraged to form a consortium with a Canadian organization that meets the established criteria.
  • Private-sector organizations can also submit an application if they meet the eligibility criteria, or they can opt to form a consortium.
  • Applications must be submitted through the Partners@International portal. The first step is to register your organization’s profile. Applicants should allow at least two business days before obtaining approval for a new registration. Applicants should contact us promptly if they experience any technical difficulties related to the management of their account. That way, the problem can be resolved before the call for proposals closes. If you would like to check whether your organization already has an account, please email us at

Application assessment

DFATD will review and assess only completed proposals. Failure to meet the eligibility criteria or to provide all requested information will result in the proposal being rejected.

DFATD will assess all proposals on a comparative basis against nine assessment criteria, explained in detail on DFATD’s website:

  1. Rationale for the initiative
  2. Managing for results and responding to risks
  3. Initiative plan
  4. Environmental sustainability
  5. Gender equality
  6. Governance
  7. Sustainability of results
  8. Financial information
  9. Organizational ability relevant to the initiative

DFATD will also assess the following additional criteria, explained in detail on the application form:

  1. Innovation
  2. Alignment and complementarity

For all initiatives, DFATD will first assess merit criteria 1 and 2. Proposals that are considered unacceptable following this assessment will not be given further consideration.

Preference may be given to initiatives that strongly demonstrate sustainability of results (criterion 7) and their alignment and complementarity (criterion 11).

Application process

  1. Please read the call for proposals application form (PDF, 472 KB, 34 pages) carefully.
  2. Create or update your organization profile through the Partners@International portal. Please note that it may take as long as two business days to approve new registration requests. Proponents are encouraged to contact us as soon as possible with any portal related issues so that they are resolved well in advance of the call deadline.
  3. Upload the completed application form and all of the mandatory documents listed in the Eligibility Requirements section of the application form to your organization profile in Partners@International. To allow applicants enough time to submit their application before the deadline, we encourage them to upload all of their mandatory documents and begin the proposal submission process in the portal at least two business days before the call deadline. Documents that are not available in an electronic format must be scanned and uploaded to Partners@International. DFATD will not accept any application or supporting documentation by mail, email or fax.
  4. Submit your proposal through the portal before the deadline.

You will receive an email confirming that your application has been received. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your proposal will not be considered received.

If an applicant does not click on submit after uploading the application form and supporting documents, the proposal will be considered a draft and will not be assessed.

To ensure transparency and impartiality, DFATD will not discuss applications with applicants until all organizations have been notified of the decision regarding their application. However, applicants can submit questions about the application process by email to Organizations must submit their questions by April 24, 2015, by 3 p.m. Eastern Time (UTC-4). DFATD will not answer questions received after that date.

DFATD will acknowledge the receipt of questions within one business day and will post all pertinent questions and answers about the call for proposals on its website. Information posted in the Development section of the DFATD website, including the Frequently Asked Questions about applying for funding and the Frequently Asked Questions for this call, represent the only official interpretation of the application process.

Organizations will be informed of the results once funding decisions have been made. A DFATD officer will then contact all successful organizations to discuss the details of the funding agreement. DFATD will also send a letter to all unsuccessful organizations to inform them of the decision.

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Proposals received after the deadline, May 14, 2015, at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC‑4), will not be accepted.