Responses to clarifying questions

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Applicant’s Contribution

Any other funding can be proposed if it is not earmarked or has already been spent on other projects.

Yes, as long as the grant does not come from the Dutch Government, except for venture capital or debt finance originating from the Dutch Government including the Dutch Good Governance Fund or FMO. The idea is that this would lead to an increase in impact. We will assess the level of additionality for each project.


In-kind support should be valued at market rates, and staff time budgeted as in-kind support must be reasonably justified as related to the project.

We do not have any budget restrictions at this stage.

Fund’s Contribution

We have not set a maximum contribution by the Fund.

The 10% to 50% contribution of the Challenge Fund is the total contribution, including technical assistance provided by the Fund. The remainder of the budget must be covered by the applicant, either through existing or external funding, and includes both cash and in-kind support.

Applicants are invited to apply for a financial contribution, technical assistance contribution, or a combination. We don’t expect to receive many proposals solely for technical assistance, but this is possible. It is also possible to request technical assistance later in the project.

Additional technical assistance (TA) that is offered depends on the need and type of project. Any capacity building that is essential to the project should be included in the project design and thus is part of the overall project budget. Additional TA refers to aspects that are not part of the project design per se, but can enhance the outcomes. The range of additional TA that can be offered is wide, including gender, financial management, decent work, monitoring & evaluation, etc.

Overall Fund Design

Yes, for each country there will be two rounds and we plan to have 6 rounds in total.

We have not allocated a certain amount per country.

We do not have country-specific objectives beyond our overall fund objective of supporting 200,000 youth including 100,000 young women to work in decent jobs across the focus regions.

Our next calls will cover a selection of the following countries. in North Africa: Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and/or Egypt. In the Sahel/West Africa region: Senegal, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and/or Nigeria. The final decision on this is being made at the moment, and we will update our website once a final selection is made.

Results and Impact

We are following the ILO’s definition, which states, “Decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives, and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men.”
Decent work will be defined and addressed as relevant for each project context. It may not always be a static assessment, but rather a process towards improvement across various specific areas such as working hours, productivity, income, better prospects, etc.”

The country-specific Call for Solutions will indicate which type of employment is eligible (for example formal or informal self-employment, wage employment or semi self-employment/agency models). 
While there are no standard indicators required at the concept note stage, it would be helpful to have a clear understanding of the nature of the jobs to which the proposed interventions would lead including a description of full-time vs part-time, self-employed vs. wage-earning, seasonal, etc. The only firm requirements are that the job must meet the country-specific Call for Solutions definition of eligible employment and meet a certain standard of decency and income, which will be assessed on a project-by-project basis.

The country-specific Call for Solutions will indicate which type of employment is eligible (for example formal or informal self-employment, wage employment or semi self-employment/agency models). See the question above.

The Fund has a specific goal to support young women to find and gain decent employment. This means that at least 50% of the people reached in each individual project must be women and, in the case of Egypt, if less than 500 jobs are created then at least 250 of those jobs should be for women.

At concept note stage, the project needs to demonstrate that it has considered the specific context of women, explain how women are able to benefit, and have a clear strategy for achieving this.

In general, projects must demonstrate how they will create, match, or improve employment for people aged 15-35. If projects also aim to create jobs for people older than 35, they would still be eligible, but the Fund’s employment target refers only to people aged 15-35. The minimum age of the youth involved can differ per country, as it depends on the minimum age for legal employment.

Projects will need to report on progress towards results targets at least biannually. The jobs target should be achieved by the end of the project (in principle, after 2-3 years), along with a plan for sustainability.

Yes, this is possible as long as the project can demonstrate that it contributed to the indirect jobs, and that they can be measured and verified.

Selection Criteria

The present call is only open for projects in Kenya, Jordan, Sudan and South-Sudan. We plan to launch calls for proposals in other countries later. A foreign company or consortium can submit a project, if the project will take place in the selected countries, and if they or one of the partners in the consortium is already operating in those countries.

We do not have a preference so long as the applicant’s consortium includes a private company.

Yes, it’s possible as long as there is capacity in the organization to run multiple projects

There is no limit, but it should be workable and the lead partner should be a private company.


There is no cost-per-job requirement, but projects should demonstrate value for money by showing cost effectiveness.

This could be something we would consider, but the main objective for this call is to create decent employment in the call specific countries.

We expect most CFYE projects to be for approximately 2-3 years, but this depends on the type of intervention.

Selection Process

That will depend on the quality of the presented concept notes. We do not have a strict maximum, but probably not more than 15.