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CALL FOR PROPOSAL: Call for Application-Facilitate a Hackathon Session for Entrepreneurial Solutions with Somali Youth

By on 10/17/2018

Call for Application:  Facilitate a Hackathon Session for Entrepreneurial Solutions with Somali Youth


Purpose of CFP: seeking an Implementing Partner to conduct a 4-day hackathon session for 70 youth across 3 cities (Mogadishu, Kismayo and Garowe) in Somalia  

Submission Start Date: Oct 16th, 2018

Submission Deadline Date: Nov 12th, 2018

Size of grant: up to $35,000

To submit the application, please send your proposal to Programme Management Officer, Sharmaarke Abdullahi


Project Key Information

  • UN-Habitat Project title: Project RAJO: Building Youth Capacity through Job Readiness and Entrepreneurial Development in the Construction Sector
  • Locations
    • Town/City: Mogadishu, Kismayo, Garowe
    • Country: Federal Republic of Somalia
  • Anticipated start date: Dec 12th, 2018
  • Estimated duration of project in calendar months: 1 month, including training preparation, the 4-day training, evaluation, and reporting
  • Maximum proposed value in US $: 35,000
  • Lead Organization Unit: Urban Youth and Livelihood Unit


Brief Background of the Project

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

The Youth and Livelihoods Unit, under the Urban Economy Branch, represents one of the longest standing youth programmes within the UN system. The unit undertakes normative and programmatic work in the following areas: Governance, Public Space, Peace and Security, Housing, and Livelihoods, with a strong focus on gender and conflict recovery. The Unit has strong partnerships with local, national governments, universities, research and policy agencies and children and youth-led civil society organizations.

The Youth and Livelihood Unit will implement a new innovative Project in Somalia called Project Rajo, (Rajo, which means hope in Somali). Project Rajo is the youth component of the Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing (MPWRH) project to Strengthening Institutions for Public Works Project (SSIPWP). This project is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), with UN-Habitat and UNOPS as implementing partners.

The purpose of the project is to provide training to 400 youth (Mogadishu, Kismay, and Garwowe) on life skills, job readiness, soft and transferable skills required in the construction sector, business training, 70 of the 400 will receive entrepreneurship trainings and business start-up support.

The main expected accomplishments of this project are:

EA 1. Increased employment opportunities for 400 young women and men in the public and private sector.

EA 2. Increased business and entrepreneurship skills for 70 young women and men.


Scope of Work

Project Rajo provides trainings in four main areas:

Module 1: Soft Skills

Module 2: Construction Skills

Module 3: Business and Entrepreneurship

Module 4: ICT Innovations


Within Project Rajo, the 4th training module focuses on ICT Innovations. This Call for Proposal aims to secure an organization with technical capacity to

  1. Develop a training plan and provide related materials for a hackathon session for 70 Somali youth where they develop technical solutions for their business ideas with a focus in the construction industry in Somalia.
  2. Deliver 4-day long hackathon to 70 youth in 3 different locations: Mogadishu, Kismayo, and Garowe. All training is required to be delivered in Somalia
  3. Act as a technical mentor to the participants enrolled to support and improve their solutions during the hackathon session.
  4. Conduct monitoring and evaluation for the hackathon.


Main Activities and Outputs

Throughout the workshops, the activities are as follow but not limited to:

  • Ice break
  • Introduction to design thinking
  • Idea presentation
  • Prototyping
  • Testing
  • Hacking
  • Final product presentation
  • Evaluation and awarding winning groups

At the end of previous business training module, participants will be divided into groups to develop concrete business plans. Teams will present the proposals in a Shark Tank Style presentation on the last day of training. The outstanding groups will be selected to proceed to Module, where they will

further develop their business plans in a Hackathon session (a hands-on group design exercise in

which the participants come in with business ideas and develop innovative solutions together with

technical experts). The successful candidate to deliver the hackathon is required to be on the selection committee, with project staff.


Eligibility Criteria


 Submission Details/ Documents Required

 (* These documents will be required later once shorted-listed, not mandatory for the application stage)

Legal Status

·      Certificate of registration/incorporation i.e.,

·      Proof of registration in Country of Origin.

·      Proof of registration of Country of operation

Organization profile and details

·      Clear organization profile and structure of the organization indicating:

o   Organization’s vision, mission and objectives

o   Management structure

o   Members of the Governing Board and their Designations duly certified by the Corporate Secretary, or its equivalent document

Financial Capacity

·      Audited company financial statements (balance sheet and income statement) and auditors report for the last two years

Integrity and Governance

·         The organization should complete and submit a signed Partner Declaration Form Click here

·         Organization’s Constitutions or By-Laws


Selection Criteria


 Submission Details/ Documents Required


1.   Technical Proposal  (Mandatory)




1.1 The technical proposal is sound and responds adequately to the specifications and requirements?

Technical Proposal document

Click here for template



2.   Financial Proposal (Mandatory)



2.1 Is the budget for each component of the activity to be performed by the Implementing Partner

(i) cost-effective (i.e. the cost should be economical and prudently estimated to avoid any under/over estimation)

(ii) justifiable/well supported and

(iii) accurate and complete


Budget Proposal

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·      BOQ (if applicable)

·      Other supporting documents


3.   Technical capacity (Supportive)



3.1 Does the organization have the relevant experience and proven track record in implementing activities in the areas of the project?


Has it managed in the past projects of similar technical complexities and financial size?


Is the project linked with the core business of the IP?

·      List of projects executed in the last 2 years (value, location, donors, nature of projects, execution stage – completed or ongoing).

·      Demonstrate how the experiences in past projects are relevant in the execution of the current proposal

·      References from past donors


3.2 Does the organization have experience in youth development and training for youth?

·      Demonstrate experience working with youth in the past


3.3 Does the organization have qualified technical staff with the experience and the technical skills required by the project?

What is the staff size, type, qualification and education background?

·      CVs of key management staff, technical and non-technical staff that will be involved on the project

·      How many technical staff do you have in the concerned Country for implementing the project? Is there reasonable assurance that such technical staff required by the project will continue to be available as needed in the Project?


3.4 Does the organization have a clear and strong link with an identifiable constituency relevant to the targeted population of the project?


Does it have adequate capacity to work in key areas/regions where the proposed field activities will be implemented?

·      Demonstrate, describe and provide proof of local operational presence, including link and ability to impact the targeted population.


3.5 Does the organization possess adequate physical facilities, office equipment, transport, etc. to implement the activities?

·      Provide location and list of office facilities, vehicles and office equipment locally available to implement the project.


3.6 Does the organization have formal procedures to monitor project execution (e.g. milestones, outputs, expenditures…)

·      Provide formal project monitoring policies and procedures


4.   Financial and administrative   capacity(Supportive)



4.1 Has the organization been in operation over a period of at least 2 years to demonstrate its financial sustainability and relevance?

·      State the years of operation

·      Financial statements for the last 2 years


4.2 Is the current accounting system computerized and does have the capacity to collect and provide separate financial reports on the activities executed under the Agreement of Cooperation?


Does it have systems and practices to monitor and report whether the project deliverables and expenditures are within agreed time and budget?

·      Description and key features and controls of the accounting system used

·      Organization structure/ Organogram


Cumulative score for ratios




  • Candidate who have the ability to deliver the hackathon in the local language would be prioritized.



  1. Interested Organizations must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochure, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc).
  2. The CFP and accompanying documents must be received in accordance with instructions provided. All proposals should be sent to the following email address CFP submitted to a different email address other than the specified one will not be considered.
  3. CFP from applicants failing to provide the complete information to fulfill the basic eligibility criteria will be considered non-responsive.
  4. CFP received after the above deadline will not be considered
  5. Organizations will be selected in accordance with the procedure set out in the UN-Habitat IP Management policy and Standard Operating Procedures.
  6. CFP from applicants failing to provide the requested information will be disregarded.
  7. This CFP does not entail any commitment on the part of UN-Habitat, either financial or otherwise. UN-Habitat reserves the right to accept or reject any or all Proposals without incurring any obligation to inform the affected applicant(s) of the grounds.
  8. All prices must be in USD
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