Call for proposals

Fund for Evaluation in Employment 2015

The ILO invites researchers and M&E Officers to submit applications to receive technical assistance and financial support of up to US$650,000 for evaluation of youth employment programmes in the Middle East and North Africa.

News | 01 July 2015
Application deadline: Monday, 7 September 2015

What is it about?

The Fund for Evaluation in Employment is an initiative of the International Labour Organization (ILO) aimed at improving the effectiveness of employment and enterprise development interventions in the Middle East and North Africa. Through this call for proposals in 2015, the Fund offers technical assistance and seed funding to project implementers and researchers for impact evaluations and results-based monitoring and evaluation systems. A particular focus lies on generating evidence on labour market outcomes for young people and women. The Fund is supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), Silatech and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Partnerships between international and local research organizations, as well as between researchers and implementers are particularly encouraged. The information note and the FAQ document should be read prior to filling out the application form. Applicants can also join the Fund for Evaluation Groupsite and access additional resources to help them fill out the application form.

Who is eligible?

Eligible organizations include research institutions, NGOs, multilateral institutions and governments either implementing labour market and enterprise programmes or conducting research in the Middle East or North Africa.

What is the support to shortlisted projects?

The Fund delivers two types of support: technical assistance and funding. The technical assistance is delivered through training, expert advice and small cash grants and is mainly directed at practitioners for the establishment and implementation of results-based monitoring and evaluation systems, as well as in some cases for the design of impact evaluations.

Seed funding of up to US$650,000 is available for the implementation of 3-5 impact evaluations that should be conducted by or in partnership with researchers. According to the stage of the proposal, both support types can be provided, building on each other in a complementary manner.

Shortlisted applicants can attend the ILO and J-PAL Executive Education Course taking place in Cairo from 18-22 October 2015.

Focus on gender

Researchers interested in evaluating the effects of labour market programmes on employment and earnings of women who live in rural areas are especially encouraged to apply. The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index is a recommended measurement tool to investigate progress towards gender equality in employment and enterprise interventions.

Proposals must be submitted using the online application form by Monday, 7 September 2015, 11:59pm CEST. The application form is available here. Only online applications will be accepted.

For questions related to the Fund for Evaluation in Employment and the application, please contact