CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:
ASSISTANCE TO FIRMS & COOPERATIVES IN THE FISHERIES & BLUE CRAB SECTOR
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Tunisia JOBS provides direct transactional assistance to Tunisian small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to help them grow their sales, thus creating jobs, and increasing incomes. JOBS works with each company to address constraints to growth, which we implement on a cost-shared basis.
The support we provide includes technical assistance to improve operations and increase productivity, strengthen the labor force, help obtain access to finance and investment, certifications, identifying new markets and buyers, and direct financing through grants for equipment and working capital needs. Beyond individualized assistance, JOBS strengthens companies' supply chains to reduce overall costs and reach the widest number of firms, especially smaller producers.
USAID Tunisia JOBS is inviting applications from fisheries and blue crab processing and export companies, cooperatives, and other companies in the blue crab/fishing supply chain. JOBS is interested in supporting well-formulated projects and activities that will help those that receive assistance to (1) increase sales; (2) increase jobs; (3) expand exports; (4) strengthen their suppliers and supply chains; and (5) support innovative approaches. We are especially interested in supporting women-led enterprises or those employing mainly women and enterprises in underserved regions.
JOBS is especially interested in the nascent blue crab sector. An example of a possible beneficiary includes a blue crab fishing cooperative that wants to improve its fishing and harvesting techniques or scale-up its activity. Another example is blue crab processing and export companies that need new equipment in order to satisfy demand from existing clients or to process and transform crab waste to minimize the sector's environmental impact.
Modalities of assistance could include:
- Technical assistance to companies and cooperatives in production productivity, marketing, certifications, employee training, access to finance, etc.
- Grant funds to cover equipment and working capital needs, e.g., production equipment, raw materials, trainings, rental of facilities, services/utilities required to run the business, etc. Grant funds may not be used for activities that may be harmful to the environment, or for the following items: salaries, construction or infrastructure activities, telecommunications and related IT equipment, purchases made prior to the grant, prior debts, or restricted or prohibited goods. A complete list of these items may be found here.
The maximum duration of the assistance (technical assistance and/or grant) is six months. Longer periods may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Businesses (SMEs) that meet the following conditions may apply to this opportunity:
- Registered business with significant Tunisian ownership and capital
- Operational for at least one year in the field of blue crab fishing, processing, or export with established buyers
- Compliant with relevant Tunisian civil, fiscal, and environmental regulations.
- Capable of contributing at least 50% of the cost of the total activity
JOBS will select from eligible candidates and prioritize assistance based on the following:
- Impact on jobs, revenues, and exports: Technical assistance and/or grant funding is expected to increase sales and exports by at least 20% and/or sustain or create new jobs.
- Leveraging: Leveraging of additional financing through other donors, programs, financial institutions, and investments (including the firms' own investments) because of the assistance.
- Social impact: Enterprises that are women-led or employ a large majority of women or youth; work in underserved areas; and/or have the potential to support other companies or enterprises within its supply chain.
- Innovative and sustainable practices: Enterprises and projects that seek to add-value to crab waste and by-products, such as transformation of crab shells, thereby reducing the environmental impact of the activity; projects employing sustainable crab fishing practices, specifically fishing with cages, respect of biological production cycles (not fishing pregnant females or young crabs).
Note that all proposed activities will be evaluated in terms of their impact related to these criteria, versus their cost.
Please keep in mind the following information when applying for this assistance:
- Interested applicants will apply for this opportunity by completing the application form linked above. The application should provide basic information about the firm/cooperative and its status, as well as a description of the requested assistance (this can include technical assistance and/or direct funding). The applicant should describe the expected impact of the requested assistance and provide a budget estimate.
- Submitted applications will be reviewed according to the established eligibility and selection criteria. Applicants whose submissions are approved to move forward in the process will then work with a JOBS Business Advisor to finalize a partnership agreement outlining the commitments of each party and the specific types of support needed to (1) increase sales; (2) increase jobs; (3) expand exports; (4) strengthen their suppliers and supply chains; (5) support innovative approaches. The partnership agreement will also describe baselines against which to measure future achievements, timelines and milestones, and cost contributions of each party. Once the terms of the partnership agreement are agreed to and USAID approval is provided for the grant activity (if grant funding is part of the partnership agreement), Tunisia JOBS will sign a partnership agreement/grant agreement with the selected firm/group.
- Interested firms are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as submitted applications will be reviewed and selected on a rolling basis following the order in which they were received. This opportunity will be open until funds are no longer available or June 12, 2022, whichever is sooner.
- Questions may be submitted by clicking the button at the top of this page. JOBS will post answers to questions received by the deadline on this page – see above Frequently Asked Questions
- Interested businesses may only submit one application. An owner with multiple businesses may only submit one application. Only one business per business group may submit an application.
- The person who submits the application must be an authorized representative of the company.
- Applications may be submitted in English, French, or Arabic.
- While evaluating the application and finalizing the partnership agreement (if the applicant is selected to pass to this step), JOBS may conduct a site visit to the business to verify submitted information.
Following JOBS review of the submitted application, applicants will be notified in writing if the submission was approved to move forward in the process, or if a decision was reached not to provide assistance.
There are a total of 13 sections within the application form. Please note that for each section, once you submit it, you will not be able to go back and modify information in this section. Each section that has been submitted will be saved until the application form is complete. You may log out and return to the application form as many times as needed to complete all the sections, while the application period is still open. The sections of the application form are as follows:
- General Company Information
- Company Contact Person
- General Questions
- Management Background
- Professional References
- Activity & Market Information
- Certifications, Grades & Standards
- Financial Information
- Fiscal Documentation
- Employment Information
- Activity Description
- Estimated Budget
- Signing & Certification
Please prepare the following documents in advance as they will be required for your submission:
- National Register of Enterprises / RNE(required)
- Social Security Declaration - 2nd, 3rd & 4th Quarters 2021 & 1st Quarter 2022 (required)
- ANGED Certificate (if applicable)
- ANPE Certificate – (if applicable)
- Annual Income Tax Declaration – 2020 (if applicable) & 2021 (required)
- Balance Sheet – 2020 (if applicable) & 2021 (required)
- Income Statement – 2020 (if applicable) & 2021 (required)
- Cash Flow - Optional
Tunisia JOBS confirms that information submitted as part of this application for assistance will be kept confidential. Information submitted will be used only for purposes of determining assistance to be provided to the selected firms. The information contained in the submission will be protected by Tunisia JOBS from unauthorized disclosure. Tunisia JOBS employees may not ask for, and applicants are prohibited from offering, any money, fee, commission, credit, gift, gratuity, thing of value, or compensation to obtain or reward improper favorable treatment regarding this solicitation. Any improper request from a project employee should be reported to the chief of party or BusinessConduct@chemonics.com. Furthermore, applicants should be aware that USAID, authorized partners, consultants, and intermediaries, do not collect nor charge fees to submit applications for assistance. Any individual or organization trying to collect or charge a fee to apply to this opportunity is potentially a scam.