1. Who can apply for funding from JOBA?
The fund can be applied for by non-state organisations (commercial, non-governmental organisations, community based organisations) who provide technical or vocational training, entrepreneurship development, second chance education or wrap-around or employment services and who fulfill the basic eligibility criteria.
2. Which are the eligible training providers in terms of geographical location?
All non-state training providers can apply for the JOBA Employment Fund regardless of geographic location.
3. For how long a time period will JOBA provide funding?
JOBA is foreseen to provide funding for 3years up to 2020, with an additional year to assess employment outcomes of trainees. The implementation of JOBA will be over 5 years up to 2021.
4. What types and amounts of funding does JOBA offer?
JOBA offers three types of funds:
The Employment Fund is a competitive grant fund with grants between GBP 370,000 and GBP 1,100,000.
The Training for Resilience Fund provided a short term grant to selected ready-to-go providers of technical/vocational training and entrepreneurship development providers.
The Learning Fund is a designated fund for members of the national association of non-state straining providers to-be-established. The modus operandi of the learning fund is still to be decided. Its focus will be on quality improvement, mainstreaming gender, training of trainers, inclusive employment approaches etc.
5. How will the grant be paid?
The grant will be paid to selected grantees only. It will be paid in tranches that are partly results based, the last tranche depending on employment or self-employment rates of trainees after completion.
The grant is budgeted for in British Pounds and paid in a designated grantee account.
6. What types of strategies does JOBA encourage for evaluating social impact of grant supported projects?
Social impact is considered in terms of youth, women and adolescent girls being trained, finding work or starting a small business, or in them improving their incomes.
Value for money will be an underlying principle, and results will be monitored.
7. What support does JOBA provide?
JOBA provides financial support to skills training, entrepreneurship development and second chance learning to enhance employability of the participants in training, especially women and girls.
8. Is JOBA funding directed to any specific region?
No. The fund is available for all regions of the country (including urban and rural areas).
9. Does JOBA fund government programmes?
The JOBA employment fund is only available for training providers that do not form part of national or local government.
10. What will not be considered for funding?Funding is not available for projects that do not embrace the objectives of the Employment Fund, in particular the aim to promote and support young women, adolescent girls and disadvantaged youth into training leading to work.
11. My company sells equipment’s/materials and provide training services to the customer. Can I apply for funding from JOBA?
The Employment Fund is intended for training women, girls and disadvantaged youth to enable them to get employed and/or self-employed. It is therefore not intended for training companies; companies who sell training as their product and train their customers are not eligible for the grant.
12. Is the Employment Fund available to fund a study?
The Employment Fund is not a scholarship fund. It provides funding to project initiatives from non-state organisations. Such training providers will undertake occupation directed training, entrepreneurship or second chance learning activities that will contribute to higher incomes of the beneficiaries, through provision of innovative, quality, marketable technical or vocational training, entrepreneurship training, or ‘second chance’ opportunities.
13. Can training providers who are implementing a successful program with other donor funds replicate the same programme with JOBA funds?
If JOBA funding is meant for upscaling a programme, and for re-directing or strengthening the focus on employability and entrepreneurship specifically for girls and women, a training provider can apply. JOBA emphasises additionality, meaning that the proposed training should be bringing some additional aspects into training that would not have taken place without the Employment Fund funding, as opposed to training that is "business as usual" with not additions.
14. Is an organization which has partnership with Government (eg. managing a technical school on behalf of Government) eligible for a grant from the Employment Fund?
Yes, it is eligible to submit a proposal for a grant from the Employment Fund.
15. How many companies can come together to present a proposal? Can the same company submit more than one proposal?
There is no limit to the number of companies that can form a partnership and a company can enter to more than two partnerships with different other companies.
16. Can an approved training provider be a subcontractor to the principal or main applicant?
Yes. The principal applicant will sign the grant contract and be accountable for the use of the grant funds.
17. In the case of partnerships, how will the fund be disbursed (for each partner separately or according to the contribution in the program)?
The lead organization or principal applicant is the one that submits the application and signs the contract. Therefore, funds will be disbursed to the lead organisation / principal applicant which is also accountable for the use of the grant funds (refer to question 17).
18. In which currency will the budget be presented? And in which currency will the disbursement be done?
The general budget for the project will be presented in British Pounds (GBP).
19. What is meant by the “50% from our own resources” requirement from a profit making enterprise?
The applicant must present the total cost of the project and present the % that they will contribute to the project. The applicant should also specify where the funds will come from. The cost-sharing or own contribution doesn't have to be in monetary form but can also be in kind. In kind contribution may include training equipment (not older than 1 year), trainee fees (if you think your target group is able to pay), the investment cost of training of trainers, etc.
20. How would a proposal of wrap-around services be submitted? As a full package or related to the occupational area of training/beneficiaries)?
Wrap-around services are services that enhance the employability or entrepreneurship initiatives of the trainees. It can be submitted as a package or as an occupationally directed initiative. JOBA will evaluate different approaches at the end of the programme and compare effectiveness.
21. How can a foreign training provider (without any registration in Mozambique) apply to the JOBA Employment Fund?
Prospective international applicants to a grant from the Employment Fund can apply through partnerships with (other) local training providers, or with providers of second chance learning or entrepreneurship skills, or with partners who can provide other services such as internships, curriculum development etc. In this case, the applicant should include all relevant details in the application form. If one of the partners is a training provider, an up-to-date registration certificate from INEFP is required.
International applicants who are not going into any partnership should provide evidence of their steps towards registration in Mozambique, the strategy to be followed and the expected timeline for this.
22. My proposal is for training in a typically male occupation. Can I apply for the Employment Fund?
One of the expected outcome of the project is to have more youth, especially young women and adolescent girls, with marketable skills that could lead them to self-employment or further training and education. So, our expectation is to have grantees who will also focus on women and open up training across the genders.