Request for Proposal: Expert Facilitator needed to implement a series of technical workshops in Gabon

The African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) is seeking an expert facilitator to implement a series of technical workshops to support the 2015 African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) Forum, held on the margins of the 2015 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Ministerial in Libreville, Gabon from August 24-27, 2015. This year’s forum will comprise of a trade exhibition and a series of plenary sessions to support small and medium-enterprises (SMEs) interested in exporting to the United States under AGOA.

The facilitator will conduct workshops over 2-3 days for African women entrepreneurs seeking to integrate into regional and global supply chains. The workshops should provide them the information, resources and tools needed to link their businesses to regional and global supply chains.

Tasks would include, but not be limited to the following:

1. Planning and leading a one hour training on August 25th entitled “Exporting Firm-Level Strategies to Develop a Roadmap for Exporting” to inform participants of AGOA standards and technical assistance opportunities for small & medium enterprises. See draft agenda for more details.

2. Organizing and implementing a hands-on, 1-2 day workshop on the margins of the ministerial from August 26-27. These workshops should provide sector-specific firm-level support to help women-owned small and medium enterprises develop a roadmap for exporting (e.g. Exporting 101). Themes should focus on user- friendly insights and resources into how SMEs can:

1. Ensure competitiveness in a global market;
2. Meet AGOA certification, packaging and labeling requirements;
3. Harness the power of cooperatives and the diaspora community to build export capacity;
4. Identify the ideal markets, products and services for small businesses to harness to expand and growth their businesses and export potential; and
5. Develop a database of sectors and (American and international) corporate supply chains ideal for women-owned businesses; and

6. Aggregate all resources, information and workshop materials into a user manual for AWEP members to use after the workshop.

3. Eligibility

• In order to meet the needs of the Anglophone and Francophone participants, the facilitator must be fluent in both English and French. The facilitator must also provide resource materials in both languages (required)
• Experience in business management, export trade, marketing, entrepreneurship (preferred)
• Experience in Africa (preferred)
• Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with effective and interactive facilitation techniques (preferred)
• Demonstrated experience running successful high-quality workshops related to trade, business management, and entrepreneurship (preferred)

4. Budget

$6,000 US Dollars

5. Background

AWEP is a U.S. Department of State initiative that identifies and builds networks of women entrepreneurs across Sub-Saharan Africa poised to transform their societies by owning, running, and operating small and medium businesses, and by becoming voices for social advocacy in their communities. Since its inception in 2010, the AWEP network has grown to over 200 alumnae and 1600 members in agribusiness, food processing, textile, fashion, home accessories and other sectors.

Visit the following link for more information about AWEP.

Visit the following link for more information about the 2015 AGOA Ministerial.

Candidates must email workshop proposals by July 15th, 2015 to awep@seaf.com Please write “AWEP-AGOA Workshop Proposal” in the subject title.