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European Development Fund – “Zantchito – Skills for Jobs” Programme – 2021

The “Zantchito-Skills for Jobs” Programme, embedded in the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), is an intervention aimed at addressing the Malawi economy’s need for skilled professionals and providing decent jobs and self-employment opportunities for young Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) graduates, in particular girls.

5 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Malawi
Regions Africa-Carribean-Pacific, Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union
  • Countries eligible to the programme: OECD member state or developing countries and territories, as included in the OECD-DAC list of ODA Recipients, which are not members of the G20 group
  • The action must take place in Malawi

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To provide relevant, innovative and labour market oriented Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training programmes for both formal and informal training with a main focus on girls and youth living in vulnerable situation in view of enhancing self- and employment opportunities


Priority 1 – To increase access to informal and formal relevant, innovative and labour market oriented TEVET training with particular attention to vulnerable youth through provision of both technical, entrepreneurial, vocational and life skills training

Priority 2 – To promote greater gender and women empowerment, equity and environmental inclusion in the TEVET system through:

    • interventions fighting SGBV (e.g. EU-UN Spotlight Initiative) and providing preferential access to SGBV victims or vulnerable girls
    • the Government led Social Cash Transfer Programme targeting vulnerable youth belonging to ultra-poor households
    • initiatives targeting secondary schools youth (e.g EU-ISEM – Improving Secondary Education in Malawi) to ease transition from Secondary to TEVET

Priority 3 – To promote innovation, market-driven and evidence-based approaches in the TEVET sector through improved linkages with the industry and the private sector

Priority 4 – To contribute to diversify and innovate the TEVET offer, including (and not limited to) areas such as Digital/ICT skills and Green TEVET/Climate resilient skills by responding and anticipating the labour market opportunities

Priority 5 – To increase the quality of the TEVET offer as well as the capacities of staff and instructors to meet the labour market requirements

Priority 6 – To promote entrepreneurship and employability skills and the transition of TEVET graduates to decent jobs, being employment and/or self- employment

Priority 7 – To inform the policy dialogue in the TEVET sector through applied research and analysis (labour market assessment, tracers studies, skills gap analysis, solid monitoring and evaluation, etc..) around the responsiveness of the sector to the evolving economic opportunities

Priority 8 – To support collaboration amongst various entities and TEVET providers (public, private, etc.) at different levels to enhance their respective training offer, innovation, exchange of practices as well as operational and financial sustainability (e.g. support to Community Skills Development Centers, Community Technical Colleges and Technical Colleges targeted (and not limited to) by the EU STEP Programme)

Among financed actions

  • Partnering with training institutions and capacity building
  • Identification and planning activities, including needs assessment, feasibility studies and piloted innovative training
  • Development of training methodologies that take into account both the learning capacity and patterns of the trainees and the local labour market
  • To design and develop training activities that provide trainees the skills and competences required in the workplace in formal and informal labour markets
  • Training activities supporting skills development in general, but also ensuring economic empowerment of women and vulnerable groups
  • To improve equitable access to TEVET through provision of scholarships/bursaries to females and vulnerable students, guidance and counselling programmes in secondary schools to raise awareness on the advantages of technical careers as well as attachments schemes for transition to the labour market
  • Awareness campaigns to promote TEVET
  • Support graduates to Business development and creation
  • Provision of supportive skills provided to informal trainees such as transferable skills, basic literacy and entrepreneurship skills
  • Follow-up monitoring of graduates in the labour market (tracer studies, etc..)
  • Partner learning’ activities (seminars, meetings, exchange of information and practices) for the exchange of best practice
  • Research activities related to the analysis of labour market dynamics focused on specific target groups and sectors and analysis of employment and career guidance services, industrial relations and social dialogue
  • Research activities related to Skills analysis and forecasting, including occupation and skills needs forecasting, skills analysis, models for skills assessment and validation, and assessment of adults competences

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is a restricted call for proposals. In first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 36 and 48 months


  • Be a legal person
  • Be: national and international non-governmental organisation, Civil Society Organisation, public sector operator, local authority, international (inter-governmental) organisation
  • Be: local and international NGOs, public or private TEVET providers as well as others TEVET providers such as the grant-aided technical colleges
  • The lead applicant may act individually or with co-applicant(s). For an applicant not established in Malawi, the involvement in the action of at least one co-applicant established in Malawi is obligatory
  • Amount of the grant: between 1 and 2.5 million euro
  • Co-financing rate:
    • Min. 60% of the total eligible costs of the action
    • Up to 80% of the total eligible costs of the action for International lead-applicants
    • Up to 95% of the total eligible costs of the action for Malawian lead-applicants

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