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Tender: Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership Women in Business Programmes

United Kingdom, 09 August 2016


The objective of the Programmes is to promote women’s entrepreneurship, and more broadly women’s participation in business, by assisting women-led SMEs to access finance, know-how and non-financial business development services The Programmes are being implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), FYR Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia (the “Western Balkans” countries) and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine (the “Eastern Partnership” countries).

Assignment Description

The Bank now intends to engage a Consultant to assist in its assessment of the efficiency, relevance, and immediate impact of the Programmes which will include establishing recommendations on how the implementation of the Programmes could be further improved and/or impacts strengthened during the remaining years of the implementation period.

The Assignment will be split into two parts, first the review of the Western Balkans Women in Business Programme, followed by the review of the Eastern Partnership Women in Business Programme. Each part will consist of desk research, a review mission to the regions and the preparation of an assignment report.

In particular, the Assignment will provide the following inputs for each Programme:

  • Evaluation of the quality of the Programme design, including its objectives, results and lessons learned to date.

  • Description of the results achieved, compared to the expected results stated in the programme documents.

  • Assessment of the Programme’s effectiveness in attaining its specific objectives to: Support women-led enterprises in accessing finance for their sustainable growth and job creation. Develop sustainable credit mechanisms targeted to women-led enterprises through provision of dedicated financing facilities and technical assistance to partner financial institutions (“PFIs”). Support women-led enterprises to access advice and know-how.

  • Establishment of lessons learned to date and guidance on how to integrate such lessons into Programme implementation going forward.

  • Assessment of risks and mitigation measures under the Programme.

  • Recommendations for the ongoing implementation of the Programme and its potential expansion.

  • To the extent possible, assessment of indirect impact of the Programmes (environmental, social, cultural etc).

Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in September 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of 6-8 months. The assessment of the Western Balkans Women in Business Programme is expected to start in September and the evaluation of the Eastern Partnership Women in Business Programme in early 2017.


Submission Deadline: 22 August 2016

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