Women’s Equal Employment Project in Zhejiang Province

Please note that this is a re-advertisement, if your organization has applied in the past, there is no need to apply again as your application will form part of this Call for Proposals.

The UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in China is calling for proposals to enhance Chinese women’s access to equal and fair employment.

The successful proposal will promote gender equal internal Corporate Social Responsibility practices among one or several manufacturing companies located in Zhejiang Province, with a focus on educating mid-level factory managers, and empowering predominately blue-collar women working in these companies.

The project, however, will not be exclusive to this group and will also include female and male workers at all levels of the company. It will ensure that the women’s voices are heard, their work conditions are fair, and that they have equal opportunities for promotion. The selected partner(s) will take a participatory approach and work closely with both men and women workers and their factory managers.

 This project aims to contribute to the following outcome and output:

Outcome: Private Sector Duty Bearers ensure that women have equal access to employment, professional development opportunities and social protections within their companies 


Factory managers have improved understanding of women workers’ gendered needs, aspirations and discrimination they may face in the workplace and of the corporate benefits of gender-equal policies to support women and men workers

Guidelines for the Submission of Proposals

What is the format for the proposal?

Given the project’s Terms of Reference (TOR), the proposal should contain the following:

1)      A narrative proposal consisting of:

a)      Context and problem analysis: Brief summary of situation of blue- collar women factory workers in China and Zhejiang Province, highlighting experiences and challenges in access to equal employment and gender-equal practices to support women and men workers; brief description of emerging opportunities or challenges for internal CSR advocacy; and opportunities for implementing internal CSR practices that can support the blue collar women workers.

b)      Justification: Analysis of why it is important to enhance awareness and understanding of equal employment and implementation of internal CSR practices that can support blue- collar women workers. (1.5 pages)

c)       Targeting: Describe principles for identifying the target group of women and men workers within the factories, procedures for conducting the needs assessment of women workers as compared to men workers, qualifications of the resource people for the training, and content for the training resources.  

d)      Expected results: What are the expected outputs and outcomes that you would like to aim for through this project?  (1/2 page).

e)      Project Design: Description of strategies, methodologies and approaches that your organization proposes to adopt or utilize in pursuit of the project’s objectives (Please refer to the attached Terms of Reference of the project).

f)       Partnerships and Sites: In its proposal, the selected partner(s) must demonstrate clear guidelines for selecting the manufacturing companies participating in the project. Hence a description of the partners needed to successfully implement the project and their roles; a description of proposed sites for project implementation.  (1.5 pages, maximum)

g)      Log frame and Implementation Work Plan: Description of expected results and corresponding activities and work plan to conduct the activities (Please see Annex 2 and 3).

h)      Institutional profile: Brief description of the organization, including its registration details and relevant experience or track record in implementing projects targeted at blue collar women workers in China. With a focus on internal CSR practices the successful partner(s) must also demonstrate a proven track record in working with manufacturing companies in implementing gender sensitive CSR practices.   (1.5 pages, maximum)

i)        A budget proposal fulfilling the following requirements (See Annex 4)

a)      An output-based budget that shows how much is required to achieve each output.

b)      The budget should include an allocation for a mid-term internal review by the project conducted by the organization.

c)       The budget should also include an allocation for preparation of a certified financial report at the end of the project.

d)      The administrative overhead cost should not exceed 10% of the total budget.

Applicants may include Annexes (supporting documents) such as organizational brochure, previous annual reports and audit reports.

Who can apply? Proposal can be submitted by an organization, or jointly by two or more organizations of any of the following categories:

-          Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), either registered in China or abroad.

-          Training and research centers based in educational or academic institutions

The applying organizations must be legally registered. Organizations registered in China as for-profit but operating in reality as civil society organizations clearly dedicated to social development are eligible to apply.

What criteria will be used for selection of the proposal? The proposal will be selected on the basis of technical (80%) and financial (20%) assessments.  The technical assessment will review the following:

  1. Extent to which the proposal fulfills the requirements of the Call for Proposals (5%)
  2. Clarity of the situation analysis and problem identification (15%)
  3. Soundness of strategy, proposed activities and expected results against the problem analysis (25%)
  4. Application of a participatory process to bring together various strategic partners (10%)
  5. Realistic work plan to complete the activities (10%)
  6. Applicants’ institutional capacity and relevant experience (15%)

When is the proposal due?

Proposals are due by COB on Friday 22 August 2014 - 5 pm Beijing Time.

To whom should the proposal be sent?

Please email your proposal to:

Subject line should indicate the heading, “Women’s Equal Employment Project”

The email needs to be sent with two separate PDF attachments, which are clearly labeled “narrative proposal” or “budget proposal”:

  1. Narrative Proposal including Logframe and Work Plan formats
  2. Budget Proposal


  1. Terms of Reference (TOR)
  2. Logframe format
  3. Work -plan format
  4. Budget proposal

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