Deadline: 6-Jul-22

The Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) of the U.S. Department of State announces an opportunity for organizations to submit applications to carry out the Accelerating Women’s Empowerment in Energy (AWEEA) Program by providing a convening forum and workforce development activities to support the empowerment and professional development of women currently working in or seeking work in the clean energy sector in order to overcome historic gender-based marginalization.


  • The objectives of AWEE are:
    • Identify barriers to the entry, promotion, and retention of women in the energy sectors as well as the overall challenges faced by women working in the sectors of target countries through facilitating and hosting formal dialogues.(for example: overall gender based marginalization, discrimination, gender-based violence etc.)
    • Develop strategies and policy options designed to address the barriers to entry, promotion, and retention.
    • Increase women’s participation, promotion, and longevity in the labor force and ability to assume positions of leadership in the energy sector.
    • Enhance women’s abilities to assume positions of leadership in the energy sector by teaching them the managerial and technical skillsets necessary to thrive.
    • Demonstrate USG commitment to gender equity and equality in the energy sector globally.

Program Goal

  • The successful transition to a global clean energy economy will depend on women’s participation and leadership in the energy sector.
  • The overall goal of this cooperative agreement (CA), funded by the U.S. Department of State’s FY 2021 Gender Equity and Equality Action (GEEA) Fund and implemented by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) is to support the empowerment and professional development of women currently working in or seeking to work in the clean energy sector to overcome historic gender-based marginalization and increase women’s participation in the clean energy workforce of target countries.

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $987,654
  • Award Ceiling: $987,654
  • Award Floor: $987,654

Target counties include high-emitting countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The award recipient may also include an additional target high-emitting country and/or countries with significant gender gaps in the sector or where general gender inequality is widespread  for a maximum total of three countries, of which at least one must be in sub-Saharan Africa.  The award recipient will endeavor to include target countries where programming will avoid overlap with other donor-funded gender equity and equality efforts in the energy sector.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Department of State will issue an award to the Applicant whose application represents the best value to the U.S. Government based on technical merit, efficient use of U.S. Government funds, and satisfactory organizational capacity.
  • The Department of State reserves the right to make an award based on the initial application received with or without discussion or negotiations.
  • Therefore, applications should contain the Applicants’ best terms from both cost and technical standpoints.
  • Applicants should demonstrate expertise in training individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Applicants should also demonstrate in-depth understanding of a wide range of governance structures.

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