Announcement - HCIS
Technology for Youth and Jobs Project - TechStart
RFA #: DAI-HCIS-TS-2022-003
TechStart project aims to shift the dynamic equilibrium of the Palestinian IT sector toward one of continuous upgrading of firm capabilities and employment growth. It will do so by strengthening the supply of firm capabilities, increasing demand from international buyers and investors, and stimulating the absorption of high-tech knowledge in the ecosystem.
The project consists of four components tackling the supply side, the enabling ecosystem, and the demand side of IT services. Component 1 will focus on the supply side, seeking to improve the capabilities of IT service firms by supporting the technological and managerial upgrading of firms, including the upskilling of workers and supporting the role of women in the sector. Component 2 will focus on improving the ecosystem of IT service firms in the West Bank and Gaza. This will be achieved by investing in (a) R&D facilities which can provide access to technology and services to the entire sector, (b) IT and office infrastructure for businesses who face the most market distortions from trade barriers, and (c) new business service providers. Component 3 will focus on increasing global demand and investments in the IT services market. This will be achieved through activities that promote the Palestinian market abroad to increase investment and export opportunities and broker deals between international firms and Palestinian IT service firms. Component 4 will provide project management and monitoring.
About the Human Capital Improvement Stipends (HCIS) Program:
This program will help upgrade the skills of the Palestinian IT service workforce through the provision of the following stipends through four windows:
The financial support will be an In-Kind Grant that covers the amount and duration of each stipend with a list of eligible expenditures in the form of direct bank transfer to the accounts of individual employees
Each firm applying for this program must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Each firm needs to comply with the selection criteria for the specific stipend window they apply for.
To learn more about the eligibility and selection criteria, please visit: https://www.techstart.ps/en/Article/98/Human-Capital-Improvement-Stipends-(HCIS)
Application forms are available online at https://fs20.formsite.com/DAIForms/smr0etmskv/index.html
Application Deadline: Applications are assessed on rolling basis subject to funds availability.