Applications are now open for USAID Household Solar Workforce Development Challenge with upto $350,000 in award prize. The challenge will award up to $350,000 in grant funding to support scalable, innovative, third-party training solutions to the off-grid solar home system sector’s workforce needs in sub-Saharan Africa.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) have launched a call for proposals under the Household Solar Workforce Development Challenge, as part of the Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge for Development (SOGE).
Moreover, SOGE seeks to accelerate growth in the off-grid solar home system market to provide millions of households and businesses across sub-Saharan Africa with access to modern, clean, and affordable electricity. However, talent acquisition and retention for off-grid solar home system companies remains an ongoing industry challenge, limiting
enterprise growth and the sector’s capacity to scale and mature as an industry.
Third-party organizations that focus on training workers for the off-grid solar home system sector offer a viable, and potentially more efficient and effective workforce development solution, but are not yet widely supported or utilized.
The specific objectives of this funding window are to identify and support scalable, innovative, third-party training solutions to the off-grid solar home system sector’s workforce needs in sub-Saharan Africa.
The prize of USAID Household Solar Workforce Development Challenge is as follows:
All applicants apply online through the official website.