Call for Bids in Ethiopia: Bilateral Programme Budget

The British Embassy in Addis Ababa is pleased to announce a call for project concept bid for its Bilateral Programme Budget (BPB) for the period 2015-2016.


Project Concept Form

This file is in an OpenDocument format


The deadline for submission of applications is 31st of May 2015. However, early application is highly encouraged.

About the Bilateral Programme Budget

The Bilateral Programme Budget is one of the channels through which UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) finances projects to strengthen ties with the Ethiopian government and contribute to creating lasting peace, security and democracy in Ethiopia.

Key Points to Consider When Applying

1. Project Period

This is a one year project proposal call. The financial year of the BPB is 01 April 2015 - 31 March 2016. All projects must be completed within this financial year. Funding of projects in the next financial year is not guaranteed.

2. Budget

The budget to be allocated to one project can fall under the following ranges.

  • £5000 – £10,000

  • £10,000 - £15,000

  • £15,000 – £20,00

3. Capital Goods and Administrative Costs

The Bilateral Programme Budget fund does not authorise the purchase of capital goods. Minimal percentage of administrative costs may be allowed on case by case basis.

4. Pre-payment

Pre-payment is not a common practice in the FCO. There needs to be a strong justification if pre-payment is required.

Who Can Apply?

  • Government Institutions

  • Legally Constituted Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

  • Civil Society Organisations

  • Community-based Organisations

  • Universities and Research Centres

BPB Funding Priorities

Project concepts that are best fit to our strategic objectives and have a potential to achieve the programmes’ desired outcomes, will be successful.

The concept bid submitted should establish a clear and identifiable link between the activities planned and the expected results, in one of the following thematic areas of the strategic objective:

Strategic Objectives and Thematic Areas

Promote democratic values and good governance by encouraging a culture of open debate in Ethiopia, as well as supporting young Ethiopians to develop their leadership skills.

How to Submit Bids, Selection Criteria and Process

This process will be carried out in three stages

First Stage: The Concept Bid Stage

Applicants submit their concept papers in the attached format Project Concept Form and send via the following e-mail address: to the attention of the BPB Officer by 31st May 2015.

Second Stage: The Full Proposal Stage

Approved concept bids will be presented to the Programme Board for a second and final round selection. Potential implementers will then be contacted by the BPB Officer to develop a full proposal.

Bids will be assessed against the following criteria

  • Alignment with the BPB strategy

  • Evidence of local demand or need

  • Value for money

  • Project viability, including capacity of implementing organization(s)

  • Project design, including clear, achievable outcomes

  • Sustainability

Successful Non-governmental organisations will be asked to submit their valid registration certificate by the Ethiopian Charities and Societies Agency at this stage.

Third Stage:

Final outcomes will be notified to all bidders in the second stage.

Implementation of project will commence if/once both parties sign the FCO Grant /Commercial contract.

Key document

Project Concept Form

This file is in an OpenDocument format

Project Concept Form

Published 13 May 2015