Apply for the Women in Energy Empowerment Acceleration Program

Deadline: 6-Jul-22

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


  • The objectives of AWEE are:
    • Identify barriers to entry, promotion and retention of women in the energy sectors as well as general challenges faced by women working in the sectors of the target countries by facilitating and organizing formal dialogues ( for example: gender-based marginalization, discrimination, gender-based violence, etc.)
    • Develop strategies and policy options designed to remove barriers to entry, promotion and retention.
    • Increase the participation, promotion and longevity of women in the labor force and their ability to assume leadership positions in the energy sector.
    • Improve the capacities of women to assume leadership positions in the energy sector by teaching them the managerial and technical skills necessary to thrive.
    • Demonstrate the U.S. government’s commitment to gender equity and equality in the energy sector globally.

Program objective

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

Funding Information

  • Estimated total program funding: $987,654
  • Price Cap: $987,654
  • Price floor: $987,654

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

Eligibility criteria

  • The Department of State will award an award to the nominee whose entry represents the best value to the U.S. government based on technical merit, effective use of U.S. government funds, and satisfactory organizational capacity.
  • The Department of State reserves the right to award an award based on the initial application received with or without discussion or negotiation.
  • Therefore, the applications must contain the best conditions of the candidates, both from the cost and technical points of view.
  • Applicants should demonstrate expertise in training people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Candidates must also demonstrate a thorough understanding of a wide range of governance structures.

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Mara R. Wilmoth