TARGET expressions of interest

Call for applications

Education Development Trust invites suitably qualified and experienced Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for funding as a first step in a competitive process under its TARGET project grant window. 

Call for expressions of interest

Issuance Date: 16 June, 2021

Closing Date: 5pm EAT 30 June, 2021

Subject: Call for Expression of Interest for the TARGET programme, Equitable School Improvement Fund (ESIF) Wave 2 

To whom: Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) or Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) operating in Afar, Benishangul Gumuz, Gambella and Somali Regional States

At Education Development Trust, our vision is a world in which all lives are transformed through excellent education. We combine global research and our longstanding expertise with regional knowledge to inform education policy and practice and deliver programmes around the world. Through our work and expertise – which spans from early years education right through to post-school careers – we seek to strengthen education systems, transform teaching and learning, ensure effective transitions into work, and contribute to global responses to key education challenges.     

EdDevTrust has been implementing the FCDO-funded TARGET (Technical Assistance to Reinforce General Education Quality Improvement Programme for Equity, GEQIP-E) project in Ethiopia since August 2019, providing targeted technical assistance to the Ministry of Education at Federal, Regional, Woreda and School levels. TARGET’s ESIF key areas of engagement fall under four strands including community engagement, improved teacher performance inclusion and school leader’s continuous professional development (SL CPD). TARGET’s technical support aims GEQIP-E to re-focus the system to improve learning outcomes through performance -based delivery, School leadership training reform, enhanced school leadership to improve school performance and research, monitoring and evaluation process.

As part of its effort, EdDevTrust invites suitably qualified and experienced CSOs/NGOs to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for funding as a first step in a competitive process under its TARGET project grant window. Up to eight projects will be awarded for a maximum project period of 1 year (12 months). There will be a three-stage application process along with due diligence and an Organisational Capacity Assessment:

  1. Submission of EOIs
  2. Closed tender to invite shortlisted applicants to submit a full proposal
  3. Conducting due diligence assessment and Organisational Capacity Assessment

Click here for the application template

Click here for the terms of reference document

The completed application package will be submitted on or before the due date and time to:,  

Any questions concerning this application should be submitted by email to, by 5:00 PM EAT on 22 June, 2021. No question on the EOI will be entertained after this deadline.

The TARGET team appreciates your interest in this EOI and is looking forward to receiving your application.

Please note that issuance of this solicitation, or the submission of an EOI, does not constitute a grant commitment on the part of EdDevTrust nor does it commit to pay for costs incurred in the preparation or submission of the EOI. EdDevTrust reserve the right to choose not to fund any of the EOIs received.