TUNISIAN RURAL AND AGRICULTURAL CHAINS OF EMPLOYMENT (T.R.A.C.E.) PROGRAMME

Support to the job creation in the agricultural sector in rural areas in the frame of the programme T.R.A.C.E.

The Programme

The programme T.R.A.C.E. is financed by a donation of the Government of the Netherlands through a trust fund managed by the World Bank, whose objective is to create employment targeting especially young people and women, in the rural, agricultural, and agri-food sectors, by enhancing productivity and resilience of small Tunisian producers. Furthermore, it aims at strengthening professional organisations’ and SMEs competitiveness thanks to a better access to knowledges, to innovation and to financial services.

The realization of the proposed interventions is done by selected partners after due diligence by the World Bank in partnership with public, private, and professional institutions in Tunisia, and in coordination with other complementary programmes. The programme T.R.A.C.E. covers the Governorates of Jendouba, Kairouan and Gabes.

In this framework, the creation of a fund supporting the job creation in the rural entrepreneurship, agricultural and agri-food sectors is foreseen. This fund will provide with technical and financial assistance to producers organisations, to small and medium enterprises, and to young entrepreneurs for enhancing their business, their professionalization and for creating new jobs.

The fund supporting the employment amounts to USD 2.83M in view of financing around 250 investment projects with a high potential for job creation, more specifically 85 projects in Jendouba, 80 projects in Kairouan and 85 projects in Gabes.

Programme Manuals

In the section below are available for consultation and download the following manuals of the programme (in French):

 

  • WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES & WORKING CONDITIONS
  • STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT PLAN (PMPP)
  • ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK MANUAL (CGES)

WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES & WORKING CONDITIONS

Microfinanza has elaborated the manual for workforce and working conditions management describing its procedures, whose objective is to define good practices in managing and protecting the staff and all workers involved in the project implementation. The Manual aims at identifying the different workers’ categories associated with the project, risks that they may face and encounter, and at proposing coherent mitigation measures. It is an ongoing and evolving document, which needs to be updated throughout the whole project.
The Manual will allow Microfinanza and its partners to comply with the following requirements (ESS 2, Labor and Working conditions):

  • To promote fair treatment, non-discrimination, and equal opportunity of project workers.
  • To establish, maintain and enhance relationships among workers and management
  • To promote the respect of national law on labour and work
  • To protect workers, especially vulnerable categories such as children, migrant workers, workers recruited by third parties and workers in the provision chain
  • To prevent the use of all forms of forced labour and child labour

STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT PLAN (PMPP)

The Manual aims at developing a plan for stakeholder engagement which will allow:

 

  • To set a systematic approach for engaging the stakeholders and consequently to help the project lead to identify them and establish a good relationship, especially with those stakeholders that are directly involved in the project
  • To evaluate the level of interest and engagement of stakeholders to be undertaken by Microfinanza, and to consider their opinions in the conception and implementation of the project (and social and environmental performances)
  • To encourage effective engagement of all relevant and involved stakeholders throughout the whole project on themes that may have an influence on it
  • To provide relevant stakeholders with tools for lodging and managing a complaint if the case

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK MANUAL (CGES)

The Manual announces the responsibilities of the team towards evaluation, management and follow-up of environmental and social risks and effects that may arise in the frame of the Project. These activities should comply with Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) of the Framework promoted by the World Bank.

The following elements are to be found in the Manual:

  • Identification and management procedures of risks and effects at the environmental and social level of sub-projects;
  • Description of institutional capacities and competencies
  • Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of environmental and social risks related to sub-projects