Supplier for Development of Gender Responsive Tool to Assess Creative Innovation, Value Chain Connections and Financial Capacity of SMEs

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Office in Viet Nam is looking for a qualified supplier for the following activities:

VNM30 -115856: RFP-VNM-2021-003: Development of a gender-responsive tool to assess the creative innovation, value chain connections, and financial capacity of SMEs (SMEs Assessment Tool)

UN Women supports the Agency for Enterprise Development (AED) of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) to develop a gender responsive tool to assess the creative innovation, value chain connections and financial capacity of SMEs including women-owned SMEs(SMEs Assessment Tool). The Tool will be mainstreamed gender and women’s empowerment principles.


The gender-responsive SMEs Assessment Tool aims to assess the competitiveness (including creative innovation, willingness to participate and exploit the value chains, and financial capacities) of SMEs, especially women-owned SMEs in Viet Nam.

The Tool is not only utilized to select the enterprises to be awarded with titles, but also helps enterprises to assess their health, the innovation process, to recognize strengths and weaknesses coupled with requirements/gaps to boost performance.


The Tool aims to assess the competitiveness of SMEs, especially women-owned SMEs in Viet Nam, which is based on three building blocks: i) Creative innovation; ii) Value chain connections market access; iii) Financial health/ capacity and access to finance in which gender-inclusiveness business will be comprehensively cross- cut in these blocks. These are three important building blocks of competence for enterprises to have a comprehensive and holistic assessment of the competitiveness, health and development potentials of a SME, especially an women-owned SME in Viet Nam. The tool will be mainstreamed with gender equality and women's empowerment principles by referring the WEPs GAT tool.

The Tool is simply designed to be adopted on a large scale use with any size of enterprises. It can be applied on web/digital platforms. The questionnaire needs to be mainstreamed with gender elements and to be suitable with lean start-up trends (i.e. to further shorten and speed up the process ranging from product innovation ideas and their introduction to the market).

Target users of the Tool include: i) male and female enterprise owners; ii) business advisors; iii) enterprise supporting organizations; iv) State management agency on business support; v) individuals and organizations working on business research and enterprise support.

Basic Information and TOR are attached.

Deadline for submission: 23:59pm 16 March 2021.

Please submit your bid proposal (s) in English to UN Women before the bid closing through our e-procurement system: HERE. You will be required to register with Username and Password before logging in the system to read more about the Bidding under reference number:  RFP/VNM30/2021/02369 and to submit your proposal. If you need support on the registration, please kindly contact Ms. Huyen Nguyen at

Please refer to the instruction for registration to UN Women E-Procurement system in the attached file.

Should you have any questions regarding your proposal(s), please contact

Job Details
Organisation Name:
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Application Deadline:
Tue, 2021-03-16
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