Integrated Youth Development Activity

Funding Opportunity ID: 298025
Opportunity Number: 72066018RFA00001
Opportunity Title: Integrated Youth Development Activity
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 98.001
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Qualified U.S. and non-U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), U.S. Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs), and U.S. and non-U.S. for profit firms (provided they forgo profit) may participate in this funding opportunity.

Additionally, pursuant to 2 CFR 200.400(g) and 2 CFR 700.13, it is USAID policy not to award profit under assistance instruments. However, all reasonable, allowable and allocable expenses, both direct and indirect, which are related to the Agreement program and are in accordance with applicable cost standards (2 CFR 200, 2 CFR 700, Relevant OMB Circulars, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 31 for for-profit organizations), may be reimbursed under the Agreement.

Applicants must have established financial management, monitoring and evaluation, internal control systems, and policies and procedures that comply with established U.S. Government standards, laws, and regulations. The successful Applicant(s) will be subject to a responsibility determination assessment that may entail a pre-award survey, by the Agreement Officer (AO). In the instance of a pre-award survey the AO will establish a formal survey team to conduct an examination that will determine whether the prospective Recipient has the necessary organization, experience, accounting and operational controls, and technical skills – or ability to obtain them – in order to achieve the objectives of the program and comply with the terms and conditions of the award.

USAID welcomes applications from organizations which have not previously received financial assistance from USAID. Applicants are encouraged to utilize local expertise and local institutions whenever possible in implementing the program.

Applicants are limited to submit only one application in response to this NOFO.

Agency Code: USAID-DEM
Agency Name: Agency for International Development
Democratic Republic of the Congo USAID-Kinshasa
Posted Date: Oct 19, 2017
Close Date: Jan 04, 2018 Issuance Date: October 19, 2017 Deadline for Questions: November 1, 2017 Closing Date: January 4, 2018 Closing Time: 17:00 Kinshasa Time
Last Updated Date: Oct 19, 2017
Award Ceiling: $22,150,000
Award Floor: $20,000,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $22,150,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The United States Agency for International Development’s Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (USAID/DRC) is seeking applications from qualified and eligible organizations for a three-year, approximately $22.15 million activity that will increase youth resilience to conflict and violence in eastern DRC. This activity will include approximately $17 million in Basic Education funding, $2.8 million in Higher Education funding, $1 million in Economic Growth funding, $600,000 in Family Planning funding, and $750,000 in Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) funding for civic education, citizen participation and public accountability. In addition, USAID/DRC is currently negotiating a Global Development Alliance (GDA) with a third party entity to provide a household cash transfer component to this activity, as illustrated in the Results Framework and described in Section 3.3 below. If this partnership is realized, USAID will require the Applicant to collaborate with USAID and the third party entity on beneficiary selection, as well as an external evaluation of the Integrated Youth Development Activity. Through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), USAID intends to fund the successful Applicant whose activity provides youth in eastern DRC with access to basic education combined with opportunities to develop and exercise skills that allow them to positively engage in economic, social and political life in their communities. The Integrated Youth Development Activity has been developed in accordance with the USAID/DRC Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) that articulates a five-year goal for transformational change in the DRC, which includes “the foundation for durable peace strengthened in eastern DRC” as the purpose of Transition Objective 3 (TO3). This activity offers practical solutions and promising interventions that dovetail with other activities being implemented under TO3 to help achieve that objective. The Integrated Youth Development Activity also takes into consideration a number of other frameworks including the USAID Education Strategy Goal 2, “improved relevance of workforce development programs,” and Goal 3, “increased equitable access to education in environments affected by crisis and conflict.” It supports the USAID Youth in Development Policy, which focuses on mainstreaming youth in development and elevates youth participation in programming. Further, it supports the International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy (I4S) that encourages donors in the DRC to focus on drivers of conflict identified at the community level. This activity should be aligned with the I4S to help the Government of the DRC (GDRC) implement its strategies, the Stabilisation et Reconstruction des zones sortant des conflits armés (STAREC) program, and other international interventions supporting the GDRC. Finally, this activity supports the USAID Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy which aims to advance equality between females and males, empowering women and girls to participate fully in and benefit from the development of their societies.
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