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Issue Date: Deadline for Questions: September 2, 2016 September 9, 2016 Response to Questions: Closing

Issue Date:

Deadline for Questions:

September 2, 2016 September 9, 2016

Response to Questions:

Closing Date:

September 15, 2016 October 12, 2016

Closing Time:

7:30 PM Nairobi time

Subject:

Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: NOFO-615-16-000033

Program Title:

SUPPORT FOR ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN (OVC) IN KENYA

Ladies/Gentlemen:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for up to two (2) cooperative agreement from qualified U.S. and Non-U.S. organizations to fund a program entitled “Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in the counties indicated below. Eligibility for this award is not restricted. See Section III of this NOFO for eligibility requirements.

Subject to the availability of funds an award will be made to the responsible applicant(s) whose application(s) best meets the objectives of this funding opportunity and the selection criteria contained herein. Only one (1) award is anticipated as a result of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) per group of counties listed below:

One award for Nyanza and Western and part of Rift Valley in the following counties :

Bungoma, Busia, Elgeyo Marakwet, Homabay, Kakamega, Kisii, Kisumu, Migori, Nandi, Nyamira, Siaya, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Vihiga and West Pokot.

One award for Central and Eastern and part of Rift Valley in the following counties:

Baringo, Embu, Kajiado, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Kitui, Laikipia, Machakos, Makueni, Meru, Murang’a, Nakuru, Narok, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Samburu, Tharaka Nithi and Turkana

Applicants may apply for one or both of these funding opportunities. The application must clearly indicate which funding opportunity is being applying for. If applying for both awards, the applicant must submit two applications.

USAID reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted.

For the purposes of this NOFO the term "Grant" is synonymous with "Cooperative Agreement"; "Grantee" is synonymous with "Recipient"; and "Grant Officer" is synonymous with "Agreement Officer". Eligible organizations interested in submitting an application are encouraged to read this funding opportunity thoroughly to understand the type of program sought, application submission requirements and evaluation process.

To be eligible for award, the applicant must provide all information as required in this NOFO and meet eligibility standards in Section III of this NOFO. This funding opportunity is posted on

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Sections

Description

Page Numbers

Abbreviations and Acronyms …………………………………………………………

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Section I – Funding Opportunity Description………………………………………………5

Section II –Award Information…………………………………………………………

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Section III – Eligibility Information…………………………………………………….

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Section IV – Application and Submission Information…………………………………

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Section V – Application Review Information…………………………………………

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Section VI – Award and Administration Information…………………………………

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Section VII – Agency Contacts…………………………………………………………

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Section VIII – Other Information.………………………………………………………

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Annex I – SF 424 Forms …………………………………………………

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Annex II - USAID Provisions for US and Non-US NGO

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Annex III – USAID Kenya and East Africa VAT guidance……………… ……………

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ABREVIATIONS AND ACCROYNMS USED IN THIS NOFO

ADS

Automated Directive System

AO

Agreement Officer

AOR

Agreement Officer Representative

CBO

Community Based Organizations

COP

Chief of Party

CDCS

Country Development Cooperation Strategy

FBO

Faith Based Organization

HES

Household Economic Strengthening

IP

Implementing Partner

GOK

Government of Kenya

KAIS

Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey

LIP

Local Implementing Partners

M&E

Monitoring and Evaluation

MIS

Management information systems

NGO

Non-Governmental Organization

NICRA

Negotiated Indirect Cost Recovery Agreement

NOFO

Notice of Funding Opportunity

OVC

Orphans and Vulnerable Children

PD

Program Description

PEPFAR

President Emergency Plan for Aids Relief

RFA

Request for Applications

SAM

System for Award Management

SGBV

Sexual Gender Based Violence

USG

U.S. Government

VACS

Violence Against Children Study

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SECTION I: FUNDING OPPORUNTITY DESCRIPTION

SUPPORT FOR ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN (OVC) IN KENYA

USAID Kenya and East Africa (KEA) seeks applications for funding for upto two awards to support recipients in implementing the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program in the following counties:

One award for Nyanza and Western and part of Rift Valley in the following counties :

Bungoma, Busia, Elgeyo Marakwet, Homabay, Kakamega, Kisii, Kisumu, Migori, Nandi, Nyamira, Siaya, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Vihiga and West Pokot.

One award for Central and Eastern and part of Rift Valley in the following counties:

Baringo, Embu, Kajiado, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Kitui, Laikipia, Machakos, Makueni, Meru, Murang’a, Nakuru, Narok, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Samburu, Tharaka Nithi and Turkana

This opportunity description aligns with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Country Operational Plan (COP) and “Pivot Strategy”, 1 which requires USAID to target and prioritize high burden areas with the goal of achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets. Planned activities should align with the principles, approaches, strategies and priority interventions outlined in the following: Kenya National Children’s Policy 2010; Kenya Minimum Service Standards for Quality Improvement of OVC Programs 2012; PEPFAR 2012 OVC Guidance; Kenya’s National Plan of Action for Children 2015-2022; and associated strategic plans and frameworks.

This opportunity supports the implementation of the USAID/Kenya and East Africa (USAID/KEA) Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) 2014-2018, 2 contributing to Development Objective (DO2): Health and Human Capacity Strengthened, Intermediate Results (IR) 2.1 “Increased Kenyan ownership of health, education and social systems” and 2.2 “Increased use of health and education services”.

The USAID/KEA’s support for OVC activities will support the Government of Kenya’s (GOK) goal to realize and safeguard the rights and welfare of children. The activities should build upon USAID/KEA’s previous experience and lessons learned in community-based OVC programming.

Purpose: Improved welfare and protection of children affected by HIV/AIDS in the target counties described above.

The planned activities should address three-interlinked Sub-purposes as outlined below:

1. Increased access to health and social services for OVC and their families.

1 Country Operational Plan (COP) guidance: https://datim.zendesk.com/hc/en-

us/article_attachments/202073255/PEPFAR_COP_Guidance_2015_Final_Public.pdfpe

2 USAID Kenya CDCS 2014-2018 - available online at www.usaid.gov/kenya

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2. Strengthened capacity of households and communities to protect and care for OVC.

3. Strengthened child welfare and protection structures and systems for effective responses in targeted counties.

The two programs are intended to provide OVC interventions that ensure children remain: AIDS free, healthy, safe, stable and schooled. They should maximize opportunities through effective integration across the continuum of prevention, mitigation, care and treatment services for children, adolescents and their families. Increasing access to comprehensive services will require that referral networks/systems and linkages between communities and facilities be established and/or strengthened to ensure that all OVC and their families have access to the broad array of health and social services within focus counties.

USAID desires to support programs that utilize high impact and cost effective interventions that:

Promote county and community ownership, working directly with local organizations in order to build their capacity to effectively implement case management systems and institutionalize quality service delivery.

Target the sub-national level, including with the County and Sub-county Department of Children Services (DCS) to improve service delivery for OVC and their households.

Build on other USG and non-USG funded social-economic programs focused on vulnerable children, adolescents and caregivers.

Leverage resources through strategic partnerships with the public and private sectors.

Ensure timely reporting of achievements into national reporting systems.

Geographic Focus The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 3.0 has renewed focus on identifying geographic areas and populations at greatest risk for HIV/AIDS. This approach is aligned with Kenya’s HIV Prevention Revolution Road Map which emphasizes strategic investments in high HIV burden counties to reduce new HIV infections. PEPFAR OVC programming works within the continuum of prevention, mitigation, treatment and care to contribute to an AIDS-free generation. Children living in high HIV burden counties are more likely to: be victims of abuse, including gender-based violence and sexual abuse; live in institutional care, or on the streets; experience psychosocial distress; drop-out of school and engage in exploitative labor; and live alone, or be the caretakers for their ill parents. To sustainably prevent and mitigate these hardships, USAID wants to contribute to OVC activities which build the capacity of households, local organizations and community structures including county social welfare systems.

Table 1 describes the mix of counties and expected targets for OVC and households. The level of effort and scale-up differ among counties.

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Table 1: Indicator summary table

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MECHANISM

COUNTIES

EST.

CURRENT

PROPOSED

PROPOSED

EST.

OVC COVERAGE

EST.

OVC

OVC

TARGET

HOUSEHOLDS

AWARD 1

BUNGOMA, BUSIA, ELGEYO MARAKWET, HOMABAY, KAKAMEGA, KISII, KISUMU, MIGORI, NANDI, NYAMIRA, SIAYA, TRANS NZOIA, UASIN GISHU, VIHIGA AND WEST POKOT

291,000

326,000

90,000

CHILDREN

CHILDREN

HOUSEHOLDS

AWARD 2

BARINGO, EMBU, KAJIADO, KIAMBU, KIRINYAGA, KITUI, LAIKIPIA, MACHAKOS, MAKUENI, MERU, MURANG’A, NAKURU, NAROK, NYANDARUA, NYERI, SAMBURU, THARAKA NITHI AND TURKANA

176,000

170,000

52,000

The operating environment for both awards will be dynamic, and approaches should be tailored to specific and varied county contexts. Increased enrollment may occur gradually, in Award 1, Nyanza and Western and part of Rift Valley which focuses on HIV high prevalence counties

classified as saturation and scale-

Central and Eastern and part of Rift Valley includes the most sustained counties considered for future transition, therefore there should be a gradual decrease in the number of beneficiaries supported by this award to align with the Kenya PEPFAR pivot of shifting investment to high HIV burden areas with greatest OVC unmet need. In sustained counties, PEPFAR will cease enrollment of new OVC and work with the GOK and other stakeholders to graduate children and families on a rolling basis as well as transition those that still need services to other providers. USAID intends to fund activities that are responsive to changing operating dynamics, PEPFAR priorities and that builds in monitoring systems and graduation models from the onset of the activity to successfully prepare and effectively transition children and families from program support.

 
 
 

up

for expansion currently by PEPFAR support.

Award 2

Comment [U1]: Do we define saturation and scale-up in the document? See Table 4 below:
Comment [U1]: Do we define saturation and
scale-up in the document?
See Table 4 below: I thought they could be
explained as ‘footnotes’ but realized it may be too
crowded.

Table 2: PEPFAR definitions of OVC terminologies

Scale-Up counties will receive a package of services designed to accelerate progress toward at least 80% antiretroviral treatment (ART) coverage in a subset of high-burden locations and populations.

Scale-Up counties have been further divided into Scale-Up to Saturation Districts and Aggressive Scale-Up Counties.

Scale-Up to Saturation counties receive intensive PEPFAR support with a target of reaching 80% of people living with HIV (PLHIV) on ART by 2017.

Aggressive Scale-Up counties receive intensive PEPFAR support with an overall goal of an increased rate of ‘new on ART’ but not reaching 80% of PLHIV by 2017.

Sustained

Sustained counties receive a package of services provided by PEPFAR that are different in each country and include passive enrollment via HIV testing and counseling on

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request.

Sustained counties will be aggressively scaled to reach 90/90/90 goals by 2020.

Background OVC are defined by PEPFAR as: a child who is 0-17 years old, who has lost a parent to HIV/AIDS, who is otherwise directly affected by the disease, or lives in areas of high HIV prevalence and may be vulnerable to the disease or its socioeconomic effects.

Globally, HIV/AIDS has had devastating effects and its impact has left populations more vulnerable to poverty, malnutrition, morbidity and mortality. One of these consequences has been an upsurge in the number of orphaned children and an increase in mother-to-child- transmission of HIV. The number of children who have lost one or both parents to HIV increased from 14.6 million in 2005 to 17.8 million in 2013 (UNICEF and UNAIDS). More than four- fifths of all children orphaned by HIV/AIDS globally live in sub-Saharan Africa, where every eighth child has lost one or both parents (DHS Analytical Studies 15 - 2008). Treatment coverage for children living with HIV remains unacceptably low with only three in ten eligible children in sub-Saharan Africa receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) as of 2012.

Kenya has faced all of these challenges. Although Kenya has demonstrated a steady decline in HIV prevalence among adults down from 7.1 percent in 2007 (Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey – KAIS 2007) to 5.6 percent in 2012 (KAIS 2012), the epidemic will impact children and their families for decades. Challenges to delivering quality services for OVC in Kenya include: an overburdened and understaffed social welfare workforce; inadequate management information systems (MIS); limited community structures; and ineffective coordination between stakeholders, particularly government and civil society. Given that the national population is very young, with approximately half under 18 years of age, 3 effort is required to ensure that the HIV epidemic does not expand into future generations.

In 2012, the KAIS estimated the OVC population in Kenya to be over 2.6 million, of which nearly half (1.2 million) are AIDS orphans. An estimated 159,700 children under the age of 15 are infected with HIV; however, only 78,000 (49 percent) children access ART. Although this is higher than the percentage of OVC accessing ART in sub-Saharan Africa, it is still well below Kenya’s national goal and PEPFAR’s goal for accelerating treatment for children. Similarly, there are an estimated 300,000 children 4 living on the streets of major cities in Kenya, many of whom are orphans.

Table 3: Estimated number of OVC by Age and Region in Kenya

ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN

 

OVERALL

TOTAL

LOWER

UPPER

 

2,596,921

2,360,401

2,833,459

AGE (YEARS)

     

3 Social–Economic Atlas of Kenya (2014), Depicting the National Population Census by County and Sub-location

4 National Plan of Action for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Kenya, 2007-2010

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0-4

394,219

332,513

455,925

5-9

663,570

576,136

751,004

10-14

962,475

862,383

1,062,567

15-17

576,657

512,956

640,358

REGIONS

     

NAIROBI

98,954

66,161

131,747

CENTRAL

229,494

161,315

297,673

COAST

219,366

148,725

290,007

EASTERN

307,948

231,590

384,306

NYANZA

712,823

551,531

874,097

RIFT VALLEY

674,150

529,741

818,541

WESTERN

354,186

242,567

465,823

Source: KAIS 2012

Extended family systems and networks that traditionally absorbed these children are overstretched and under threat due to social and economic strains further compounded by the impact of HIV/AIDS. Although children may remain in a family setting, the additional burden may exacerbate the conditions of the household as they compete for limited access to basic needs and care. Children frequently assume the role of bread-winner and caretaker for ill parents or other family members if parents have passed away. This burden frequently falls on girls and young women. Children from households affected by HIV/AIDS are more likely to: drop out of school in order to provide for their families; be exposed to sexual assault, neglect and violence; be deprived of inheritance rights; and suffer psychosocial trauma. Due to inadequate resources and frequent separation of siblings in OVC households, OVC also lack access to basic legal documents, such as birth certificates. These documents are critical to ensuring their legal status, basic rights, access to services and opportunities (UNICEF 2006).

Strategic Interventions The interventions to be supported through these activities should align with the goals and objectives of the GOK, PEPFAR and USAID/KEA. USAID desires to fund activities that contribute to creating a supportive environment that enables children to develop into healthy, responsible and productive adults. Responsive applications should include high impact interventions incorporating the following approaches”

Child-Focused and Family-Centered Services This is a critical focus of PEPFAR OVC programming and aligns with GOK priorities. It emphasizes child-focused and family-centered interventions that target the whole household by identifying individual needs and promoting the strengths and resources of caregivers. A package of support for households based on an assessment of what they require to continue to care adequately for all the children for whom they are responsible is necessary. This approach empowers caregivers to claim or reclaim their role as the primary guardians for OVC. Interventions should ensure services provided are responsive to the individual needs of children and engage with families bolstering their capacity to care for children over the long term.

Household Economic Strengthening (HES)

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Resilient families are much better positioned for transition/exit from assistance and able to provide for their children more sustainably. As a key entry point to OVC households, activities should design and implement evidence-based and integrated HES models with clearly defined benchmarks and outcomes. These interventions should address the unique needs of the target households, with clear timeframes and criteria for graduating beneficiaries from program support.

Improved Access through Effective Referrals to Essential Services Effective targeting to address the most vulnerable, including HIV positive children and adolescents, is essential for OVC households to ensure access to comprehensive services and mitigate the impact of AIDS. USAID seeks applications which work with local OVC organizations to identify households based on effective case management systems and link them to appropriate services. This may include taking steps to mitigate loss to follow up between service delivery points and ensuring a well-functioning cross-referral network. Promoting the continuum of care across community and health facility-based services will ensure that HIV positive children and adolescents are identified and linked to care and treatment. In addition, the recipients shall note the other vulnerabilities HIV exposed children face, including malnutrition. Comprehensive support for this group of children needs to go beyond the facility, promote infant feeding practices that mitigate the risk of contracting HIV. Linkages to the community will also enable mentor mothers to provide counseling to promote adherence to treatment. Appropriate activities should constantly monitor the functionality of bi-directional referral mechanisms employed at clinic and community settings.

Successful applications should integrate high impact, age-appropriate interventions for OVC including education, early childhood development and protection.

Successful application are also expected to explore effective interventions that prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) including those for adolescents and incorporate recommendations from the 2012 Kenya Violence Against Children Study (VACS) Report. 5

Strengthening Social Systems and Community Structures The family, community, government and civil society stakeholders each play vital roles in shaping the social service system and its functions. Applicants are expected to demonstrate how they will work through and engage with existing government systems and community structures for effective service delivery. This shall include linkages to social protection programs and partnerships with the private sector as appropriate to improve outcomes for OVC as shown in

Strengthening OVC Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Systems Data for decision making is critical to OVC programs. Collaborative efforts in building information systems and infrastructure to avail high-quality data for various decision-making processes are important. USAID seeks to finance recipients to work with local partners to ensure they have the capacity to collect, analyze, interpret, manage and use data, as well as to embed

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quality improvement throughout the continuum of care. Monitoring and evaluation frameworks should define expected outcomes for each component of the system and include mechanisms for program learning/knowledge management and improvement.

Capacity Building As part of a long-term strategy for OVC care and support, capacity building is essential. Capacity building encompasses individual and organizational skills and knowledge, as well as strengthening institutions and systems to perform core functions effectively and efficiently. Programs that focus on strengthening local capacities and relationships are more likely to have sustained results. Programs should address capacity gaps and challenges at all levels of the socioecological frame (government, local organizations, community and family) and institutionalize improved quality service delivery.

Graduation and Transition In line with the geographical PEPFAR Pivot Strategy, OVC activities should clearly demonstrate approaches to preparing children and families who have attained a certain level of resilience and no longer require support for eventual graduation from the program. Similarly, clear exit and/or transition strategies to other providers are needed for children and families who still need mitigation services. Activities should employ from the on-set graduation, exit and/or transition strategies and approaches that are contextualized and responsive to levels of household vulnerability. Competitive applications should utilize interventions that show a clear process of transition that demonstrates recipient’s capability to sustain benefits of the program in order to avoid undue harm and ensure affected families are involved in the whole process and are not abruptly cut off from assistance.

Guiding Principles The following principles should serve as pillars for programming and implementation plans. These include incorporating tenets of key United States Government (USG) strategies and international mandates including the USAID Kenya Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP) and PEPFAR OVC Guidance 2012.

I. Invest in Kenyan leadership, capacity, and systems for long-term ownership,

and sustainability. USAID/KEA places an important focus on developing, supporting, and sustaining the considerable professional talent and institutional capabilities that exist within Kenya. Similarly, PEPFAR places high priority on engaging host county leadership to foster ownership. This requires an investment of time, effort, and resources in developing individual and local organization competencies, systems and processes. Activities should support government and local implementing partners’ ability to improve the quality of OVC services. The effectiveness of leadership development will be reflected in OVC program outcomes.

II. Evidence-based OVC Interventions. The interventions should be aligned and

directly respond to the needs of children in Kenya, scaling up evidence-based HES models and employing proven child-focused and family-centered approaches. Successful applications will work with government and non-government actors to strengthen management information systems and databases to build a body of evidence to improve current and future OVC programming

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III. Increase involvement of the private sector. Whenever possible, the activities

should leverage strategic private sector partnerships and alliances to improve the well- being of OVC. These partnerships should seek to create opportunities for OVC households to build their capabilities, to access credit and connect them to resources. The private sector offers expertise in implementing cost-effective models that can both maximize efficiency and enable beneficiaries to become self-sufficient through opportunities such as internships, mentorship, employment, and venture capital.

IV. Ensure strategic collaboration and coordination. USAID desires to fund two

awards which work in their respective geographic areas to ensure strong collaboration between beneficiaries, the GOK, community and faith based organizations (CBOs/FBOs), other USG-funded programs and other development partners. USG programs include HIV prevention, treatment and care, child survival programs, (e.g., malaria, maternal, neonatal, child health and reproductive health, nutrition, agriculture

and food security as well as education and youth programs). Similarly, the activities will continue to collaborate with initiatives to reduce adolescent girls’ vulnerability including greater risk to contracting HIV, exposure to sexual violence, and limited access to education and socio-economic determinants such as the PEPFAR Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored, and Safe (DREAMS) initiative. This will promote coordination to leverage resources, minimize duplication of effort and reduce transaction

costs.

V. Gender. Both USAID and the PEPFAR Blueprint include a focus on gender

equality. USAID/KEA is committed to addressing inequities and harmful gender norms that place people at-risk of disease, poor health, and violence. Activities should improve access to and uptake of evidence based OVC interventions by addressing gender and resource inequities, or other barriers to accessing and using services. This may include working with civil society and applying rights-based approaches; leveraging or improving demand side financing mechanisms such as savings clubs, community health insurance, or voucher schemes for food and nutrition related activities; advancing respectful and culturally competent care for women and families. (Note: a PEPFAR Kenya gender analysis focusing on controlling the HIV epidemic available as part of the 2016 Country Operational Plan). Since men and women, girls and boys, access and use services differently, proposed activities should use a gender lens. Interventions should align to USAID’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy and the PEPFAR Gender Framework.

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FIGURE 1. USAID/KEA OVC ACTIVITY ILLUSTRATIVE LOGICAL FRAMEWORK

Purpose: Improved welfare and protection of children affected by HIV/AIDS in target areas of Kenya
Purpose: Improved welfare and protection of children affected by
HIV/AIDS in target areas of Kenya
of children affected by HIV/AIDS in target areas of Kenya Sub-Purpose 2: Strengthened capacity of households
of children affected by HIV/AIDS in target areas of Kenya Sub-Purpose 2: Strengthened capacity of households
of children affected by HIV/AIDS in target areas of Kenya Sub-Purpose 2: Strengthened capacity of households
of children affected by HIV/AIDS in target areas of Kenya Sub-Purpose 2: Strengthened capacity of households
of children affected by HIV/AIDS in target areas of Kenya Sub-Purpose 2: Strengthened capacity of households
of children affected by HIV/AIDS in target areas of Kenya Sub-Purpose 2: Strengthened capacity of households
Sub-Purpose 2: Strengthened capacity of households and communities to protect and care for OVC.
Sub-Purpose 2:
Strengthened capacity of
households and
communities to protect and
care for OVC.
2.1. Build sustainable economic initiative to enable households meet the basic needs of their children.
2.1. Build sustainable
economic initiative to
enable households meet
the basic needs of their
children.
2.2. Increase knowledge and skills of caregivers on OVC care and protection.
2.2. Increase knowledge
and skills of caregivers on
OVC care and protection.
2.3. Link OVC households to social safety net programs.
2.3. Link OVC households
to social safety net
programs.
Sub-Purpose 1: Increased access to health and social services for OVC and their families.
Sub-Purpose 1: Increased
access to health and social
services for OVC and
their families.
1.1. Greater community involvement in health and social services delivery, promotion and utilization for OVC
1.1. Greater community
involvement in health and
social services delivery,
promotion and utilization for
OVC well-being.
1.2. Increase the number of
OVC receiving age –
appropriate and quality
services including HIV
services.
1.3. Strengthen referrals and
linkages to essential services for
OVC through coordination and
integration with other sectors e.g.,
health nutrition and education
Sub-Purpose 3: Strengthened child welfare and protection structures and systems for effective responses in targeted
Sub-Purpose 3: Strengthened child
welfare and protection structures
and systems for effective responses
in targeted counties and sub-
i
3.1. Support GOK County monitoring and management information system for OVC.
3.1. Support GOK County
monitoring and management
information system for OVC.
3.2. Strengthen the capacity of national and county institutions including local organizations to deliver quality
3.2. Strengthen the capacity of
national and county institutions
including local organizations to
deliver quality services to OVC.
3.3. Strengthen coordination of care across community stakeholders to improve OVC well-being.
3.3. Strengthen coordination of care
across community stakeholders to
improve OVC well-being.

Sub-Purpose 1

Increased access to health and social services for OVC and their families. The primary focus of Sub-purpose 1 is to increase OVC access to age-appropriate services that address the most critical needs of children and their families. The OVC Program provides a range of socio-economic services critical to mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS on children including meeting their most basic needs for health, safety, stability and schooling. Often, OVC are faced with a myriad of challenges and the new activities will require that services be evidence-based/proven effectiveness, as well as, prioritized based on urgency (“no one -size fits all”).

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Recipients will be expected to assure quality service delivery to an optimal number of OVC, while at the same time ensuring that interventions are delivered at adequate level of coverage and intensity to achieve the target outcomes. Recipients will be expected to engage local organizations to prioritize family-centered and community-based interventions that address children’s critical needs in a sustainable manner.

Illustrative outcome-level indicators for Sub-purpose 1: may include, but are not limited to:

Number of active beneficiaries (e.g. OVC, households) served by the OVC program

Percent of OVC under five who are fully immunized (by county).

Proportion of OVC tested for HIV and status known by child/and or caregiver (by county).

Percent increase in OVC school enrolment (by county).

Percent increase in OVC school attendance (by county).

Number of OVC who have progressed in school over time (by county).

Number of older OVC who have acquired vocational and technical skills (by county)

Percent increase of children with legal documents (by county).

Percent of children who have at least one adult (above age 18) parent/caregiver with whom they co-reside.

Percent increase of OVC households implementing case plans.

Improved bi-directional referral pathways for community and facility-based services and link to other social and child protection services.

Sub-Purpose 2

Strengthened capacity of households and communities to protect and care for OVC. The primary focus of Sub-purpose 2 is to leverage the interdependent contributions of stakeholders at all levels of society to empower families and communities to care for children affected by HIV/AIDS. Competitive applications will have interventions which lead to the sustained graduation of OVC beneficiaries to less subsidized services, and the strengthened capacity of families to cope with challenges. To achieve this, Recipients may design and implement evidence-based and integrated HES models with clearly defined benchmarks and outcomes that include strengthening the capacity of local implementing partners— typically community-based and faith-based organizations (CBO/FBOs)— to deliver programs responsive to the needs of OVC households. In addition, Recipients will be expected to work directly with local partners to help families implement effective and evidence-based HES interventions to expand assets, improve household welfare and prevent future risk exposure, including interventions that strengthen the linkages to clinical/facility-based and other socio-economic services.

Illustrative outcome-level indicators for Sub-purpose 2 include, but are not limited to:

Percent increase of OVC households able to access financial resources to meet basic needs (by county).

Percent increase in knowledge of caregivers involved in family strengthening activities (by county).

Proportion of OVC caregivers involved in HES initiatives e.g., saving and loans groups (by type, by household vulnerability score).

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Proportion of OVC households that have been supported to graduate from program support.

Proportion of OVC households that have been supported to transition to other support.

Number of eligible households receiving social protection support (by county).

Percent increase in knowledge among community members and groups on national child policy/standards and guidelines (by county).

Sub- Purpose 3

Strengthened child welfare and protection structures and systems for effective responses in targeted counties.

A child sensitive welfare and protection information management system is critical to the wellbeing of OVC. This sub-purpose is dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the county and local implementing partner systems and institutions to effectively use welfare and child protection information management system to manage the delivery of quality services, improve coordination of care and sustain the delivery of OVC essential services. The applicant is encouraged to review and consider the Human and Institutional Capacity Development Handbook: A USAID Model for Sustainable Performance Improvement to assess capacity and inform their proposed approach.

Illustrative Outcome-level indicators for Sub-purpose 3 include, but are not limited to:

• Total annual government budget allocation to child protection and child-sensitive social protection (by national and county).

• Percent increase of OVC interventions transitioned from USAID/KEA to local county- based and non-state actors.

• Availability of social services workforce data (workers with responsibility for child welfare and protection).

Percent increase of supported counties and LIPs that use data for decision making i.e., annual county planning and budgeting and service delivery to OVC (by county).

Evidence that national strategic plan on child protection is being implemented.

Percent of counties with at least one coordinating body that provides multi-sectoral oversight to ensure compliance to child protection policies.

Number and percent of partners that use data as a tool for advocacy (e.g., CBOs and FBOs).

Number of government offices and LIPs with improved composite capacity scores.

Number of government social services offices and CSOs equipped, trained to utilize the child protection information management system (by county, and by agency).

Number of evaluated HES models taken to scale (by type, county).

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Table 3: Indicator summary table

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OVC Indicators

Number of beneficiaries served by PEPFAR OVC programs for children and families affected by HIV.

Disaggregate Groups

Disaggregates

Age/Sex

<1, 1-9, 10-14M, 10-14F, 15-17M, 15-17 F, 18-24 M, 18-24 F, 25+ M, 25+ F

Program Completion

Active Graduation Transferred Exited without graduation

Number of orphans and vulnerable children (<18 years old) whose HIV status is known or unknown by the OVC implementing partner.

Disaggregate Groups

Disaggregates

HIV Status

Known HIV Positive Known HIV Negative Known Undisclosed Unknown

 

Age/Sex/HIV Status

Implementation and Management The prime GOK stakeholders are the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labor and East Africa Affairs, in particular the Office of Social Security and Services that hosts the DCS. Other stakeholders include development partners, CBO/FBOs at county and national levels, and USG and non-USG supported IPs.

Prime partners will be expected to work directly with local CBO/FBOs and other NGOs to implement the activities and maximize efficiencies. This approach aligns with USAID Forward to achieve long-term sustainable development. Past and current OVC implementation have demonstrated that if local organizations are supported through capacity building, strengthening of their systems, and regular technical assistance and monitoring, they can be partners for sustainable responses.

The map below shows the planned USAID/KEA - PEPFAR OVC coverage for Kenya:

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Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-615-16-000033 Monitoring and Reporting USAID seeks recipients who will develop

Monitoring and Reporting USAID seeks recipients who will develop and track activity targets in order to contribute to the advancement of learning and research. Competitive applications should seek to expand the tracking of quality, outcomes, cost-effectiveness, innovation and impact in both the short and

long- term. PEPFAR

and evaluation (M&E) systems to improve the effectiveness of OVC programs.

OVC Guidance, 2012

OVC Guidance, 2012

OVC Guidance, 2012

has reinforced the need to support strong monitoring the effectiveness of OVC programs. OVC Guidance, 2012 The plan shall outline the framework for monitoring

The
The

plan shall outline the framework for monitoring activities, data quality management, data

collection, analysis, reporting and data use. The applicant shall clarify the indicators and targets that will be used as a basis for measuring the activity’s performance, and clearly define how it will measure progress. The recipient shall ensure gender is integrated into activity framework, benchmarks, and indicators. For each indicator, the M&E plan shall provide interim and final targets and data sources. The M&E plan shall ensure required data for periodic reporting (quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports) is available. The recipient working jointly with USAID/KEA and other county stakeholders will plan and conduct an internal baseline assessment that will be used for target setting, formulation of learning agenda and re-adaptation of implementation strategies. The baseline process will also include the mapping of all OVC services providers with regard to focus area/interventions, geographical coverage, level of investment and period of performance. This information will be used by USAID/KEA and other county level stakeholder to develop results and/or outcomes contributions analysis framework. Mid-term and end-tern evaluations will be conducted externally through USAID/KEA’s support. Mid-term results will be used to assess the progress made on the outcome results and use results to adjust the strategies that are determined not work effectively. End of the project evaluation

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Comment [U2]: PEPFAR OVC guidance?? PEPFAR OVC guidance??

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Comment [U3]: What do we want to include for evaluation? A full M&E plan or indicators? What do we want to include for evaluation? A full M&E plan or indicators?

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results will be used to document what worked and what didn’t work and the key lessons learnt for future programming considerations.

The activities should ensure that indicators are aligned with the Mission’s development objectives, contributing to CDCS Development Objective (DO2): Health and Human Capacity Strengthened, IR 2.1 “Increased Kenyan ownership of health, education and social systems” and 2.2 “Increased use of health and education services” to feed into the USAID/KEA annual Performance Plan and Report and PEPFAR reporting.

PEPFAR requires the OVC monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MER Version 2.0 - 2016) indicators to be reported on at least a semi-annual basis through the Data for Accountability Transparency and Impact (DATIM) system. Recipients should be prepared to adapt to changing PEPFAR and GoK indicators and reporting requirements.

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SECTION II: FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

1. Estimate of Funds Available and Number of Awards Contemplated

Subject to funding availability, USAID intends to provide $101 million in total funding. This funding will be distributed through two (2) cooperative agreements. The intended ceiling for Award 1 “Nyanza and Western and part of Rift Valley” is $64 million and $37 million for Award 2 for Central and Eastern and part of Rift Valley over a five (5) years period. Actual funding amounts are subject to availability of funds.

USAID reserves the right to fund any one or none of the applications submitted.

2. Start Date and Period of Performance for Federal Awards

The period of performance anticipated herein is 5 year period. The estimated start date will be upon the signature of the award, on or about February/March 2017.

3. Substantial Involvement

In addition the requirements outlined in 2 CFR 200 and 2 CFR 700, USAID/KEA will be substantial involved in the implementation of the OVC activities, in accordance with ADS 303.3.11, in the following areas:

1. Approval of the Recipient’s Implementation plans.

2. Approval of Specified Key Personnel

The following positions have been designated as key personnel:

1. Chief of Party

2. Senior OVC Technical Advisor

3. Economic Strengthening/Livelihood Specialist

4. Finance Manager

5. Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

3. Agency and Recipient Collaboration

USAID/KEA will augment the Recipient’s’ impact by sharing technical knowledge and evolving guidance based on global best practices and state of the art lessons learned across PEPFAR countries. USAID/KEA will:

Approval of the recipient’s monitoring and evaluation plans

Monitor to authorize specified kinds of direction or redirection because of interrelationships with other projects. All such activities must be included in the program description, negotiated in the budget, and made part of the award.

4.

Title to Property

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Property title under the resultant agreement shall vest with the recipient in accordance with the Requirements of 2 CFR 200.310 through 2 CFR 200.316 regarding use, accountability, and disposition of such property.

5. Authorized Geographic Code

The geographic code for this program is 935 (any area or country including the recipient country, but excluding any country that is a prohibited source)

6. Purpose of the Award

The principal purpose of the relationship with the Recipient and under the subject program is to transfer funds to accomplish a public purpose of support For Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Kenya which is authorized by Federal statute.

The successful Recipient will be responsible for ensuring the achievement of the program objectives and the efficient and effective administration of the award through the application of sound management practices. The Recipient will assume responsibility for administering Federal funds in a manner consistent with underlying agreements, program objectives, and the terms and conditions of the Federal award. The Recipient using its own unique combination of staff, facilities, and experience, has the primary responsibility for employing whatever form of sound organization and management techniques may be necessary in order to assure proper and efficient administration of the resulting award.

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SECTION III: ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION

1. Eligible Applicants

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U.S. and non-US organizations may participate under this NOFO.

Applicants must have established financial management, monitoring and evaluation processes, 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 (Pre-award Survey) by the Agreement Officer (AO).

The Recipient must be a responsible entity. The AO may determine a pre-award survey is required 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.

2. Cost Sharing or Matching

Cost sharing is required, in addition to USAID funds. Applicants are required to contribute resources from their own, private or local sources (not from other USG funding sources or or USG-funded in-kind contributions) for the implementation of this program. The percentage of cost-share contributions is a minimum of five (5) percent, over the life of the project. Cash or in- kind contributions associated with the proposed project must be reflected separately and clearly defined in the budget (see 2 CFR 200.306, 2 CFR 700.1 and ADS 303.3.10 for guidance on cost share). Cost sharing must be used for the accomplishment of activity objectives and must consist of allowable costs under the applicable USG cost principles (Office of Management and Budget [OMB] A-21, 2 CFR 200 subpart E, Federal Acquisition Regulations Part 31).

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SECTION IV: APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

1. Agency Point of Contact

Name: Nya Kwai Boayue

Title:

Agreement Officer

Questions and Answers:

Name: Winnie Hinga

Title:

Assistance Specialist

All questions regarding this NOFO should be submitted in writing to Nya Kwai Boayue, Agreement Officer to the e-mail address above.

Questions regarding this NOFO should be submitted to Assistance Specialist Winnie Hinga at whinga@usaid.gov and a copy to the Agreement Officer Nya Kwai Boayue at nboayue@usaid.gov, no later than Friday September 9, 2016 5:00pm local time to provide sufficient time to address the questions and incorporate the questions and answers as an amendment to this NOFO which will be posted on Grants.gov.

2. Required Forms

All Applicants must submit the application using the SF-424 series, which includes the:

SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance

SF-424A, Budget Information – Non-construction Programs

SF-424B, Assurance – Non-construction Programs

Copies of these forms are included as part of the application package for this NOFO posted at www.grants.gov.

3. Pre-award Certifications, Assurances, and Other Statements of the Recipient

In addition to the certifications included in the Standard Form 424, the Recipient must obtain the following certifications, assurances, and other statements from both U.S. and non-U.S. organizations (except as specified below) before receiving an award and as otherwise required by the regulations listed in this section. The Apparently successful offeror or offeror(s) undergoing negotiations will be asked to submit the following certifications, assurances, and other statements contained in ADS 303mav, Certifications, Assurances, and Other Statements of the Recipient and Solicitation Standard Provisions, and which includes:

1. Assurance of Compliance with Laws and Regulations Governing Nondiscrimination in

Federally Assisted Programs (This assurance applies to Non-U.S. organizations, if any part of the program will be undertaken in the U.S.);

2. Certification Regarding Lobbying (22 CFR 227);

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3. Prohibition on Assistance to Drug Traffickers for Covered Countries and Individuals

(ADS 206, Prohibition of Assistance to Drug Traffickers);

4. Certification Regarding Terrorist Financing;

5. Certification Regarding Trafficking in Persons; and

6. Certification of Recipient

7. A

Trafficking, (ADS 206.3.10) when applicable;

of

signed

copy

Key

Individual

Certification

Narcotics

Offenses

and

Drug

8. A signed copy of Participant Certification Narcotics Offenses and Drug Trafficking

(ADS 206.3.10) when applicable;

9. A completed copy of Representation by Organization Regarding a Delinquent Tax

Liability or a Felony Criminal Conviction;

10. Other Statements of Recipients.

4. System for Award Management (SAM.gov) In order to receive a Federal grant, Recipients must be registered at SAM.gov. Applicants are strongly encouraged to start this process now if not already registered.

a. Access the web page: http://www.sam.gov

b. Click “Register/Update Entity and then Complete Registrations

c. Follow the instructions.

5. Content, Guidelines and Form of Application Submission

1. The applicant must identify clearly a contact person and someone with the authority to

negotiate on behalf of the applicant. A cover page, not included in the page limit, must be provided for the cost and technical application, which must include: the RFA Number; the name of organization(s) submitting application; the name of a contact person and title or position with the organization; the e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers (if applicable), and the postal and physical addresses of the organization(s).

2. Applicants must clear identify which of the two awards they are applying for. Failure to do

so may result in application being deemed non-responsive and eliminated from competition.

3. The application received by the deadline will be reviewed for responsiveness to the

specifications outlined in these guidelines and the application format. Applications that are incomplete or not directly responsive to the terms, conditions, specifications, and provisions of this NOFO may be categorized as non-responsive and eliminated from further consideration

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4. Application must be divided into two separate parts: (1) Technical Application; and (2) Cost

Application. The application must be written in English. The formats for each of these parts are set forth below.

5. Applicants who include data that they do not want disclosed to the public for any purpose or

used by the U.S. Government except for evaluation purposes, should:

a) Mark the title page with the following legend: "This application includes data that shall not be disclosed outside the U.S. Government and shall not be duplicated, used, or disclosed - in whole or in part - for any purpose other than to evaluate this

application. If, however, a grant is awarded to this applicant as a result of - or in connection with - the submission of this data, the U.S. Government shall have the right to duplicate, use, or disclose the data to the extent provided in the resulting grant. This restriction does not limit the U.S. Government's right to use information contained in this data if it is obtained from another source without restriction. The

data subject to this restriction are contained in sheets

; and

b) Mark each sheet of data it wishes to restrict with the following legend: "Use or disclosure of data contained on this sheet is subject to the restriction on the title page of this application."

6. TECHNICAL APPLICATION FORMAT

Technical applications should be specific, complete and presented concisely. Technical applications must take into account the goals stated in the NOFO and be organized according to the merit review criteria in this NOFO. A lengthy application does not in and of itself constitute a well thought out application. Applications should demonstrate the applicant’s capabilities and expertise with respect to achieving the goals of this activity.

The Technical application is limited to 20 pages for the Technical Application and 17 pages for the Annexes. This is inclusive of any graphs, charts, resumes, or other attachments. The four annexes are not included in the twenty page limit. PAGES EXCEEDING THE PAGE LIMITS WILL NOT BE EVALUATED. The application shall be typed on standard A4 sized paper with at least one inch margins and with each page numbered consecutively. Fonts used must not be less than 11 points. The table of contents and acronym list is not included in the 20 page limit.

Technical Application:

o Executive Summary, included in the page limitation, should summarize the key elements of the applicant’s technical approach or strategy, management approach, implementation plan, expected results and M&E plan. (Not to exceed 2 pages)

o Cover page (Not Included in Page Limit)

The cover page must include at a minimum the following information:

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- NOFO Number

- Activity Title

- Name of the organization(s) submitting the application

- Name and title of contact person(s) and position within the organization

- E-Mail Address and Telephone

- Postal and physical addresses

The technical application body must be organized as stated below and include an executive summary which summarizes the key elements of the applicant’s technical and management approach. :

Technical Application Selection Factor 1: Technical Approach Selection Factor 2: Organizational Capacity Selection Factor 3: Staffing and Management Structure

Annexes Annex 1: Work Plan (Not to exceed 3 pages) Annex 2: M&E Plan (Not to exceed 3 pages) Annex 3: Resumes for key personnel (Not to exceed 10 pages) Annex 4: Stakeholder Engagement Matrix (Not to exceed 1 page)

Selection Factor 1: Technical Approach

Technical approach must present a clear, concise, and effective description of proposed strategies, interventions, methods, and tools to accomplish the goals and objectives and to implement activities consistent with the goals of Section I. It must demonstrate an understanding of the issues, constraints and opportunities present in the relevant geographical areas. Approaches should be innovative, realistic, and contextually appropriate with a focus on local ownership and sustainability. The technical approach should also describe:

o

The applicant must discuss both the “what” and the “how” of its planned activities based on geographical prioritization and clearly demonstrate strategies to address the most vulnerable children and adolescents, particularly those who are HIV positive. The application must describe how it will strengthen formal referral networks to promote a true continuum of clinical and socio-economic service.

o

The application must describe interventions that reflect a range of critical health outcomes across the age span (0-17 years)

o

Present innovative and customized approaches that are responsive to the needs within counties including transition and graduation of OVC households and capacity building for both LIPs and the county government structures including Area Advisory Councils.

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Selection Factor 2: Organizational Capacity

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The application must demonstrate that it possesses the capacity to implement the proposed activities. The applicant must demonstrate the ability to plan, coordinate, and implement a range of activities similar to those described in this RFA. The applicant should describe relevant experience implementing large OVC programs, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa, and relevant experience with the proposed approaches.

The applicant shall provide information on the institution’s capability, demonstrating how the applicant:

Has the ability to obtain the array skills needed to effectively and efficiently implement the activity and

Any current operational presence in the immediate or surrounding geographical area where the proposed activity is to be implemented.

Demonstrates the ability to conduct service delivery activities for OVC and provide a brief description of organizational history/expertise, including relevant work experience and representative accomplishments in developing and implementing programs of the type required under this NOFO.

Describe experience working with U.S. Government projects and complying with financial regulations and reporting requirements.

Indicate specifically whether it has experience implementing activities related to strengthening technical capacities of government, non-governmental, community and faith-based organizations and community level entities to expand access to high quality OVC services, products, and information.

Describe clearly whether it has experience related to building the capacity/resilience of OVC caregivers and thereby graduating and or weaning families towards meeting their individual households’ needs.

Selection Factor 3: Staffing and Management Structure

Management Structure and Staffing Plan The applicant shall articulate clearly the roles and responsibilities of proposed management structure to achieve outputs and goals. The application must include an organizational chart and corresponding narrative that clearly describes the management and reporting structure, staffing levels, technical roles and responsibilities, lines of authority, financial management, and cost containment strategies required to achieve the proposed activities and outcomes/results.

The applicant should clearly describe how the proposed management and staffing offer an appropriate balance of skills sufficient to achieve the activity goal by including a skills matrix for proposed program staff, identifying skills and expertise of proposed staff appropriate to the objectives of Funding Opportunity Description. The applicant should strive for Kenyan leadership/ownership in management structure and staffing plan to the greatest extent possible. The staffing structure should be cost effective.

Resumes, not exceeding two (2) pages maximum per resume, for each proposed key personnel and three (3) references for each key personnel. References should be listed in the resume. USAID may contact other known references.

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Key Personnel: The applicant must propose the following key personnel positions in accordance with the descriptions provided:

Chief of Party

Senior OVC Technical Advisor

Economic Strengthening/Livelihood Specialist

Finance Manager

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Chief of Party S/he will have principal responsibility for representation of the project to USAID and key stakeholders including Government of Kenya officials. She/he will have overall responsibility for coordination of all project activities and staff. At a minimum, the COP will have:

At least ten years’ experience in managing complex orphan and other vulnerable children (OVC) programs, or related social services programs of similar scope and size, including experience in social service systems strengthening.

The candidate shall have at a minimum a Master’s Degree in social sciences, public health, management, business administration, or a related field.

Demonstrated state-of-the-art experience as senior staff in at least three of the following areas: child protection; household economic strengthening; social protection; education; health and nutrition including HIV/AIDS care and support; social service systems strengthening; quality improvement/quality assurance; M&E; and operations research.

At least five years demonstrated experience and skills in partnership building, especially with the GOK, donors, private sector, NGO and local community organizations.

Experience in program management and administration, financial management, award compliance and sub award management, and tracking activity performance and costs.

Strong management and communication skills, strategic vision, leadership qualities, professional reputation, ability to create synergies where applicable, interpersonal skills, and written and oral presentation skills to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the activity description.

Professional level of oral and written fluency in the English language

Strong writing and communication skills.

Senior OVC Technical Advisor The OVC advisor will be responsible for the technical aspects of activity implementation that relate to community and families, and ensure strong linkages with facility-level and other service delivery points.

At a minimum, the Senior OVC Technical Advisor will have:

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At a minimum, a Master’s Degree in social work, sociology, psychology, development studies and other social science degrees.

At a minimum, eight years of experience implementing OVC programs in a development context, with five of these years in Sub-Saharan Africa, preferably Kenya. During this period she/he will have been involved with social services systems strengthening and social services project design, implementation, reporting and evaluation.

Demonstrated state-of-the-art experience at a mid- or senior level in at least three of the following areas: child protection, household economic strengthening, social protection, education, health and nutrition including HIV/AIDS care and support; quality improvement; social services workforce; M&E; and operations research.

Demonstrated experience in managing, coordinating and supervising a team working with county and local community organizations, families and communities.

Demonstrated skills in activity design, implementation and reporting, preferably for USG funded programs.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives, for-profit private sector entities, local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders, particularly at the sub-national level.

Professional level of oral and written fluency in the English language

Strong writing and communication skills.

Economic Strengthening/Livelihoods Specialist The Economic Strengthening/Livelihoods Specialist will be responsible for the technical aspects of activity implementation that relate to household economic strengthening activities.

At a minimum, the Economic Strengthening/Livelihoods Specialist will have:

A Master’s Degree in commerce, economics, and business management or related field.

At least five years of experience managing complex development activities, with at least three of these years working in Sub-Saharan Africa, preferably Kenya. During this period she/he must have been involved in the design, implementation, reporting and evaluation of evidence-based economic/livelihood activities targeting vulnerable groups.

Professional level of oral and written fluency in the English language.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives, for-profit private sector entities, local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders, particularly at the sub-national level.

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for leading the design and implementation of the program monitoring and evaluation framework

At a minimum, the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will have:

A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as mathematics, business, statistics, informatics, or international relations.

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At least 10 years of experience designing and implementing monitoring and evaluating activities for complex programs in developing countries.

A firm command of quality improvement and quality assurance with respect to integrated service and support programs.

Demonstrated experience in setting up and managing M&E systems that track performance as per the objectives of this activity (e.g. service integration and performance against each result area).

Demonstrated analytical skills to measure the outcomes of the activity’s activities, including referral outcomes, and supportive activity supervision.

Strong writing and organizational skills for monitoring and reporting on program outcomes and impacts.

Professional level of oral and written fluency in English Language

Finance Manager The Finance Manager will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of administration and financial management, including accounting systems, budgeting, expenditure tracking, financial reporting and human resources for both the prime partner and any sub-awards.

At a minimum, the Finance Manager shall have:

A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or related field relevant to the position requirements.

At least 10 years of experience in financial management for large complex activities, of which at least five years were working in the field of international development.

Professional level of oral and written fluency in English language.

Prior experience managing USG activities of similar scope is desired but not required.

The Annexes (17 pages maximum) must include the following:

Annex 1: Work Plan Applicants must submit a preliminary draft work plan for the five-year period in a GANTT chart. The workplan should include a high level “Life of Project’ activities and outputs and a detailed first year. This should include a plan for rapid start-up plan. The first year of the implementation plan should be as detailed as possible. The applicant should identify the major activities to be undertaken for each output. This preliminary work plan must include, but not be limited to, a timeline with major milestones for carrying out the various activities proposed under this project. The work plan should be linked to the proposed technical approach as outlined in the narrative, be logical, and demonstrate how the applicant would implement this activity in order to achieve the goals and objectives as described in the Section I. The selected recipient will finalize its annual workplan in coordination with USAID after award.

Annex 2: Monitoring and Evaluation Plan The draft monitoring and evaluation plan (M&E Plan) must be provided and shall include. The draft M&E Plan, a critical tool for planning, managing, and documenting performance against set indicators, shall be included as an annex to all applications. The draft will be evaluated as part of the selection process. This M&E Plan will be finalized with the selected recipient after award.

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Applicants must include a preliminary M&E plan for the life of the program. This should discuss the routine indicators necessary to achieve the high level indicators indicated in Section I and a narrative discussion of the clausal framework. For each intermediate purpose and/or sub-sub purpose, the following should be provided: proposed indicators, definitions, units of measure, baseline, and target(s).

Annex 3: Resumes for key personnel

Each CV is not to exceed two pages and must include a minimum of three current references for each key personnel candidate (provide name and contact information of each reference).

Annex 4: Stakeholder Engagement matrix Relevant local and national OVC policymakers should be partners from the start in identifying solutions to local problems and prioritizing activities. It is important to facilitate the participation of relevant stakeholders (e.g., civil society groups, NGOs, affected communities, research institutes, inter-government sectors and technical assistance agencies), which may range from the local to national level. Program implementers are responsible for the quality of the work and using results to inform policy and program decisions.

Stakeholder engagement is the process of identifying and communicating effectively with people or groups who have an interest, are affected by, or have influence on the program’s outcome. The role of the program implementers and policymakers who know the context, includes:

Participating in defining the program problem and the type of evidence needed to make informed decisions about program implementation and policies;

Developing a shared understanding of the purpose of the program and their role;

Participating in interpreting program learning and utilizing evidence in program and policy decision-making; and

Disseminating program learning locally and globally.

Effective communication with key stakeholders, both internal and external, is essential to the program’s success. Use the stakeholder engagement matrix table below to conduct a detailed stakeholder engagement analysis. The process of engagement should be well documented will be used later in the annual and final reports for guiding future interventions. The purpose and extent of stakeholder participation should be discussed explicitly, with a plan developed program implementation and submitted in a table format as outlined below.

Stakeholder Engagement Matrix Template

Name of stakeholder organization, group or individual Potential role in the activity Engagement strategy How
Name of stakeholder
organization, group or
individual
Potential role in the
activity
Engagement strategy
How will you engage
this stakeholder in the
activity?
Follow-up strategy
Plans for feedback or
continued involvement

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7. Cost Application Format

Budget Preparation and Submission

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The Applicant must sign and submit the cost application standard form number SF-424 and

SF-424A.

A Cost Application consists of:

Completed SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance; SF-424A, Budget Information – Non Construction Program; and SF-424B, Assurances – Non-Construction Programs, which can be downloaded at from the following web site at:

A summary budget and a detailed/itemized budget

A Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA) with a Federal Agency, if available. If the applicant does not have a NICRA indirect costs must be proposed in accordance with 2 CFR 200;

A budget narrative explaining costs estimated and providing the rationale and the basis on which they were derived including sufficient information to determine the reasonableness of proposed salaries, equipment, vehicles, etc.;

If sub-recipient costs are included should indicate the extent intended and a complete cost breakdown. Extensive (10% or more of the proposed costs) contracts/agreement financial plans should follow the same cost format as submitted by the primary Applicant. A breakdown of all costs according to each partner organization, contract or sub-awardee involved in the program should be provided; and

Other administrative documentation as required.

The Cost or Business application is to be submitted under a separate cover from the Technical application. The Applicant is requested to submit a budget broken down by program years with an accompanying detailed budget narrative (in Word 2000 or Word 2003 text accessible) which provides in detail the total costs for implementation of the program as further detailed below.

Acknowledgement of Any Amendments to the NOFO Applicants shall acknowledge receipt of all amendments, if any, to this NFO by signing and returning the amendment as part of the cost application. The Government must receive the acknowledgement by the time specified for receipt of applications.

Funding Restrictions

USAID policy is not to award profit under assistance instruments. However, all reasonable, allocable and allowable expenses, both direct and indirect, which are related to the agreement program and are in accordance with applicable cost principle under 2 CFR 200 Subpart E. of the Uniform Administrative Requirements may be paid under the anticipated award.

Certain documents are required to be submitted by an Applicant in order for the Agreement Officer to make a determination of responsibility. However, it is USAID policy not to burden

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Applicants with undue reporting requirements if that information is readily available through other sources. There is no page limit on the Cost Application. However, unnecessarily elaborate brochures or other presentations beyond those sufficient to present a complete and effective application in response to this NOFO is not desired. Elaborate art work, expensive paper and bindings, and expensive visual and other presentation aids are neither necessary nor wanted.

If the Applicant has established a consortium or another legal relationship among its partners, the

Cost/Business application must include a copy of the legal relationship between the parties. The agreement should include a full discussion of the relationship between the Applicant and Sub- Applicant(s) including identification of the Applicant with whom USAID will work with for purposes of Agreement administration, identity of the Applicant which will have accounting responsibility, how Agreement effort will be allocated and the express agreement of the principals thereto to be held jointly and severely liable for the acts or omissions of the other.

The Cost or Business Application must be submitted completely separately from the technical application. Certain documents are required to be submitted by an applicant in order for the Agreement Officer to make a determination of responsibility.

The following sections describe the documentation that the applicant for an assistance award

must submit to USAID prior to award. While there is no page limit for this portion, the applicant

is encouraged to be as concise as possible, but still provide the necessary level of detail.

Detailed/itemized budgets must be submitted in this Excel format, shall be unlocked and shall

show ALL formulas used to derive calculations. calculations.

There shall be no hidden formulas, pages or

Applicants must submit an overall summary budget by year as well as a detailed budget. The detailed budget must show the allocation of costs (Labor, travel, etc.) by purpose and sub- purpose.

The budget shall include:

The breakdown of all costs associated with the program according to costs of, if applicable, headquarters, regional and/or country offices;

The breakdown of all costs according to each partner organization or subcontractor/sub- grantee involved in the program;

The costs associated with external, expatriate technical assistance and those associated with local in-country technical assistance;

The breakdown of the financial and in-kind contributions of all organizations involved in implementing this Cooperative Agreement;

Potential contributions of non-USAID or private commercial donors to this Cooperative Agreement.

The Budget must show, by cost category and by year, where cost share will be applied.

A budget narrative must accompany the detailed budget and must explain all costs estimations

and provide the rationale and the basis from which they were derived. The budget narrative must include sufficient information to allow the Agreement Officer to determine the reasonableness

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and realism of proposed salaries, equipment, vehicles, etc. The applicant must include all estimated costs associated with branding and marking and environmental compliance in its proposed budget.

Cost Sharing or Matching: USAID has established a recommended cost share of at least 5 percent of each award’s projected value for the recipient of the award. Applicant’s proposed cost share will be evaluated as part of cost effectiveness. Leveraged non-USAID resources from private firms and institutions (such as equipment, training, level of effort and any in-kind contributions) may be considered part of cost share. Cost sharing may be also demonstrated either through direct funding, beneficiary contributions, in-kind assistance, or a combination thereof. USAID shall make the final determination and assess whether or not the Applicants cost share contributions (e.g. categories or items) meet the standards set in 2 CFR 200. Applicants must understand that any cost share proposed and incorporated in the award is legally binding to be provided/achieved by the successful applicant. Attainment of this cost share must be progressively reported by the successful awardee each year.

NOTE: USAID will not reimburse any potential applicant or the selected awardee for any pre- award costs. Also include in the cost application:

a) Information that confirms and ensures that proposed cost sharing will materialize.

b) Details of sub-award arrangements to the extent they are known at the time of application development. In case there are multiple organizations and partners, please explain as clearly as possible the management structure and how the parties are going to interact.

NOTE: If sub-awards are anticipated and not explained in the original application, the agreement officer’s approval (after award) will be required before the sub-agreement may be executed.

Statutory and Regulation Certifications The Applicant must complete the certifications in Section IV, 3. Required Certifications and sign and date in the signature space provided. The signed and dated copy must then be submitted with the application as an annex to the cost application. The applicant must maintain the original signed hardcopy on file.

Potential Request for Additional Documentation

Upon consideration of award or during the negotiations leading to an award, Applicants may be required to submit additional documentation deemed necessary for the Agreement Officer to make an affirmative determination of responsibility. Applicants should not submit the information below with their applications! The information in this section is provided so that Applicants may become familiar with additional documentation that may be requested by the Agreement Officer:

Risk Assessment

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In accordance with 2 CFR 200.205, USAID is required to perform a risk assessment prior to awarding a federal grant. Risk assessment under this NOFO will be conducted in accordance with ADS 303.3.9. The assessment will include a review of the applicant’s history of performance, financial stability, a review of Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS). It may also include a review of the applicant’s:

Quality of management systems and ability to meet the management standards this part

Reports and findings from audits

The applicant's ability to effectively implement statutory, regulatory, or other requirements imposed on non-Federal entities.

Applicants may provide information to assist the Agreement Officer in performing the risk assessment and determining the responsibility. This information should be provided in a separate annex to the cost application. The apparently successful offeror(s) may be asked for additional information to assess history of performance or financial stability after the initial review of applications.

The responsibility information should help the Agreement officer assess the following:

Has adequate financial resources or the ability to obtain such resources as required during the performance of the award.

Has the ability to comply with the award conditions, taking into account all existing and currently prospective commitments of the applicant, non-governmental and governmental.

Has a satisfactory record of performance. Past relevant unsatisfactory performance is ordinarily sufficient to justify a finding of non-responsibility, unless there is clear evidence of subsequent satisfactory performance.

Has a satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics; and

Is otherwise qualified and eligible to receive a cooperative agreement under applicable laws and regulations (e.g., EEO).

Partner Vetting

Appendix B to Part 701—Partner Vetting Pre-Award Requirements and Award Term Partner Vetting Pre-Award Requirements

(a) USAID has determined that any award resulting from this assistance solicitation is subject to

vetting. An applicant that has not passed vetting is ineligible for award.

(b)

The following are the vetting procedures for this solicitation:

(1)

Prospective applicants review the attached USAID Partner Information Form, USAID Form

500-13, and submit any questions about the USAID Partner Information Form or these procedures to the agreement officer by the deadline in the solicitation.

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(2) The agreement officer notifies the applicant when to submit the USAID Partner Information

Form. For this solicitation, USAID will vet all applications in the competitive range. Within the timeframe set by the agreement officer in the notification, the applicant must complete and

submit the USAID Partner Information Form to the vetting official.

The designated vetting official is:

Vetting official: TBD Address: TBD Email: TBD (for inquiries only).

(3) The applicants must notify proposed subrecipients and contractors of this requirement when

the subrecipients or contractors are subject to vetting. Note:

Applicants who submit using non-secure methods of transmission do so at their own risk.

(c) Selection proceeds separately from vetting. Vetting is conducted independently from any

discussions the agreement officer may have with an applicant. The applicant and any proposed subrecipient or contractor subject to vetting must not provide vetting information to anyone other

than the vetting official. The applicant and any proposed subrecipient or contractor subject to vetting will communicate only with the vetting official regarding their vetting submission(s) and not with any other USAID or USG personnel, including the agreement officer or the agreement officer's representatives. The agreement officer designates the vetting official as the only individual authorized to clarify the applicant's and proposed subrecipient's and contractor's vetting information.

(d)(1) The vetting official notifies the applicant that it: (i) Is eligible based on the vetting results,

(ii) is ineligible based on the vetting results, or (iii) must provide additional information, and

resubmit the USAID Partner Information Form with the additional information within the number of days the vetting official specified in the notification.

(2) The vetting official will coordinate with the agency that provided the data being used for

vetting prior to notifying the applicant or releasing any information. In any determination for

release of information, the classification and sensitivity of the information, the need to protect sources and methods, and the status of ongoing law enforcement and intelligence community investigations or operations will be taken into consideration.

(e) Reconsideration: (1) Within 7 calendar days after the date of the vetting official's notification,

an applicant that vetting has determined to be ineligible may request in writing to the vetting official that the Agency reconsider the vetting determination. The request should include any written explanation, legal documentation and any other relevant written material for reconsideration.

(2) Within 7 calendar days after the vetting official receives the request for reconsideration, the

Agency will determine whether the applicant's additional information merits a revised decision.

(3)

The Agency's determination of whether reconsideration is warranted is final.

(f)

Revisions to vetting information: (1) Applicants who change key individuals, whether the

applicant has previously been determined eligible or not, must submit a revised USAID Partner

Information Form to the vetting official. This includes changes to key personnel resulting from revisions to the technical portion of the application.

(2) The vetting official will follow the vetting process of this provision for any revision of the

applicant's Form.

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(g) Award. At the time of award, the agreement officer will confirm with the vetting official that

the apparently successful applicant is eligible after vetting. The agreement officer may award only to an apparently successful applicant that is eligible after vetting.

Partner Vetting

(a) The recipient must comply with the vetting requirements for key individuals under this

award. (b) Definitions: As used in this provision, “key individual,” “key personnel,” and “vetting official” have the meaning contained in 22 CFR 701.1.

(c) The Recipient must submit within 15 days a USAID Partner Information Form, USAID Form

500-13, to the vetting official identified below when the Recipient replaces key individuals with individuals who have not been previously vetted for this award. Note: USAID will not approve any key personnel who are not eligible for approval after vetting. The designated vetting official is:

Vetting official: TBD

Address: TBD Email: TBD (for inquiries only).

(d)(1) The vetting official will notify the Recipient that it— (i) Is eligible based on the vetting results,

(ii) Is ineligible based on the vetting results, or

(iii) Must provide additional information, and resubmit the USAID Partner Information Form

with the additional information within the number of days the vetting official specifies.

(2) The vetting official will include information that USAID determines releasable. USAID will

determine what information may be released consistent with applicable law and Executive Orders, and with the concurrence of relevant agencies.

(e) The inability to be deemed eligible as described in this award term may be determined to be a

material failure to comply with the terms and conditions of the award and may subject the

recipient to suspension or termination as specified in the subpart “Remedies for Noncompliance” at 2 CFR part 200.

(f) Reconsideration: (1) Within 7 calendar days after the date of the vetting official's notification,

the recipient or prospective subrecipient or contractor that has not passed vetting may request in

writing to the vetting official that the Agency reconsider the vetting determination. The request should include any written explanation, legal documentation and any other relevant written material for reconsideration.

(2) Within 7 calendar days after the vetting official receives the request for reconsideration, the

Agency will determine whether the recipient's additional information merits a revised decision.

(3)

The Agency's determination of whether reconsideration is warranted is final.

(g)

A notification that the Recipient has passed vetting does not constitute any other approval

under this award. Alternate I. When subrecipients will be subject to vetting, add the following paragraphs to the

basic award term:

(h) When the prime recipient anticipates that it will require prior approval for a subaward in

accordance with 2 CFR 200.308(c)(6) the subaward is subject to vetting. The prospective subrecipient must submit a USAID Partner Information Form, USAID Form 500-13, to the vetting official identified in paragraph (c) of this provision. The agreement officer must not approve a subaward to any organization that has not passed vetting when required.

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(i) The recipient agrees to incorporate the substance of paragraphs (a) through (i) of this award term in all first tier subawards under this award. Alternate II. When specific classes of services are subject to vetting, add the following paragraph:

(j) Prospective contractors at any tier providing the following classes of services must pass vetting. Recipients must not procure these services until they receive confirmation from the vetting official that the prospective contractor has passed vetting. (End of award term)

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SECTION V: APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION

1.

Criteria

APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION Responsive applications shall be reviewed in two parts: 1) A technical evaluation committee will review technical applications, which will be reviewed in accordance with the technical evaluation criteria described below; and 2) the Agreement Office will review cost applications in accordance with the cost evaluation criteria described below. At his/her discretion, the AO may request feedback from the Selection Committee on the realism of proposed costs.

The U.S. Government may make award on the basis of the initial applications received, without further discussions or negotiations. Therefore, each application will contain the applicant's best terms from a cost and technical standpoint. However, the Government reserves the right (but is not under obligation to do so), to enter into discussions with one or more applicants in order to obtain clarifications, additional detail, or to suggest refinements in the activity description, budget, or other aspects of an application.

The award decision will be made by the Agreement Officer.

The award will be made to responsible applicant whose application offers the best value, when technical and cost factors are considered as determined by the responsible Agreement Officer.

(1)

EVALUATION OF THE TECHNICAL APPLICATION

Technical applications will be evaluated by a selection committee using adjectival ratings based on the criteria described below. The criteria presented below have been tailored to the requirements of this particular RFA. The applicant must note that these criteria serve to: (a) identify the significant matters which the applicant must address in their applications and (b) set the standard against which all applications will be evaluated.

An outline of technical evaluation criteria are presented as follows:

Evaluation Criteria

Selection factors

Percentage

Technical Understanding and Proposed Approaches

50%

Organizational Capacity

10%

Staffing and Management Structure

40%

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1. Technical Understanding and Proposed Approaches (50 %)

(a)

Degree to which the applicant demonstrates a thorough understanding of the context and issues related to OVC at the national and sub-national levels, including target regions/areas of operation, stakeholder engagment and the needs of OVC.

(b)

Extent to which the applicant proposes an innovative, locally-driven, and realistic approach that builds upon previous and existing activities and knowledge, fully responds objectives identified in section I, addresses identified gaps, and set realistic targets and clear strategies to achieve them within the timeframe of the activity.

2. Organizational Capacity (10 %)

Extent to which the application demonstrates the organizational experience and capacity to develop, manage, and implement similar of the size and scope described in this NOFO.

3. Staffing and Management Structure (40%)

(a)

Extent to which the application proposed staffing and management plan demonstrates a clear and appropriate staffing and management structure to manage the proposed activities.

(b)

Extent to which the proposed key personnel demonstrate relevant professional qualifications to manage and achieve the stated results.

(2)

EVALUATION OF THE COST APPLICATION

Applications will be reviewed to ensure that proposed costs, including cost sharing, are in compliance with Office of Management and Budget and USAID policies. Cost applications will be reviewed by the Agreement Office for cost effectiveness and cost realism, as well as whether proposed costs are allowable, allocable, reasonable and necessary for the implementation of the program.

While Cost is less important than technical and is not weighted, however, the cost applications of the apparently successful technical applications will be evaluated for cost effectiveness including the level of proposed cost share. Other considerations are the completeness of the application, adequacy of budget detail and consistency with elements of the technical application as well as the cost share, which USAID shall make the final determination and assess whether or not the Applicants cost share contributions (e.g. categories or items) meet the standards set in 2CFR 200

In addition, the organization must demonstrate adequate financial management capability, to be measured for a responsibility determination.

The application with the lowest estimated cost may not be selected if award to a higher priced technical application offers a greater overall benefit for the program. All evaluation factors other than cost or price, when combined, are significantly more important than cost. However,

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estimated cost is an important factor and the estimated cost to the Government increases in importance as competing applications approach equivalence and may become the deciding factor when technical applications are approximately equivalent in merit.

Cost estimates will be analyzed as part of the application evaluation process. Proposed costs may be adjusted, for purposes of evaluation, based on results of the cost analysis and its assessment of Reasonableness, completeness, and credibility.

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SECTION VI: FEDERAL AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION

1. Federal Award Notices

Award of the agreement contemplated by this NOFO cannot be made until funds have been appropriated, allocated and committed through internal USAID procedures. While USAID anticipates that these procedures will be successfully completed, potential applicants are hereby notified of these requirements and conditions for the award. The Agreement Officer is the only individual who may legally commit the Government to the expenditure of public funds. No costs chargeable to the proposed Agreement may be incurred before receipt of either a fully executed Agreement or a specific, written authorization from the Agreement Officer.

Following selection for award and successful negotiations with the apparently successful applicant, an electronic copy of the notice of the award signed by the Agreement Officer will be sent to the successful applicant, which serves as the authorizing document. The Agreement Officer will only do so after making a positive responsibility determination that the applicant possesses, or has the ability to obtain, the necessary management competence in planning and carrying out assistance programs and that it will practice mutually agreed upon methods of accountability for funds and other assets provided by USAID.

The award will be issued to the contact as specified in the application as the Authorized Individual in accordance with the requirements in the Representations and Certifications. USAID reserves the right to perform a pre-award survey which may include, but is not limited to:

(1) interviews with individuals to establish their ability to perform agreement duties under the project conditions; (2) a review of the prime recipient’s financial condition, business and personnel procedures, etc.; and (3) site visits to the prime recipient’s institution.

2. Administrative & National Policy Requirements

The resulting award will be administered using the policies and federal regulations that are available at the following websites:

ADS 303

For U.S non-governmental organizations:

2 CFR 200

2 CFR 700

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Standard provisions for U.S non-governmental organizations:

For foreign organizations (non-U.S. non-governmental organizations, the following Standard provisions apply:

3. Reporting Requirements.

Financial Reporting:

• The recipient must submit the Federal Financial Form (SF-425) on a quarterly basis via

electronic format to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (http://www.dpm.psc). The recipient must submit a copy of the FFR at the same time to the Agreement Officer and the

Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR).

• The recipient must submit the original and two copies of all final financial reports to

USAID/Washington, M/CFO/CMP-LOC Unit, the Agreement Officer, and the AOR. The recipient must submit an electronic version of the final Federal Financial Form (SF-425) to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in accordance with paragraph (a) above.

• On a quarterly basis, the AOR may require additional information related to financial accruals

and pipeline of funds. This information will help to ensure that the activity has adequate pipeline to conduct its programs. These reports/forms will be submitted when requested within 30 calendar days from the end of each quarter. In addition to this, Awardee will submit accruals reports to the AOR 15 days before the end of each quarter.

Performance Reporting

Annual Work Plans: The work plans for all USAID/Kenya Health Office activities are aligned with the USG Fiscal Year Calendar (October 1 to September 30). The Recipient will submit its first work plan to the AOR for approval within 30 days of Award. The first work plan will cover the period from the start date of the Award until the end of the first USG Fiscal Year of the Activity – therefore the first work plan may cover less than twelve months depending on the date of Award. The AOR will provide comments within 20 working days to the Recipient and the Recipient will have 15 working days to respond and make all requested changes, after which the AOR will provide final approval within 15 working days.

o All subsequent work plans will be submitted to the AOR no later than 1 September and will

cover an entire Fiscal Year, i.e. October 1 to September 30. The AOR will provide comments within 20 working days to the Recipient and the Recipient will have 15 working days to respond and make all requested changes, after which the AOR will provide final approval within 15 working days. All work plans must be developed in cooperation with the AOR, other USAID/Kenya Health Activities, other relevant USAID activities, donor programs, beneficiary communities, and all other relevant stakeholders as designated by the AOR.

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Activity Monitoring and Evaluation (MEP Plan): The Recipient will submit to the AOR

a life of project MEP Plan covering the full implementation period within 30 days of the Award

(with the submission of the first workplan) that include Performance Indicators for the first year

and for the Life of the Project (LOP). For all subsequent years of operation, the Recipient will modify the MEP to align with the annual work plan, if required by the AOR. The AOR will then provide comments within 20 working days to the Recipient and the Recipient will have 15 working days to respond and make all requested changes, after which the AOR will provide final approval within 15 working days.

Grants Manual: Within 90 days of the start of the Cooperative Agreement, the Recipient shall submit a Grants Manual to the AOR and to the Acquisition and Assistance Office for their review.

Quarterly Progress Report: Quarterly reports will summarize the following: program highlights, achievements, and major activities; budget information; problems encountered, proposed remedial actions and impact achieved against the objectives. The Recipient shall submit an electronic copy of a performance report to the AOR. The performance reports are required to be submitted quarterly (30 calendar days after the quarter). Please refer to 2 CFR 200.328 (b) (1).

• Annual reports: The annual report shall be submitted within 30 calendar days after the reporting period the end of the first full USAID fiscal year and annually thereafter for each authorized year of performance. The Annual Performance Report shall follow the same format as the quarterly report, but with additional focus on cumulative accomplishments, progress and problems toward achievement of results, performance measures, indicators and benchmarks tied to the Annual Work Plan and the MEP targets, for the quarter and the entire previous fiscal year, which runs from October 1-September 30.

Outreach and Communication Strategy: A communication and outreach strategy shall be

developed on an annual basis and incorporated as a section of the Annual Work Plan. The strategies will include the overall communication message of the program, as set forth in the Branding and Marking Plan. The annual strategies must also focus on opportunities for USG visibility through the components of the project in terms of branding and marking but also with regard to events and other direct engagements. The project offers opportunities for signing ceremonies, graduation ceremonies and engagement with the NGOs and their target audiences throughout the course of the project. The strategy must ensure the use of traditional and social media.

Development Experience Clearinghouse Requirements

Development Experience Clearinghouse Requirements: The Recipient shall be required to submit any technical reports produced under this program, in English, to USAID’s Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC) according to the instructions found at https://dec.usaid.gov/dec/content/submit.aspx

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Program Income Program Income: If it is expected that program income might be generated under this activity, then program income earned under the resulting award shall be added to the activity and used to further eligible activity objectives as agreed upon by USAID. The applicant shall describe how program income might be generated under the proposed activities and how it envisions program income being utilized to successfully accomplish activity objectives.

The successful applicant will be required to progressively report earned program income and its proposed use. Program Income will be accounted for in accordance with 22 CFR 226.24 (or the Standard Provision entitled Program Income for non-U.S. organizations).

Branding & Marking:

The apparently successful applicant will be required to submit a Branding Strategy and Marking Plan to be evaluated and approved by the Agreement Officer. A Branding Implementation Strategy and Marking Plan must be in accordance with USAID Branding and Marking Plan as required per ADS 320 at the following link: http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/. See 2 CFR 700.16 or, for non-U.S. organizations, see the provision entitled “Marking and Public Communications under USAID-Funded Assistance”. The Recipient must comply with the requirements of the USAID “Graphic Standards Manual” available at www.usaid.gov/branding or any successor branding policy.

Environmental Compliance

The awards must comply with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, Section 117 requires that the impact of USAID’s activities on the environment be considered and that USAID include environmental sustainability as a central consideration in designing and carrying out its development programs. This mandate is codified in Federal Regulations (22 CFR 216) and in USAID’s Automated Directives System (ADS) Parts 201.5.10g and 204(http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ADS/200/), which, in part, require that the potential environmental impacts of USAID-financed activities are identified prior to a final decision to proceed and that appropriate environmental safeguards are adopted for all activities. The recipient’s environmental compliance obligations under these regulations and procedures are specified in the following paragraphs of this RFA.

In addition, the recipient must comply with host country environmental regulations unless otherwise directed in writing by USAID. In case of conflict between host country and USAID regulations, the latter shall govern.

No activity funded under this RFA may be implemented unless an environmental threshold determination, as defined by 22 CFR 216, has been reached for that activity, as documented in an Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) duly signed by the Bureau Environmental Officer (BEO). (Hereinafter, such documents are described as “approved Regulation 216 environmental documentation.”)

An Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) Kenya_DO2_IIP_IEE_060815.doc covering DO2 portfolio has been approved for activity funding this Cooperative agreement. The IEE covers

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activities expected to be implemented under this Cooperative Agreement. USAID has determined that a Negative Determination with conditions applies to one or more of the proposed activities. This indicates that if these activities are implemented subject to the specified conditions, they are expected to have no significant adverse effect on the environment. The recipient shall be responsible for implementing all IEE conditions pertaining to activities to be funded under this Award.

The recipient must integrate an EMMP Plan into subsequent Annual Work Plans, making any necessary adjustments to activity implementation in order to minimize adverse impacts to the environment.

As part of its initial Work Plan, and all Annual Work Plans thereafter, the recipient, in collaboration with the USAID Cognizant Technical Officer and Mission Environmental Officer or Bureau Environmental Officer, as appropriate, shall review all ongoing and planned activities under this cooperative agreement to determine if they are within the scope of the approved Regulation 216 environmental documentation.

If the recipient plans any new activities outside the scope of the approved Regulation 216 environmental documentation, it shall prepare an amendment to the documentation for USAID review and approval. No such new activities shall be undertaken prior to receiving written USAID approval of environmental documentation amendments.

Any ongoing activities found to be outside the scope of the approved Regulation 216 environmental documentation shall be halted until an amendment to the documentation is submitted and written approval is received from USAID.

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SECTION VII: FEDERAL AWARDING AGENCY CONTACT(S)

Any prospective applicant desiring an explanation or interpretation of this NOFO must request it in writing by the deadline for questions specified in the cover letter to allow a reply to reach all prospective applicants before the submission of their applications. Any information given to a prospective applicant concerning this NOFO will be furnished promptly to all other prospective applicants as an amendment of this NOFO, if that information is necessary in submitting applications or if the lack of it would be prejudicial to any other prospective applicants.

Any questions or comments concerning this NOFO must be submitted in writing by email to Nya Kwai Boayue at nboayue@usaid.gov and Winnie Hinga at whinga@usaid.gov by the deadline for questions indicated at the top of the cover letter.

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SECTION VIII: OTHER INFORMATION

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(1)

USAID reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted.

(2)

Other relevant Information:

(i) Value Added Tax (VAT): The successful applicant will have to comply with USAID VAT Guidance as to the submission of the necessary forms to ensure compliance with the Government of Kenya’s laws. This document is attached on the Grants.gov opportunity page. (ii) Partner Vetting: 2 CFR 701.3 - Partner Vetting shall apply to this NOFO and is summarized below:

(a)

USAID has determined that any award resulting from this assistance solicitation is subject to

vetting. An applicant that has not passed vetting is ineligible for an award.

(b)

The following are the vetting procedures for this solicitation:

(1)

Prospective applicants review the attached USAID Partner Information Form, USAID Form

500-13, and submit any questions about the USAID Partner Information Form or these procedures to the agreement officer by the deadline in the solicitation.

(2) The agreement officer notifies the applicant when to submit the USAID Partner Information

Form. For this solicitation, USAID will vet [all Key Individuals as determined by the AO] The Agreement Officer will notify the applicant(s) who must be vetted. Within the timeframe set by the agreement officer in the notification, the applicant must complete and submit the USAID Partner Information Form to the vetting official. The designated vetting official is:

Vetting official: [To be communicated later] Address: [To be communicated later] Email: [To be communicated later] (3) The applicants must notify proposed subrecipients and contractors of this requirement when the subrecipients or contractors are subject to vetting.

Note:

Applicants who submit using non-secure methods of transmission do so at their own risk.

(c) Selection proceeds separately from vetting. Vetting is conducted independently from any

discussions the agreement officer may have with an applicant. The applicant and any proposed subrecipient or contractor subject to vetting must not provide vetting information to anyone other than the vetting official. The applicant and any proposed subrecipient or contractor subject to vetting will communicate only with the vetting official regarding their vetting submission(s) and not with any other USAID or USG personnel, including the agreement officer or the agreement officer's representatives. The agreement officer designates the vetting official as the only individual authorized to clarify the applicant's and proposed subrecipient's and contractor's

vetting information.

(d)(1) The vetting official notifies the applicant that it: (i) Is eligible based on the vetting results,

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(ii) is ineligible based on the vetting results, or (iii) must provide additional information, and

resubmit the USAID Partner Information Form with the additional information within the number of days the vetting official specified in the notification.

(2) The vetting official will coordinate with the agency that provided the data being used for

vetting prior to notifying the applicant or releasing any information. In any determination for release of information, the classification and sensitivity of the information, the need to protect sources and methods, and the status of ongoing law enforcement and intelligence community investigations or operations will be taken into consideration.

(e) Reconsideration: (1) Within 7 calendar days after the date of the vetting official's notification,

an applicant that vetting has determined to be ineligible may request in writing to the vetting official that the Agency reconsider the vetting determination. The request should include any written explanation, legal documentation and any other relevant written material for reconsideration.

(2) Within 7 calendar days after the vetting official receives the request for reconsideration, the

Agency will determine whether the applicant's additional information merits a revised decision.

(3)

The Agency's determination of whether reconsideration is warranted is final.

(f)

Revisions to vetting information: (1) Applicants who change key individuals, whether the

applicant has previously been determined eligible or not, must submit a revised USAID Partner Information Form to the vetting official. This includes changes to key personnel resulting from revisions to the technical portion of the application.

(2) The vetting official will follow the vetting process of this provision for any revision of the

applicant's Form.

(g) Award. At the time of award, the agreement officer will confirm with the vetting official that

the apparently successful applicant is eligible after vetting. The agreement officer may award

only to an apparently successful applicant that is eligible after vetting. Partner Vetting

(a) The recipient must comply with the vetting requirements for key individuals under this

award.

(b) Definitions: As used in this provision, “key individual,” “key personnel,” and “vetting

official” have the meaning contained in 22 CFR 701.1.

(c) The Recipient must submit within 15 days a USAID Partner Information Form, USAID Form

500-13, to the vetting official identified below when the Recipient replaces key individuals with individuals who have not been previously vetted for this award. Note: USAID will not approve any key personnel who are not eligible for approval after vetting. The designated vetting official is:

Vetting official: [To be communicated later] Address: [To be communicated later] Email: [To be communicated later]

(d)(1) The vetting official will notify the Recipient that it—

(i)

Is eligible based on the vetting results,

(ii)

Is ineligible based on the vetting results, or

(iii) Must provide additional information, and resubmit the USAID Partner Information Form

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with the additional information within the number of days the vetting official specifies. (2) The vetting official will include information that USAID determines releasable. USAID will determine what information may be released consistent with applicable law and Executive Orders, and with the concurrence of relevant agencies.

(e) The inability to be deemed eligible as described in this award term may be determined to be a

material failure to comply with the terms and conditions of the award and may subject the recipient to suspension or termination as specified in the subpart “Remedies for Noncompliance”

at 2 CFR part 200.

(f)

Reconsideration:

(1)

Within 7 calendar days after the date of the vetting official's notification, the recipient or

prospective subrecipient or contractor that has not passed vetting may request in writing to the vetting official that the Agency reconsider the vetting determination. The request should include

any written explanation, legal documentation and any other relevant written material for reconsideration.

(2) Within 7 calendar days after the vetting official receives the request for reconsideration, the

Agency will determine whether the recipient's additional information merits a revised decision.

(3)

The Agency's determination of whether reconsideration is warranted is final.

(g)

A notification that the Recipient has passed vetting does not constitute any other approval

under this award.

(h) When the prime recipient anticipates that it will require prior approval for a subaward in

accordance with 2 CFR 200.308(c)(6) the subaward is subject to vetting. The prospective subrecipient must submit a USAID Partner Information Form, USAID Form 500-13, to the vetting official identified in paragraph (c) of this provision. The agreement officer must not approve a subaward to any organization that has not passed vetting when required.

(i) The recipient agrees to incorporate the substance of paragraphs (a) through (i) of this award

term in all first tier subawards under this award.

(j) Prospective contractors at any tier providing the following classes of services [TBD by AO]

must pass vetting. Recipients must not procure these services until they receive confirmation from the vetting official that the prospective contractor has passed vetting.

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ANNEX I - SF 424 FORMS

SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance

Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-615-16-000033

SF-424A, Budget Information – Non-Construction Program

SF-424B, Assurances – Non-Construction Programs.

[SF 424 FORMS ATTACHED TO THE WWW.GRANTS.GOV POSTING.]

[END OF ANNEX I]

Annex II – USAID Provisions for US and Non-US NGO

ADS 303maa, Standard Provisions for U.S. Nongovernmental Organizations

ADS 303mab, Standard Provisions for Non-U.S. Nongovernmental Organizations

ADS 303mav, Certifications, Assurances, Other Statements of the Recipient and Solicitation Standard Provisions

[END OF ANNEX II]

Annex III – USAID Kenya and East Africa Value Added Tax Guidance

USAID Kenya and East Africa VAT Guidance

[END OF ANNEX III]

All Annex documents are ATTACHED TO THE WWW.GRANTS.GOV POSTING

Annex IV – Standard Provisions for Solicitations

Branding Strategy – Assistance (June 2012)

a. Applicants recommended for an assistance award must submit and negotiate a "Branding Strategy," describing how the program, project, or activity is named and positioned, and how it is promoted and communicated to beneficiaries and host country citizens.

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b. The request for a Branding Strategy, by the Agreement Officer from the applicant, confers no

rights to the applicant and constitutes no USAID commitment to an award.

c. Failure to submit and negotiate a Branding Strategy within the time frame specified by the Agreement Officer will make the applicant ineligible for an award.

d. The applicant must include all estimated costs associated with branding and marking USAID

programs, such as plaques, stickers, banners, press events, materials, and so forth, in the budget portion of the application. These costs are subject to the revision and negotiation with the Agreement Officer and will be incorporated into the Total Estimated Amount of the grant, cooperative agreement or other assistance instrument.

e. The Branding Strategy must include, at a minimum, all of the following:

(1) All estimated costs associated with branding and marking USAID programs, such as plaques, stickers, banners, press events, materials, and so forth.

(2) The intended name of the program, project, or activity.

(i) USAID requires the applicant to use the “USAID Identity,” comprised of the USAID logo and brandmark, with the tagline “from the American people” as found on the USAID Web site at http://www.usaid.gov/branding, unless Section VI of the RFA or APS states that the USAID Administrator has approved the use of an additional or substitute logo, seal, or tagline.

(ii) USAID prefers local language translations of the phrase “made possible by (or

with) the generous support of the American People” next to the USAID Identity when acknowledging contributions.

(iii) It is acceptable to cobrand the title with the USAID Identity and the applicant's identity.

(iv) If branding in the above manner is inappropriate or not possible, the applicant must explain how USAID's involvement will be showcased during publicity for the program or project.

(v) USAID prefers to fund projects that do not have a separate logo or identity

that competes with the USAID Identity. If there is a plan to develop a separate logo to consistently identify this program, the applicant must attach a copy of the proposed logos. Section VI of the RFA or APS will state if an Administrator approved the use of an additional or substitute logo, seal or tagline.

(3) The intended primary and secondary audiences for this project or program, including direct beneficiaries and any special target segments.

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(4) Planned communication or program materials used to explain or market the program to beneficiaries.

(i) Describe the main program message.

(ii) Provide plans for training materials, posters, pamphlets, public service announcement, billboards, Web sites, and so forth, as appropriate.

(iii) Provide any plans to announce and promote publicly this program or project

to host country citizens, such as media releases, press conferences, public events, and so forth. Applicant must incorporate the USAID Identity and the message, “USAID is from the American People.”

(iv) Provide any additional ideas to increase awareness that the American people

support this project or program.

(5) Information on any direct involvement from host-country government or ministry, including any planned acknowledgement of the host-country government.

(6) Any other groups whose logo or identity the applicant will use on program materials and related materials. Indicate if they are a donor or why they will be visibly acknowledged, and if they will receive the same prominence as USAID.

e. The Agreement Officer will review the Branding Strategy to ensure the above information is

adequately included and consistent with the stated objectives of the award, the applicant's cost data submissions, and the performance plan.

f. If the applicant receives an assistance award, the Branding Strategy will be included in and made part of the resulting grant or cooperative agreement

(END OF PROVISION)

2. Marking Plan – Assistance (June 2012)

a. Applicants recommended for an assistance award must submit and negotiate a “Marking

Plan,” detailing the public communications, commodities, and program materials, and other items that will visibly bear the “USAID Identity,” which comprises of the USAID logo and brandmark, with the tagline “from the American people.” The USAID Identity is the official marking for the Agency, and is found on the USAID Web site at http://www.usaid.gov/branding. Section VI of the RFA or APS will state if an Administrator approved the use of an additional or substitute logo, seal, or tagline.

b. The request for a Marking Plan, by the Agreement Officer from the applicant, confers no

rights to the applicant and constitutes no USAID commitment to an award.

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c. Failure to submit and negotiate a Marking Plan within the time frame specified by the Agreement Officer will make the applicant ineligible for an award.

d. The applicant must include all estimated costs associated with branding and marking USAID

programs, such as plaques, stickers, banners, press events, materials, and so forth, in the budget

portion of the application. These costs are subject to the revision and negotiation with the Agreement Officer and will be incorporated into the Total Estimated Amount of the grant, cooperative agreement or other assistance instrument.

e. The Marking Plan must include all of the following:

(1) A description of the public communications, commodities, and program materials that the applicant plans to produce and which will bear the USAID Identity as part of the award, including:

(i) Program, project, or activity sites funded by USAID, including visible infrastructure projects or other sites physical in nature;

(ii) Technical assistance, studies, reports, papers, publications, audio-visual

productions, public service announcements, Web sites/Internet activities, promotional, informational, media, or communications products funded by USAID;

(iii) Commodities, equipment, supplies, and other materials funded by USAID,

including commodities or equipment provided under humanitarian assistance or disaster

relief programs; and

(iv) It is acceptable to cobrand the title with the USAID Identity and the

applicant’s identify.

(v) Events financed by USAID, such as training courses, conferences, seminars,

exhibitions, fairs, workshops, press conferences and other public activities. If the USAID Identity cannot be displayed, the recipient is encouraged to otherwise acknowledge USAID and the support of the American people.

(2) A table on the program deliverables with the following details:

(i) The program deliverables that the applicant plans to mark with the USAID Identity;

(ii) The type of marking and what materials the applicant will use to mark the

program deliverables;

(iii) When in the performance period the applicant will mark the program

deliverables, and where the applicant will place the marking;

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(iv) What program deliverables the applicant does not plan to mark with the USAID Identity , and

(v) The rationale for not marking program deliverables.

(3) Any requests for an exemption from USAID marking requirements, and an explanation of why the exemption would apply. The applicant may request an exemption if USAID marking requirements would:

(i) Compromise the intrinsic independence or neutrality of a program or materials where independence or neutrality is an inherent aspect of the program and materials. The applicant must identify the USAID Development Objective, Interim Result, or program goal furthered by an appearance of neutrality, or state why an aspect of the award is presumptively neutral. Identify by category or deliverable item, examples of material for which an exemption is sought.

(ii) Diminish the credibility of audits, reports, analyses, studies, or policy recommendations whose data or findings must be seen as independent. The applicant must explain why each particular deliverable must be seen as credible.

(iii) Undercut host-country government “ownership” of constitutions, laws, regulations,

policies, studies, assessments, reports, publications, surveys or audits, public service announcements, or other communications. The applicant must explain why each particular item or product is better positioned as host-country government item or product.

(iv) Impair the functionality of an item. The applicant must explain how marking the item

or commodity would impair its functionality.

(v) Incur substantial costs or be impractical. The applicant must explain why marking would not be cost beneficial or practical.

(vi) Offend local cultural or social norms, or be considered inappropriate. The applicant

must identify the relevant norm, and explain why marking would violate that norm or otherwise be inappropriate.

(vii) Conflict with international law. The applicant must identify the applicable international law violated by the marking.

f. The Agreement Officer will consider the Marking Plan's adequacy and reasonableness and will approve or disapprove any exemption requests. The Marking Plan will be reviewed to ensure the above information is adequately included and consistent with the stated objectives of the award, the applicant's cost data submissions, and the performance plan.

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g. If the applicant receives an assistance award, the Marking Plan, including any approved exemptions, will be included in and made part of the resulting grant or cooperative agreement, and will apply for the term of the award unless provided otherwise.

(END OF PROVISION)

CONSCIENCE CLAUSE IMPLEMENTATION (ASSISTANCE) – SOLICITATION PROVISION (February 2012)

(a) An organization, including a faith-based organization, that is otherwise eligible to receive

funds under this agreement for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, or care—

1) Shall not be required, as a condition of receiving such assistance—

(i) to endorse or utilize a multisectoral or comprehensive approach to combating HIV/AIDS; or

(ii) to endorse, utilize, make a referral to, become integrated with, or otherwise participate in any program or activity to which the organization has a religious or moral objection; and

2) Shall not be discriminated against in the solicitation or issuance of grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements for refusing to meet any requirement described in paragraph (a)(1) above.

(b) An applicant who believes that this solicitation contains provisions or requirements that

would require it to endorse or use an approach or participate in an activity to which it has a religious or moral objection must so notify the cognizant Agreement Officer in accordance with the Mandatory Standard Provision titled “Notices” as soon as possible, and in any event not later than 15 calendar days before the deadline for submission of applications under this solicitation. The applicant must advise which activity(ies) it could not implement and the nature of the religious or moral objection.

(c) In responding to the solicitation, an applicant with a religious or moral objection may

compete for any funding opportunity as a prime partner, or as a leader or member of a consortium that comes together to compete for an award. Alternatively, such applicant may limit its application to those activities it can undertake and must indicate in its submission the activity(ies) it has excluded based on religious or moral objection. The offeror’s proposal will be evaluated based on the activities for which a proposal is submitted, and will not be evaluated favorably or unfavorably due to the absence of a proposal addressing the activity(ies) to which it objected and which it thus omitted. In addition to the notification in paragraph (b) above, the applicant must meet the submission date provided for in the solicitation.

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(END OF PROVISION)

PROHIBITION ON PROVIDING FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO ENTITIES THAT REQUIRE CERTAIN INTERNAL CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENTS – REPRESENTATION (APRIL 2015)

(a) In accordance with section 743 of Division E, Title VII, of the Consolidated and further

Continuing Resolution Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. L. 113-235), Government agencies are not permitted to use funds appropriated (or otherwise made available) under that or any other Act for providing federal assistance to an entity that requires employees, subawardees or contractors of such entity seeking to report fraud, waste, or abuse to sign internal confidentiality agreements or statements prohibiting or otherwise restricting such employees, subawardees, or contractors from lawfully reporting such waste, fraud, or abuse to a designated investigative or law enforcement representative of a Federal department or agency authorized to receive such information.

(b) The prohibition in paragraph (a) of this provision does not contravene requirements

applicable to Standard Form 312, Form 4414, or any other form issued by a Federal department or agency governing the nondisclosure of classified information.

(c) By submission of its application, the prospective recipient represents that it does not require

employees, subawardees, or contractors of such entity seeking to report fraud, waste, or abuse to

sign internal confidentiality agreements or statements prohibiting or otherwise restricting such employees, subawardees, or contractors from lawfully reporting such waste, fraud, or abuse to a designated investigative or law enforcement representative of a Federal department or agency authorized to receive such information.

(END OF PROVISION)

END OF NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

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