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Pre-bidders Conference Presentation January 20, 2015.pdf
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USAID FY 2014 Disability FundingClarification MeetingJanuary 20, 2015General Overviewof FY 2014 Disability Funding•Initiated by USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance •Global competition •Total available funding -$5 million•Awards (Subject to Availability of Funds): –small fund programs from $20,000 to $300,000; and–large fund programs from $300,000 to $600,000over a 12 –36 month period. What are we looking for?Applications for projects that:•Increase the participation of people with disabilities in new or existing USAID programs/activities; and •Strengthen the capacity and services of civil society organizations run by and for people with disabilitiesAreas of InterestProject areas could include, but are not limited to:•Democracy, human rights & governance;•Economic growth and trade;•Education;•Gender equality and women’s empowerment;•Science, technology and innovation. Areas of InterestProposed projects should complement USAID/Macedoniastrategic objectives that can be found at: (http://macedonia.usaid.govunder Documents and Reports) and be guided by the values and provisions set forth by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Illustrative Activities –part 11.Increase participation of people with disabilities in new or existing USAID ProgramsExamples:•Promote the participation of people with disabilities in democratic processes and elections through national awareness campaigns, use of accessible polling stations, provision of accessible voter materials and open exchange between disability communities and politicians.•Foster the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in inclusive education programs through teacher-training, adaptive technology and community outreach. Promote literacy of deaf and blind learners through the use of native sign languages and teaching of Braille.•Integrate youth and adults with disabilities in the competitive workforce by facilitating job training, internship opportunities and educating employers on best practices for hiring people with disabilities. Illustrative Activities –part 2•Support the economic independence of women with disabilities through microcredit programs that provide seed grants to women to invest in their families and start new businesses.•Improve national laws and policies to better reflect the protection and inclusion of people with disabilities within countries. Support human rights institutions, such as human rights commissions and national ombudsmen, to be responsive to disability rights and monitor implementation of legal frameworks. •Develop, support and strengthen sports programs for people with disabilities Illustrative Activities –part 32. Strengthen the capacity and services of DPOsExamples:•Improve the organizational capacity, financial management, human/material resources, strategic planning, fundraising, leadership and coordination of DPOs.•Support the development and strengthening of national and regional cross-disability networks and coalitions. •Support the establishment and strengthening of consumer-controlled disability resource centers (often referred to as “Independent Living Centers” in the U.S.) that promote the full independence and participation of people with disabilities in society. •Build advocacy skills of DPOs to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in programs funded by USAID, host governments and other donors.•Provide training on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Who is eligible to apply?Qualified U.S. or non-U.S. entities, such as private, non-profit organizations (or for-profit companies willing to forego profits), including:private voluntary organizations,universities, research organizations,professional associations, and relevant special interest associations.Local Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) are strongly encouraged to apply.Who is eligible to apply?•Non-DPOs applying for funds must include in their application letter(s) of signed support from local DPOs they wish to partner with for the purpose of the project.•All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law.•PIOs are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.•Applications from individuals will not be accepted.Activities and Programs Excluded•Programs with a significant budget for infrastructure or construction activities•Programs focused on the provision of assistive devices or physical rehabilitation•Programs supporting institutionalization of or institutions for children or adults with disabilitiesActivities and Programs Excluded•Employment programs promoting sheltered workshops or income generating activities that perpetuate negative stereotypes of people with disabilities and that do not provide for meaningful employment•Programs with a primary focus on awareness raisingDCHA/DRG disability funding may not be used to support HIV/AIDS-related activities. Award processStep 1:•Applicants submit their application/concept paper by completing the Required Application Format. (Submissions made using other formats may not be considered.)•Applications should not be longer than eight pages (plus cover letter (1 pg.) and attachments)•Applications should be sent electronically to Rade Knezevic at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org•Deadline –February 2, 2015, 17:00 Skopje TimeAward processStep 1:•Non-conforming concept papers will not be reviewed•Direct submissions of concept papers or applications from applicants to USAID/Washington will not be considered.Award processStep 2:•The Regional Contracting Office (RCO) notifies both the unsuccessful applicants and shortlisted applicants of the status of their applications.•Shortlisted applicants will be requested to submit full applications Step 3:•Negotiation and agreement of termsPre-award surveysQuestions to be answered during the pre-award survey•Whether your organization was properly incorporated•Whether your organization has a sound accounting system•Do your policies set forth proper segregation of duties and adequate controls?•Whether staff is properly employed•Whether your travel policies are adequate•How are procurement policies written?Concept paper evaluation criteria1. Applicant Information (20 points)To receive a full score the organization will have:–Extensive involvement in disability inclusion or be a DPO. –Previous experience in project management or managing activities related to those proposed in the concept paper.–A clear understanding of the disability landscape and situation of people with disabilities in the country/region of programming.–A clear mission, set of objectives, and orientation that is in line with proposed activities. Concept paper evaluation criteria•2. Project description (60 points)To receive a full score the project must:•Show a clear link between the described need and the proposed activities. •Describe the impact of the proposed project on existing USAID programs, activities or strategies.•Define who will benefit from the project (children, youth, adults; people with disabilities or not; government institutions, families, local community, schools, etc.; disaggregated by sex and type of disability if possible).•Provide an activity schedule that is well defined and realistic.•Describe measurable indicators (beyond the three required indicators) that will be used to show the project impact and success. Concept paper evaluation criteria3. Integration of People with Disabilities (20 points)To receive a full score the organization will:•Show evidence of linkages with existing disability programs or organizations in the country where activities are being proposed. •Illustrate how people with disabilities have been/will be involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of the program.•Ensure that women and girls with disabilities will participate in and benefit from activities.Concept paper content1)Brief description of the organization, including background and experience in the disability sector.2)Brief summary of the proposed project:-What the project seeks to achieve,-Specific objectives,-Deliverables,-Location, and -Expected number of beneficiaries.Concept paper content3) Justify the needfor the project (overall need and need for each of the main activities/deliverables.)4) Explain how the proposed project will further the goals and objectives of USAID/Macedonia and the provisions set forth in the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities. Concept paper content5) List main activities with target dates for completion for the duration of the proposed project.6) How many staff will be directly involved in and/or funded by the project? -List their role, qualifications and experience-Note the roles of individuals with disabilities in the projectConcept paper content7) Does your organization plan to collaborate with other organizations, government agencies, etc. in achieving the project’s objectives. If so, explain how. If partnering with a local DPO, a letter of cooperation from that local DPO must be attached.8) Provide the project summary budget and detailed breakdown of the summary budget per line item as notes to the budget. 9) Describe the monitoring and evaluation plan for the project including:-program indicators, frequency, and method-measurement of the qualitative and quantitative outcomes of the projectBudget templateDescriptionBudget (US $)Direct labor (e.g. salaries, wages, etc.)-Travel and Per diem-Equipment and supplies-Program Activities-Other Direct Costs (e.g. rent, utilities, communication etc)-TotalMonitoring and EvaluationProvides a framework for monitoring and evaluation that pulls together performance information from all activities contributing to your project;Describe measurable indicators (beyond the three required indicators) that will be used to show the project impact and success.Explain briefly if/how you are going to evaluate the project activities and how lessons learned will be used to adapt project implementation in order to achieve high quality development resultsMonitoring and EvaluationREQUIRED INDICATORS:•Number of People Served; disaggregated by sex/disability (as appropriate)•Number of People Trained; disaggregated by sex/disability (as appropriate)•Number of Organizations Strengthened; disaggregated by DPO/non-DPOWhat makes a good concept paper?•Follows application directions.•Demonstrates a clear understanding of the disability landscape. •Addresses an unmet need.•Doesn’t duplicate existing USAID projects•There are well-defined objectives and deliverables and a clear description of how the proposed activities will lead to the desired results.What makes a good concept paper?•The beneficiaries are clearly defined.•The timeline of activities is realistic.•The budget is realistic and isn’t largely devoted to salaries of staff.•There are clear links to USAID/Macedonia’s development objectives.•People with disabilities play an active role both in the design and the implementation of the project.What makes a good concept paper?•The goals are realistic and achievable.•The activities will be sustainable.•Applicants either already have relationships with organizations and institutions that are key to the success of the project or have a well-thought out plan to develop those relationships.•Gender is addressed.•Indicators are measurable and on the outcome and not just output level.QUESTIONS????