Advancing Community Empowerment: Call for Health, Education & Livelihoods Services

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Advancing Community Empowerment: Call for Health, Education & Livelihoods Services

Pact is pleased to announce the release of an Annual Program Statement (APS) for the Advancing Community Empowerment in Southeastern Myanmar (ACE) project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Burma.

This first call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) under this APS publicizes the intent of ACE consortium members to fund one or multiple awards which provide quality, demand-driven health, education and livelihoods services to rural communities in underserved and hard to reach communities in the southeastern region of Myanmar/Burma.

Interested organizations may download the EOI form via the following link: ACE EOI (DOWNLOAD HERE)

EOIs will be reviewed on a rolling basis from 7 August 2018 to 6 August 2019. 

Questions and Answers  

(Updated 2 October 2018)

EOI#1 Question & Answer, 7 August - 14 September 2018  (Downloadable pdf ENG + MYR

Q1) Could you please confirm that this is not open to International NGOs, who are registered in Myanmar but were not founded in Myanmar in the first place?

For this EOI, there is a strong preference for local organizations that have ties to communities in Southeast Myanmar and demonstrable experience serving these communities.

Q2) Could you please confirm that projects that do not include all components will be eligible for funding, although this is not ACE’s preference? 

Yes, applicants may submit a proposal in only one primary technical area or may integrate two or three technical areas in one proposal.

Q3) Ethnic Health Organizations (EHOs) are not specifically mentioned in the APS. Are EHOs eligible to apply?

Yes, EHOs are eligible.

Q4) Can one organization jointly apply to this EOI with more than one consortia? 

Yes consortia are welcome to apply.

Q5) We found out that the review process for this EOI is in rolling basis. Does it mean that if we apply EOI early, we can move up to next steps early and we can start the implementation early (if we are selected) even before 6 August 2019? 

We are expecting to review applications on a rolling basis. If you apply to the EOI early, you will be reviewed earlier in the cycle. It is possible for projects to begin before 6 August 2019.

Q6) In Health sector, can we also add the Emergency preparedness and response services, Capacity Building/Organization Development and also secondary care services at hospital setting?

This APS is not designed to serve as a rapid response fund mechanism for immediate emergency response services. However, activities that prepare communities for emergencies and shocks, with linkages to the relevant sector(s) outlined in EOI #1, would be acceptable. There will be a preference for activities that are designed to support longer-term sustainability of those services. 

Capacity Building/Organizational Development services are eligible if they concentrate on building the capacity of the organization in line with the strategic objectives of the EOI - improved service provision in health, livelihoods or education, better targeting of vulnerable populations, responsiveness to community demand, greater accountability, coordination with other service providers, improved governance, and continuity of services.

Q7) In the Funding section, we found that the awarding grant is between $50,000 - $500,000 USD for each applicant for two years. So, when we apply EOI, should we apply the budget only for a 2 year period? Or should we apply for total 5 year project period? If we have to apply for a total 5 year period, it means that the budget amount can be even more than $500,000 USD. Is that correct? 

Under this particular EOI (#1 Responsive Health, Education and Livelihoods Services), each EOI proposal should have a maximum period of performance of 2 years. The maximum total budget for any EOI proposal, regardless of period of performance or number of partners, is $500,000.

Q8) One organization has two offices, which are based in both Thailand and Myanmar. Can this organization make one joint proposal, but the budget transfer for this organization will be into two offices in two different countries with both Thai Baht and Myanmar Kyat currencies?

It is acceptable to submit a joint proposal by an organization with two offices in different countries. The budget should be expressed in one currency in the EOI submission, and the award will be managed in one currency. Pact can transfer funds to both Thai and Myanmar bank accounts.

Q9) Are international non-government organizations (INGOs) eligible to apply for ACE funding under the APS?

This EOI is limited to local non-governmental organizations that are either a non-profit, not-for-profit, or for-profit entity that is currently established in Myanmar or Thailand. This preference may change under subsequent EOIs.

Q10) If so, can INGO applications include sub-grant arrangements with local civil society organizations and/or service providers affiliated with ethnic armed organizations?

This EOI is limited to local non-governmental organizations that are either a non-profit, not-for-profit, or for-profit entity that is currently established in Myanmar or Thailand. Pact encourages eligible applicants to consider joint proposals for coordinated service delivery. Pact discourages pass through types of arrangements where the prime agreement holder does not perform a significant amount of the work. Whenever possible, Pact prefers to grant to each organization independently and avoid sub-granting arrangements.

Q11) When Pact talks about Southern Shan State and Eastern Bago Region, are there any specific townships determined?

The Advancing Community Empowerment project anticipates engaging directly with the following eight townships for implementation in the project’s second year:
1. Thandaunggyi, 2. Kyainseikgyi, 3. Hlaingbwe, 4. Thanbyuzayat, 5. Pekon, 6. Hpasawng, 7. Demoso, 8. Hpruso. The project welcomes cooperative activities in these areas, but applicants are not required to apply for activities only in these townships. ACE uses the boundaries for South Shan State and East Bago Region established by the Government of Myanmar and presented in the following
map.

Q12) What types of activities ACE consortium partners are going to implement under the Disaster Risk Management under objective I in accordance with USAID rules and regulations. It will be helpful for potential applicants to think what types of emergency-related activities are eligible.

ACE’s Disaster Risk Management support will be determined in consultation with local communities. Indicative activities may include:

• Participatory assessments of natural resources, community risk and resilience. 

• Improved planning around disaster risk, natural and community resources, sustainable water resource management, climate-smart development.

• Strengthening coordination mechanisms within and between communities, CSOs, private sector, and local authorities to reduce vulnerability and respond more effectively to disasters. 

• Awareness raising, technical training, and technical assistance for community members, local authorities, and CSOs.

 

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