USAID: Supporting Emergency Agriculture Design and Standards (SEADS)

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Deadline: 15 April 2019

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified entities to implement Supporting Emergency Agriculture Design and Standards (SEADS).

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As part of USAID/OFDA’s Agriculture and Food Security strategy, OFDA/PSPM aims to support the development and dissemination of Supporting Emergency Agriculture Design and Standards (SEADS), which will provide guidance for designing and implementing agricultural interventions, promote best practices for these interventions, and encourage improved integration of agriculture programming with interventions carried out in other humanitarian sectors. As with LEGS, this guidance is not intended to replace the information provided in Sphere, but instead to augment it with additional information, assessment tools, and case studies to show global applicability.

Program Scope and Objectives

The scope and objectives of the program to be funded under the award resulting from this NFO are to:

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  • Produce “Supporting Emergency Agriculture Design and Standards (SEADS)”, using the same consultative process to establish buy-in and acceptance from stakeholders as the Sphere Project and LEGS; and
  • Roll out and disseminate the guidelines for widespread use in the humanitarian community.

Geographic Scope

This guidance is intended to be applicable worldwide, so no specific geographic priorities are provided or expected. Case studies included in the guidance should encompass a range of contexts from various countries globally. Plans for roll-out and dissemination should likewise be global in scale.

Funding Information

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USAID intends to provide US $1.3 million in total USAID funding over a 2-year period.

Eligible Applicants

  • Type of Organizations:
    • Non-U.S. NGOs (Foreign Organizations)
      • Indigenous Local or Regional Non-Profit Organizations
      • Indigenous Local or Regional Commercial (For-Profit) Organizations
      • Indigenous Local or Regional Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)
    • U.S. NGOs
      • U.S. Native American Tribal Organizations
    • Foreign Public Entities
      • Public International Organizations (PIOs)
      • Foreign Governmental Organizations
    • U.S. Governmental Organizations
      • Other USG Departments and Agencies
      • U.S. state and local governments
  • USAID/OFDA will not accept applications from individuals.
  • All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law. Prior to beginning program implementation, applicants must complete all required steps (if any) with the host government to legally operate their program.
  • USAID welcomes applications from organizations which have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
  • Applications for renewal or supplementation of existing projects are eligible to compete with applications for new Federal awards.
  • 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.

How to Apply

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All questions and applications must be submitted electronically at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=313572

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