The United States Government, as represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3), and USAID/Cambodia, have announced the Cambodia Information Technology Partnership for Workforce Development Addendum to the Higher Education for Leadership, Innovation, and Exchange (HELIX) New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) Annual Program Statement (APS).
The purpose of the Cambodian Information Technology Partnership for Workforce Development Activity is to:
- create a cohort of Cambodian youth with enterprise-driven skills, training, and qualifications that will help them contribute to Cambodian society and succeed in a modern digital economy, and
- support an open internet and freedom of information exchange in order to encourage competition, innovation, and promote international standards for IT certification in order to advance Cambodia’s self-reliance in the digital age. As the world’s fastest growing digital economy, the Indo-Pacific region, including Cambodia, has the potential to be an even more valuable market for U.S. and partner countries’ companies. The activity will use and promote technology that contribute to building the foundation for an open internet that empowers people, provides equal access to information, enhances economic development, and amplifies citizens’ voices.
USAID/Cambodia seeks to strengthen information technology-related Bachelor’s degree(s) and short-term programs in order to provide Cambodian graduates with essential IT skills, critical thinking, soft skills, experiential learning, and internationally recognized certifications and credentials needed by local and international businesses in a digital age and the digital economy. The activity will help to build the labor force needed to enable Cambodian businesses and organizations to have the technical competencies to fulfill their ambitions to expand digital technology and digital access, thus reducing dependence on outside expertise and influence.
Proposed interventions under this activity should focus on the following objectives:
- Objective 1: Strengthen targeted IT certification, short-courses, non-degree programs, and bachelor’s degrees offered by Cambodian HEIs
- Objective 2: Build capacity of HEI faculty to meet accreditation standards
- Objective 3: Increase scholarship, internship, and networking opportunities to support practical skill-building and linkages to job opportunities for Cambodian youth
- USAID/Cambodia anticipates awarding one (1) award of up to $15 million under this Addendum
- The anticipated period of performance for this activity is five (5) years with an anticipated start date of on or about November 1, 2020.
The activity will include Phnom Penh and a secondary city identified by applicants.
- USAID defines “Implementing Partners” as U.S. and non-U.S. non-governmental organizations that can design and implement assistance activities outside the United States.
- All Implementing Partners must be legally registered entities under applicable law and eligible under the relevant laws to receive funding from a foreign source.
- Individuals, unregistered, or informal organizations are not eligible to be Implementing Partners.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327595