The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL, or the Department), has announced the availability of approximately $5,000,000 total costs (subject to the availability of federal funds) for one cooperative agreement to fund a technical assistance project in Ethiopia to reduce child labor in Ethiopia’s agricultural sector, with a focus on the informal sector, using a gender mainstreaming approach.
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This FOA solicits applications to implement a project with the objective of reducing child labor in Ethiopia’s agricultural sector, with a focus on the informal sector, using a gender mainstreaming approach. The project will focus on vulnerable women and adolescent girls (ages 15-17) working in agriculture.
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The project will aim to achieve the following outcomes:
- Outcome 1: Increased capacity of the Government of Ethiopia to address child labor in the agricultural sector, with a focus on the informal sector, using a gender mainstreaming approach.
- Outcome 2: Improved ability of communities to reduce child labor using a gender mainstreaming approach.
- Outcome 3: Increased economic stability of households vulnerable to child labor, with a focus on women and girls.
- Outcome 3.1: Members of vulnerable households have enhanced technical and life skills, and employment services.
- Outcome 3.2: Members of vulnerable households have diversified income.
- Outcome 3.3: Members of vulnerable households have increased access to social protections. The project must focus on areas of Ethiopia’s agricultural sector where there is substantive evidence of women engaged in unsafe or unhealthy work and adolescent girls aged 15-17 engaged in, or at high risk of engaging in, hazardous child labor.
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- Approximately $5,000,000 total costs is expected to be available to fund approximately one award. Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $5,000,000 total costs.
- The period of performance is a maximum of 4.5 years (54 months) from the effective date of the award.
The following organizations are eligible to apply:
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- U.S. organizations:
- Non-U.S. organizations:
- Non-U.S. Entities, including PIOs, as described in 2 CFR 200.46
The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply nor to participate as sub-recipients/contractors:
- Organizations designated by the U.S. Government to be associated with terrorism.
- Organizations designated by the U.S. Government to have been debarred or suspended.
- Organizations planning to charge a fee (profit) associated with a project funded by a USDOL award.
- Foreign governments and entities that are agencies of, or operated by or for, a foreign state or government are not eligible to apply. However, they may be eligible to participate as a sub-recipient in certain instances, subject to USDOL approval.
Note: If an exception to this sub-recipient eligibility criterion might be appropriate, the application must include a detailed justification for the possible exception. USDOL funds are not intended to duplicate existing foreign government efforts or substitute for activities for which such governments have already assumed responsibility. USDOL will make eligibility decisions on a case-by-case basis after receiving the application.
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For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328084