Pact: Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) Project

Deadline: 6 August 2019

Pact has announced an Annual Program Statement (APS) for the Advancing Community Empowerment (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.

Focus Areas

Advancing Community Empowerment is looking for projects in the areas of Responsive Health, Education and Livelihoods Services. Applicants may submit in only one primary technical area and are encouraged to integrate other two or three technical areas.

  • Area 1 – Health
    • For many people in Southeastern Myanmar, basic health care remains out of reach or involves catastrophic expenditure that exacerbates poverty. The new National Health Plan (NHP) and it’s plan to roll out the Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS) signal increasing inclusiveness, and the opportunity to empower communities to demand quality services, and influence health service delivery mechanisms. ACE is seeking local partners that support communities in addressing health priorities in ways that equip them to generate sustainable health solutions while developing informed relationships with public and private service providers. Successful proposals will clearly demonstrate how the activities will foster expanded community access to health care, preventive and/or social services.
  • Area 2 – Education
    • Access to quality education, and the availability of resources needed to provide quality education, continue to be fundamental issues confronted by several communities and education providers in Southeastern Myanmar. ACE is seeking local partners to enhance quality education through holistic approaches that include community engagement and local leadership, and to improve accessibility of education, cooperation between communities and schools, improve in-school and out-of-school literacy programming, and grow the leadership skills of educators. Successful proposals will clearly demonstrate how the activities will sustainably improve education access and services in underserved communities.
  • Area 3 – Livelihoods
    • Communities with ample, diverse and sustainable livelihoods options can grow greater financial and physical resources to address priority development needs and decrease vulnerabilities over time. At the same time, communities that consider poor or marginalized households and individuals contribute to enhancing collective resilience and supporting inclusive development for all community members. Activities to be supported will increase sustainable livelihoods available to community members, particularly those livelihoods which offer protection from economic shocks and natural disasters such as flooding and devastating price fluctuations. Activities to improve the capacity of communities to support its members in learning new livelihoods and finding the means to adopt them successfully are also sought.

Funding Information

  • Subject to the availability of funds, Pact intends to award up to $5,000,000 USD in total funding for the period.
  • Pact anticipates awarding grants for up to two years with total budgets between $50,000 – $500,000 USD each.

Eligibility Criteria

This competition is open to any non-governmental organization that is either a non-profit, not-for-profit, or for-profit entity that is established in Myanmar or Thailand. To be minimally eligible for funding, applicants must provide full, accurate and complete information and comply with the following conditions. Organizations must:

  • Be authorized to conduct business in their country or country of operation (Myanmar). Note that registration with the Government of Myanmar is not a precondition for eligibility.
  • Acquire a DUNS number (the nine-digit identification number required for all procurement-related activities with the United States Government) prior to receipt of award. A DUNS number is not required for application, but will be required for receipt of award. A DUNS number can be acquired online for free, and Pact can assist with this process.
  • Be able to complete implementation within the stated timeframe.
  • Have previous experience of not less than 1 year working on subject/technical area.
  • Have current geographic coverage where program activities will take place or prior experience in that area with the ability to quickly begin implementation

How to Apply

Applications should be sent via email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit https://www.pactworld.org/blog/advancing-community-empowerment-call-health-education-livelihoods-services

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