The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) Project is seeking a partner institution to support strengthening USAID’s and its partners’ policies, procedures, and practices related to child safeguarding, including available reporting procedures, the quality of investigations stemming from reports, and assessments of new partners child safeguarding policies among all USAID partners.
USAID has regulations and a policy on child-safeguarding standards that apply to both acquisition and assistance partners as well as to USAID personnel. This includes prioritizing partners in providing international assistance to service-delivery programs for children that adhere to best practices and use family-based approaches.
Because of their positive aims and potential for improving children’s lives, clear child safeguarding policies and procedures for prevention and response, including screening, training, and monitoring personnel, as well as immediate reporting and action in response to any violations of law or program policies, must also be in place in any activity (U.S. Government’s Strategy Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity).
Child safeguarding includes the set of policies, procedures, and practices that are employed to ensure the safety of all children that come into contact with service providers, in any way, including as program beneficiaries. Child safeguarding requires responsibility and preventative actions at the organizational and individual levels to ensure that all children are protected from deliberate or unintentional harm or risk of harm by staff, representatives, and third parties, who come into contact with children or impact them through the organization’s operations.
- The total funding for this effort is estimated to be up to $375,000 USD.
- The focus of the work under this RFA will be to help strengthen USAID’s and its partners’ policies, procedures, and practices related to child safeguarding, including available reporting procedures, the quality of investigations stemming from reports, assessments of new partners, and presence of child safeguarding policies among all USAID partners.
- Activities to start in September 2020 and are projected to continue for 12 months
To be eligible for the award under this RFA, applicants must meet the requirements stated below:
- Be a U.S. or non-U.S. based NGO;
- Be the U.S. or non-U.S. based for-profit, not-for-profit, international organization, or private voluntary organization, inclusive of universities. In the case of for-profit organizations, no fee or profit will be allowed.
- The Recipient must be a responsible entity and have the necessary organizational, experience, accounting, and operational controls and technical skills in order to achieve the objectives of this activity and comply with the terms and conditions of the award.
- Foreign governments and foreign government-owned parastatal organizations are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.
- The Applicant must be able to contribute cost share from their own, private, or local sources for the implementation of this project over the course of the sub-agreement. Specifically, such funds may be mobilized from the recipient; other multilateral, bilateral, and foundation donors; host governments; and local organizations, communities, and private businesses that contribute financially and in-kind to the implementation of activities at the country level.
Note: Responses from organizations that do not meet the eligibility criteria listed above will not be reviewed and evaluated.
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