USAID Supporting Livelihoods in Syria: Building Resiliency through Strengthened Food Security and Livelihood Opportunities

Deadline:  10 June 2017

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications from qualified U.S. and non U.S. organizations to fund a program entitled “Supporting Livelihoods in Syria” with an aim to combine humanitarian assistance and development approaches to build resiliency at the household and community levels in Syria through strengthened food security and livelihood opportunities.

Livelihoods programs can help to improve household-level food security, strengthen markets, re-establish essential economic governance functions, and generate employment. Awards resulting from this APS will strengthen resiliency through further enabling households and communities to improve their food security and livelihoods by offering targeted support to farmers, strengthening value chains and market linkages, and promoting urban/rural livelihoods opportunities with a direct link to food security.

Objectives

  • Strengthen market access and functionality: strengthen access to markets and market systems, particularly with regard to farm-to-market linkages and systems of private service providers.
  • Strengthen Agricultural and Livestock Production: increase incomes of targeted households and businesses; increase production/yield of crops; improve seed quality, access and availability; improve breeding livestock quality health, quality, access and availability; increase extension services and/or capacity building opportunities; strengthen the ability of targeted households and communities to navigate shocks (e.g. drought and conflict) to their food security.
  • Strengthen Livelihood Opportunities and Value Chains Critical to Food Security: promote increased private sector development and positive economic interdependencies; replace or rehabilitate livelihood assets and inputs; promote diversification of productive assets and practices; improve agriculture related dietary diversity, and build capacity along the agribusiness value chain.
  • Improve Water Management, Irrigation and Land Use Techniques: address the complex water issues exacerbated by the conflict, in collaboration with local governance institutions where feasible.
  • Learning and Data Collection: conduct and disseminate market, post-harvest, seed system, value chain, and/or livelihoods assessment(s) and action research in order to inform current and future programming.

Funding Information

  • Subject to funding availability, USAID intends to provide $14-16M in total USAID funding over a three year period. Actual funding amounts are subject to availability of funds.
  • The period of performance of the award anticipated herein is three years from the date of award.

Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S. and non-US organizations may participate under this APS. For the purposes of this APS, NGOs include any incorporated entity, either non-profit or for-profit, other than a governmental organization.
  • To be eligible for award of a cooperative agreement, in addition to other conditions of this APS, organizations must be politically neutral, and have a commitment to non-discrimination with respect to beneficiaries and adherence to equal opportunity employment practices. Non-discrimination includes equal treatment without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, and political affiliation.
  • Pursuant to 2 CFR 200.400(g), USAID policy is not to award profit under assistance instruments. However, all reasonable, allocable, and allowable expenses, both direct and indirect, which are related to the grant program and are in accordance with applicable cost standards (2 CFR 200 and 2 CFR 700 ), may be paid under the Agreement.
  • USAID welcomes applications from organizations which have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
  • 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

Interested applicants can access the application package via given website.

Eligible Countries: Syria and United States

For more information, please visit USAID Supporting Livelihoods in Syria.

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