The Purpose of this Amendment #1 is to post Questions & Answers regarding the subject RFA.
Q.1.: Regarding a single award that USAID/CAR anticipates to make: Whether it should be a one proposal covering all five countries, or it may be five separate proposals, one for each country? If so, would USAID/CAR prefer to all the proposals were submitted by one applicant, or by different applicants, one from each?
A.1.: Thank you for your interest in USAID/Central Asia?s program. USAID anticipates one cohesive regional program that addresses the technical areas described in all five countries of Central Asia. One consolidated application describing the overall approach in response to the RFA is anticipated. Applicants may choose to proceed otherwise, but applications will be weighed against the evaluation criteria that refer to objectives in all five countries. Please also note the Mandatory Criteria from the RFA quoted below: ?The applicant must be a U.S. Non-Government Organization (NGO), a public international organization, or other type of legal entity accredited or able to obtain accreditation to operate in Central Asia.?
Q.2.: If USAID/CAR admits several grantees on this RFA, perhaps, you coordinate a proposal development process. I mean, if some organizations have already shown their interest to program implementation in certain country, does USAID/CAR advise them to pay more attention to one or another country to manage their efforts were directed evenly? For example, ten or more organizations are interested in implementation in Kazakhstan and none in Turkmenistan.
A.2.: USAID/CAR will review all applications received against the established criteria. Although other USAID missions (such as USAID/Ukraine) have used an Annual Program Statement or APS approach which corresponds somewhat to the approach you describe, this was not the intent of USAID/CAR.
Q.3.: Saying about key personnel: the five positions authorized are for the whole program (for all five countries), or five for each country? What personnel is admitted beyond these five key positions?
A.3.: USAID/CAR retains final approval for the five key positions. Applicants may propose the staffing pattern that they consider most appropriate and efficient for their proposed approach.
Q.4.: We also, have a lot of small questions within this RFA that would like to discuss with you during a meeting at your office, if such a meeting is possible. Therefore, we would greatly appreciate, if you could appoint it for me (we can coordinate date and time a little bit later).
A.4.: In order to ensure fair and open competition, USAID procurement regulations prohibit such individual meetings. Thank you for your understanding. All questions should be submitted in the same manner in which you have submitted these questions.
Q.5.: If email submission is acceptable, does USAID also require the submission of the one original and five copies of the technical application and one original and two copies of the cost application as stated on Page 5 of the RFA? If yes, by when is applicant required to submit these hard-copies given the on-time electronic submission of our application?
A.5.: The hard copies of application should be submitted in accordance with the page 5 of the RFA by August 5, 2004, 17:00 (Almaty time). Also, and electronic copy of the application should be received by USAID prior the closing date of the RFA.
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Who can apply:
Eligible functional categories:
USAID Foreign Assistance for Programs Overseas
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Agency for International Development, Overseas Missions, Kazakhstan USAID-Almaty