Request for Applications (RFA) No. RFA-SHARPTO1-001

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Country: Nigeria
Organization: Chemonics
Closing date: 31 Jan 2021

Request for Applications (RFA) No. *RFA-SHARPTO1-001*

Issuance Date: December 30, 2020

Dear Applicant:

The Strategic HIV/AIDS Response Program Task Order One (SHARP TO 01), implemented by Chemonics International, is seeking grant applications from qualified, locally registered community-based organizations that will focus on increasing awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS, promoting healthy behaviors including risk avoidance, HIV counselling and testing services and improving referrals and linkages to care and treatment services thus contributing to the projects objective of providing high quality and effective high-impact, evidence-based HIV/AIDS/TB interventions to meet Nigeria’s state/LGA-specific goals. The grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with USAID and US Government regulations governing grants under contracts and SHARP TO 01’s internal grant management policies.

Project and Chemonics employees may not ask for, and applicants are prohibited from offering, any money, fee, commission, credit, gift, gratuity, a thing of value, or compensation to obtain or reward improper favorable treatment regarding this solicitation. Any improper request from a project employee should be reported to the director of finance and operations at indubude@nigeriasharpto1.com or BusinessConduct@chemonics.com.

Annexes included with this Request for Applications:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1PG_G1ou_GqWvdPB1NOWnX51mRTkajvAt?usp=sharing

  • Annex A - Applicant Self-Assessment Form

- Annex B - Grant Application Form

  • Annex B.1 - Implementation Timeline (Included in Annex B)

- Annex B.2 - M&E Indicator Form (Included in Annex B)

- Annex B.3 - Grant Application Budget Form

  • Annex C - Required Certifications

Certification of “Representation by Organization Regarding a Delinquent Tax Liability or a Felony Criminal Conviction (AAPD 14-01, August 2014)”

  • Prohibition on Providing Federal Assistance to Entities that Require Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements – Representation (April 2015)

  • Annex D - Mandatory and Required As Applicable Standard Provisions

  • Standard Provisions for U.S. and Non-U.S. Non-governmental organizations receiving a fixed amount award can be accessed through the following URL: http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/301mat.pdf

SECTION I. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

I (a). OBJECTIVES

SHARP TO 01 is awarding grants to community-based organizations to focus on increasing awareness and knowledge about Gender-Based Violence, GBV, promoting healthy behaviors including risk avoidance, HIV counseling, and testing services and improving referrals and linkages to care and treatment services as well as Provision of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis services thus contributing to the projects objective of providing high quality and effective high-impact, evidence-based GBV interventions to meet Nigeria’s state/LGA-specific goals.

I (b). BACKGROUND

SHARP TO 01 is a two-year project funded by USAID and implemented by Chemonics International. The goal of the project is to identify and support proven interventions through improvement of service delivery and strengthening health systems with an expanded effort with the Government of Nigeria (GON) in Kebbi, Kwara, Niger, Sokoto, and Zamfara States. The project will focus its support for service delivery in the following intervention areas:

  • Targeted and efficient HIV and TB case identification and linkage to care and treatment
  • Enrollment of patients on HIV/AIDS therapy with adequate adherence and minimal loss to follow-up;
  • Successfully suppress HIV viral load;
  • Increase GON capacity to expand, coordinate, and finance HIV/AIDS and TB services.

In addition, SHARP TO 01 will focus on its support for HIV diagnosis and treatment, HIV care and support, PMTCT, RH/HIV integration, TB/HIV service integration, laboratory services, and health systems strengthening.

SHARP TO 01 intends to reduce HIV/AIDS/TB incidence, morbidity, and mortality among the general population by increasing access to and success in HIV/TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, ensuring retention in care and achieving viral suppression and hence epidemic control by addressing the biological, social and structural drivers of the epidemic and strengthening health systems sustainability.

The goal of this RFA is to identify Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Civil-Society Organizations (CSOs), and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) to engage in Gender-based Violence interventions at the community level, facilitate linkages to treatment, and act as thought leaders in the local communities to improve service delivery, strengthen information networks, and catalyze private sector involvement. A key focus is ensuring that quality services are provided which includes meeting the client's unique needs in a timely and sustainable manner, providing services within the appropriate national policies, standards, guidelines, and ensuring that systems are in place to measure and evaluate the services provided. Applicants should have an established operational footprint in communities in one or more of the following states where SHARP Task Order 01: Kwara, Sokoto, Niger, Zamfara, and Kebbi State. In addition, applicants should have a demonstrated history of effectively engaging various population groups to promote health, educating local communities on health practices, and linking them to available services.

Applicants should demonstrate innovations and their ability to support the actualization of the global 95-95-95 indicators through robust Gender-based violence programming that should include specific prevention intervention, community mobilization for GBV (expanding interventions to engage male champions to advocate for GBV), couples testing, infant testing, index clients testing; and strategies for PrEP community case interventions, linkage to treatment, and HIV self - testing demand creation. Key target populations for TO 01 include partners and biological children of index cases, young men, vulnerable adolescents, and, at-risk groups (truck drivers, seasonal laborers).

I (c). DETAILED ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

In the area of GBV prevention and response, the CBO will be responsible for the following activities and objectives:

  • Create awareness in communities about GBV
  • Identify GBV affected women for service provision
  • Provide individual counseling to GBV affected women
  • Document women affected by GBV into the GBV register
  • Escort affected clients to a health facility for Clinical Services
  • Handover client to GBV focal person at the facility level
  • Follow-up with each client to ascertain services received and completeness of referrals & linkages
  • Create monthly meeting forum ( SUPPORT GROUP) for women affected by GBV
  • Identify other organizations (FIDA, Catholic Women Association, FOMWAN etc.) that provide GBV related services required by affected women for linkages
  • Conduct Health Education and skills development sessions for women affected by GBV
  • Conduct condom demonstration and supply condoms to clients affected by GBV
  • Increase gender-related policies and laws that increase legal protection
  • Increase gender-equitable access to income and productive resources, including education
  • Facilitate access for the utilization of HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services for women, girls, men and boys affected by GBV
  • Conduct education sessions for women and girls/men and boys on how to and why they need to exercise their rights
  • Teach women and girls/men and boys on measures to protect themselves and improve their health outcomes
  • Document all services provided in the GBV registers and reports
  • Submit reports to Chemonics SHARP TO1 staff at the state and central office on a monthly basis.

For offerors with established networks in their community and strong experience conducting similar campaigns in a culturally appropriate manner, selected grantees may also propose to undertake the following to meet activity targets for testing and case finding in select states or targeted local government areas:

  • Intensive index clients testing and enhance targeted outreach approach including the use of social media

  • Identification and linking sexual partners and children of index clients for testing

  • Conduct public awareness campaigns to support aggressive HTS, TB community case finding and linkage to care and treatment

  • Coordinate effectively with OVC partners in target states to identify, link, and support patients to receive high-quality care and treatment services (including relevant PMTCT, provision of pre-exposure prophylaxis to select populations including discordant couples and TB & HIV services);

  • Coordinate with traditional birth attendants and faith-based attendants to refer all pregnant women for testing

Lastly, SHARP TO 01 expects that the selected grantees will also undertake a selection of the following activities, dependent on their expertise in a given area, to contribute to additional activity targets:

  • Link individuals who are HIV negative to biomedical prevention services (e.g. PrEP, condoms, and lubricants)
  • Link GBV survivors to clinical and non-clinical response services
  • Organize coordination meetings with community structures to identify and refer cases of GBV
  • Support community stigma and GBV reduction activities with religious and community leaders
  • Provide FP education to all women of reproductive age.
  • Counsel women on the benefits and risks/side effects of the contraceptive method they choose
  • Create awareness/counsel for FP and cervical cancer cervix screening
  • Refer pregnant HIV+ mothers for FP and cervical cancer screening
  • Provide partner counseling for FP and male participation in pregnancy and cervical cancer services to reinforce testing messages for men
  • Engage men and boys in GBV prevention and response and in changing harmful gender norms.
  • Advocate to policymakers to make the necessary investments for HIV/AIDS/TB service delivery.
  • Facilitate community resource mobilization efforts to increase local resources for sustaining HIV/TB interventions in target states

SHARP TO 01 recognizes that some grantees may need technical assistance to more effectively carry out the activity. Consequently applicants are encouraged to specify their needs for technical assistance and/or training in their application.

1 (d). AUTHORITY/GOVERNING REGULATIONS

SHARP TO 01 grant awards are made under the authority of the U.S. Foreign Affairs Act and USAID’s Advanced Directive System (ADS) 302.3.5.6, “Grants Under Contracts.” Awards made to non-U.S. organizations will adhere to the guidance provided under ADS Chapter 303, “Grants and Cooperative Agreements to Non-Governmental Organizations” and will be within the terms of the USAID Standard Provisions as linked in the annexes, as well as the SHARP TO 01 grants procedures.

ADS 301 references additional regulatory documents issued by the U.S. Government’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the U.S. Agency for International Development:

2 CFR 200 Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, Subpart E (U.S. applicants are subject to 2 CFR 200 in its entirety)

Full text of 2 CFR 200 can be found at http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title02/2cfr200_main_02.tpl. SHARP TO 01 is required to ensure that all organizations receiving USAID grant funds comply with the guidance found in the regulations referenced above, as applicable to the respective terms and conditions of their grant awards.

Under the SHARP TO 01 grant program, USAID retains the right at all times to terminate, in whole or in part, SHARP TO 01 grant-making authorities.

SECTION II. AWARD INFORMATION

SHARP TO 01 anticipates awarding multiple grants under this RFA targeted at the community level. It is anticipated that each grant award may range from NGN 1,000,000 to NGN 5,000,000 of the expected award. Final amount will be dependent upon grant activities and final negotiation*.* The duration of any grant award under this solicitation is expected to be for 8 months. The estimated start date of grants awarded under this solicitation is the first quarter of 2021.

SECTION III. ELIGIBILITY

ELIGIBLE RECIPIENTS

Applicants must be a registered Nigerian community-based organization, not-for-profit or for-profit NGOs, and/or civil society organization formally constituted, recognized by and in good standing with appropriate Nigerian authorities, and compliant with all applicable civil and fiscal regulations.

Applicants may only submit one application per prime organization under this RFA.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate successful past performance in the implementation of integrated development programs related to the SHARP TO 01 priority areas and have been working in their communities of operations for a minimum of three years.

Applicants must have an existing presence in at least one of the five SHARP TO 01 implementing states of Kebbi, Kwara, Niger, Sokoto, and Zamfara.

Applicants must have established outreach capabilities with linkages to the beneficiary group(s) identified in the program description. This should be reflected by the incorporation of the beneficiary perspective in the application.

Applicants must display sound management in the form of financial, administrative, and technical policies and procedures and present a system of internal controls that safeguard assets; protect against fraud, waste, and abuse; and support the achievement of program goals and objectives. SHARP TO 01 will assess this capability prior to awarding a grant.

The following are required to be submitted as part of the application package in response to an RFA in Annex C.

  • Certification of “Representation by Organization Regarding a Delinquent Tax Liability or a Felony Criminal Conviction (AAPD 14-01, August 2014)”
  • Prohibition on Providing Federal Assistance to Entities that Require Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements – Representation (April 2015)

Additionally, applicants must sign the following required certifications prior to receiving a grant. The certifications are attached to this solicitation (Annex C) and SHARP TO 01 will review them with applicants.

  • Certification On Lobbying
  • Certification Regarding Terrorist Financing
  • Certification Regarding Trafficking in Persons and Trafficking in Persons Compliance Plan Template
  • Key Individual Certification Narcotics Offenses and Drug Trafficking
  • Participant Certification Narcotics Offenses And Drug Trafficking
  • Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance
  • Certification of Recipient
  • Additional Certifications as directed by Chemonics and USAID

The project will work with the successful grantee to draft a marking and branding plan which will be annexed to the grant agreement.

Faith-based and community groups will receive equal opportunity for funding in accordance with the mandated guidelines laid out in ADS 303.3.28, except for faith-based organizations whose objectives are for discriminatory and religious purposes, and whose main objective of the grant is of a religious nature.

SHARP TO 01 encourages applications from new organizations who meet the above eligibility criteria.

SECTION IV. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

IV (a). INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS

Applicants must propose strategies for the implementation of the program description described above, introducing innovations that are appropriate to their organizational strengths.

IV (b). APPLICANT SELF-ASSESSMENT

All organizations selected for the award are subject to a pre-award risk assessment conducted by SHARP TO 01, to ascertain whether the organization has the minimum management capabilities required to handle US government funds. The applicant self-assessment is the first step in the pre-award risk assessment process. The Applicant Self-Assessment Form is contained in Annex A.

Instructions and a template for the full application are in Annex B. Applicants that submit full applications that meet or exceed the merit review criteria will be notified of the next steps in the application process.

IV (c). GRANT APPLICATION

Templates to be utilized when developing the application are provided in Annex B. Applicants shall present their technical application and budget in the formats provided and shall follow the instructions and guidelines listed in these annexes.

All grant activity costs must be within the normal operating practices of the Applicant and in accordance with its written policies and procedures. For applicants without an audited indirect cost rate, the budget may include direct costs that will be incurred by the Applicant to provide identifiable administrative and management costs that can be directly attributable to supporting the grant objective.

The application must be signed by an authorized agent of the Applicant.

IV (d). INELIGIBLE EXPENSES

SHARP TO 01 grant funds may not be utilized for the following:

  • Construction or infrastructure activities of any kind.
  • Ceremonies, parties, celebrations, or “representation” expenses.
  • Purchases of restricted goods, such as restricted agricultural commodities, motor vehicles including motorcycles, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, contraceptive products, used equipment; without the previous approval of SHARP TO 01, or prohibited goods, prohibited goods under USAID regulations, including but not limited to the following: abortion equipment and services, luxury goods, etc.

  • Alcoholic beverages.

  • Purchases of goods or services restricted or prohibited under the prevailing USAID source/ nationality (Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria).

  • Any purchase or activity, which has already been made.

  • Purchases or activities unnecessary to accomplish grant purposes as determined by the SHARP TO 01 Project.

  • Prior obligations of and/or, debts, fines, and penalties imposed on the Grantee.

  • Creation of endowments.

SECTION V. APPLICATION MERIT REVIEW CRITERIA

Full applications will be evaluated against the merit review criteria in the table below.

Merit Review Category
Rating (Points)
Feasibility of Design & Technical Approach
30
Impact on Target Group
15
Gender Awareness
15
Sustainability/Financial Self-Reliance
15
Management and Program Capacity
10
Cost-Effectiveness
10
Past Performance
5
Overall Rating (out of 100 points)
100

These merit review criteria elements are described more fully below.

A. Feasibility of Design & Technical Approach. The quality and feasibility of the application in terms of the viability of the proposed technical approach, (i.e., the proposed technical approach can reasonably be expected to produce the intended outcomes), appropriateness of the proposed methodology, innovativeness, and the work plan for achieving project objectives to offer significant impacts on GBV and PrEP interventions in Nigeria. The technical approach must directly contribute to the achievement of SHARP TO 01’s targets and must be measurable under one or more of the SHARP TO 01 indicators of GBV services. Evaluation of approaches may include either approach proven to be effective or new untried approaches with promise. Proposed mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation with objectively measurable indicators will also be appraised. 30 points

B. Impact on Target Group. The extent to which the proposed activity corresponds to the needs of target group(s) and will directly benefit them. Also, the degree to which it will directly or indirectly stimulate other organizations and resources to replicate, develop, or implement activities supporting the objectives of SHARP TO 01. 15 points

C. Gender Awareness. The extent to which the proposed activity includes a gender component or represents a strong commitment to women as beneficiaries. 15 points

D. Sustainability/Financial Self-Reliance. The extent to which the funded activity will result in building and strengthening the capacity of the community and local organizations, and whether the activity itself is sustainable or will promote the sustainability of the organization. 15 points

E. Management and Programmatic Capacity. Evidence of the capability to undertake and accomplish the proposed activities and positively strengthen the environment for sustainable service delivery. The application should demonstrate the organization’s effectiveness in terms of internal structure, technical capacity, and key personnel, in meeting GBV intervention goals. In addition, the organization must demonstrate adequate financial management capability. The evaluation will be based principally on the background, qualifications, reputation, appropriateness and skills of its key personnel; and the “track record,” reputation, and achievements (including the development of self-sufficient, sustainable activities) of the organization in addressing all forms of GBV. 10 points

F. Cost-Effectiveness. The degree to which budgeting is clear and reasonable and reflects the best use of organizational and grant resources. 10 points

G. Past Performance. Previous or ongoing experience implementing similar activities. This examines an Applicant’s references and experience, which is a critical factor in assessing the capacity of the organization to implement the activity. 5 points

Additionally, SHARP TO 01 will ensure environmental soundness and compliance in design and implementation as required by 22 CFR 216.

SECTION VI. AWARD AND ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION

All grants will be negotiated, denominated, and funded in Nigerian Naira (NGN). All costs funded by the grant must be allowable, allocable, and reasonable. Grant applications must be supported by a detailed and realistic budget as described in Section IV.

Issuance of this RFA and assistance with application development do not constitute an award or commitment on the part of SHARP TO 01, nor does it commit SHARP TO 01 to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of an application. Further, SHARP TO 01 reserves the right to accept or reject any or all applications received and reserves the right to ask for further clarifications from the offerors. Applicants will be informed in writing of the decision made regarding their application.

LIST ANNEXES

  • Annex A - Applicant Self-Assessment Form

- Annex B - Grant Application Form

  • Annex B.1 - Implementation Timeline (Included in Annex B)

- Annex B.2 - M&E Indicator Form (Included in Annex B)

- Annex B.3 - Grant Application Budget Form

  • Annex C - Required Certifications

Certification of “Representation by Organization Regarding a Delinquent Tax Liability or a Felony Criminal Conviction (AAPD 14-01, August 2014)”

  • Prohibition on Providing Federal Assistance to Entities that Require Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements – Representation (April 2015)

  • Annex D - Mandatory and Required As Applicable Standard Provisions

  • Standard Provisions for U.S. and Non-U.S. Non-governmental organizations receiving a fixed amount award can be accessed through the following URL: http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/301mat.pdf

How to apply:

APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

Applications shall be submitted in English and may not be more than 8 pages (excluding any cover page, table of contents, dividers, and/or appendix). Applications (Technical and budget proposals and supporting documentation) should be submitted electronically to SHARP TO 01 to https://NigeriaSHARP.formstack.com/forms/sharp_t01 and should reference RFA No. RFA-SHARPTO1-001 and the organization name in the subject line. Applications must be submitted no later than 05:00 pm local Abuja time, on January 31, 2021. Late or unresponsive applications will not be considered.

In addition to the application forms and budget, applicants should submit the following to SHARP TO 01:

· Implementation Plan

· Signed and dated Required Certifications listed under section III

· Applicant Self-Assessment form

· A copy of the Applicant’s valid legal registration

· A copy of the Applicant’s latest audited financial statements

Please submit all questions concerning this solicitation to the attention of the Grants Team via email to NigeriaSHARPTO1Grants@chemonics.com by end of day on January 15, 2021. All questions received by the due date will be responded to on a rolling basis, but no later than January 20, 2021. SHARP TO 01 will assist applicants in understanding the application process and can provide coaching in application development at the request of applicants.



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