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Requests for Proposals

Le Lee Hills Chair en Études sur la presse libre décernera cette année une subvention de 10 000 dollars pour un projet de reportage collaboratif à travers l’Ecole de Journalisme du Missouri pour l’avancement du journalisme au Niger.

Les propositions doivent comprendre au moins trois organes de presse (ceux des étudiants de journalisme peuvent être inclus) et au moins deux plateformes médiatiques ou autres moyens de diffusion de l’information.  Les fonds peuvent être utilisés pour des salaires, des frais de voyage, des équipements ou d’autres besoins journalistiques.

 

Les candidats doivent soumettre une description du projet en deux pages maximums, en français ou en anglais, avant le 4 juillet 2022 en incluant :

– Une description de l’histoire ou des histoires que votre groupe prévoit de couvrir ;

– Un budget détaillé des dépenses ;

– Une liste des organes de presse qui participeront à la couverture et leur rôle dans ce projet ;

– le nom de la personne et de l’organisation qui sera le rédacteur en chef du projet.

 

Envoyez vos propositions par courriel à kielyk@missouri.edu en indiquant en objet “Prix Niger“.

Le gagnant sera annoncé le 15 août 2022.

RFQ#PR10642018

  

The U.S. Embassy in Niamey is seeking prospective contractors for the purchase of the following:

Powersonic PS-12120F2 – 12 Volt/12 Amp Hour Sealed Lead Acid Battery with F2 Terminals 10.00 each
Sure-Lites EBPLED Series 14W Emergency Battery Pack 50.00 each
PowerSelect PS60U700C14T 14W Constant Current LED Driver 30.00 each
New Ritar RA12-55f 12v 55ah VRLA Rechargeable Battery 10hr 28.00 each
Bodine BSL17C-C2 Emergency LED Driver 120-277 Volt AC Input 15-50 Volt DC Output 7 Watt Output 50.00 each
EATON XEL-045REU-CX500A-ZNT02P Constant Current LED Driver, 0-10V Dimming, 21W, 500mA 20.00 each

 

Delivery place  2801 ROUTE 130 UNIT 1 North Brunswick, NJ 08902

All quotations must  be sent to the following address  : Niameygsoprocurement@State.gov and contractor must have an active registration into SAM (Www.sam.gov)

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

US Embassy Niamey

Notice of Funding Opportunity

 

Funding Opportunity Title: Community Radio technicians skill reinforcement and capacity building

Funding Opportunity Number: PDS-Niamey-FY22-Community Radio 

Deadline for Applications: July 4, 2022                    Assistance Listing Number:                      

Total Amount Available: Up to $40,000.00, pending availability of funds.

A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The U.S. Embassy Niamey Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out training for community radio technicians in Niger. This program aimed at reinforcing capacity and skills of community radio in the era of new technology in broadcasting rooms and studios.

Background:

The first ever community radio in Niger was created in 1999 in Bankilaré. Community radios play a significant role in informing people, especially those living in rural areas. The aim was to enable the local community to grasp the current issues of precariousness, water, electricity, agriculture, and livestock. As of 2022, 202 community radios stations are accredited but only 180 are fully functional due to the lack of resources.  Funding for Community radio stations is limited and they often struggle to sustain themselves while simultaneously providing support and maintenance to their equipment often keeping it functional in harsh environments. Most community radio technicians have not received any formal or professional training and have learned how to use and maintain the technology on their own.

Priority Regions: Community Radio stations from all eight regions of Niger should be included.  Training locations should include the cities of:  Niamey, Maradi, Zinder, and Agadez.  Some programming must take place at the American Spaces in each of these regions.

Participants and Audiences: 

Each location listed will have at least 10 participants.  Participants in the training programs should be Nigeriens aged 14-45 years old. They include:

  • Community Radios Technicians.
  • Focal point for community radio in charge of maintenance.

Program Objectives 1: 

The training should be hands on with participants being given time to practice. Proposals for projects must focus on the following the priorities:

  • Understanding the broadcast room, studio, and production equipment
  • Setting-up equipment for better results
  • Getting ready for digital migration
  • Pre-maintenance, maintenance, and repair, especially in austere environments with harsh conditions
  • How to develop content to promote American English language learning, and/or good governance, and/or responsible citizenship such as through community service.

 

B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATIO 

Length of performance period: Up to 12 months

Number of awards anticipated: The preference is for one (1) award which covers all locations, but smaller, location-specific awards will be considered if no qualified proposals covering all locations are submitted.

Programs start date:  Program must begin by September 2022

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Funding Instrument Type:  Grant. 

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less.  U.S. Embassy will entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the program, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. Department of State.

C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION

  1. Eligible Applicants

Submissions are encouraged from U.S. and Nigerien entities with relevant programming and/or teaching experience.  This experience should be documented in the proposal.  Eligible entities include:

  • Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations
  • Public and private educational institutions
  • Not-for-profit educational institutions
  • Individuals
  • Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions
  1. Cost Sharing or Matching

Cost sharing is not a requirement.

  1. Other Eligibility Requirements

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization.  If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier, as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for information on how to obtain these registrations.  Individuals are not required to have a unique entity identifier or be registered in SAM.gov.

D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

  1. Address to Request Application Package

Application forms should follow the content guidelines listed below and include a detailed budget.  Proposals with the content and forms listed below must be sent electronically to NiameyPD@state.gov.

  1. Content and Form of Application Submission

Please follow all instructions below carefully. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements may be deemed ineligible.

Content of Application Please ensure:

  • The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity
  • All documents are in English
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars
  • All pages are numbered
  • All documents are formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper, and
  • All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.

The following documents are required 

  1. Mandatory application forms must be e-mailed to: NiameyPD@state.gov.
    1. SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations) or SF-424-I (Application for Federal Assistance –individuals)
    2. SF-424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs)
    3. SF-424B (Assurances for Non-Construction programs)
  2. Summary Page: Cover sheet stating the applicant’s name and organization, proposal date, program title, program period proposed start and end date, and brief purpose of the program.
  3. Proposal (20 pages maximum): The proposal should contain sufficient information that anyone not familiar with it would understand exactly what the applicant wants to do. You may use your own proposal format, but it must include all the items below.
  4. Proposal Summary: Short narrative that outlines the proposed program, including program objectives and anticipated impact.
  5. Introduction to the Organization or Individual applying: A description of past and present operations, showing ability to carry out the program, including information on all previous grants from the U.S. Embassy and/or U.S. government agencies.
  6. Problem Statement: Clear, concise, and well-supported statement of the problem to be addressed and why the proposed program is needed
  7. Program Goals and Objectives: The “goals” describe what the program is intended to achieve.  The “objectives” refer to the intermediate accomplishments on the way to the goals. These should be achievable and measurable.
  8. Program Activities: Describe the program activities and how they will help achieve the objectives.
  9. Program Methods and Design: A description of how the program is expected to work to solve the stated problem and achieve the goal. Include a logic model as appropriate.
  10. Proposed Program Schedule and Timeline: The proposed timeline for the program activities.  Include the dates, times, and locations of planned activities and events.
  11. Key Personnel: Names, titles, roles and experience/qualifications of key personnel involved in the program. What proportion of their time will be used in support of this program?
  12. Program Partners: List the names and type of involvement of key partner organizations and sub-awardees.
  13. Program Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: This is an important part of successful grants. Throughout the timeframe of the grant, how will the activities be monitored to ensure they are happening in a timely manner, and how will the program be evaluated to make sure it is meeting the goals of the grant?
  14. Future Funding or Sustainability Applicant’s plan for continuing the program beyond the grant period, or the availability of other resources, if applicable.
  15. Budget Justification Narrative: After filling out the SF-424A Budget (above), use a separate

sheet of paper to describe each of the budget expenses in detail.  See section H. Other Information: Guidelines for Budget Submissions below for further information.

Attachments:

  • 1-page CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the program
  • Letters of support from program partners describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner
  • If your organization has a Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA) and includes NICRA charges in the budget, your latest NICRA should be included as a PDF file.
  • Official permission letters, if required for program activities
  1. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM.gov)

Required Registrations:

Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in the System for Award Management (SAM) is not eligible to apply for an assistance award in accordance with the OMB guidelines at 2 CFR 180 that implement Executive Orders 12549 (3 CFR, 1986 Comp., p. 189) and 12689 (3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 235), “Debarment and Suspension.” Additionally, no entity listed on the EPLS can participate in any activities under an award.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to review the EPLS in SAM to ensure that no ineligible entity is included.

All organizations applying for grants (except individuals) must obtain these registrations.  All are free of charge:

  • Unique entity identifier from SAM.GOV
  • NCAGE/CAGE code
  • SAM.gov registration

Step 1: Apply for a Unique entity identifier and an NCAGE number (these can be completed simultaneously)

Unique entity identifier: Organizations must have a Unique entity identifier by by logging onto:

https://www.sam.gov

NCAGE application: Application page here: https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/scage/CageList.aspx   Instructions for the NCAGE application process:

https://eportal.nspa.nato.int/AC135Public/Docs/US%20Instructions%20for%20NSPA%20NCA GE.pdf

For NCAGE help from within the U.S., call 1-888-227-2423

For NCAGE help from outside the U.S., call 1-269-961-7766

Email NCAGE@dlis.dla.mil for any problems in getting an NCAGE code.

Step 2: After receiving the NCAGE Code, proceed to register in SAM.gov by logging onto: https://www.sam.gov.  SAM registration must be renewed annually.

  1. Submission Dates and Times

Applications are due no later than 23:59 July 4, 2022.

  1. Funding Restrictions
  2. Other Submission Requirements

All application materials must be submitted by email to NiameyPD@state.gov.

E. APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION

Criteria used for evaluating the proposals are as follows:

  • Overall design and implementation plan for programs
  • Target class sizes should range between 10 and 12 students.
  • Competitive proposals will have 1.5 hours to 4 contact hours per week, with a minimum of 20 contact hours in total.
  • Duration of the grant could be a maximum of two months
  • The grantee is encouraged to recruit students and course attendees.
  • The language of instruction is French or English
  • The proposal must include detailed information about the project members and instructor(s), including CVs, resumes and other relevant professional experience.
  • The instructors of the class should be trained teachers or working professionals in their fields of expertise
  • Budget in the proposal must include:
    • Cost of teaching materials for teachers and learning materials for students
    • Salary of teachers
    • Marketing and recruiting costs
    • Field trips/Transportation cost (if any)
  • The proposal must include a syllabus and a course monitoring and evaluation plan. Marketing strategies to recruit attendees are recommended but not required
  • Provide post-course feedback on the students’ performance.

Project Evaluation Rubric

Quality and Feasibility of the Program Idea – 25 points:  The program idea is well developed, with details about how program activities will be carried out. The proposal includes a reasonable implementation timeline.

Organizational Capacity and Record on Previous Grants – 25 points: The organization has expertise in its stated field and has the internal controls in place to manage federal funds.  This includes a financial management system and a bank account.

Multiplier Effect / Sustainability – 15 points: Program activities will continue to have positive impact after the end of the program.

Program Planning/Ability to Achieve Objectives – 15 points: Goals and objectives are clearly stated and program approach is likely to provide maximum impact in achieving the proposed results.

Monitoring and evaluation plan – 10 points: Applicant demonstrates it is able to measure program success against key indicators and provides milestones to indicate progress toward goals outlined in the proposal. The program includes output and outcome indicators and shows how and when those will be measured.

Budget – 10 points: The budget justification is detailed.  Costs are reasonable in relation to the proposed activities and anticipated results. The budget is realistic, accounting for all necessary expenses to achieve proposed activities.

Review and Selection Process

A review committee will evaluate all eligible applications.    

Federal Awardee Performance & Integrity Information System (FAPIIS)

For any Federal award under a notice of funding opportunity, if the Federal awarding agency anticipates that the total Federal share will be greater than the simplified acquisition threshold on any Federal award under a notice of funding opportunity may include, over the period of performance (see §200.88 Simplified Acquisition Threshold), this section must also inform applicants:

  1. That the Federal awarding agency, prior to making a Federal award with a total amount of Federal share greater than the simplified acquisition threshold, is required to review and consider any information about the applicant that is in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM (currently FAPIIS) (see 41 U.S.C. 2313).
  2. That an applicant, at its option, may review information in the designated integrity and performance systems accessible through SAM and comment on any information about itself that a Federal awarding agency previously entered and is currently in the designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM;
  • That the Federal awarding agency will consider any comments by the applicant, in addition to the other information in the designated integrity and performance system, in making a judgment about the applicant’s integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants as described in §200.206 Federal awarding agency review of risk posed by applicants.

Anticipated Announcement and Federal Award Dates May 3, 2022

 

For more information, please find the full NOFO here

 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

U.S. Embassy Niamey

Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity Title: Women Entrepreneurs Shark-Tank

Funding Opportunity Number: PDS-Niamey-FY22-Corner

Deadline for Applications: June 16, 2022

Assistance Listing Number: 19.441 – ECE – American Spaces

Total Amount Available: Up to $29,800, pending availability of funds.

 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Public Diplomacy Section of U.S. Embassy Niamey of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to develop and implement a nationwide program to support women entrepreneurs. This program will be designed to support women-owned businesses which often struggle to get access to capital, markets, and products and generally lack business training.  The program will provide training and mentorship to women business owners from all eight regions of Niger and will also include a local shark tank followed by a nationwide shark tank event where finalists from will pitch their business to the public and on television.  The top two or three from each training site will compete in a nationwide event in Niamey.  Please follow all instructions below.  This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Regions (training sites): Agadez, Maradi, Niamey, Zinder

Program Objectives: 

Proposals for projects must focus on one or more of the priority entrepreneurship training and target audiences specified below:

  • Train women entrepreneurs on how to pitch and sell their businesses by developing medium- and long-term financial and business plans
  • Understand and implement the best practices for scaling their businesses and even thinking globally;
  • Propose a road map for Nigerien entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.
  • Encourage greater market freedoms and access to capital and government services for small and medium business owners
  • Involve the American private sector and/or American business and economic theory and practice.

Participants and Audiences:

Participants should:

  1. Be female aged 18-45
  2. Own or have an idea to create a business
  3. Willing to share what they have learned
  4. Be able to travel

A.FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

Length of performance period: 12 months.

Number of awards anticipated: The preference is for one (1) award which covers all locations, but smaller, location-specific awards will be considered if no qualified proposals covering all locations are submitted.

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $6,200 to a maximum of $29,800 Total available funding:

Type of Funding: FY21 ECE – American Spaces

Funding Anticipated program start date: Program must begin by September 2022

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Funding Instrument Type:  Cooperative agreement.  Cooperative agreements differ slightly from grants in that embassy staff are more actively involved in the grant implementation.

In the case of this program, Embassy Niamey’s Public Diplomacy Section will be significantly involved in the set up and execution of the program.  The Cultural Affairs Officer and the American Spaces team will work closely with the recipient organization to establish an array of public diplomacy programs.  Embassy staff will ensure events and programming match the embassy’s integrated country strategy goals.  More information can be found here:

ne.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/ICS-Fact-Sheet-English.pdf

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less.  The Department of State will entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the program, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. Department of State.

C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION

  1. Eligible Applicants

The following organizations are eligible to apply:

  • Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations
  • Public and private educational institutions
  1. Cost Sharing or Matching

Cost sharing is not a requirement.  However, the panel will consider voluntary cost-sharing during its evaluation.  If there are two proposals of about equal strength the tiebreaker will likely favor the organization that provides at least some cost-sharing.

  1. Other Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive an award, all organizations must have a unique entity identifier, as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please see Section D.3 for information on how to obtain these registrations.

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.

  1. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION
  2. Address to Request Application Package

Application forms required below are available at: www.grants.gov

  1. Content and Form of Application Submission

Please follow all instructions below carefully. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

Content of Application Please ensure:

  • The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity
  • All documents are in English
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars. If you would like, you may include a CFA equivalent.
  • All pages are numbered
  • All documents are formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper, and
  • All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.

The following documents are required 

  1. Mandatory application forms
    • SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations) at https://www.grants.gov/forms/sf-424-family.html
    • SF-424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs) at https://www.grants.gov/forms/sf424html
    • SF-424B

For more information, please read the full NOFO here

DÉPARTEMENT D’ÉTAT DES ÉTATS-UNIS

AMBASSADE DES ÉTATS-UNIS, NIAMEY

Avis d’opportunité de financement

Titre l’opportunité de financement : Fonds Spécial d’Auto-Assistance de l’Ambassadeur

Numéro de la possibilité de financement : NIGER-SSH-FY2021 Date limite de dépôt des dossiers de proposition de projet : 31 mai 2022     Numéro de Référencement de la subvention (Assistance Listing Number) : 19.220                     

A. DESCRIPTION DU PROGRAMME

 

L’ambassade des États-Unis à Niamey / Bureau des affaires africaines du Département d’État des États-Unis annonce une compétition ouverte pour les organisations qui souhaitent soumettre des propositions de projet pour le programme spécial d’auto-assistance (SSH) de l’ambassadeur afin de mettre en œuvre un programme de soutien au développement socioéconomique des communautés au Niger.  Le programme d’auto-assistance spéciale des ambassadeurs (SSH) est un programme d’assistance de base qui permet aux ambassades américaines de répondre rapidement aux demandes locales de petits projets de développement communautaire. Les projets spéciaux d’auto-assistance sont communautaires, initiés localement, administrés au niveau local et comprennent des contributions communautaires importantes en espèces, en main-d’œuvre ou en matériel. Le programme spécial d’auto-assistance est structuré de manière à encourager les communautés à être autonomes et à entreprendre des activités similaires par elles-mêmes à l’avenir. Veuillez suivre toutes les instructions ci-dessous.

 

Région prioritaire : Les postulants peuvent soumettre des propositions de projets à mettre en œuvre dans n’importe quelle zone des huit régions du Niger

Objectifs du programme :  

Malgré les progrès significatifs réalisés par le Niger au cours de la dernière décennie, le taux d’extrême pauvreté du pays est resté élevé à 42,9% en 2020, touchant plus de 10 millions de personnes. L’économie du Niger dépend principalement de l’agriculture de subsistance et est donc confrontée à de multiples problèmes de développement. Le plus crucial est une croissance démographique rapide (un taux de fécondité de plus de sept naissances vivantes par femme) contrastant avec une faible croissance économique. Par conséquent, la croissance démographique dépasse la capacité du gouvernement d’offrir des services de base durables. Dans de telles situations, les membres de la communauté s’organisent souvent pour le développement et l’amélioration de leurs communautés.

Le Fonds d’auto-assistance fournit de petites subventions à court terme à des groupes communautaires qui s’efforcent d’améliorer les conditions économiques et sociales de base de leurs communautés. En d’autres termes, le fonds fournit aux groupes des ressources pour mettre en œuvre des projets qui améliorent les conditions de vie et sociales dans leurs communautés.  Le programme spécial d’auto-assistance (SSH) de cette au Niger vise à améliorer les conditions économiques et sociales de base au niveau des communautés locales ou des villages.

Les résultats spécifiques pourraient inclure les éléments suivants :

  • Amélioration des installations éducatives (Exemple : construction de salles de classe, construction de bibliothèques, acquisition de matériel pour les élèves, construction de latrines à l’école)
  • Amélioration des établissements de santé (Exemple : construction de centres de santé communautaires, fourniture d’équipements médicaux aux centres de santé communautaires) Amélioration de l’accès à l’eau potable et aux installations sanitaires (exemple : construction de puits ou de forages, construction de latrines)
  • Possibilités d’emploi pour les jeunes (Exemple : activités génératrices de revenus, formation professionnelle, construction d’un atelier d’apprentissage des compétences professionnelles) Autonomisation sociale et économique des femmes et des filles (Exemple : fourniture de moulins à grains dans les communautés rurales, fourniture de machines d’extraction d’huile, autres activités génératrices de revenus)
  • Réduction de l’écart entre les sexes au niveau de l’éducation (exemple : rehaussement du taux d’éducation des filles, cours d’alphabétisation)
  • Sécurité alimentaire accrue des ménages (exemple : jardin communautaire, élevage, entreposage des cultures)
  • Augmentation du revenu des ménages (exemple : développement des moyens de subsistance, amélioration de la productivité et de la rentabilité des agriculteurs)
  • Plus de possibilités pour les personnes handicapées (exemple : habileté artisanale, éducation spécialisée, création d’emplois)
  • Réduction de la dégradation de l’environnement (Exemples : fourniture de cuisines respectueuses de l’environnement, restauration des terres, production d’engrais naturels, recyclage)

Le programme d’auto-assistance ne peut payer que les articles et l’assistance technique qui sont absolument nécessaires à la réalisation du projet. Le programme d’auto-assistance ne peut pas être utilisé :

  • Pour les frais administratifs et les salaires.
  • Pour acheter de l’équipement comme des véhicules et du matériel de bureau.
  • Activités à vocation purement policière, militaire ou culturelle.
  • Projets religieux à moins qu’ils n’aident véritablement l’ensemble de la communauté sans tenir compte de l’appartenance religieuse.
  • Entreprises personnelles.
  • Bourses, dons, ou honoraires.
  • Fournitures de bureau telles que crayons, papier, formulaires et dossiers.
  • Pour les projets axés sur les réfugiés ou les personnes déplacées.

Pour être admissible au financement, le projet doit répondre aux critères suivants :

  • Le projet devrait contribuer à améliorer les conditions économiques ou sociales de base au niveau de la communauté locale et avoir une valeur à long terme.
  • Le projet doit avoir un impact élevé et bénéficier au plus grand nombre de personnes possible.
  • Une participation importante de la communauté à l’activité est requise. Les contributions peuvent inclure de la main-d’œuvre, des matériaux (briques, sable, gravier, semences, etc.), des terrains, des bâtiments ou de l’argent donné pour assurer le succès du projet.

Les postulants ne sont autorisés à soumettre qu’une seule proposition par organisation.  Toute organisation figurant sur le système de liste des parties exclues (EPLS) du système de gestion des subventions (SAM) n’est pas éligible pour prétendre à un financement.

Participants et parties prenantes :

Les membres de la communauté et les groupes ayant un besoin réel sont ceux qui doivent bénéficier des activités du projet SSH. Les organisations qui souhaitent soumettre une proposition doivent collaborer avec les autorités locales et les dirigeants communautaires pour évaluer le besoin et planifier les activités.

B. INFORMATIONS SUR LA SUBVENTION

 

Durée de la période d’exécution : 03 à 12 mois

Nombre de projets pouvant être financés : 5 à 10 projets (selon les montants)

Montants des financements : les financements peuvent varier d’un minimum de 3000 $ à un maximum de 10000 $

Type de financement :  Fonds de soutien économique pour l’exercice 2021 en vertu de la Loi sur l’aide à l’étranger

Date prévue du début du programme :  juillet 2022

Cet avis est assujetti à la disponibilité du financement.

Type d’instrument de financement : GRANT

Période de mise en œuvre du programme : Les projets proposés doivent être terminés en 12 mois ou moins.

C. INFORMATIONS SUR L’ÉLIGIBILITÉ

 

1. Postulants éligibles

 

Un projet SSH doit être soumis par un groupe organisé qui est motivé, qui a identifié un besoin réel et qui a déjà mis en œuvre avec succès des projets dans la communauté. Le projet doit être réalisable et fondé sur le contexte socio-économique de la communauté locale. Tous les postulants doivent être des organismes à but non lucratif enregistrés au Niger. Nous accueillons favorablement les propositions d’organisations communautaires et non gouvernementales (ONG) qui travaillent directement avec les communautés. Les organisations doivent être en mesure de démontrer qu’elles ont mis en place des contrôles internes et des systèmes financiers adéquats.

2. Engagement communautaire local

Tous les projets spéciaux d’auto-assistance sont communautaires, initiés localement, administrés au niveau local et comprennent des contributions communautaires importantes en espèces, en main-d’œuvre ou en matériel.  Une participation importante de la communauté à l’activité est requise.  Les contributions peuvent inclure de la main-d’œuvre, des matériaux (briques, sable, gravier, semences, etc.), des terrains, des bâtiments ou de l’argent pour assurer le succès du projet. L’implication locale de l’organisation ou du groupe doit être d’au moins 10% en espèces ou en nature du coût total du projet.  La contribution personnelle du financement peut être cruciale pour faire un choix entre deux demandes solides.

De plus, les dirigeants communautaires doivent également signer la déclaration d’intérêt.  Les dirigeants communautaires comprennent les dirigeants municipaux locaux, les chefs religieux, les chefs tribaux ou de clans, ou tout organe directeur qui supervise l’endroit où le projet sera mis en œuvre.  Au moins un leader communautaire doit signer la déclaration d’intérêt, mais les signatures multiples sont fortement encouragées.  Les dirigeants communautaires peuvent également soumettre des lettres de soutien au projet, à condition qu’ils mentionnent spécifiquement le projet par son titre.

  1. Autres conditions d’admissibilité

Les Organizations sont encouragés à avoir un identifiant d’entité unique (UEI), ainsi qu’un enregistrement valide sur www.SAM.gov. Veuillez-vous rendre sur SAM.gov  pour enregistrer votre organisation.  L’enregistrement SAM doit être renouvelé chaque année.

D. RENSEIGNEMENTS SUR LA PROPOSITION ET LA SOUMISSION

 

1. Adresse pour solliciter un dossier pour soumettre une proposition de projet

 

Cet appel à proposition sera publié sur le site Web l’ambassade des États-Unis de Niamey: https://ne.usembassy.gov/embassy/embassysolicitations/ et sur le site  grants.gov. Les formulaires requis pour soumettre un dossier de demande de financement sont disponibles sous demande auprès de l’ambassade à l’adresse Niameygrants@state.gov

 

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S EMBASSY, NIAMEY

Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity Title: Ambassadors’ Special Self Help Fund            

Funding Opportunity Number: NIGER-SSH-FY2021

Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2022                 Assistance Listing Number: 19.220        

 

 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The U.S. Embassy Niamey / Bureau of African affairs of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications for the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) to carry out a program to support the Socio-Economic development of communities in Niger.  The Ambassadors’ Special Self-Help (SSH) program is a grass-roots assistance program that allows U.S. embassies to respond quickly to local requests for small community-based development projects. Special Self-Help projects are community-based, initiated locally, administered at the local level, and include significant community contributions in cash, labor or materials. The Special Self-Help program is structured to encourage communities to be self-reliant and undertake similar activities on their own in the future. Please follow all instructions below.

Priority Region: Applicants can submit project proposals to be implemented in any area of the eight regions of Niger

Program Objectives: 

Despite significant strides made by Niger over the past decade, the country’s extreme poverty rate remained high at 42.9% in 2020, affecting more than 10 million people. Niger’s economy depends primarily on subsistence agriculture, and hence faces with multiple development issues. The most crucial is a rapid population growth (a fertility rate of over seven live births per woman) contrasted with low economic growth. Consequently, population growth outpaces the government’s ability to offer sustained basic services. In such situations, community members often organize themselves for community development and improvement.

The Self-Help fund provides small, short-term grants to community groups that are working to improve the basic economic and social conditions of their communities. In other words, the fund provides groups with resources to implement projects that improve living and social conditions in their communities. The Niger 2022 Ambassadors’ Special Self-Help (SSH) program aims at improving basic economic or social conditions at the local community or village level.

Specific results could include the following:

  • Improved educational facilities (Example: Classroom construction, Library construction,

Acquisition of student materials, Construction of latrines at school)

  • Improved health facilities (Example: Construction of community health centers, provision of medical equipment to community health centers)
  • Improved access to clean water and sanitation facilities (Example: well or borehole construction, latrine construction)
  • Youth employment opportunities (Example: Income generating activities, vocational training, Construction of a workshop for vocational skills learning)
  • Social and economic empowerment of women and girls (Example: Provisions of grain mills in rural communities, provision of oil extraction machines, other income generating activities) • Reduction in gender gap for education benefits (Example: girls’ education, literacy classes) • Increased household food security (Example: community garden, livestock breeding, crops storage)
  • Increased household income (Example: Livelihood Development, improving farmers’ productivity and profitability)
  • More opportunities for people living with disabilities (Example: craftmanship skill, special education, creation of job opportunity)
  • Reduction in environment degradation (Examples: Provision of environmentally friendly cooking stoves, land restoration, production of natural fertilizers, recycling)

The Self Help Program may only pay for items and technical assistance that are absolutely necessary for the completion of the project. The Self Help Program cannot be used:

  • for administrative costs and salaries.
  • to buy equipment like vehicles and office equipment.
  • Activities with a purely police, military, or cultural emphasis.
  • Religious projects unless they genuinely assist the whole community without regard to religious affiliation.
  • Personal businesses.
  • Scholarships, donations, or honorariums.
  • Office supplies such as pencils, paper, forms, and folders. –            For projects that focus on refugees or displaced persons.

To be eligible for funding the project must meet the following criteria:

  • The project should help improve basic economic or social conditions at the local community level, and have long-term value.
  • The project should be high impact, benefiting the greatest number of people possible.
  • Substantial community participation in the activity is required. Contributions may include labor, materials (bricks, sand, gravel, seeds, etc.), land, buildings, or money that is given to ensure the success of the project. 

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal per organization. 

Any applicant listed on the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) in the System for Award Management (SAM) is not eligible to apply for an assistance award.

Participants and Audiences:

Community members/groups with a real need should benefit from SSH project activities. Organizations that want to submit a proposal must collaborate with local authorities and community leaders to assess the need and plan for activities.

B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

Length of performance period: 03 to 12 months  

Number of awards anticipated: 5 to 10awards (dependent on amounts)

Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $3000 to a maximum of $10000

Type of Funding:  FY2021 Economic Support Funds under the Foreign Assistance Act  Anticipated program start date:  July 202

This notice is subject to availability of funding.

Funding Instrument Type:  GRANT

Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less.

C. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION

  1. Eligible Applicants

An SSH project must be submitted by an organized group that is motivated, has identified a real need, and has already successfully implemented projects in the community. The project should be feasible and based on the socio-economic context of the local community. All applicants must be registered Non-Profit Organizations. We welcome proposals from Community and NonGovernmental Organizations (NGOs) that work directly with communities. Organizations must be able to demonstrate that they have adequate internal controls and financial systems in place.

  1. Local Community Involvement

All Special Self-Help projects are community-based, initiated locally, administered at the local level, and include significant community contributions in cash, labor or materials.  Substantial community participation in the activity is required.  Contributions may include labor, materials (bricks, sand, gravel, seeds, etc.), land, buildings, or money to ensure the success of the project. Local involvement of the organization or group must be at least 10% in cash or in kind of the total project costs.  The personal contribution of funding may be crucial to make a choice between two viable requestors.

Additionally, community leaders must also sign the statement of interest.  Community leaders include local municipal leaders, religious leaders, tribal or clan leaders, or any governing body that has oversight over where the project will be implemented.  At least one community leader must sign the statement of interest, however, multiple signatures are strongly encouraged.  Community leaders may also submit letters of support for the project, so long as they specifically mention the project by title.

  1. Other Eligibility Requirements

Organizations are encouraged to have a unique entity identifier (UEI), as well as a valid registration on www.SAM.gov. Please go to SAM.gov  to register your organization.  SAM registration must be renewed annually.

D. APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION

  1. Address to Request Application Package

This Notice of Funding Opportunity will be posted on the US Embassy, Niamey website: https://ne.usembassy.gov/embassy/embassysolicitations/, and on  grants.gov. Application forms required to submit a proposal are available upon request at Niameygrants@state.gov

  1. Content and Form of Application Submission

Please follow all instructions below carefully. Proposals that do not meet the requirements of this announcement or fail to comply with the stated requirements will be ineligible.

Content of Application Please ensure:

  • Completed SSH Proposal Template
  • Completed Budget package:
  • Budget spreadsheet: detailed line-item budget (in Excel)
  • Budget Justification Narrative: use a separate sheet of paper (Word) to describe each of the budget expenses in detail.
  • Mandatory application forms to be downloaded at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms/sf424html
  • SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance – organizations)
  • SF-424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction programs) or SF-424C (Budget Information for Construction Programs)
  • SF-424B (Assurances for Non-Construction programs) or SF-424D (Assurances – Construction Programs) (note: the SF-424B is only required for individuals and for organizations not registered in SAM.gov)

Format

  • All documents are in English (a French version of the proposal template could be joint to support the English version)
  • All budgets are in U.S. dollars
  • All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.
  1. Attachments:
    • 1-page CV or resume of key personnel who are proposed for the program
    • Letters of support from program partners (if available) describing the roles and responsibilities of each partner
    • Official permission letters (if required for program activities) A copy of the organization’s registration certificate.
    • A letter of approval for proposed project from the local authority, and/or local town or district council.

Note: Applications that do not follow this format or are incomplete will not be considered.

  1. Other Submission Requirements

All application materials must be submitted by email to Niameygrants@state.gov

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

BUREAU / EMBASSY

Notice of Funding Opportunity

 

Funding Opportunity Title: Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund (FTIF)        

Funding Opportunity Number: NG-FTIF-2022 Deadline for Applications: June 30, 2022           Assistance Listing Number: 19.662  Total Amount Available: $210,000

 

A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The U.S. Embassy Niamey / Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program for Expanding Influence and Access of Investigative Journalism in Niger to Counter Financial Corruption and Promote Fiscal Transparency.  Please follow all instructions below.

Priority Region: All regions of Niger

Background:

In 2021, Niger scored 31 on the Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, ranking 124 out of 180 countries, and according to the World Bank, Niger’s performance in terms of transparency and accountability is low. Even though Niger’s Cour des Comptes – the national board of auditors and the highest jurisdiction for auditing public finances- does release the results of its national budget audit, pointing out significantly questionable spending, little media attention is drawn to these matters.  Print, television, and online media rarely investigate cases of corruption, and normally report only information released by the government. The fight against corruption is an ongoing battle that requires the contribution of all actors, among whom the media is prominent. This year, the Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund (FTIF) will support programs that aim to create a self-sustaining journalistic ecosystem which can investigate and report on corruption independent of official government statements and create evidentiary reporting that the government must respond to.

Niger’s only journalism academy, the Technical Training Institute for Information and Communication (IFTIC in French), does not have a concentration in investigative journalism. The lack of properly trained and motivated investigative journalists in Niger offers buoyancy to this system of impunity as it lessens public pressure to hold the government accountable to investigate and prosecute corruption. If the pool of properly trained investigative journalists expanded and included regular reporting on fiscal malfeasance, then the government would be forced to investigate and prosecute corrupt actors because of greater public knowledge of corrupt acts revealed through the media more readily.

Goal: Decrease the level of corruption, fiscal malfeasance, and budget irregularities in Niger

Project Objectives: The Government of Niger enhances fiscal transparency measures and more readily investigates and prosecutes corruption as a result of an increase in investigative media reporting into corruption and fiscal malfeasance.

Outcomes:    

  • The pool of trained investigative journalists in Niger capable of reporting on corruption and fiscal malfeasance is considerably expanded
  • Media reporting by Nigerien journalists on corruption, fiscal malfeasance, and budget irregularities is noticeably increased.
  • The Government of Niger enacts necessary fiscal transparency measures as a result of investigative journalists reporting.
  • The Nigerien public has a greater understanding of the “watchdog” role of the media regarding corruption and fiscal transparency and can use this information to pressure the Government of Niger for effective prosecutions against known corruption cases.
  • Nigerien investigative journalists have enhanced communications with West African and international investigative journalist groups to coordinate on investigations, reporting, and best practices.
  • Nigerien investigative journalists are better organized through a formal self-sustainable structure, capable of creating broader outreach to Nigerien media at large, civil society, educational institutions, and government officials.
  • Nigerien investigative journalists also have a centralized online platform for support and technical collaboration to distribute published materials for citizen and international consumption.

Activities:

The Project core activity is to:

Recruit and train about 50 journalists on investigative best practices and journalistic ethics in Niger’s four largest cities: Niamey, Zinder, Maradi, and Agadez. Journalists selected in other locations will participate in the trainings at the nearest training location. If feasible, the project should reach journalists from all regions of Niger. The training may be carried out in conjunction with an internationally based investigative journalist organization. The aim of the training is to equip journalists for better production of press articles that could serve as a credible basis for the

Niger official anti-corruption body: the Haute Autorité de Lutte contre la Corruption et les Infractions Assimilées (HALCIA) to carry out investigations

The following elements should be considered in carrying out the training:

  • Training sessions will be conducted in each location of these four Niamey, Zinder, Maradi, and Agadez, at intervals throughout the 12-month implementation period, with a combination of representatives of West African and international investigative journalist organizations.
  • Training will be specific to best practices to investigate government financial corruption, private sector financial corruption, fiscal forensic practices, ethics in reporting on government officials and private citizens, judicial practices on investigating and prosecuting corruption, and adherence to Niger’s privacy and defamation laws.
  • Training will be in consultation with the Nigerien High Authority for the Prevention of Corruption (HALCIA) and the National Court of Auditors (Cour des Comptes) to understand legal regulations and government procedures.
  • The program implementers will work with the participants and trainers to formalize and register the network of Nigerien investigative journalists in order to provide a platform for support and technical collaboration for the investigative journalists in Niger. This network will be a sustainable resource maintained by members to run training and workshops for future iterations following the completion of the FTIF program. The network will maintain a website to post investigatory pieces and content for the benefit of the public.
  • Throughout the project, implementing partners will work to ensure appropriate gender and ethnic representation.

Participants and Audiences:

About fifty (50) journalists will be engaged in the project’s trainings. Some of the project’s activities will involve collaboration with the HALCIA, la Cour des Comptes, and some CSOs performing in the field of fiscal transparency and combatting corruption.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

U.S. EMBASSY NIAMEY, PUBLIC DIPLOMACY SECTION

Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Embassy Niamey PDS Annual Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Number: PDS-Niamey-FY22-APS

Deadline for Applications: June 30, 2022

CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs

Total Amount Available: $70,000.00

Maximum for Each Award: $250 to $20K range

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The U.S. Embassy Niamey Public Diplomacy Section (PDS Niamey) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. This is an Annual Program Statement, outlining our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding. Please carefully follow all instructions below.

Purpose of Small Grants:

PDS Niamey invites individuals or organizations interested in submitting a proposal to use the award as seed money to generate buy-in from other stakeholders. We will be looking for partnerships and cost-sharing with host country civil society organizations and the business community that can extend the impact of your proposals. Competitive proposals will also address the issue of sustainability — explaining how the project or program will continue beyond the initial support from the U.S. government. All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert(s), organization(s), or institution(s) in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.
Priority Program Areas:
All public diplomacy Small Grants Programs must include one or more of the below themes:
a. Countering Violent Extremism (Counterterrorism)
b. Muslim Engagement (including inter- and intra-religious dialogue)
c. Women’s Empowerment
d. Youth Engagement
e. Education (particularly English-language education)
f. Economic development (entrepreneurship, economic empowerment)

Authorizing legislation, type and year of funding: Funding authority rests in the Smith-Mundt Act. The source of funding is FY2022 and the CFDA number is: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs. B. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION Length of performance period: 1 to 12 months Number of awards anticipated: Up to 15 awards (dependent on amounts) Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $20K range Total available funding: $70,000.00 Type of Funding: Fiscal Year 2022 Public Diplomacy Funding Anticipated program start date: Program must begin prior to September 30, 2022 This notice is subject to availability of funding.
Funding Instrument Types: Grant, Fixed Amount Award, or Cooperative agreement. Cooperative agreements are different from grants in that PDS Niamey staff are more actively involved in the grant implementation. Program Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in 12 months or less. PDS Niamey will entertain applications for continuation grants funded under these awards beyond the initial budget period on a non-competitive basis subject to availability of funds, satisfactory progress of the program, and a determination that continued funding would be in the best interest of the U.S. Department of State.
g. Journalism development (including countering misinformation and disinformation)
h. Natural resource management (including waste management) Participants and Audiences:

The target audience must be Nigerien.

Priority Audiences include the following:
a. Women and youth
b. Businesspeople/entrepreneurs
c. Academia/universities/think tanks (including students)
d. Journalists
e. Civil society activists The following types of programs are not eligible for funding:
1. Publishing of books
2. Translation of books
3. Conference attendance (i.e. participant travel to UN program conference, etc.) 4. Programs relating to partisan political activities 5. Charitable or development activities 6. Construction programs 7. Programs that support specific religious activities 8. Fundraising campaigns 9. Lobbying for specific legislation or programs 10. Scientific research 11. Programs intended primarily for the growth or institutional development of the organization or 12. Programs that duplicate existing programs

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. EMBASSY Niamey

Notice of Funding Opportunity

 

Funding Opportunity Title:            Julia Taft for refugees FY2022

Funding Opportunity Number:     Niger-Taft-Grant-2022

Deadline for Applications:              February 2nd, 2022

CFDA Number:                                19.517 – Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Africa

Total Amount Available:                $25,000

 

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  1. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

As a result of continuous deterioration of security in its borders, Niger has been accumulating situations of forced displacement (out and in) since 2012, including the latest waves from Burkina Faso, Mali and northwestern Nigeria. Based on its mandate, UNHCR, in coordination with the Governments of the region as well as key humanitarian and development actors, are working to provide protection and seek solutions for the benefit of refugees, IDPs, returnees, persons at risk of statelessness and host communities. In the October 2021 Factsheet, the UNHCR recorded an increase in the number of refugees throughout the country: 129,835 Nigerian refugees in Diffa, 57,122 refugees in Maradi, 61,139 Malian refugees, 11,605 refugees from Burkina Faso in the Tillaberi region. From the USD 110.7 million necessary for the UNHCR operation in Niger in 2021, only 70.5 million (64%) was financed by donors; thereby a gap of 40.2 M (36%). Challenges are considerable, and refugees needs could not be entirely met in some areas.

Have you identified a gap in humanitarian assistance in an area in Niger? The Julia Taft Fund is here to support local or national NGOs fill those gaps, and thereby build their own capacity in refugees assistance. The U.S. Embassy Niamey announces an open competition for local organizations to submit applications to carry out projects that seek to provide assistance to vulnerable refugee families in Niger.  Please carefully read all instructions below for details. 

Priority Region: 

All regions of Niger

Program Objectives:

What is the goal of the Taft Refugee Fund?

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Taft Refugee Fund is intended to support a one-time, low-cost interventions that address important gaps in protection and assistance for refugees and stateless persons, which larger multilateral humanitarian programs have not addressed.

Who are the Beneficiaries of the Julia Taft Fund?

The Taft Refugee Fund is intended primarily to support projects that assist refugees or refugee returnees. The Taft Refugee Fund is intended for projects that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50 percent refugees or returned refugees. These should be one-time interventions, not sustained programs.

Who can submit a proposal for Julia Taft Fund?

U.S Embassy Niamey may accept proposals for support of international NGOs that demonstrate close partnerships with local NGOs, but the preference is to support reliable local NGOs to encourage capacity building for smaller, local partners.

Proposed Interventions

Applicants may submit proposals to carry out important humanitarian activities that UNHCR and other institutions providing humanitarian assistance have not been able to implement in a given area. The project interventions are intended for improving the living conditions of refugees and/or returnees within one or a combination of the following sectors:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Water, Sanitation and hygiene
  • Food Security
  • Protection
  • Shelters and non-food items
  • Environment and Energy
  • Empowerment of communities
  1. FEDERAL AWARD INFORMATION

Length of performance period: 06 to 12 months

Number of awards anticipated: 1 or 2 awards

Total available funding: $25,000 (Minimum Award Amount $5,000 – Maximum $ 25,000)

Type of Funding: Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Africa

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Anticipated program start date:  July 1st, 2022

Note that this notice is subject to availability of funding.

 

  1. ELIGILIBITY INFORMATION

The following organizations are eligible to apply: 

  • Local/National NGO

 

 

  1. Identification of the Activity and the Requiring Agency.

The U.S. Embassy Niamey, Information Resource Management (IRM), requests use of other than full and open competition to award a sole-source fixed cost fee, indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contract for a dedicated, leased-channel, high-speed access to the internet; data transport media via C-Band satellite.  The IRM requests approval to award a sole-source contract to “Delta Bridge, Inc., of Alexandria, VA”, the only available and authorized service provider in sub-Saharan Africa.

  1. Nature and/or description of the action being approved.

The purpose of this sole-source contract is to avoid a single-point-failure and establish a second Internet Service Provider (ISP) circuit.  In the interest of the DOS, Post Niamey urgently needs to establish a second path to avoid gap and loss of communications in an event of service loss by the local primary provider, whom does not have redundancy built into their infrastructure.  The 2nd circuit will ensure consistent connectivity to Department’s OpenNet systems.

  1. Government Cost Estimate.

The estimated annual cost for this service is approximately $151,500, for the Internet Service.

  1. Description of the supplies or services required to meet the agency’s needs.

The service acquisition is for purchasing C-Band Satellite Service including setup/maintenance of  (Antenna, Modem, LNB, etc.), which includes one-to-one dedicated always up Internet Service with support in restricted areas from “Delta Bridge, Inc., of Alexandria, VA”, the DOS authorized service provider in sub-Saharan Africa.

  1. An identification of the statutory authority permitting other than full and open competition.

The statutory authority for other than full and open competition is Title 10 U.S. Code Section 2304(c)(3)(B), as implemented by FAR 6.302-1, expert services. The Delta Bridge, Inc., of Alexandria, VA, is the only available and responsible source and no other suppliers or services will satisfy the urgently needed agency requirement.

  1. A demonstration that the proposed contractor’s unique qualifications or the nature of the acquisition requires use of the authority cited (for sole source acquisitions; also required for unusual and compelling urgency where more than one offer will not be solicited).

The “Delta Bridge, Inc., of Alexandria, VA”, currently is providing this service to the DOS missions, in Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan and approximately 1,000, sites around the world. Currently, there is no known other service provider that can fulfill this specialized critical mission requirement in identified austere environments with cleared individuals.

  1. A description of efforts made to ensure that offers are solicited from as many potential sources as is practicable. The description should include whether a FedBizOpps notice was or will be publicized, as required by FAR 5.2, and if not, which exception under FAR 5.202 applies (e.g., blanket waiver provided in DOSAR 605.202-70).

Publicizing Contract Actions, Foreign Acquisitions; DOSAR 605.202-70 / 5.202 (a) (13).

  1. A determination by the Contracting Officer that the anticipated cost to the Government will be fair and reasonable.

The costs are based on public pricing that is made available by the Delta Bridge, Inc., of Alexandria, VA.

  1. A description of the market survey conducted and the results or a statement of the reasons a market survey was not conducted.

Market research and survey was conducted for this acquisition and based on the services currently provided other DOS mission, Delta Bridge, Inc., of Alexandria, VA, is determined to be technically acceptable and reflecting the best value for the backup 2nd circuit via satellite services.

  1. Any other facts supporting the use of other than full and open competition.

The Niger Government has a full monopoly on Telecommunication systems, and currently all sub vendors traverse over the Niger Telecom Fiber backbone in the country.  To avoid a single-point-failure and ensure the Internet services availability during the loss/emergencies, mission Niamey needs to rely on a backup circuit to restore and maintain connectivity to the Department’s OpenNet systems.

  1. A listing of sources, if any that expressed, in writing, an interest in the acquisition.

Delta Bridge, Inc., of Alexandria, VA.

  1. A statement of the actions, if any, the agency may take to remove or overcome any barriers to competition before any subsequent acquisition for the supplies or services required.

Niger Government via Niger Telecom provides 100% of the internet traversing Niger via their backbone.  All sub-vendors must utilize this telecom infrastructure and legal authority in providing the Internet services requires using this path to operate in country, therefore, there are no true back-up solutions to fulfil this critical requirement. Historical information collected by Post and ENM have shown the lack of reliability using the current methodology used for Post connectivity.

CERTIFICATIONS

I certify that this justification is accurate and contains complete data necessary to support the recommendation for other than full and open competition.

________________________________                        August 12, 2021

Christopher Hanna                                                      Date

Information Management Officer

 

Requirements Office

I certify that this submission is accurate, and that it contains complete information necessary to enable other officials to make an informed recommendation for approval or disapproval.

 

________________________________                        August 12, 2021

Alfred Braswell                                                            Date

General Services Officer/Contracting Officer

 

I certify that the national security concerns of the referenced acquisition(s) meet the criteria set forth in Executive Order 12958 and FAR 6.302-6.*