YouthPower Action, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Contract No. AID-OAA-I-15-00009/AID-OAA-TO-15-00003, is one of multiple YouthPower projects designed to support USAID in the implementation of its Youth in Development Policy (2012). The purpose of YouthPower Action is to support the scale up of evidence-based positive youth development programs, support capacity building of youth serving institutions, and implement innovative youth development approaches.
One of YouthPower Action’s activities is to encourage the diffusion or uptake of effective cross-sectoral approaches which could ultimately enable the scale-up of evidence-based youth development programs. Many youth programs are funded by donors and implementers who are focused on accomplishing single sector outcomes based on funding allocations and the goals set by each sector. Thus, even if funders understand that youth benefit from more integrated approaches, unless there are clear returns on investment for their sector, they may choose more narrowly defined programming. YouthPower Action seeks to generate rigorous research that tests the theory that integrated workforce development and SRH programming yields greater impact than single-sector (WfD or SRH) programming and is more cost effective.
The purpose of this RFA is to build on the results of the review by funding on-going programs to implement activities that will provide the evidence needed to test the hypothesis that integrated WfD and SRH interventions are a better value than single sector WfD and SRH interventions. The grantee will be responsible for implementing both an integrated and single sector interventions and for developing and implementing a monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) plan that will enable YouthPower Action to carry out studies to build evidence on the impact of the integrated program consistent with the Theory of Change. In addition to generating evidence on the impact of integrated programs, the grant will also generate learning about how integration occurs in practice. This RFA provides the opportunity for applicants to obtain an external evaluation of their on-going program and to potentially generate evidence to support scale-up and future funding opportunities.
Applicants may currently be implementing integrated WfD and SRH interventions, or may be implementing single-sector WfD or SRH interventions and seeking to incorporate other integrated program elements that were identified in the assessment report. Organizations can cooperate to apply but one organization must be the lead and the grant holder.
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The Offeror is requested to submit an application directly responsive to the terms, conditions and clauses of this RFA. The overall application shall consist of two (2) physically separated parts: Technical Application and Cost Applications. Technical Applications shall not refer to pricing.
Applications shall be written in English. Cost applications from qualified Offerors shall be presented in US Dollar.
Applications must remain valid for a minimum of ninety (90) days. The Offeror may submit its application by the following means:
· Electronically – Internet email with attachments compatible with MS WORD, Excel and Adobe Acrobat in a MS Windows environment to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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