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Regional Acquisition and Assistance Office 
Issuance Date: April 29, 2014 
Closing Date for submission Names for Pre-application Conference: May 09, 2014 
Pre-application Conference Date: May 14, 2014 
Pre-application Conference Time: [Pretoria time] 
Questions Due Date/Time: May 09, 2014; 14h00 [Pretoria time] 
Full Application Closing Date/Time:  June 25, 2014; 14h00 [Pretoria time] 

Subject: Request for Applications (RFA) No. RFA-674-14-000001 
Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC), Early Infant 
Circumcision (EIMC) Service Delivery and Support the Government the Kingdom Swaziland (GKOS) 
Ladies and Gentlemen: 
The United States Agency for International Development Southern Africa (USAID/Southern Africa) seeking applications from international, regional, local Swazi non-governmental  organizations (NGOs),  and/or consortia comprised any combination the aforementioned organizations manage new five-year bilateral cooperative agreement for Circumcision Service Delivery activities. 
The overall goal this new project increase the uptake male circumcision services among all eligible males 10-49 Swaziland and male infants.  Interventions will contribute the achievement the following National outcomes: increasing the proportion males aged 10-49 who are circumcised  from 19% 2010 45% 2015 and 70% 2018; increasing the proportion male infants who are circumcised 30% 2015 and 50% 2018. estimated 150,000 200,000 males will circumcised through this project contributing 65% coverage 2018. 
For the purposes this RFA, the term "Grant" synonymous with "Cooperative Agreement," "Grantee" synonymous with "Recipient;" and "Grant Officer" synonymous with "Agreement Officer." 
This full and open competition, under which any type organization, large small, commercial (for-profit) firms, faith-based, and non-profit organizations partnerships consortia, are eligible compete. accordance with the Federal Grants and Cooperative Agreement Act, USAID encourages competition order identify and fund the best possible application(s) achieve program objectives. Pursuant CFR 226.81, USAID policy not award profit under assistance instruments.  However, all reasonable, allocable, and allowable expenses, both direct and indirect, which are related the grant program and are accordance with applicable cost standards (22 CFR 226, OMB Circular A-122 for non-profit organizations, OMB Circular A-21 for universities, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part for-profit organizations), may paid under the grant. 
Although not requirement, local Swazi organizations are encouraged partner with international and/or regional organizations either member consortium, sub awardee prime Recipient with either (or both) international and regional organizations sub awardees.  Similarly, international and regional organizations are highly encouraged consider partnering with local Swazi organization(s), again either partners consortium prime Recipient with local Swazi organizations sub awardees.  Alternatively, international and regional organizations may consider acting sub awardees with local Swazi organization acting the prime Recipient.  
Please refer Section the Funding Opportunity Description this RFA, for further details the program. 
Subject the availability funds, USAID intends provide approximately $24.5 million allocated over five-year period.  Actual funding amounts are always subject availability funds.  USAID anticipates awarding one cooperative agreement result this solicitation.  USAID reserves the right fund any none the applications submitted. mentioned above, USAID/Southern Africa anticipates that the term award made under the RFA will for five years months. The estimated time frame for this agreement from approximately October 2014 through September 30, 2019. 
Any questions concerning this RFA must submitted writing via email Jackie Ramanitrera jramanitrera@usaid.gov before the deadline for receipt questions stated the cover letter this RFA.  Questions sent any other e-mail address will not answered. The e-mail transmitting the questions must reference the RFA number and title the subject line the e-mail. determined that the answers any question(s) are sufficient importance warrant notification all prospective recipients, Questions and Answers document, and/or needed, amendment the RFA, will issued. award will administered accordance with (1) C.F.R. 226, (2) OMB Circulars and 
(3) 
the USAID Standard Provisions for U.S. Nongovernmental Recipients1. Pursuant CFR 226.81, USAID policy not award profit under assistance instruments.  However, all reasonable, allocable, and allowable expenses, both direct and indirect, which are related 

(a) http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/index.html 
(b) http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_99/22cfr226_99.html 
(c) http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/303maa.pdf; 

Interested parties can access these documents through the following internet addresses: Box 43, Groenkloof, 0027       Tel: (012) 452-2000 Fax: (012) 460-3177         http://SouthAfrica.usaid.gov the award program and are accordance with applicable cost standards (OMB Circular A122 for non-profit organizations, OMB Circular A-21 for universities and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part for-profit organizations), may paid under the Agreement. 
This RFA being issued and consists this cover letter and the following: 
Section Funding Opportunity Description; 
Section II, Award Information; 
Section III, Eligibility Information; 
Section IV, Application and Submission Information; 
Section Application Review Information; 
Section VI, Award and Administration Information; 
Section VII, Agency Contacts; 
Section VIII, Other Information; and 
Attachments. 

This RFA and any future amendments can downloaded from www.grants.gov. order use this method, Applicant must first register on-line with Grants.gov. Select Find Grant Opportunities, then click Browse Agency, and select the U.S. Agency for International Development and search for the RFA number. the event inconsistency between the documents comprising this RFA, shall resolved the discretion the Agreement Officer. you have difficulty registering accessing the RFA, please contact the Grants.gov Helpdesk 1-800-518-4726 via e-mail support@grants.gov for technical assistance. 
Applicants are requested submit both technical and cost portions their applications separate documents and separate electronic attachments and/or hard copies further described Section IV, article entitled Submission Information. your organization decides submit application, must received the closing date and time indicated the top this cover letter.  Late applications may considered only the Agreement Officer determines the Government's best interest.  Applications must directly responsive the terms and conditions this RFA. Telegraphic fax applications (entire application) are not authorized for this RFA and will not accepted. Award will made the responsible Applicant whose application offers the greatest value the U.S. Government. 
This program authorized accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act, amended.  Issuance this RFA does not constitute award commitment the part the Government, nor does commit the Government pay for costs incurred the preparation and submission application. addition, final award any resultant agreement cannot made until funds have been fully appropriated, allocated, and committed through internal USAID procedures.  While anticipated that these procedures will successfully completed, potential Applicants are hereby notified these requirements and conditions for award. Applications are submitted the risk the Applicant; should circumstances prevent award cooperative agreement, all preparation and submission costs are the Applicant's expense. Box 43, Groenkloof, 0027       Tel: (012) 452-2000 Fax: (012) 460-3177         http://SouthAfrica.usaid.gov 

USAID/Southern Africa planning holding pre-application conference Pretoria. This 
pre-application conference for informational purposes only. the conclusion 
presentation, attendees will have the opportunity ask questions. The presentation and all 
questions and answers from the pre-application conference will posted this notice after the conference. The pre-application conference scheduled for May 14, 2014 the 
USAID/Southern Africa Office located 100 Toti Street, Groenkloof XS, Pretoria, South 
Africa, starting AM. Interested eligible organizations are requested confirm their 

attendance this meeting sending email Jackie Ramanitrera jramanitrera@usaid.gov later than May 09, 2014. The email should include the name 
your organization, attendees and contact details. Due space limitations, attendance 
limited twopersons per organization. 
Oral explanations instructions given before the award the agreement will not binding. All written changes will made through amendments the RFA published Grants.gov. Furthermore, the U.S. Government reserves the right reject any and all applications, such action considered the best interest the U.S. Government. addition, final award any resultant agreement under this subject availability funds and other internal USAID approvals. 
Thank you for your interest working with USAID/Southern Africa. 

Deborah Miller 
Agreement Officer Box 43, Groenkloof, 0027 Tel: (012) 452-2000 Fax: (012) 460-3177 http://SouthAfrica.usaid.gov 
RFA-674-14-000001 
Swaziland VMMC and EIMC Program Page
 
TABLE CONTENTS Page 
SECTION -FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION.................................................................. 6 
SECTION  AWARD INFORMATION............................................................................................. 24 
SECTION III  ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION.................................................................................. 25 
SECTION  APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION............................................. 27 
SECTION  APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION................................................................. 38 
SECTION -AWARD AND ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION................................................ 43 
SECTION VII  AGENCY CONTACTS................................................................................................. 51 
SECTION VIII  OTHER INFORMATION.......................................................................................... 52 
ATTACHMENTS..................................................................................................................................... 56 Box 43, Groenkloof, 0027       Tel: (012) 452-2000 Fax: (012) 460-3177         http://SouthAfrica.usaid.gov 

SECTION -FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION
 
Pursuant Automated Directive System (ADS) 303.3.5.2.a, this section includes (1) general description the proposed program, (2) statement identifying the authorizing legislation, (3) program eligibility requirements and (4) discussion how the award will administered. GENERAL DESCRIPTION FUNDING OPPORUNITY Introduction 
The VMMC and EIMC Service Delivery and Support Government the Kingdom Swaziland (GKOS) project will funded through the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). PEPFARs third phase, authorized 2013, emphasizes sustainability and country ownership, expansion prevention, care and treatment, and integration HIV services within broader health systems and development programs. PEPFARs global targets for 2013 include preventing million new HIV infections. 
PEPFARs overarching strategy for all technical areas including HIV prevention described the 2012 PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating AIDS-Free Generation2. More specifics regarding PEPFARs approach prevention are contained the 2011 PEPFAR Guidance for the Prevention Sexually Transmitted HIV Infections3. Both documents call for combination prevention approach including biomedical, behavioral and structural interventions. Within combination approach, PEPFAR prioritizes interventions with the strongest evidence impact reducing HIV transmission and acquisition including VMMC. These interventions have shown very high efficacy randomized research trials, but many challenges remain scaling these for population-level impact. 
The VMMC and EIMC Service Delivery and Support GKOS project will directly contribute the GKOS new five-year Extended National Strategic Framework (eNSF) for HIV (20142018). The eNSF for HIV and AIDS five-year multi-sectoral, decentralized HIV/AIDS plan for Swaziland. The eNSF objective for the program increase the uptake male circumcision services among all eligible males10-49 Swaziland and male infants.  Interventions will contribute the achievement the following National outcomes: increasing the proportion males aged 10-49 who are circumcised from 19% 2010 45% 2015 and 70% 2018; increasing the proportion male infants who are circumcised 30% 2015 and 50% 2018.  
The activities under this funding opportunity are further described below under Project Overview and Description. http://www.pepfar.gov/documents/organization/201386.pdf http://www.pepfar.gov/guidance/171094.htm Background 
The Kingdom Swaziland has the highest rates HIV the world with 31% HIV prevalence among adultsi.  While the data suggest that the rate new infections stabilizing, HIV and AIDS remain the most important health burden and impediment socio-economic development for Swaziland. result, there urgent need scale 
the HIV prevention response Swaziland, including the expansion adolescent and adult
 VMMC and sustain the response, expansion EIMC.  

Results from three randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) published 2005-2007 showed that
 VMMC reduced mens risk acquiring HIV infection from heterosexual intercourse
 average 53% (South Africa4, Kenya5, and Uganda6).  VMMC also benefits women over
 time decreasing the number HIV-infected men the population, thereby reducing the
 probability that women encounter HIV-infected sex partners. VMMC also reduces the risk
 acquiring several STIs, including Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection, syphilis, 
chancroid, and Herpes Simplex Virus-2 (HSV-2) infection, which common Swaziland. 
Epidemiologic models show that enough men are circumcised, the number new
 infections overall can reduced much 30%.  

Recognizing the potential stem the tide new HIV infections, leaders the GKOS
 Ministry Health (MOH) took early interest the research showing the HIV prevention 
potential VMMC and together with PEPFAR, agencies and other partners, advanced 
policies, guidelines and implementation plans for national scale up. 2010, the GKOS
 passed National Policy Circumcision for HIV prevention that endorses both 
adolescent/adult VMMC and EIMC. The GKOS and PEPFAR recognized that with very low
 rates circumcision, massive scale would require tremendous effort build
 skilled work force, high quality service delivery sites, effective communication strategies and 
monitoring systems.  The GKOS placed high priority the scale adolescent and 
adult VMMC and for long-term sustained response, emphasis establishment 
EIMC program.  The VMMC/EIMC priorities are underscored the GKOS former National
 Strategic Framework for HIV (2009-2014) and previously noted are pillar the current
 eNSF. 2010, PEPFAR began Combination Prevention Program (CPP) support behavioral, 
structural and biomedical prevention initiatives and also launched one-of a-kind ambitious
 VMMC program called the Accelerated Saturation Initiative (ASI) with the goal
 circumcising 80% the men 15-49 just one year.  While the ambitious ASI targets were
 not met, important lessons were learned especially about demand creation, and the need 
have strong community engagement and government coordination.  

From the lessons ASI, the GKOS recognized that there was much higher demand for
 circumcision among the adolescent population, and subsequently lowered the age
 circumcision years age. While population level impact will slightly delayed with
 the younger age group, these young men and boys represent important demographic group over 50% the population under the age and they are more likely HIV
 negative than the older men. addition, the new Decision Makers Program Planning Tool Auvert al. Randomized, Controlled Intervention Trial Male Circumcision for
 Reduction HIV Infection Risk: the ANRS 1265 Trial. PLoS Med 2005 Nov; (11): e298. 
Epub October 2005. Bailey al. Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention Young Men Kisumu, Kenya:
 Randomised Controlled Trial. Lancet Infect Dis 2007; 369: 643-56. Gray al.  Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention Men Rakai, Uganda: 
Randomised Trial. Lancet Infect Dis 2007; 369: 657-66. 

(DMPPT) 2.07 Model shows that this critical age group and that adolescents age 10-14 and 15-19 will provide the highest magnitude incidence reduction the next years. GKOS also recognized that given that over 70% the population live rural areas and access health services often difficult, important consider variety service delivery approaches for VMMC, such mobile, roving, and outreach teams order bring the services closer and make them more accessible the population.  Furthermore GKOS understands the importance of, and strongly promotes the engagement communities increase demand for services, make circumcision the norm among males, and shift social and gender norms support the reduction risky sexual behaviors that are part the VMMC minimum package. 
Since the end ASI, the GKOS has taken stronger coordination and leadership role the VMMC/EIMC program, with the establishment VMMC unit within the Swaziland National AIDS Program (SNAP) the Ministry Health, and MOH leading the national VMMC technical working group. addition, they have launched intensive participatory, decentralized Male Circumcision (MC) Strategic and VMMC/EIMC Operational Planning process using the new DMPTT 2.0 model. The draft National Strategic Plan for adolescent and adult VMMC places emphasis employing variety service delivery mechanisms aimed getting services closer communities, community-led demand creation, targeting 10-29 year olds, and achieving cost efficiencies with increased coverage; and for EIMC services, integration within the MNCH platform8. the completion the ASI, PEPFAR supported the GKOS efforts expand VMMC through the Combination Prevention Program (CPP), implemented Population Services International (PSI). The VMMC activities fall the biomedical pillar and are supported both the behavioral and structural pillars.  CPP has provided support GKOS for the expansion EIMC and VMMC including demand creation strategies, training providers, technical assistance SNAP, and service delivery through range static, outreach and mobile sites.  PSI has subaward with the Family Life Association Swaziland (FLAS) that provides fixed and outreach services. 2012, PEPFAR provided two pre-fabricated clinics Cabrini and Good Shepard hospitals that provide adequate space for medium high volume circumcision services.  (See the annex for the list sites and outreach services provided through PSI).  Coverage has increased  including over 50% one Inkhundla9 and 30% more Inkhundlas (see coverage map annex 2).  PEPFAR also supporting The Luke Commission (TLC), comprehensive mobile health provider.  TLC offers VMMC one the components its comprehensive health services.  They operate some the poorest and most remote rural communities.  TLC was previously sub partner under PSI; since January 2014, they continue provide the same services with USAID funding through different mechanism. 
The EIMC program began just after the adolescent and adult circumcision program. 2009,  the Ministry Health conducted stakeholder meeting which informed the development the EIMC protocol. The protocol endorses the Mogen clamp device choice for EIMC. 
The 2009, National Policy Circumcision for HIV prevention endorses both adolescent/adult and EIMC. The Minister Health officially launched the EIMC program April 2010. The EIMC program goal aligns with the eNSF. 
Key EIMC operating documents including service quality assurance standards, Standard Operating Procedures, and monitoring systems are place for EIMC. EIMC services are integrated across the maternal and child health, departments, addition, linkages have been fostered with PMTCT and ANC settings ensure that information EIMC successfully integrated and that referrals and/or actual services can provided these contexts. The task-shifting framework that will allow nurses provide EIMC, has been finalized and endorsed the MOH, however, still needs passed Parliament. Thus EIMC services can only provided the facilities where doctor can supervise. Currently with technical assistance from PSI, EIMC services are provided facilities (see annex for list sites).  123 providers have been trained through competency-based approach using the WHO/JHPIEGO EIMC training manual. date over 4,000 EIMCs have been done.  
For the most part demand for services being done the facilities.  Demand creation and EIMC information provided through PMTCT, ANC and post-natal sites, however, community level information and demand creation has been limited date. The DMPPT 2.0 model was created for Swaziland late 2013 and early 2014. The MOH with Futures
 Institute the process adapting the model, using the Swaziland Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS)
 data. The model with the SHIMS data expected available the end June 2014. However, not
 expected that the SHIMS data will significantly change the targets. Relevant documents may found https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i2j76469etitrw3/q8bsjz7AZw Administratively, Swaziland divided into Regions, Inkhundla, 385 chiefdoms and  Project Overview and Description 
The overarching goal this award contribute the increased coverage the proportion men 10-49 circumcised 70%, and increase the proportion infants circumcised 50% per the eNSF through the provision high quality male circumcision services, increased demand for VMMC/EIMC services and strengthened National management. estimated 150,000 -200,00010 males will circumcised through this project contributing 65%11 coverage 2018. 
The successful applicant will the USAIDs primary support assist the MOH achieving the targets set forth the eNSF and the National Strategy and the VMMC/EIMC Operation Plan12, and support the National VMMC/EIMC program. close consultation with the MOH focal person and SNAP, the successful applicant will provide VMMC high quality, comprehensive, cost efficient services and offer technical assistance national, and regional leadership strengthen the management the VMMC and EIMC program according the National Strategy and the VMMC/EIMC Operation plan. They will work closely with the MOH Male Circumcision focal person and other PEPFAR and other partners (including, but not limited to, other USG Agencies and non-USG donors) assure tightly coordinated service delivery and demand creation avoid overlapping efforts gaps service coverage.  This coordination will become increasingly important the proportion males circumcised any given area increases. 
The VMMC and EIMC Service Delivery and Support the GKOS successful applicant will accountable USAID for achieving age and Inkhundla disaggregated VMMC coverage level results that are aligned with the MOH VMMC program plans and the successful The estimated number males targeted may change based the final Operation Plan anticipated that TLC will contribute additional circumcisions. The MOH currently the process finalizing the Strategy and Operation Plan. anticipated that the 
Strategy and Operation Plans will finalized the end June 2014.
 
applicants performance will measured their ability achieve the targets.  The MOH VMMC targets and coverage levels are based the five-year National Strategy and Operation Plan13 order avert infections highlighted the DMPPT 2.0 (see annex and substantially contribute the targets outlined the GKOS eNSF.  The MOH national, regional and sub-regional levels will use program data continuously review VMMC coverage levels and progress towards targets and will adjust annual and quarterly plans accordingly.  USAID will work closely with the MOH focal person assure that the successful applicant VMMC service delivery plans are developed and implemented accordance with these plans and are responsive the MOH needs. 
The successful applicants VMMC services will implemented according the World Health Organization (WHO), MOH and PEPFAR guidelines and standards. order increase cost efficiencies and quality service delivery and actively motivate achievement coverage targets (by age and Inkhundla), the successful applicant highly encouraged use innovative grant and/or contracting mechanisms teaming consortia partnerships qualified local, regional international organizations under the award.  These sub-awards teaming mechanisms will create appropriate incentives sub-awardees consortia members for reaching exceeding quarterly coverage targets the target population specific geographic areas, and insure that all circumcisions are done according the required quality standards and guidelines.  The use these mechanisms will also assure better coordination service delivery. new VMMC technologies including WHO approved devices other methods are proven safe, effective, feasible and acceptable implement the Swazi context, the applicant will work with USAID and MOH determine if, when, and how integrate these new technologies into their work plan and VMMC implementation. 
The successful applicant will provide technical assistance (TA) support the Ministry Health, specifically, the program within SNAP, and the Sexual Reproductive Heath Unit (SRHU) for the continued integration EIMC within the maternal, neonatal, child health (MNCH) platform.  The will support MOH leadership increase demand for VMMC and EIMC services and will strengthen the management the program. order scale-up the program and reach the coverage levels outlined the eNSF and Operation plan, the unit within SNAP will need human resources and expertise specific areas.  The successful applicant will support both long-term and short-term technical assistance (LTTA and STTA) that are consistent with the MOH needs over the course the five years and the scale-up plans/time frames.  This will also include working with PEPFAR HSS partner, MOH, and public service see that the unit resourced adequately with key positions and the appropriate compensation packages are place for key MOH positions. This may include agreement that seconded positions will absorbed (according need) GKOS. anticipated that the MOH will require EIMC program officer and ME staff seconded personnel.  Other will include, but not limited to, ongoing advocacy and demand creation for both VMMC and EIMC, improving data and information use for programming, improved continuous quality assurance, support for Adverse Event (AE) monitoring and reporting, communications, waste management, advocacy for task shifting, and specifically for EIMC, work with the Nursing Council, SRHU and UNICEF ensure that EIMC fully integrated into the MNCH platform. The MOH currently the process finalizing the Strategy and Operation Plan. anticipated that the Strategy and Operation Plans will finalized the end June 2014. 
The successful applicant will implement activities through three results packages that are organized objective. The result packages are interlinked and together will assure the achievement key outcomes and the project objectives contributing GKOS goal increase coverage VMMC and EIMC. The results packages are further described below. Performance Work Statement -Performance Specifications and Measurements 
USAID/Swaziland plans award cooperative agreement for the VMMC and EIMC Service Delivery and Support Government the Kingdom Swaziland (GKOS) project.   USAID/Swaziland will award Cooperative Agreement using performance-based award. Performance-based means that USAID will still have substantial involvement, required USAID policies. addition, performance-based award requires certain key characteristics that make different from other agreements specifically, performance-based contracting and assistance centered statement work program description that defines performance expectations terms outcomes results opposed methods, processes, systems broad categories work activity. the maximum extent possible, describes the work terms what the required output rather than how the work accomplished.  
The VMMC and EIMC Service Delivery and Support the GKOS project will directly contribute the GKOS eNSF for HIV increasing the uptake circumcision services among all eligible males especially focusing 10-29 year olds and male infants less than one year. Interventions will contribute the achievement the following National outcomes: increasing the proportion males aged 10-49 who are circumcised  from 19% 2010 45% 2015 and 70% 2018; increasing the proportion male infants who are circumcised 30% 2015 and 50% 2018. estimated 150,000 200,000 males will circumcised through this project contributing 65%14 coverage 2018. 
The GKOS Ministry Health (MOH) has determined that focusing adolescent/adult circumcision efforts the younger age group (10-29) will result greatest magnitude impact (see DMPPT2.0 model annex 3).  Therefore the primary target population for this project will adolescent males and young men aged 10-29.  Older men will NOT excluded but the primary focus for demand creation and service coverage the younger age group.  EIMC targets infants under days accordance with the GKOS standards and the services are integrated MNCH platform. 
The overarching goal, purpose, and objectives the VMMC and EIMC Service Delivery and Support Government the Kingdom Swaziland are: 
GOAL: Increase coverage the proportion men 10-49 circumcised 65%, and increase the proportion infants circumcised 50% per the eNSF 
Purpose: Increase demand for and uptake high quality and comprehensive VMMC/EIMC 
services achieve coverage levels and age disaggregated targets according the 
National VMMC Strategy and Operation Plan The estimated number males targeted may change based the final Operation Plan anticipated that TLC will contribute additional circumcisions. 

Objectives: 
	 
Provide high quality cost efficient VMMC services targeting 10-29 year old males, building the existing investments and achieve coverage levels according the National VMMC operation plan  

	 
Increase demand for high quality and comprehensive VMMC services meet the proportional coverage and targets per the Operation Plan  

	 
Strengthen the national, regional and local leadership and management VMMC and EIMC program support GKOS achievement the coverage and targets set forth the strategy, Operation Plan and the eNSF implement the VMMC service delivery, the successful applicant will use innovative contracts and/or grant mechanisms innovative consortia teaming agreements with aim promoting cost efficiencies, assuring accountability USAID reaching quarterly coverage targets the target population specific geographic areas, and insure that all circumcisions are done according WHO, PEPFAR and GKOS quality standards and guidelines.  These sub awards and/or teaming agreements will also assure better coordination service delivery.  The technical assistance will provided according the MOH needs and will include short term and long term expertise specific areas particular: EIMC, monitoring and evaluation/data analysis and information use.  
The following outlines the expected results and the performance measures for which results and outcomes will measured. 
RESULT PACKAGE 

High quality and comprehensive VMMC services provided, targeting 10-29 year old males15, building the existing investments, and expanding coverage according the National MOH VMMC Operation plan. 
The anticipated outcomes this result package include: 
	 
USG investments VMMC sites and models are maximized seen increase numbers males circumcised those sites identified annex and through the successful approaches. 

	 
VMMC service providers through sub awards specialized consortia members16 -meet exceed quarterly coverage targets (age and geographic area) within the specified quality standards17 

	 
Increased annual coverage males circumcised age and Inkhundla per the Operation Plan from the baseline achieve national average 65%18 (see map annex Males under may circumcised compliance with GKOS regulations, the client has proper informed consent forms, understands the procedure, and will tolerate done under local anesthesia. Contracts/grants and/or innovative consortia partnering mechanisms will used ensure quarterly basis, that the services are delivered with the accepted standards and quality and achieve cost efficiencies and meet exceed the established coverage levels. Contractors/ Grantees specialized consortia partners must have demonstrated VMMC service provision experience and expertise and comply with WHO, PEPFAR and GKOS VMMC quality standards and guidelines17 WHO, PEPFAR,GKOS VMMC standards and guidelines are followed This agreement expected contribute 65% the circumcisions and TLC will contribute 2018, together the support should contribute the achievement the eNSF targets 
	 
150,000-200,00019 high impact circumcisions completed according the WHO, PEPFAR,  and MOH standards and guidance 

	 
Average annual adverse events (AEs) are maintained below 2%.  Management AEs should follow the MOH procedures and the CDC Guide. implement this result package, the successful applicant will: 
	 
Build and from the previous PEPFAR and GKOS investments and lessons learned expand high quality service delivery.  The USG has provided substantial investments the delivery VMMC services since 2009.  (see annex for the current list sites supported) 

	 Assess the potential the different sites and approaches deliver high quality, comprehensive services including their adaptability current and changing context over time, optimize the sites and approaches increase access and uptake the services the target population. 

	 
Implement high quality VMMC services based WHO, GKOS and PEPFAR guidance and standards. this, the successful applicant will: 

	 
Perform VMMC successfully males aged years old20, (particularly targeting males 10-29) per the quality standards expressed the WHO MOVE approach, OGAC VMMC guidance, and the GKOS guidelines21 This shall include the components the WHO comprehensive minimum package services. 

	 
Ensure strong service delivery, management, and quality assurance structure; 

	 
Ensure appropriate staffing well staff training and supervision; 

	 
Successfully manage and accurately report all adverse events (AEs) per the PEPFAR guidance.  Management AEs should follow the WHO Guide once finalized and published.  AEs should remain below 2%; 

	 
Manage health care waste produced sites ensure safe and appropriate disposal; 

	 
Liaise with USAIDs Supply Chain Management Systems (SCMS) central agreement provider ensure appropriate forecasting and delivery VMMC kits (Note: all kit procurement will done through this agreement) and ensure availability all required equipment needed for high volume, high quality VMMC sites.  The successful applicant will expected assure transparent and appropriate warehousing and local distribution supplies.  

	 
Provide robust monitoring and evaluation and quality assurance for all aspects VMMC service delivery ensure continuous service improvement that high quality services are maintained and targets are met; 

	 
Support effective mix service delivery, including incorporating efficient, practical, innovative strategies for static, integrated, outreach, roving, seasonal surges, campaigns, etc. expand coverage and maximize the number high This figure guestimate and the target figure may change based the final National Operation Plan Males under may circumcised compliance with GKOS regulations, the client has proper informed consent forms, the young man understands the procedure, and will tolerate done under local anesthesia. WHO guidance found the male circumcision clearing house: http://www.malecircumcision.org/resources/documents/MC_  
quality and comprehensive VMMCs that are performed achieve coverage levels outlined the Operation Plan.  

Generate local demand increase the up-take the successful applicants VMMC services. This will entail that the successful applicant: 
	 
Liaise with the National Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Technical Working Group (TWG), SNAP, Ministry Education and Training (MoET), National Emergency Response Council HIV and AIDS (NERCHA), Johns Hopkins University Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), and other communication partners, further described below Result package ensure that social mobilization approaches and strategies align with service delivery and where appropriate, incorporate gender considerations into demand creation, service delivery, and counseling (e.g. engage mothers and partners where appropriate); 

	 
Ensure appropriate local access and demand for VMMC services among men ages 49, including site specific social mobilization, community engagement and collaboration with traditional authorities, community stakeholders, school official, parents and guardians, and clinic-based partners that can help build demand outlined Result package 

Ensure that service delivery mechanisms meet exceed their quarterly coverage targets; and services are well planned and coordinated maximize coverage (the proportion men circumcised) according the operational plan. The successful applicant will work closely with the focal person assure that their services are well coordinated and implemented according the National Operation Plan. Using subcontracts/grants/sub awards qualified organizations22 through innovative consortium teaming arrangements for service delivery, the successful applicant will assure high quality, comprehensive, effective VMMC service delivery according the WHO/GKOS quality standards and guidelines, with clearly defined quarterly coverage targets for the specified target populations given geographic areas.  The sub award mechanisms consortia teaming agreements should establish appropriate service delivery incentives for the achievement coverage levels while maintaining high level quality. This will increase accountability and cost efficiency while also improving coordination and coverage.  Furthermore, expected that the successful applicant will work close collaboration with the other PEPFAR partner conducting circumcisions, TLC, and/or any other service delivery partners ensure that there excellent regular planning coordinate service delivery, assuring that there overlap demand creation service delivery the defined communities/chiefdoms/geographic areas/populations. this, the successful applicant will: 
	 Use appropriate subcontract/sub grants innovative teaming agreements for service delivery that will define the quarterly coverage targets for each sub awardee team member, specifying the geographic area and priority age groups for circumcision accordance with the National Operation Plan Qualified organizations will have demonstrated experience and expertise providing effective high quality, high volume VMMC service delivery according WHO standards and guidelines 
well the comprehensive quality service delivery standards. The sub awards/teaming agreements will increase cost efficiencies and accountability while motivating the sub awardees achieve exceed targets while maintaining high quality standards. 
	 
Foster positive relationships with government all levels and other partners facilitate reaching exceeding coverage objectives and avoid duplication.   

	 
Collect and manage regular high quality VMMC data and information for coordinated programming including, numbers males circumcised disaggregated age and localized area, coverage mapping, etc.  This information will provided monthly basis SNAP, regions and sub regions assure robustly coordinated VMMC effort well for improved program coverage. 

	 
Establish concrete clear collaborative service plans with TLC, holding regular coordination and information sharing meetings with TLC (at least quarterly), and maintain open regular channel communication.  The successful applicant will also coordinate with TLC their requirements for kits and commodities and provide them with adequate supplies that will provided through the SCMS agreement mentioned above for the provision VMMC kits. They will also develop memorandum understanding with TLC provide other QI/QA, ME other training technical assistance they may need. 

The VMMC services and service delivery plan will based the GKOS Operation Plan and adjusted based up-to date coverage information and through regular planning with SNAP, the TWG, and other service delivery partners, using current coverage data assure seamlessly coordinated effort, avoiding duplication and assuring high levels coverage. 
The successful applicants success achieving the above results and outcomes, shall measured accordance with the below Illustrative indicators performance measurements: 
 coverage males (disaggregated age) circumcised Inkhundla 

	 
Cost quality comprehensive VMMC services are reduced ~$100/MC less 

	 
The development and implementation quarterly plans for service delivery, building investments and coordinating with other PEPFAR partners, assure coverage and reduce duplication 

 males (disaggregated age) circumcised according WHO, PEPFAR and MOH guidelines; 

 males tested and counseled for HIV and received their results 

 those HIV males successfully linked care and treatment services and tracked 

 cases with moderate/severe adverse events less than 

 males who return for follow-up least once within days 

RESULT PACKAGE Increase demand for high quality VMMC and EIMC services and achieving proportional coverage and targets 
The anticipated outcomes this result package include: 
	 
Increased active support for key constituencies (TBD with SNAP)  this might measured through exit interviews with clients determine key constituency role promoting up-take services 

	 
Partner delivery sites meet and exceed targets measured through their monthly reports implement this result package the successful applicant will: 
	 
Provide technical assistance (TA) and support the MOH actively engage variety key stakeholders and constituents creating demand for VMMC and EIMC services23 The focus this activity leverage existing cadres and structures for sustainable demand creation.  This will need done concert with other service providers and carefully planned, coordinated and phased manner to: generate understanding and acceptance among key constituencies the importance VMMC/EIMC improve the health males and reduce the transmission HIV; and assist localized tailored, evidence-based demand generation efforts the time that services will readily available improve up-take those services.  Thus clear attention supply and demand relation achieving coverage according the Operational Plan will critical. 

The result will increased demand and up-take available services site level (whether fixed, mobile, outreach, roving etc. well the increase infant males circumcised facilities). 

	 
Provide technical input ensure that all communications regarding VMMC and EIMC are correct and consistent with national guidelines and local demand creation efforts. With the SBCC TWG, SNAP, NERCHA, Swazilands Regional health teams, PEPFAR, The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), and other relevant partners provide technical input assure correct and consistent communication efforts with regard VMMC and EIMC. The successful applicant will work with existing and formal GKOS structures that have responsibility for overall HIV SBCC and specific VMMC/EIMC demand creation provide technical input assure that any communication guidelines, mass media, social media, and/or TLC has its own demand creation initiatives for its services that they have employed for many years.  The successful applicant will not expected intervene their demand creation/service delivery areas.  However, information sharing and robust collaboration encouraged. 
interpersonal communications contain correct, tailored, and consistent information and messages about VMMC and EIMC. The successful applicant will work closely with the PEPFAR, lead SBCC partner, HC324, and with UNICEF assure that VMMC and EIMC messages are correctly included any PEPFAR partners (community and clinic-based) communication materials and approaches, ensure that all communications regarding VMMC and EIMC are technically correct, consistent and will result improved demand and up-take available services. The result will correct, consistent and appropriate messages for education and demand creation for VMMC and EIMC across media, and all partners engaged the HIV response and relation achieving coverage according the Operational Plan.  
	 Generate specific localized demand for VMMC services that the successful applicant will offer This will entail working closely with SNAP and other VMMC service providers assure that demand generated localities with local leadership involvement appropriate times when services are available. Demand and services will rolled out according the National Operation Plan.  Further, and importantly the successful applicant will coordinate carefully with other service delivery partners assure there overlap duplication efforts.  Demand creation strategies will mainstream gender including addressing male norms, and actively engaging women demand creation  mothers, partners, wives, girlfriends). The result will high demand and up-take the services the successful applicant offers relation achieving coverage according the National Operational Plan. 
The successful applicants success achieving the above results and outcomes, shall measured accordance with the below Illustrative indicators performance measurements 
	 
Number times Key stakeholders speak out publicly favor VMMC and EIMC measured quarterly basis 

	 
Demand and supply are closely coordinated and implemented according national quarterly plans 

	 
All SBCC materials, communications have high quality, technically correct
 information regarding VMMC/EIMC
 

	 
Increased up-take VMMC localized areas and increased up-take EIMC all available sites 

RESULT PACKAGE Strengthen the national, regional and local leadership and management and support for VMMC and EIMC program.  The specific support SNAP and Regions will finalized the annual work plans.  
The anticipated outcomes this result package include: 
	 SNAP and Regional offices use information (numbers males circumcised age and Inkhundla) make programmatic shifts for program guidance assure coverage and targets are/or will met during quarterly meetings with partners. HC3 Will primarily responsible for assuring that VMMC/EIMC messages are integrated with the standardized package SBBC messages and materials.  HC3 will also work with the successful applicant and SNAP establish demand creation training team (using those who have been trained mc) and develop curricula/job-aids messaging for different constituents. 
	 
SNAP and Regional offices has effective reporting system and standard operating procedures assure consistent correct communications regarding the program including communications regarding AEs and responses media reporting25 

 reporting system operational evidenced report-out quarterly meetings and standardized notification and investigation system place and operational. 

	 
Cost per adult circumcision reduced from ~$100/VMMC and sustainable rate26 for EIMC. 

	 
The MOH has established costed plan, including Human Resource and commodity needs for adolescent mop-up and continued EIMC, which will financed GKOS after 2018. implement this, the successful applicant will: 
	 Provide technical assistance and support the focal person SNAP and regional offices needed, and work collaboration with UNICEF for EIMC improve management the National VMMC/EIMC program.  This may include:	 Provision short and long term (consultants and seconded staff) work under the direction the focal person support: integrating data within the HMIS; monitoring and evaluation and strengthening use data for programming multiple levels; establishing robust communication strategy and SOPs assure consistent and correct reporting and responses AEs other concerns; expanded EIMC programming; development database for trained providers; assure the notification systems and standards are place; and systematize demand creation. For the long term (seconded staff), anticipated that EIMC programming support will needed and monitoring and evaluation specialist.  Both will need liaise with other critical offices within the MOH including Sexual reproductive health and maternal neonatal child health for EIMC and the Strategic Information Department for ME.	 Strengthen the ME system for and assure over time that the data collection integrated into the HMIS.	 Strengthening the data collection and information management for use programming and reporting.	 Develop communication strategy and SOPs assure correct and consistent media and other reporting program including responses potentially harmful press reporting.	 Cost analysis services increase cost efficiencies.	 Strengthening program coordination including assuring demand creation efforts are aligned with access and supply services; service delivery efforts are well coordinated assure there duplication, overlap, gaps; use coverage mapping and information redirect, shift services assure progressive expanded coverage geographic areas; regular consultations with government and traditional leadership various levels and This reporting system and SOPs NOT the SBCC strategy, also NOT the HMIS data reporting system,
 rather assure correct reporting the overall program nationally, regionally and internationally.  For
 example, will include SOPs for media response adverse event etc Meaning that 2018 the GKOS will able resource the actual costs  EIMC facility level.
 
with non-service delivery partners support demand creation and coordinated service delivery.	 Strengthen continuous quality improvement including assuring that VMMC/EIMC QA/QI institutionalized within the QA/QI within the Ministry.	 Establish cadre trainers trainers assure adequately trained staff for VMMC and EIMC and develop training database.	 Strengthen systems for EIMC delivery needed.	 Waste management system continues operate high quality level according national and global standards.	 The system for notification AEs fully operational (assuring standardized notification and investigation systems are place and institutionalized for both adolescent/adult and for EIMC).	 Assist the rollout any new technologies devices that are approved for use Swaziland the MOH and GKOS. 

	 Progressively capacitate other systems alongside the direct service delivery order assure that GKOS ready take the adolescent VMMC mop-up services, and sustained EIMC 2018 this may include:	 Assess the financial and human resources required for the VMMC and EIMC program the short, medium and long term, and provide recommendations SNAP and appropriate GKOS offices.	 Assuring that VMMC and EIMC reporting are included the HMIS, and quality management integrated and prioritized the QA/QI unit appropriate	 Strengthen the commodity procurement and management system take EIMC and adolescent VMMC mop-up after 2018. 

The successful applicants success achieving the above results and outcomes, shall measured accordance with the below Illustrative indicators performance measurements: 
	 
SNAP holds quarterly (or more frequent needed) TWG meetings review progress (against that planned the Operation Plan, coverage maps, DMPPT 2.0 targets etc.) and adjust the next quarter implementation based the data and lessons learned. 

	 
Regions review progress against targets quarterly basis and make adjustments based the data. 

	 
VMMC and EIMC information progressively integrated into the HMIS. 

	 
National, international, and media reporting and communication regarding the Swaziland program consistent and accurate and all potentially harmful media other reports are responded according the communication SOPs.  

	 
Training database, coverage maps and other planning tools are operational, used for planning and updated regularly. 

	 
Mutually agreed milestones for transition full GKOS support for VMMC mopup and ongoing EIMC 2018 are achieved according annual plans. 
Monitoring and Evaluation and Indicators 

The successful applicant will establish plan for and monitoring service delivery and uptake.  Circumcision data will collected age, place service delivery, location where the client lives (chiefdom) and other key indicators (see list below).  This data will collected monthly and provided MOH.  The service monitoring will also used update coverage maps for programming decisions with MOH.  
Monitoring will also include regular Quality Assessments, monitoring demand creation, and quality support MOH provided through confidential questionnaire. 
The successful applicant will report the current PEPFAR Indicators and any additional PEPFAR indicators revised during the term the agreement well country specific indicators for MOH and USAID/Swaziland: males (disaggregated age) circumcised according WHO, PEPFAR and 
MOH guidelines; males tested and counseled for HIV and received their results those HIV males successfully linked care and treatment services and tracked cases with moderate/severe adverse events males who return for follow-up least once within days coverage males (disaggregated age) circumcised Inkhundla cost 
comprehensive quality VMMC service delivery reduced $100/MC less 
Age disaggregation follows:	1-9 (EIMC only)	10-14	15-19	20-24	25-34	35-49	50+	 Applicable USAID Principles, Policies and Strategies The following policies and principles shall apply all activities provided under the agreement: 
	 
Alignment with GOKS HIV and priorities, policies, standards and guidelines, including but not limited to: the eNSF, the investment framework, the National Policy Circumcision for HIV prevention, the national standards and guidelines, the health system strategy, the Strategy and Operation Plan, Waste Management policies, etc 

	 
Alignment with PEPFAR HIV and priorities, policies and guidelines including but not limited to: the Blue Print; the PEPFAR HIV Prevention Guidance; Annual COP guidance; Operational guidelines etc. 

	 
Alignment with all International (WHO) standards and guidelines (web) 

	 
Provision high quality comprehensive services, and creating robust linkages with other PEPFAR HIV prevention, care and treatment programs 

	 
Efficient and effective use USG resources with attention cost efficiencies and reducing the per circumcision cost while maintaining high quality standards 

	 
Assurance MOH program ownership and attention sustainability program results and sustainable EIMC program 

	 
Engagement community leaders and gate keepers and key stakeholders increase demand for VMMC and EIMC and address the underlying social cultural and gender norms that create barriers the up-take and other HIV services and create greater vulnerability HIV 

	 
Assure that all programming gender responsive and moving towards gender
 transformative approaches USAID Forward Considerations 
USAID/Swaziland committed fulfilling its objectives and meeting performance targets under USAID Forward -USG policy, legal parameters, and operating environment permitting. 
-Procurement reform: USAID/Swaziland strongly encourages applications from qualified local regional organizations with VMMC/EIMC expertise and/or applications that include sub awardees key consortium members that are qualified local regional organizations with appropriate VMMC/EIMC expertise for the service delivery component.     
-Presidential initiatives achieve its goals country, the Missions portfolio guided the 2012 PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating AIDS-Free Generation27 More specifics regarding PEPFARs approach prevention are contained the 2011 PEPFAR Guidance for the Prevention Sexually Transmitted HIV Infections28 Both documents call for combination prevention approach including biomedical, behavioral and structural interventions. Within combination approach, PEPFAR prioritizes interventions with the strongest evidence impact reducing HIV transmission and acquisition including VMMC. These interventions have shown very high efficacy randomized research trials. USAID and Leveraged Donor Resources number bilateral and multilateral institutions are active Swazilands HIV/AIDs sector. Given the burden the epidemic supporting the national HIV response has been key focus area for most donors. The PEPFAR Swaziland team works closely with other partners assure good coordination and synergies.  Key partners for VMMC/EIMC include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Fund for AIDS, TB, and Malaria (GFATM), UNICEF, and the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI).  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation providing assistance the GKOS the finalization the VMMC strategy and operational plan that will align the eNSF.  The plan will finalized over the next 3-6 months and will critical terms defining targets age and geographic area.  For EIMC, PEPFAR collaborates with UNICEF global level and works closely with the UNICEF team http://www.pepfar.gov/documents/organization/201386.pdf http://www.pepfar.gov/guidance/171094.htm 
country assure EIMC fully integrated into the Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) platform.  PEPFAR also works closely with the GFATM ensure synergies across programs and eliminate duplicative efforts. This includes foreign assistance HIV prevention and HIV/AIDS service delivery. Women, Girls And Gender Equality (WGGE) 
Women, girls and gender equity remain the center USAID HIV response.  While VMMC programming does not directly address gender equity and VMMC does not affect HIV transmission from males females, VMMC will have benefits for women over time decreasing the number HIV-infected men the population, thereby reducing the probability that women encounter HIV-infected sex partners. VMMC also reduces the risk acquiring several STIs, including human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, syphilis, cancroid, and herpes simplex virus-2, which common Swaziland. Modeling shows that enough men are circumcised, the number new infections overall can reduced much 30%.  
Furthermore VMMC offers unique opportunity engage men discussions about their own and their partners sexual and reproductive health well engage men discussions concerning respect for women and girls including issues gender equity and gender based violence.  Women, including wives, partners, and mothers are critical for VMMC demand creation and critical that this target audience included counseling and education regarding the benefits VMMC well part the messaging efforts. 
EIMC programming offers unique opportunity engage men their partners pregnancy, childs birth and health decisions their male children. The need engage fathers EIMC decision making may also open opportunities discuss mens reproductive health, including testing, linkages care and VMMC.  There some anecdotal evidence fathers deciding undergo VMMC their male child also circumcised birth.  EIMC efforts could open pathways further engage men positive parenting efforts. AUTHORIZING LEGISLATION/APPLICABILITY CFR 226 
This award authorized accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act 1961, amended. CFR 226 would applicable award U.S. organization made under this RFA.  The following provision will included any sub-award U.S. entity resulting from this RFA: 
APPLICABILITY CFR PART 226 (MAY 2005) 
(a)
  All provisions CFR Part 226 and all Standard Provisions attached 
this agreement are applicable the Recipient and subrecipients which meet
 the definition "Recipient" Part 226, unless section specifically excludes
 subrecipient from coverage. The Recipient shall assure that subrecipients have
 copies all the attached standard provisions. 

(b)
  For any subawards made with Non-US subrecipients the Recipient shall 
include the applicable "Standard Provisions for Non-US Nongovernmental
 Grantees." Recipients are required ensure compliance with monitoring
 procedures accordance with OMB Circular A-133. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 
Any non-governmental organization (including, but not limited to, Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) and for-profit entities) public international organization eligible apply under this RFA.  Organizations institutions with on-going planned activities with potential support the activities required this funding opportunity may submit application for funding.  See below SECTION III  ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION for further eligibility requirements  AWARD ADMINISTRATION 
For U.S. organizations, CFR 226, OMB Circulars, and the Standard Provisions for U.S. Nongovernmental Recipients will applicable. For non-U.S. organizations, the Standard Provisions for Non-U.S., Nongovernmental Recipients will apply.  While CFR 226 does not directly apply non-U.S. Applicants, the Agreement Officer will use the standards CFR 226 the administration the award.  For Public International Organizations (PIOs), the Standard Provisions for Grants Public International Organizations, along selected provisions from the Standard Provisions for Non-U.S., Nongovernmental Recipients and other negotiated provisions, will used.  
These documents may accessed through the internet follows: 
 
22CFR226: 

http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_06/22cfr226_06.html 

 
OMB Circulars 

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/index.html 

 
Standard Provisions for U.S. Nongovernmental Recipients: 

http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/303maa.pdf 

 
Standard Provisions for Non-U.S., Nongovernmental Recipients: 

http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/303mab.pdf 

 
Standard Provisions Public International Organizations: 

http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/308mab.pdf 
SECTION  AWARD INFORMATION ESTIMATE FUNDS AVAILABLE AND NUMBER AWARDS CONTEMPLATED 
Subject the availability funds, USAID intends provide approximately $24.5 million total USAID funding for the life the program. USAID intends award one (1) Cooperative Agreement pursuant this RFA.  USAID reserves the right fund one none the applications submitted. stated above, actual funding amounts are subject availability funds.	  START DATE AND PERIOD PERFORMANCE 
The period performance anticipated herein five (5) years sixty months.  The estimated start date about October 2014.	  TYPE AWARD 
USAID plans negotiate and award assistance instrument known Cooperative Agreement with the Applicant whose application offers the greatest value for the Program described herein. Cooperative Agreement implies level substantial involvement USAID.  This substantial involvement will through the Agreement Officer, except the extent that the Agreement Officer delegates authority the Agreement Officers Representative (AOR) writing.  The intended purpose the substantial involvement during the award assist the Recipient achieving the supported objectives the any agreement awarded result this RFA.  The substantial involvement elements for this award are listed below (this list does not include approvals required CRF 226 other applicable law, regulation provision): 
	 
Review and approval Key Personnel and changes Key Personnel; 

	 
Approval annual implementation plans; 

	 
Agency and Recipient collaboration and joint participation implementation, including, but not limited participation advisory committees and direction and/or redirection activities specified the program description due interrelationships with the Local Capacity Development component the Program; 

	 
Approval  the Monitoring and Evaluation (ME) Plan; and 

	 
Approval all subcontractors and sub-recipients and concurrence the substantive provisions all sub-awards. 

SECTION III  ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION  APPLICANTS 
Qualified Applicants can international, U.S. non-U.S. non-governmental organizations (NGOs), regional, local Swazi organizations (NGOs), and/or consortia comprised any combination the aforementioned organizations, private voluntary organizations (PVOs), and for-profit companies willing forego profit, faith-based and community organizations that fit the criteria above are also eligible apply. 
Although not requirement, local Swazi organizations are encouraged partner with international and/or regional organizations either member consortium, sub awardee prime Recipient with either (or both) international and regional organizations sub awardees.  Similarly, international and regional organizations are highly encouraged consider partnering with local Swazi organization(s), again either partners consortium prime Recipient with local Swazi organizations sub awardees.  Alternatively, international and regional organizations may consider acting sub awardees with local Swazi organization acting the prime Recipient. support the Agencys interest fostering larger assistance base and expanding the number and sustainability development partners, USAID encourages applications from potential new partners.  COST SHARE/RESOURCE LEVERAGING COST SHARING 
Cost sharing not required under the RFA, though encouraged.  Contributions can either cash kind and can include contributions from the Applicant, local counterpart organizations, project clients, and other donors (but not other U.S. government funding sources).  Cost sharing contributions must accordance with OMB Circular A-122-Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations which can found the following link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/a122.html. Information regarding the proposed cost share, any, should included the 424 (for U.S. organizations only) and the Budget indicated those documents. Applicant decides offer any cost sharing, Applicants cost sharing plan should discussed the Budget Notes the extent necessary demonstrate its feasibility, applicability the activity and provide details how the cost sharing monetary values were estimated. RESOURCE LEVERAGING 
USAID strongly encourages Applicants actively leverage funds and in-kind contributions from all available and interested local funding sources, including, but not limited to, government and public institutions, individuals, corporations, NGOs, foundations, etc.  
This RFA further seeks leverage additional resources from the private sector this program. USAID looking for innovative, practical approaches using these resources while promoting the program objectives. accordance with ADS 303.3.10.2, leveraging represents all the non-USAID resources that are expected applied program. may include cost sharing, but may also include resources that third parties bring the program without necessarily providing them the Recipient. Even though the Recipient not responsible for any leveraging excess the agreed upon cost-share, such leveraging would viewed favorably the technical evaluation promotes sustainability.  
SECTION  APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION GENERAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
 
The following general guidance applicable the submission the applications under this RFA. 
Profits: stated above, USAID's policy not include profits any nature under assistance agreements.  Reasonable, allocable and allowable expenses, both direct and indirect, which are related the agreement program and are accordance with applicable cost standards (e.g.,OMB Circular A-21), may paid under the agreement contemplated this RFA. 
Responsiveness: Applicants should submit application directly responsive the terms, conditions, specifications and clauses this RFA. The Applicant should follow the instructions set forth herein.  Applications not conforming the requirements may categorized non-responsive and may eliminated from further consideration. 
Language: USAID policy that English shall the official language all award documents. result, required that the applications English.	 SUBMISSION INFORMATION 
Submission, Marking and Copies: 
(i)	 Electronically via email (preferred delivery method) to: jramanitrera@usaid.gov with attachments/annexes (3MB limit per email) unprotected and compatible with Microsoft Office 2010 Windows environment.   Applications must submitted later than the date indicated the deadline for the submission applications this RFA indicated the cover letter accompanying this RFA. 
Multiple emails may sent accommodate the application size and content, but each must contain very clear identification the attachment and instructions for assembling the application.   
Applicants may also send Adobe Acrobat portable document format (.pdf) for electronic submission; however, zipped files attachments are not allowed.  
The subject line for every such email must include the following: Swaziland VMMC and EIMC Program, RFA No. RFA-674-14-000001 
Applicants shall submit (one) original and (two) hard copies both the technical and cost application the following address via courier shipment hand delivery. Applicants who decide submit their application electronically must also provide hard copies.  Additionally, USAID/Southern Africa must receive the hard copies later than calendar days after the deadline for receipt electronic copies. 
(ii)	 Hand/courier applications 
USAID/Southern Africa 
Regional Office Acquisition and Assistance      
Attn: Jackie Ramanitrera 
100 Totius Street 
Groenkloof 
Pretoria, South Africa 
Hard copies applications must sealed envelope, addressed the above and clearly marked with the following information the front all envelops: 
RFA Number: RFA-674-14-000001
 RFA Title: Swaziland VMMC and EIMC Project
 
Please note that lateness the applications will determined the submission the electronic submission, not the submission hard copies. However, hard copies must received later seven (7) calendar days following the closing date for receipt application. Telegraphic faxed applications are not authorized for this RFA and will not accepted. Electronic submissions through the www.grants.gov website are acceptable. order use this method, Applicant must first register line with www.grants.gov 
Consistent with ADS 303.3.6.7, applications that are submitted late may eliminated from the competition. late application evaluated and considered for award, all similarly-situated late applications (in terms time receipt) will also evaluated and considered for award.	 REQUIRED FORMS 
All Applicants must submit the application using the SF-424 series, which includes the: 
 
SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance 

 
SF-424A, Budget Information  Non-construction Programs, 

 
SF-424B, Assurances  Non-construction Programs, 

The program described herein includes non-construction elements. Therefore, these mandatory forms for non-construction programs must completed.  Costs for non-construction activities should included the SF-424A. Copies these forms may found attachment this RFA.	 PRE-AWARD CERTIFICATIONS, ASSURANCES AND OTHER STATEMENTS THE RECIPIENT addition the certifications that are included the 424, both U.S. and non-U.S. organizations (except specified below) must provide the following certifications, assurances and other statements.  Complete copies these Certifications, Assurances, and Other Statements may found attachment this RFA. For U.S. organizations, signed copy the mandatory reference, Assurance Compliance with Laws and Regulations Governing Nondiscrimination Federally Assisted Programs. This certification applies Non-US organizations any part the program will undertaken the United States. signed certification Lobbying (see CFR 227); signed copy the Certification Regarding Terrorist Funding; signed certification Recipient Survey Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants; and Submission Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number.   DUNS number nine-digit number established and assigned Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (DB) uniquely identify business entities. DUNS number may obtained from DB internet www.dnb.com 
Access the web page: http://www.dnb.com; 
Click DB D-U-N-S Number; 
Click Are you government contractor, vendor, grant Recipient? 
Click Click here request your D-U-N-S Number via the web; 
Follow the instructions. Questions should directed Dun and Bradstreet. Registration the System for Award management (SAM) unless exempted under CFR 25.110.  The SAM the primary registrant database for the 
U.S. Federal Government.  Before USAID enters into Acquisition Assistance agreement with any United States local government, business contractor, the awardee must registered with SAM.gov unless exempted. 
Organizations that apply and not have exception must ensure they have the necessary processes and systems place comply with the reporting requirements CFR 170 should they receive funding.  See Attachment entitled "Reporting Subawards and Executive Compensation." 
Please note that the certifications can submitted either part the application during negotiations but shall required before making award and otherwise required the regulations	 APPLICATION FORMAT GUIDELINES AND ASSUMPTIONS 
The application shall split into two separate parts: Technical Application; and Cost/Business Application.   
The format for each these parts the application set forth below. Technical Application Format 
The Technical Application shall contain the following sections: 
Cover Page; 
Program Abstract/Executive Summary; 
Technical Application Body; and 
The Annex.  

The overall page limitation for the technical application pages (not including the cover page).  USAID will not review pages excess pages.  Applications shall written English and typed standard 1/2" 11" (216mm 297mm paper) paper, single spaced, point Times New Roman font with each page numbered consecutively29 The Annex and items such the cover page, dividers and the table contents are not included the page limitation. Cover Page 
The Cover Page shall include the Applicants name, identification the primary contact person (by name, title, organization, mailing address, telephone number and email address) and the identification the alternate contact person (by name, title, organization, mailing address, telephone number and email address).  Applicants who include data that they not want disclosed the public for any purpose used the U.S. Government except for evaluation purposes, should mark the cover page with the following legend: 
"This application includes data that shall not disclosed outside the U.S. 
Government and shall not duplicated, used, disclosed whole 
part for any purpose other than evaluate this application.  If, however, 
agreement awarded this Applicant result this RFA, final 
determination will made regarding the extent which data included the 
cooperative agreement can disclosed. 
The Applicant can include any other information graphics the cover page that determines are beneficial. Program Abstract/Executive Summary 
The Program Abstract shall two-page summary the application.  The Program Abstract shall summarize the key elements the Applicants technical strategy, management approach, implementation plan, expected results and ME plan. Footnotes, charts, tables and other similar types graphic displays can use font that differs from that specified herein.  However, USAID reserves the right not review pages the application this practice abused. Technical Application Body 
The Technical Application Body will contain the main parts the technical application and shall include the following sections: 
Technical Approach; 
Management Plan and Staffing; 
Institutional Capabilities and Experience; and 
Past Performance. 

The maximum number pages this section will fifty (50).  The basic purpose this section provide the information necessary allow USAID fairly and completely evaluate the Applicant under each the evaluation criteria specified Section this RFA.  Additional specified guidance for each section the Technical Application Body set forth below. TECHNICAL APPROACH 
This subsection should describe detail the proposed technical strategy and approach and comprehensively address how the Applicant will achieve the results under each Result Package outlined the Program Description over the 5-year life the program. 
This subsection must also set forth sufficient detail the proposed VMMC service delivery strategy achieve the required coverage levels and targets including how the applicant will build USG investments specific sites.  The application must articulate the progression results over the life the project and any changes approach required, including but not limited approaches with integrated sites, coordination services geographic coverage increases, and transitioning sustainable VMMC/EIMC service delivery MOH. 
This sub-section should further describe how creative award(s) teaming mechanism(s) will motivate the VMMC providers achieve high quality, cost efficient services that meet exceed targets. Partnership with and/or inclusion local Swazi and/or local regional partners should well articulated the application.  Their role the project implementation must well described well. 
Also this subsection, the Applicant shall include comprehensive quality assurance plan and Monitoring and Evaluation Plan over the 5-year program. Specifically, Applicants should propose how they intend report numbers beneficiaries well how they intend monitor program outcomes and impact.  How quality services will monitored should also addressed. 
Lastly, the Applicant shall describe the innovations proposes integrate gender considerations the project implementation. 
II. MANAGEMENT PLAN AND STAFFING 
General 
Applicants should present sound description for project staffing and management. The Applicant should propose overall staffing pattern (key and non-key personnel) that demonstrates the breadth and depth technical expertise and experience required implement this complex program Swaziland. The staffing plan should demonstrate solid understanding key technical and organizational requirements and appropriate mix skills, while avoiding excessive staffing. 
III. INSTITUTIONAL CAPABILITIES AND EXPERIENCE 
Applicants should clearly describe their demonstrated ability and experience in: 
	 
Technical services and program areas, including especially VMMC service delivery, logistical support, and demand creation for VMMC, including demonstration ability consistently meet exceed targets; 

	 
Managing and administering other programs similar size and nature, including, but not limited managing grants, sub-contracts/awards, and managing projects/tasks from planning through execution. 

	 
Planning, scheduling and monitoring similar relevant projects/programs using database and management tools (e.g. cost/schedule, task management, etc.); 

	 
Collecting quality VMMC data and effectively using that information for continuous program improvement; 

	 
Implementing activities with host country government (strengthening capacity and leading from behind) and building positive relationships effectively coordinating activities with multiple stakeholders including other VMMC service delivery partners 
PAST PERFORMANCE 

(1). The Applicant (including all partners consortium applicable) must provide performance information for itself and each major sub-Recipient (one whose proposed cost exceeds 15% the Applicants total proposed cost) accordance with the following: matrix bullet format, list current and recent (last five years) experience relevant the technical description and proposed activities this program terms matter, size, scope and complexity.  The matrix must include the following information for each listed activity:	 
Contract cooperative agreement number (as prime sub) project name	 
Procuring agency organization	 
Funding sources and levels	 
Period performance	 
Program objective	 
Brief description the work performed	 
Objectives achieved	 
References	 
Contact information (names, telephone numbers, email addresses, etc.) for the entity that funded the program contract 

(USAID reserves the right obtain past performance information from other sources 
including those not named this application). Provide for each the agreements, contracts, projects listed above list contact names and job titles.  Reference information should include recent email, fax, and phone numbers and address contact persons.  USAID recommends that you alert the contacts that their names have been submitted and that they are authorized provide performance information concerning the listed contracts agreements and when USAID requests it. 
(c) extraordinary problems impacted any the referenced contracts agreements, provide short explanation and the corrective action taken. 

(2) 
The Applicant expected comply with the instructions regarding the type and amount detail provided past performance and the format used submit it. the Applicant does not follow the prescribed format, then care should taken ensure that the substance the requested information provided.  Failure may seriously impede both the technical evaluation the Applicant's application and the agreement officer's ability make positive responsibility determination. 

Please note that Applicants responsibility provide the above requested past performance reference/contact information that accurate and date. The Annex 
The technical application annex shall contain resumes, letters commitments from personnel partners, proposed teaming arrangements, past performance and personnel references, letters recommendation, awards, testimonials and any other supporting documentation requested the RFA.  Additionally, shall include: 
	 Organizational chart showing lines supervision 
Year One detailed work plan the case application where the entity receiving the award joint venture, partnership some other type group (consortium) where the proposed Applicant not legal entity, the Application must include copy the legal relationship between the prime Applicant and its partners. The application document should include full discussion the relationship between the Applicant and its partners, including identification the Applicant with which USAID will directly engage for purposes Agreement administration, the identity the Applicant which will have accounting responsibility, how Agreement effort will allocated and the express Agreement the principals thereto held jointly and severally liable for the acts omissions the other. Cost/Business Application Format 
The Cost/Business Application submitted separately from the technical application.  While there page limit for this portion, Applicants are encouraged concise possible, but still provide the necessary details.  The Cost Application must completely separate from the Applicant's Technical Application. The application must include completed SF-424 forms set forth Section IV.3, entitled Required Forms, above.	 
The cost application should for period months. overall budget should included the Cost/Business Application that provides, detail the individual line item, breakdown the types costs anticipated.  The types costs should organized based the cost categories the SF-424 budgets listed Section IV.3 above.  All budgets shall include sheet relating the entire 60-month period.  The budget shall include summary and breakdown the costs allocated any sub-Recipient sub-awardee involved the program well the breakdown the financial and in-kind contributions all such organizations (the Applicant can also include separate sub-agreement subcontract budgets for the sake clarity). The electronic version the budgets should provided the unprotected Microsoft Excel format.	 
Budget notes are required.  These budget notes must provide accompanying narrative line item which explains detail the basis for how the individual line item costs were derived.	 
The following Section provides guidance line item costs. 

Salary and Wages Direct salaries and wages should proposed accordance with the organization's personnel policies.  Details the basis estimate for each proposed salary should sufficiently addressed the budget narratives for all positions [key, consultants, short term technical assistance and non-Key Personnel].  Any proposed salary increase [initial annual] must sufficiently justified and supported with the organizations personnel policies (to provided annex the cost application). 
Fringe Benefits -If the organization has fringe benefit rate that has been approved agency the Government, such rate should used and evidence its approval should provided. fringe benefit rate has not been approved, the application should propose rate and explain how the rate was determined. the latter used, the narrative should include detailed breakdown comprised all items fringe benefits (e.g., unemployment insurance, workers compensation, health and life insurance, retirement, etc.) and the costs each, expressed dollars and percentage salaries. 
Travel and Transportation The application should indicate the number trips, domestic and international, and the estimated costs.  Specify the origin and destination. 
Other Direct Costs This includes communications, report preparation costs, passports and visas fees, medical exams and inoculations, insurance (other than insurance included the Applicant's fringe benefits), equipment (procurement plan for commodities), office rent abroad, branding/marking supplies, etc. The narrative should provide breakdown and support for all and each other direct costs. 
Indirect Costs Local/ regional other organizations that not have Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA) letter with the Government, these organizations should treat all indirect costs direct costs and provide fully-developed and supported rationale for allocating estimating how much the indirect costs should allocated the program. 
Seminars and Conferences The application should indicate the subject, venue and duration proposed conferences and seminars, and their relationship the objectives the program, along with estimates costs.   
Foreign Government Delegations International Conferences: Funds this agreement may not used finance the travel, per diem, hotel expenses, meals, conference fees other conference costs for any member foreign governments delegation international conference sponsored public international organization, except provided ADS Mandatory Reference Guidance Funding Foreign Government Delegations International Conferences approved the AOTR [http://www.info.usaid.gov/pubs/ads/300/refindx3.htm]. 
Source and Origin Requirements The authorized Geographic Code for this
 Agreement will 937  

Training Costs -If there are any training costs charged this Agreement, they must clearly identified.	 
The required Certifications, including the 424s, should included with the Cost Application. written above, the proposed budget should provide separate cost estimates for the management the program (including program monitoring) administrative costs and cost estimate for program programmatic costs.  The Applicant should provide basis explanation for how costs were categorized one the other.  Applicants should attempt minimize their administrative and support costs for managing the project maximize the funds available for program activities.	 
The cost/business portion the application should describe headquarters and field procedures for financial reporting, applicable.  Discuss the management information procedure you will employ ensure accountability for the use U.S. Government funds.  Describe program budgeting, financial and related program reporting procedures.	 
Indicate financial commitments were made among partners during the preparation the application. Budgets shall indicate the amounts committed each member the team. Letters commitments from partners should included. requested USAID after submission applications, please provide information the Applicants financial and management status, that major subcontractors and sub-recipients, including: 

(a) 
Audited financial statements for the past three years, 

(b) 
Organization chart, by-laws, constitution, and articles
 incorporation, applicable, 

(c) the Applicant has made certification USAID that its personnel, procurement and travel policies are compliant with applicable OMB circular and other applicable USAID and Federal regulations, copy the certification should included with the application. the certification has not been made, the Applicant should submit copy its personnel (especially regarding salary and wage scales, merit increases, promotions, leave, differentials, etc.), travel and procurement policies, and indicate whether personnel and travel policies and procedures have been reviewed and approved any agency the Federal Government. so, provide the name, address, and phone number the cognizant reviewing official. 

(d) applicable, approval the organizations accounting system Government agency including the name, addresses, and telephone number the cognizant auditor. 

10. 
The Cost/Business Application should also address the Applicants resources and capacity the following areas narrative form:	 
Have adequate financial resources the ability obtain such 
resources required during the performance the Program;	 
Has the ability comply with the agreement conditions, taking into account all existing and currently prospective commitments the Applicant, non-governmental and governmental;	 
Has satisfactory record performance (only brief discussion this issue required the cost/business application since past performance evaluation factor  the Applicant may wish discuss any notable issues regarding its record performance that were not discussed the technical application);	 
Has satisfactory record integrity and business ethics; and otherwise qualified and eligible receive cooperative 
agreement under applicable laws and regulations (e.g., EEO). requested USAID after submission applications, please provide any additional evidence responsibility considered necessary order for the Agreement Officer make determination responsibility.  Please note that positive responsibility determination requirement for award, and all organizations may subject preaward survey verify the information provided and substantiate the determination. 
11. 
Cost Sharing: Cost sharing not required but recommended. offered, Applicants should provide the source the cost share, whether from resources from their own, private local sources for the implementation this project.  Applicants should submit separate cost-share budget clearly identifying the resources they intend contribute the total cost the resultant agreement.  Cost sharing must verifiable from the Recipients records, subject the requirements CFR 226.23 and can audited. 

12. 
Unnecessarily elaborate applications: unnecessarily elaborate brochures other presentations beyond those sufficient present complete and effective application response this RFA are not desired and may construed indication the 
Applicant's lack cost consciousness.  Elaborate artwork, expensive paper and 
bindings, and expensive visual and other presentation aids are neither necessary nor 
wanted. SUBMISSION DEADLINES 
Applications shall due the date and time specified the cover letter this RFA.   USAID will determine that any applications that are not received the Agreement Officer the time and date indicated will late. Because making award critical USG foreign policy goals, time important and late applications may not, the sole discretion the Agreement Officer, considered. FUNDING RESTRICTIONS 
There are funding restrictions applicable this RFA this time. BRANDING STRATEGY AND MARKING PLAN 
Pursuant ADS 303.3.6.3.f and ADS 320.3.1.2, the apparently successful Applicant will requested submit Branding Strategy and Marking Plan that will have successfully negotiated before cooperative agreement will awarded.  These plans shall prepared accordance with the guidance ADS 320.3.3, CFR 226.91 and the references therein. 
Please note that the Branding Strategy and Marking Plan shall not included with the original application but shall provided only after written request the Agreement Officer. 
SECTION  APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION 
This Section includes information regarding: the evaluation criteria that will used; discussion the review and evaluation process; and Agreement award. SCORED EVALUATION CRITERIA 
The criteria presented below have been tailored the requirements this particular RFA.  Applicants should note that these criteria serve to: (a) identify the significant matters which Applicants should address their applications and (b) set the standard against which all applications will evaluated.  The following evaluation criteria will used make award decision. 
Awards will made based the ranking applications according the technical evaluation criteria.  The technical evaluation criteria are considered significantly more important than cost/price considerations demonstrated through each evaluation criterions assigned points. make the selection process objective possible, each Applicant should clearly demonstrate how their application meets these criteria. 
The evaluation criteria listed have been assigned the following points. maximum 100 points can awarded the technical application. points are assigned the cost application although will reviewed and used for the best value determination when making the award decision 
Technical Application Evaluation Criteria: Technical Approach (35 points) Management and Staffing (35 points) Institutional Capabilities Experience (25 points)   Past Performance (05 points)
 
Cost/Business Application Evaluation Criterion: 
Cost Effectiveness and Cost Realism/Reasonableness 
TECHNICAL EVALUATION	 TECHNICAL APPROACH (35 POINTS) 
The technical approach will evaluated accordance with the following sub-criteria: 
	 
Quality, soundness, and practicality the technical approach that addresses the Statement Work and demonstrates clear understanding the challenges and opportunities regarding VMMC service delivery and technical assistance Swaziland.	 The applicants must clearly articulate how the results under each result package will achieved with quality the most cost efficient manner.	 The applicants must describe how creative award(s) teaming mechanism(s) will motivate the VMMC providers achieve high quality, cost efficient services that meet exceed targets	 The applicant must clearly articulate their VMMC service delivery strategy achieve the required coverage levels and targets including how the applicant will build USG investments specific sitesThe applications must articulate the progression results over the life the project and any changes approach required, including but not limited approaches with integrated sites, coordination services geographic coverage increases, and transitioning sustainable VMMC/EIMC service delivery MOH. 

	 
Quality the Quality Assurance Plan, particular its ability both useful and accurate, and how will assured over time. 

	 
Monitoring and Evaluation Plan particular, how data will collected and used both project and MOH for improved programming, and how VMMC service data will incorporated the MOH HMIS. 

	 
Effective integration gender considerations 

Additional weight will given applications from and/or that include partnering sub awards with local Swazi and/or local regional partners.	 MANAGEMENT AND STAFFING (35 POINTS) 
The Management Plan and Staffing shall scored based the following sub-criteria, equal importance: 
	 
Demonstrated understanding the SOW evidenced the overall staffing and management plan.  Appropriate number and skills mix proposed staff and partnering/contracting granting arrangements for cost effective, results oriented management, service delivery, technical assistance, and monitoring and evaluation. 

	 
The quality and suitability proposed key and non-key personnel, including but not limited their relevant technical, professional and educational experience. Key personnel must have demonstrated understanding the Swazi context and ability establish and maintain strong positive relationships with government and other partners. 

	 
The quality the management plan, which clearly explains:	 How the organization will manage for high quality, cost effective results	 How the contracts/grants and teaming agreements will managed and how this/these mechanism(s) for service delivery will used encourage the service provider(s)  achieve cost effective, high quality VMMC services that meet exceed the established coverage levels and targets.	 How the applicant build USG investments various service delivery sites and assure smooth management transition specific sites appropriate	 Any partnering arrangements and how these increase cost efficiencies and achievement results including management staff and their activities. 

Additional weight will given applications from and/or that includes partnering sub awards with local Swazi and/or local regional partners.	 INSTITUTIONAL CAPABILITIES AND EXPERIENCE (25 POINTS) 
The Institutional Capabilities and Experience will evaluated per the following considerations that may be, but are not required be, considered the evaluation this factor: 
	 
Capability and experience terms working relevant efforts Swaziland and/or the Southern Africa region; 

	 
Demonstrated capability and experience terms the relevant technical services and program areas, including especially VMMC service delivery, logistical support, and demand creation for VMMC, including demonstration ability consistently meet exceed targets; 

	 
Demonstrated capability and experience managing and administering other programs similar size and nature, including, but not limited managing grants, sub-contracts/awards, and managing projects/tasks from planning through execution.  

	 
Demonstrated performance planning, scheduling and monitoring similar relevant projects/programs using data-base and management tools (e.g. cost/schedule, task management, etc); 

	 
Demonstrated capability and experience collecting quality VMMC data and
 effectively using that information for continuous program improvement;
 

	 
Demonstrated experience and capability implementation activities with host country government (strengthening capacity and leading from behind) and building positive relationships effectively coordinating activities with multiple stakeholders including other VMMC service delivery partners;	 
PAST PERFORMANCE (05 POINTS) 

(a) 
Performance information will used for both the responsibility determination and best value decision.  USAID may use performance information obtained from other than the sources identified the Applicant(s) and any partners/sub awardees. USAID will utilize existing databases Contractor performance information and solicit additional information from the references provided Section IV.5. and from other sources and when the Assistance Officer finds the existing databases insufficient for evaluating Applicants performance. 

(b) the performance information



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