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Issuance Date: December 2013 RFA Questions Due Date Time:  December 23, 2013, 10:00 Local Time Application Submission Closing Due Date Time: January 27, 2014, 12:00 Local Time 
Subject: 	Request for Applications, RFA-111-14-000004, Media for Informed Civic Engagement 
Ladies and Gentlemen: 
The United States Government, represented the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Armenia, invites applications from Armenian organizations for the program entitled Media for Informed Civic Engagement.  Please refer the Program Description for complete statement goals and expected results. 
The authority for the RFA found the Foreign Assistance Act 1961, amended.   
The competition under this RFA limited local organizations accordance with Section 7077 (a) "Local Competition Authority Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (P.L. 11274)." 
Subject the availability funds, USAID intends provide approximately $3,350,000 total USAID funding allocated over the five year period.  Following completion the second year the activity USAID planning conduct mid-term external performance evaluation the activity evaluate: (1) the relevance the activity vis--vis USAID/Armenias priorities; 
(2) the relevance the approach the current Armenian context; and (3) the performance the implementer. Therefore, continuation the activity will contingent upon the results the evaluation. USAID will determine continue the activity for Years and redirect and change the program based the findings and recommendations from the evaluation. 
Award will made responsible applicant (s) whose application(s) best meets the requirements this RFA and the selection criteria contained therein. 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. The Government may (a) reject any all applications, (b) accept other than the lowest cost application, and (c) waive informalities and minor irregularities applications received. 
Applicant(s) under consideration for award that have never received funding from USAID will subject pre-award review. 
The Agreement Officer the only individual who may legally commit the Government the expenditure public funds. costs chargeable the proposed award may incurred before receipt either fully executed cooperative agreement specific, written authorization from the Agreement Officer. 
For the purposes this RFA, the term "Grant" synonymous with "Cooperative Agreement"; "Grantee" synonymous with "Recipient"; and "Grant Officer" synonymous with "Agreement Officer." 
This RFA and any future amendments can downloaded from http://www.grants.gov/. Select Find Grant Opportunities, then click Browse Agency, and select the U.S. Agency for International Development and search for the RFA. there are problems downloading the RFA from the internet, please contact the Grants.gov help desk 1.800.518.4726 support@grants.gov for technical assistance. 
Any clarification questions concerning the RFA should submitted writing the dates specified below and under the Section III, Application and Submission Information, Narine Sarkisian, Acquisition and Assistance Specialist, via email OAAYerevan@usaid.gov Applications must submitted electronic form addition instead the hard copies the attention Narine Sarkisian, Acquisition and Assistance Specialist, USAID/Armenia 
OAAYerevan@usaid.gov the available funding committed before the closing date, USAID will amend this RFA note that applications will longer reviewed. Late applications will not considered for award. 
Sincerely, 
Jonathan Chappell Regional Agreement Officer USAID/Armenia 
SECTION FUNDING OPPRTUNITY DESCRIPTION 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Introduction 
The Media for Informed Civic Engagement (MICE) five-year activity that aims increase citizen access independent and reliable sources information about  the Government Armenias (GOAM) policies and planned reforms, with special emphasis USAID-supported reforms decentralization, transparency and accountability, and social sector policy.  While specifically focusing these reforms, the activity will improve the quality media content and strengthen the medias capacity meet professional standards, thus fostering the continued development independent media sector. 
This activity expected lead increased number independent media producing quality content the local and national levels, and giving voice local concerns the national level. making independent and reliable content about these reform areas accessible the public through news media, MICE will directly contribute Sub-Intermediate Result (Sub-IR) 2.1.3 Citizen access independent and reliable information increased under USAID/Armenias 2013-2017 Country Development Cooperation Strategy Results Framework. citizenry that well-informed and expresses its interests policies, programs, and services ensures that government policies and services responds citizen needs. This activity will also contribute 2.1 Increased civic engagement and oversight reforms, which will turn support achieving USAIDs Development Objective (DO) More participatory, effective and accountable governance. Background 
The existence independent, vibrant media that supports the free flow information crucial for democratic consolidation and building good governance systems. means vertical accountability, the media and civil society play essential role mobilizing and articulating demand for accountability, effectiveness and transparency all levels government. Armenias standing media independence, Freedom Houses Nations Transit report indicates, has been steadily declining since 2002 (when the relative press freedom the country received major blow when the authorities shut down the leading independent station). The environment improved slightly 2013, largely due more balanced elections coverage and increasingly diverse and freely operating online news sources. 
Armenia has far establishing fully independent media that serves the public interest. There are many factors contributing this, including the underdeveloped media market, control the media the ruling political and economic elite, lack pluralism and diversity viewpoints, self-censorship and poor professional skills and standards. The rapid spread online and social media within the past several years1 has brought about positive changes terms plurality information sources. keep with the fast and uncontrolled dissemination 
online information, traditional media are often pressured cover issues and events that otherwise might have been ignored.  
USAID/Armenias 2010-2014 Alternative Resources Media (ARM) project fostered media diversity and plurality news sources expanding the use and access alternative content through new and traditional media. The mid-term evaluation ARM found that the project made significant contributions developing alternative media sources, promoting the creation alternative content, and expanding citizens' access new information from new and diverse outlets. Looking ahead, the evaluation highlighted the continued need for development more information resources, for citizen education using new information platforms participate public discussions, well more open, public debate including diverse voices and viewpoints.  
Despite the greater availability news sources largely due the proliferation online media, the quality professional reporting has shown little improvement. evidenced IREXs Media Sustainability Index (MSI), Armenian media outlets not fully meet professional standards quality and ethical journalism.  Poor quality, bias, unverified reporting and self-censorship are among the prevailing practices and factors that contributed score 1.83 and unsustainable mixed system ranking under the Professional Journalism objective the 2013 edition the MSI.2 The MSI also notes that [n]iche reporting under-developed because the average outlet does not have the luxury keeping journalist focused only one sphere, and must fairly universal meet the outlets content demand.3 
Lack in-depth and niche reporting significantly undermines Armenian citizens awareness and understanding Governments initiatives, policies and reforms. This negatively impacts citizens ability meaningfully engage their Government issues that directly affect their lives. This particular challenge this activity aims address within the broader context USAID/Armenias development strategy. According Armenias Public Service Regulatory Commission, June 2012 Internet penetration Armenia was approximately 60% the population. Internet World Stats, Asia Marketing Research, Internet Usage, Population Statistics and Facebook Information, accessed August 2013, http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats3.htm. scale from score higher than required considered nearly sustainable. IREX, Media Sustainability Index 2013: Development Sustainable Media Europe and Eurasia, 139. Activity Goal and Objectives Activity Goal 
The overall goal this five-year activity increase citizen access independent and reliable sources information about GOAM priority policies and reforms including decentralization, transparency and accountability, and social sector policy reforms  that have immediate impact peoples everyday life. aims enhance the quality and availability information available citizens, with focus news and program production the local and regional levels, and coverage reform issues the national level. hypothesized that, through support for quality content and diligent reporting, news media can ensure that: (1) people are well informed about the implications policy changes local level; (2) public debate about reform enhanced; and (3) increased information and opinions how reforms affect average citizens lives informs public policy formation and implementation. While specifically focusing reforms, the activity will also strengthen media capacity meet professional standards and foster the free flow information better serve democratic consolidation and good governance general.	 Linkages with USAID/Armenias CDCS Results Framework and other relevant USAID Policies 
The activity expected lead increased number independent media producing quality content the local and national levels and giving voice local concerns the national level. making information subject reform areas more accessible and available the public, MICE will directly contribute Sub-Intermediate Result (Sub-IR) 2.1.3 Citizen access independent and reliable information increased under USAID/Armenias 2013-2017 Country Development Cooperation Strategy Results Framework.  
Equipping citizens with more quality information and voicing citizen concerns regarding targeted reforms will support civil society efforts engage citizens and articulate their needs. The activity will also provide the background, tools and platforms required for improved accountability through civic oversight, thus contributing Sub-IRs 2.1.1 Civil societys ability engage citizens and articulate their interests improved and sustained and 2.1.2 Monitoring government institutions, officials, and policy process strengthened. working tandem with USAID-supported civil society consortia engaged targeted reform areas, MICE will augment the competition ideas and the free flow information through mechanisms that foster citizen input and debate. The program will support the achievement Intermediate Result (IR) 2.1 Increased civic engagement and oversight reforms. 
MICE based the premise that citizenry that well-informed and expresses its interests policies, programs, and services provides means which governments can responsive. Progress achieving the Sub-IRs and will contribute USAIDs Development Objective (DO) More participatory, effective and accountable governance, which turn supports USAIDs overarching Goal [a] more engaged, prosperous and well-governed Armenian society. 
MICEs approach and objectives closely fit USAID/Armenias development hypothesis underlying i.e. more participatory, effective and accountable governance will result (1) citizens are engaged and exercising oversight over the policy process; and (2) policymaking and reform implementation are transparent and responsive the citizenry; and decision making authority decentralized the lowest competent level government. 
The activity contributes the broader USAID Strategy Democracy, Human Rights and Governance. closely linked with Sub-Objective 1.1 Promote politically engaged and informed citizenries, active civil society organizations, organized labor, independent and open media, and representative political parties and Sub-Objective 1.2 Support the ability civil society and independent and open media provide oversight and informed critique government. 
The activity also contributes the USAID Forwards Local Solutions (LS) effort. working directly with Armenian organizations strengthen leadership and capacity among local media partners promoting access and distribution reliable and independent information, the activity will contribute Objective Investing local organizations.	 Operating Principles and Cross-Cutting Issues 
Synergies with Other USAID Activities  USAID/Armenias development hypothesis entails integrated approach providing technical assistance the GOAM formulate and implement priority reforms more transparent and responsive manner; and strengthening civil societys  including independent medias  potential constructively impact the formation, implementation and monitoring these reforms. the Missions intention consider funding activities that will work close cooperation with other USAID activities across sectors and, particular, with civil society consortia focusing the different priority reforms. therefore important that proposed activities clearly demonstrate how synergies and linkages with other USAID activities will ensured. 
Competition  essential element viable economic and democratic systems, competition common theme USAID/Armenias overall strategy and essential factor underlying the current activity. Civil society institutions, news media and citizens are critical ensuring the competition ideas and mechanisms available for public policy debate. All are critical the success bottom-up, inclusive and participatory approach democratic development. Increased access reliable and high-quality information will contribute informed debate and more inclusive deliberation within Armenian society. also expected that increased transparency and accountability through watchdog reporting will lead greater competition service provision. 
Regional Impact  USAID/Armenia has prioritized local development. Lack reliable and thorough information issues that directly touch peoples everyday life most acute the local level. Reforms and policies need communicated the local level order for citizens meaningfully engage. Likewise, implementation reforms must informed the challenges faced the local level. Therefore this activity prioritizes enhancing the quality and access information important citizens the local level and regional levels, while covering reform issues the national level.  
Innovation The Mission fosters opportunities support new technologies and innovation implementing the strategy. this end, proposed activities are expected capitalize innovative approaches and use new media tools foster production and access independent and reliable information. Applicants are encouraged engage international expertise and best practices introduce these approaches. 
Youth USAID/Armenia pays special attention youth drivers change, future leaders within society and entrepreneurs within the workforce. recent years young activists have been the forefront civic activism, often using social media advocate for and advance civic initiatives. important address and cultivate this growing potential within the context the proposed interventions. 
Partnerships USAID/Armenia prioritizes forging partnerships and engaging the Armenian Diaspora strategic means building legacy and ensuring sustainability development interventions. Proposed activities are encouraged consider strategic partnerships that will help leverage funds, bring new expertise and technologies and/or introduce third-party ownership activities. 
Gender Considerations  Information dissemination across different platforms mediums equally available and accessible men and women Armenia. Gender equality, however, not well reflected news reporting, and media content often lacks gender-sensitive angle. the USAID/Armenia August 2010 Gender Assessment concludes, overall the media does not portray women positions authority decision-makers, says little about issues concern women and perpetuates stereotypes about the role women. This activity expected adopt gender sensitive approach implementation and content production (1) improve womens image media and their role political decision-making; (2) ensure that men and women participate and are portrayed content production equitable manner; and (3) reflect how targeted public policy reforms affect men and women differently/ 
Environment  While Armenias legislative framework regulating environmental protection largely place, implementation remains problematic. Among other international documents, Armenia ratified the Aarhus Convention Access Information, Public Participation Decision-Making and Access Justice Environmental Matters May 2001. According environmental activists, ensuring timely and effective public participation the most-cited impediment access justice environmental matters. access information key factor ensuring effective public participation, the Missions expectation that the proposed activities demonstrate commitment biodiversity conservation, consider mechanisms increase media communitys understanding environmental issues and expand quality coverage environmental hotspots and economic activities impacting biodiversity. 
Sustainability  Sustainability proposed interventions, i.e. the ability created human and institutional capacity and skills, formed partnerships and developed tools and mechanisms, etc. continue develop beyond the dates and scope the proposed activity, key consideration. The activity will build the capacity local media and information advocacy organizations ensure long-term institutionalization public engagement local and national governance reform processes. Detailed Program Description 
Building informed and engaged citizenry essential for coherent approach more participatory and accountable governance. Reforms and policies need communicated the local level, that citizens are able meaningfully engage. Likewise, implementation reforms the national level needs informed the challenges faced the local level. Media  both traditional and new  have key role play conduits facilitating this multi-directional and multi-dimensional information flow. this end, the activity will foster access reliable and independent information covering both the urban and rural communities Armenia. the same time, will increase public understanding and demand for independent, reliable and quality information essential prerequisite for engaged citizenry. The activity expected lead increased number media outlets producing independent, reliable and quality content the local and national levels, thereby giving voice local concerns the national level. 
The implementer expected collaborate with USAID-supported civil society consortia promoting citizen engagement in, monitoring and advocacy the field targeted reforms jointly contribute the goal increased citizen access independent and reliable information about those reforms. The applicants are expected work closely with USAID-supported civil society organizations, especially think-tanks, draw reform-specific knowledge from analyses, studies and research they produce order package and disseminate the information the public user-friendly format. expected that, while focusing content production about priority reform areas  decentralization, transparency and accountability, and social sector policy and services  the implementer will limit its support core targeted media outlets with existing potentially expanded regional outreach. This entails customized and onsite assistance and hands-on advisory services individual outlets accordance with their capacity, needs and potential capabilities. Applicants will clearly outline the selection criteria for the choice targeted media outlets. 
Local capacity development vital aspect for achieving sustainable results. Applicants are encouraged self-assess their own capacity gaps vis--vis the implementation the proposed activity and set aside resources for addressing the identified needs. expected that applicants will demonstrate interest and ability engage international technical expertise and best practices the implementation this activity. While the activity expected carried out primarily local entity (entities), applicants may partner with international networks, organizations and/or consultants both for technical expertise and for their capacity development needs.  
Goal: Citizen access independent and reliable information targeted reforms increased 
This goal expected achieved through progress towards the result areas summarized below. 

Result Area Factbased quality content targeted reforms available and accessible across the country via multiple platforms 
Assistance will focused but not limited content relating priority reform and policy areas specified this Program Description, with emphasis news and program production and dissemination the local and regional levels; and coverage reform issues the national level. 
The lack reliable and thorough information issues that directly affect peoples everyday life most acute the regions and especially rural areas Armenia. Therefore, the program prioritizes working with regional media, regional information hubs such InfoTuns, traditional and new media professionals and citizen contributors4 from the regions. The program should reach out citizens inform and educate them how the reforms affect their lives, and explain why they should actively engaged. 
Addressing gaps professionalism and compliance with ethical standards journalism key aspect this activity. Journalists are expected guard the public interest and protect from incompetence and misinformation. Media outlets that improve the professionalism their newsrooms and are able produce high-quality and hard-hitting journalism stand better chance gaining the public trust and being perceived reliable sources information that can serve check their elected leaders performance. 
Measures focused content production within the development priority areas identified this Program Description should linked assistance aimed improving the professional quality and ethical standards reporting. addition improving the professional media skills and standards, this approach requires ample emphasis improving the reporting skills and awareness ethical standards among citizen contributors. 
Expected Results, Illustrative Activities and Indicators 
Assistance under Result Area expected lead the following results: 
	 Reform-specific quality content produced, packaged for and disseminated across different offline and online media with special emphasis local outreach 
 expanding network independent media outlets, freelance journalists and citizen contributors from around the country collaborating content-sharing and crowd-reporting projects established 
	 Targeted media outlets have expanded local outreach and coverage through increased number well-established links with local outlets, locally dispatched correspondents, freelance stringers and citizen contributors 
 Professional quality and ethical standards journalism within the targeted media newsrooms improved and institutionalized  Targeted media represent the views the entire political spectrum and diverse  social interests their coverage 
Illustrative Activities: 
	 Establish sustainable and practical skills-building mechanisms for media practitioners within target media outlets upgrade their professional skills and sector-specific disciplinary knowledge 
	 Improve targeted outlets capacity produce and disseminate content that objective, 
fact-based, well-researched and presented from multiple angles  Boost investigative reporting skills among the targeted media   Prepare pool quality multi-media journalists with specialized and niche reporting 
skills who can work freelance for array national electronic, print and online outlets and have sector-specific disciplinary knowledge throughout all regions Armenia Throughout the document, the term citizen contributor used broadly refer citizen journalists, bloggers, and social media users. 
	 Recognize journalists and citizen contributors for professional and ethical reporting through thematic (reform-specific) contests and awards showcase excellence journalism 
	 Foster the practice highlighting and addressing unprofessional and unethical reporting through self-regulatory, professional and online media critiquing platforms, e.g. Media Ethics Observatory, www.media.am, etc. 
	 Facilitate targeted media outlets ability adopt and abide clear codes ethics and sound editorial guidelines 
Illustrative Indicators: 
	 Systematic content analysis data monitoring the extent which targeted media outlets perform agenda setting function (i.e. raising awareness priority policies/reforms and informing policymakers public concerns and needs) 
 entities engaged content-sharing and crowd-reporting projects  media outputs with reform-specific content produced and distributed  media outputs produced and distributed via content-sharing and content-aggregation 
arrangements cross-outlet movements content) 
 potential audiences covered the target media 
 voluntary subscribers targeted media outlets 
 Level public perception that news reporting fair and impartial (%)
  Measured levels ethical and professional reporting targeted media outlets
 
Result Area Targeted media serve effective and multimedia watchdog platforms monitor and debate the performance and implementation priority reforms 
New media tools have changed the patterns information production and consumption. The growth digital and social media has brought about significant source public opinion-making information. New media platforms can help amplify direct engagement between citizens and the government policy making and promote opportunities for citizens add their voices public debate, exert greater force policy-making and keep policymakers responsive. This entails initiatives deploy digital tools enlist the eyes and ears citizens better spot public problems and bring them the attention the government and broader public.  
Focusing priority reforms, the implementer will, therefore, encourage the flow content across all feasible platforms, both traditional and new, order foster medias watchdog function. This includes efforts strengthen the targeted medias ability monitor and investigate the implementation and progress priority reforms and equip them with the capacity and tools engage citizens the monitoring process. The latter entails the need promote professional standards and values not only among professional media but also citizen contributors, their work will command public trust and make citizens' voices more effective public discussion. 
Expected Results, Illustrative Activities and Indicators 
Assistance under Result Area expected lead the following results: 
	 Targeted media outlets role perform independent watchdog scrutiny priority policies and reforms improved 
	 Targeted media outlets use interactive platforms promoting greater citizen participation and interaction with audiences across the country, with particular emphasis regional communities, enhanced 
Illustrative Activities: 
 Foster the use cutting-edge tools, techniques and software for data journalism within targeted media outlets monitor and investigate the performance priority reforms  Foster the use cutting-edge tools, techniques and software for data visualization within targeted media outlets effectively engage citizens reform-related debate 
	 Foster the use ICT platforms within  targeted media outlets provide mechanisms for citizens and organized advocacy groups engage crowd-sourced monitoring and bring salient facts light credible ways that can affect public opinion 
Illustrative Indicators: 
	 Systematic content analysis data monitoring the extent which media outlets perform 
watchdog function over the implementation priority policies and reforms  Level public perception that the media reports issues real concern people (%)  Level citizen participation media (%)  project-supported platforms facilitating citizen engagement  media using ICTs give citizens greater voice the media  issues raised target outlets that affect public opinion 
Result Area Citizens and Civil Society Organizations have the critical knowledge and skills become savvy media consumers and demand better quality media 
Meaningful citizen engagement, among other things, entails vigilance and sophistication news consumption and demand for high quality journalism. This especially true world technological advances and ever-expanding information flow that poses both great challenges and opportunities for assessing the reliability and quality media information. thus important help citizens become media-literate well informed consumers information, they can use exercise their rights active citizens. 
Likewise, civil society organizations (CSOs) need better versed media relations and become more sophisticated users media effectively utilize variety dissemination and public education tools, including new media, advance their mission and agenda. This entails assistance improve the scope and quality CSOs interaction with the media, particularly targeting CSOs engaged the promotion, monitoring and oversight USAID-supported priority reforms. 
This activity therefore expected incorporate media literacy efforts that: (1) enable Armenian media consumers independently access, analyze, create and interact with media various forms; (2) empower CSOs use and engage media strategically advance their mission and agenda; and (3) generate broad-based public support increase citizens appreciation the value independent, diverse, and professional media. 
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Expected Results, Illustrative Activities and Indicators 
Assistance under Result Area expected lead the following results: 
	 Citizens understanding and use media within the increasingly digitally-equipped 
modern environment improved   Targeted CSOs strategic use media advance their mission and agenda improved  Public demand for quality media increased 
Illustrative Activities: 
 Establish sustainable mechanisms expand media literacy among the public large  Train CSOs working the targeted priority reform areas effectively engage media disseminate reform-related information and studies     Promote media independence, pluralism and professionalism through targeted public messaging 
	 Build the capacity civil society groups and citizens large participate the promotion and enforcement measures foster diverse, independent and better quality media  
Illustrative Indicators: 
 Level public appreciation quality and reliable reporting (%) 
 Level public trust and confidence media (%) 
 Level CSO capacity use media inform about reforms
  continuing sustainable media literacy programs
  beneficiaries media literacy programs
  voluntary subscribers platforms providing critical analysis media voluntary subscribers/viewers/readers information produced the targeted media Place Performance 
Given the nature media reach, the activity will performed nationally. USAID/Armenia has prioritized regional development, and the activity will, therefore, prioritize enhancing the quality and access information important citizens the local level and regional levels, while covering reform issues the national level. The lack reliable and thorough information issues that directly touch peoples everyday life most acute the local level.  Therefore, the activity will work with regional media, regional information hubs such InfoTuns, traditional and new media professionals and citizen contributors from the regions. Coordination with Key Stakeholders and Other Implementers 
Relationships with Other Donors and Key Stakeholders  USAID/Armenia highly prioritizes coordination development interventions and expects applicants demonstrate the commitment, capacity and mechanisms proactively coordinate efforts with key actors the civil society and media development field and with other relevant stakeholders.  
Coordination with Other USAID/Armenia Implementers  specified the Operating Principles section above, the activity expected closely coordinate and draw sector-specific knowledge and expertise from other USAID-supported activities focusing different priority reforms. These include but are not limited the following current and upcoming USAID/Armenia activities within priority areas: 
Decentralization Reform	 
USAID planning activity foster democratic, transparent, accountable, and responsive local governance. This entails (a) assistance the Government Armenias Ministry Territorial Administration successfully implementing decentralization reforms, and (b) developing the institutional capacity municipal governments effectively administer their new level authority within decentralized system. engage civil society the decentralization and local governance reform process, consortium local organizations will mobilize citizens voice their concerns and interests the decentralization policy development process. This will accomplished disseminating independent and reliable information about decentralization, engaging citizens public dialogue the framework for decentralization reform, conducting monitoring and oversight the reform process and progress, and strengthening civil society advocacy and oversight role the local level. The consortium will also promote greater participation the municipal and community level and oversight local government performance and budget processes and promote accountability decision makers citizens. 

Transparency and Accountability Reforms mitigate opportunities for corruption, USAID intends increase the level transparency government, improve the efficiency government services, and increase the involvement the public the government-decision-making process through mechanisms for civic participation and oversight.  Interventions aim strengthen the Governments technical and institutional capacity: (1) implement and monitor anti-corruption commitments, (2) implement and monitor e-procurement reforms, and (3) implement Open Government Partnership commitments.	 
USAID will assist the Ministry Justice develop centralized services through one-stop shop principle available natural and legal persons and creating single servicing centers for the maintenance public registers. Civil Society Consortium Transparency and Accountability Issues will give voice and increase engagement citizens promoting government transparency and anti-corruption reforms mobilizing citizens, advocating behalf their interests, engaging monitoring reforms the national and local levels and ensuring that citizens have access independent and reliable information about corruption risks and ways overcome them. 

RFA-111-14-000004 Media for Informed Civic Engagement 
Social Sector Reform	 
Through the Pension Reform Implementation Program, USAID provides technical assistance the Government Armenia implement the new pension system make fiscally sound and sustainable. The project also supports the governments efforts design and develop Integrated Social Services system (ISS) with focus areas linked the implementation the pension reform.	 
The Livelihood Improvement through Fostered Employment LIFE) program supports increased labor market participation disabled people through new approaches for activating people with partial work capacity. The project aims identifying and removing legislative barriers employment the disabled; developing systems for reintegrating the disabled into the labor force; and supporting necessary institutional reforms.	 
USAID plans support the GOAMs national child welfare reform stop the flow children into institutions and systematically reduce the number children institutional care; particular through developing alternative social services aimed children and families. This entails: (i) refinement the legal and regulatory framework better respond child welfare; (ii) building the governments institutional and human resource capacity ensure smooth transition from residential care community-based alternative services; (iii) establishment prevention services within recently launched Integrated Social Services reform; (iv) partnership with media and civil society promote social inclusion children deprived parental care and children with disabilities. Civil Society Consortium Social Sector Reform will engage citizens reforms aimed increasing efficiency and sustainability the social protection system such pension reform, protection persons with disabilities and reform the overall system social service provision. The consortium will also monitor and report the effectiveness the implementation government reforms this sector.	 
The Support the Armenian National Assembly Program (SANAP) provides technical assistance and works with committees and staff the Armenian Parliament improve internal legislative procedures, support institutional checks and balances through enhanced accountability and responsiveness, and ensure better public outreach. strengthening committees, especially those related priority reform areas, and their ability reach out and engage citizens, USAID will help develop expertise and resources with which the National Assembly can more effectively exercise its key functions. improved National Assembly will also serve one the conduits for citizen engagement and monitoring policy changes priority reform areas. Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning 
Monitoring and Evaluation  Applicants will develop Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) rigorously and credibly document the activitys effectiveness and learn from accomplished work and results. This entails identifying indicators that correspond and can attributable programmatic intervention and different levels results, identifying means verification, well establishing baseline measurements and targets assess the performance proposed interventions. The PMP will elaborate the methods and assessment tools the applicant will use for collecting, monitoring, analyzing, reporting and maintaining the data. Significant attention required ensure that baseline data are collected early the project lifespan and can replicated toward the conclusion implementation assess progress toward results. All costs associated with the implementation the PMP should reflected the cost application. 

SECTION ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION considered eligible apply under this RFA, the prime applicant must satisfy all conditions 
below: 
 organized under Armenian laws; 
 Have its principal place business the Armenia;  
 majority owned individuals who are Armenian citizens lawful permanent 
residents the Armenia managed governing body, the majority whom are 
Armenian citizens lawful permanent residents the Armenia and;  
 Not controlled foreign entity individual individuals who are not 
citizens permanent residents the Armenia. 
The term controlled by means majority ownership beneficiary interest defined above the power, either directly indirectly, whether exercised exercisable, control the 
election, appointment, tenure the organizations managers majority the 
organizations governing body any means, e.g., ownership, contract, operation law. 
Foreign entity means organization that fails meet any part the local organization 
definition. Government controlled and government owned organizations which the recipient 
government owns majority interest which the majority governing body are 
government employees, are included the above definition local organization. 
USAID will not accept applications from individuals.
 
Applicants selected for funding that are first-time recipients USAID funds, may have 
undergo pre-award financial and management reviews.
 
The term controlled by means majority ownership beneficiary interest defined above the power, either directly indirectly, whether exercised exercisable, control the 
election, appointment, tenure the organizations managers majority the 
organizations governing body any means, e.g., ownership, contract, operation law. 

Foreign entity means organization that fails meet any part the local organization 
definition. Government controlled and government owned organizations which the recipient 
government owns majority interest which the majority governing body are 
government employees, are included the above definition local organization. 

USAID will not accept applications from individuals.
 

Eligibility Documents 
Subject the conditions for eligibility provided above, the applicant will submit official documentation its organizations formal legal status, follows: 
 State registration certificate and;
  By-laws. 

Cost Share Requirement required that minimum 15% the proposed budget will generated cost-share from non-U.S. Government funding in-kind contribution for the proposed program (volunteer time, valuation donated supplies, equipment, and other property, etc). 
For Non-U.S. organizations subject the Standard Provision, Cost Share and can audited, http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/303mab.pdf  
The proposed cost share may include project costs incurred the recipient from its own funds, project costs financed with cash, services, property contributed donated the recipients from other non-U.S. Government sources, including subrecipients.  
Per the referenced Standard Provision for Non-U.S. Organizations Cost Share, the cost share contributions, both cash and in-kind, must meet all the following criteria: are verifiable from the recipient's records; are not included cost share contributions for any other U.S. Government (USG) -assisted program; are necessary and reasonable for proper and efficient accomplishment this award's objectives, etc. Please follow the following link cost share for more information http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/303mab.pdf  
The source, nationality, and restricted goods requirements the Standard Provision USAID Eligibility Rules for Procurement Commodities and Services not apply cost share expenditures. 
SECTION III APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION 

Address Request Application Package 
This application found the internet www.grants.gov. Potential applicants that cannot download application materials electronically may request paper copies the RFA contacting: 
Narine Sarkisian Acquisition and Assistance Specialist Office Acquisition and Assistance USAID/Armenia 1-st American Avenue Yerevan 0082 Armenia Tel: 37410 49-43-64 
Email: OAAYerevan@usaid.gov 

Request for Clarifications/Questions 
Applicants are responsible for requesting any question/clarification the information contained the RFA. Requests for question/clarification shall made writing and send email addressed Narine Sarkisian, Acquisition and Assistance Specialist, OAAYerevan@usaid.gov with subject line: Media for Informed Civic Engagement, RFA submitted [Name Organization]. The deadline for submission questions/clarifications December 23, 2013, 10:00 Local Time. determined that the answers any questions are sufficient importance warrant notification all applicants, Questions and Answers document, and/or needed, amendment the RFA will posted www.grants.gov 

Submission Dates and Time 
Applications must submitted electronic form. Hard copies are not required but may submitted addition electronic copies.  Applications must submitted the attention Narine Sarkisian, Acquisition and Assistance Specialist, USAID/Armenia 
OAAYerevan@usaid.gov 

Pre-Award Certifications, Assurances and Other Statements the Recipient 
Applicants must submit the following certifications, assurances, and other statements part the application: signed certification and assurance which includes:
 Certification Lobbying;
 Prohibition Assistance Drug Traffickers for Covered Countries and Individuals;
 Certification Regarding Terrorist Financing;
 Certification Recipient;
 Key Individual Certification Narcotics Offenses and Drug Trafficking, when applicable,
 Participant Certification Narcotics Offenses and Drug Trafficking, when applicable; and Other statements Recipient 
Complete copies these certifications, assurances, and other statements the recipient can found http://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1868/303mav.pdf and Annex this RFA. 

Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number 
All U.S. Government recipients and contractors are required secure Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number before award can made them. The DUNS 9digit number assigned Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (DB) that uniquely identify the recipient's name and address. 
Applicants should register the System for Award Management (SAM) vising the following site and obtain Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number from Dun and Bradstreet (DB) using the online web form (http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform) process, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) CAGE (NCAGE) code 
Applicants can obtain DUNS during registration www.sam.gov visiting http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform; for NCAGE code pleas complete the registration http://www.dlis.dla.mil/Forms/Form_AC135.asp. 
Use the NCAGE online form http://www.dlis.dla.mil/Forms/Form_AC135.asp obtain NCAGE. block the form, select "Other" your country not listed. the form cannot submitted via internet, you have any questions about this form have problems with it, call +9269 9617766 (DSN 661-5757) send message NCAGE@dla.mil. 
Applicants may submit applications under this RFA without DUNS numbers. However, the selected applicant will required submit its DUNS number before can receive award. Therefore, applicants are encouraged obtain DUNS number early that, selected, award will not delayed. 

Evidence U.S. Federal Contractor Registration stated above, all U.S. Government recipients are required registered with the U.S. Federal Contractor Registration, formerly Central Contractor Registration (CCR), which was the 
U.S.
 Government repository into entities must provide information required for the conduct business with the Government. The CCR now incorporated into the System for Award Management (SAM).  

Applicants may submit applications under this RFA without U.S. Federal Contractor Registration.  However, the apparently successful applicant will required register and must submit evidence registration USAID. Therefore, applicants are encouraged register with 

U.S.
 Federal Contractor Registration early that, selected, award will not delayed. 

Content and Form Application Submission 
Applications shall submitted two separate parts: (a) technical application, and (b) cost business application electronically the attention Narine Sarkisian, Acquisition and Assistance Specialist, USAID/Armenia OAAYerevan@usaid.gov 
Electronic submissions are required. Hard copies are not required, applicant chooses submit hard copy addition the electronic copy, technical portion applications should submitted original and copies and cost portions applications original and copy. Telegraphic fax applications are not authorized for this RFA and will not accepted.  
Applications (hard copy and electronic copy) shall written English Word format and PDF, single spaced, utilizing Times New Roman 12-font size, typed standard 8"x11" sized paper with margins top, bottom, left and right, numbered consecutively. The total size each e-mail attachment should not exceed MBs. Every page the application must numbered. The application must have table contents. Large graphics files are discouraged. Attached file format must Microsoft Word, Excel PDF.  
The application should prepared according the structural format set forth below.   
Applications must submitted later than the date and time indicated the cover page this RFA. 
Each applicant shall furnish the information required this RFA. the hard copies applications, the applicant shall sign the application and certifications and print type its name the cover page the technical and cost applications. Erasures other changes must initialed the person signing the application. Applications signed agent shall accompanied evidence that agent's authority, unless that evidence has been previously furnished the issuing office. 
Applicants should retain for their records one copy the application and all enclosures which accompany their application. facilitate the competitive review the applications, USAID will consider only applications conforming the format prescribed below. 

Technical Application Content and Format 
Technical applications should specific, complete and presented concisely. The applications should demonstrate the applicant's capabilities and expertise with respect achieving the objectives this program. Technical applications should take into account requirements the program and evaluation criteria found this RFA. 
The aggregate length technical application should not exceed pages. The cover page, dividers, table contents, acronyms list, and annexes are not included the page limit pages. Annexes not have page limitations; however, number pages should reasonable and include only minimum necessary information. The table below outlines the application sections and page limits. Pages exceeding these page limits will not evaluated. 
No.  Technical Application Section  Page Limit  Cover Page  None  Executive Summary page  Technical Approach pages  Operating Principles and Cross-Cutting Issues pages  Implementation Plan pages  Management Approach and Staffing Plan pages  Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan pages  Institutional Capacity pages  Past Performance pages  Annexes page limit Cover Page 
The cover page must include minimum the following information: 
 USAID RFA Number; 
 Activity Title; 
 Name the organization(s) submitting the application (the lead primary Applicant 
clearly identified); 
 Point contact with the authority negotiate and sign behalf the Applicant, 
including the name (both typed and his/her signature), title position with the 
organization/institution, address, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address; 
 Any proposed sub grantees (or implementing partners) listed separately. Executive Summary page) 
This section shall summarize the key elements the Applicants technical application, including, but not limited to, the technical approach and core activities that will lead anticipated results and stated objectives. Technical Approach pages) 
Please use clear logic describing the links between the situation analysis, program objectives, methods and anticipated results. The narrative should brief, concise and provide clear description what the Applicant proposes do, where, why, when, how and whom. The section should: 
	 Describe the specific development context; include relevant background information and analysis the problem and how affects men and women; present the challenges, opportunities and risks the proposed area intervention; 
	 Describe how the proposed approach will contribute USAID Mission objectives and priorities described the USAID Mission CDCS and the RFA;  
	 Outline the types activities that will undertaken and discuss the anticipated changes that should result from the proposed methods/activities and how they are expected achieve the objectives outlined the RFA; 
	 Include description the types and numbers media outlets and actors expected benefit from the activity, including description criteria for identifying targeted media for the purposes this activity.	 Operating Principles and Cross-Cutting Issues pages) 
Describe specific approaches and methodologies that will used substantive and integrated manner address the operating principles and cross-cutting issues outlined the Operating Principles and Cross-Cutting Issues Section the RFA. Particular attention should paid the description mechanisms ensuring linkages and synergies with other USAID-funded programs focused priority reforms, innovation, partnerships, sustainability; well gender mainstreaming and youth integration during program implementation.	 Implementation Plan pages) 
This section shall include: 
	 Proposed implementation plan (in matrix format) for the first year outlining the inputs, outputs, and outcomes that are realistic and achievable within the proposed budget and timeframe and reflect grasp the necessary steps ensure efficient, effective execution the proposed approach; and 
	 Proposed life project implementation plan (in matrix format) that outlines the timeline for phasing interventions and outlines inputs, outputs, and outcomes per year that are realistic and achievable within the proposed budget and timeframe and reflect grasp the necessary steps ensure efficient, effective execution the proposed approach.	 Management Approach and Staffing Plan pages) 
Management Plan  This section shall include the Applicants plan for management the proposed activity, including description any management systems place, respective roles and responsibilities the Applicant. Describe any teaming arrangement, partnership, consortium coalition arrangements between applicant and partner organizations. Understanding that Applicants may not have all necessary systems place, the development these systems may included the Applicants capacity development plan. 
Staffing Plan  This section shall identify the Applicants key personnel positions positions) for this activity, well include organigram outlining the roles and responsibilities all staff involved.  Please note that key personnel suggested the applications must substantially dedicated the project. particular, the time the suggested Chief Party dedicated the activity should less than 80%.  
Position descriptions (including roles and responsibilities), relevant experience and academic and professional qualifications shall provided for all key personnel.  
Applicants should also include two three page curriculum vita appendix for each candidate. Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan pages) 
Applicants will expected establish performance monitoring and evaluation plan (PMEP), outlining the mechanisms proposed monitor and measure progress and achievement expected results. The PMEP shall contain project objectives and intermediate and final results, suggested performance indicators activity progress and success, annual targets, data management methods (sources, frequency data collection and reporting, including plan for collecting baseline and follow-on data), and references staff responsible for monitoring, data collection and analysis. Institutional Capacity pages) 
Describe the Applicant's technical, administrative and financial capacity and experience managing projects similar the activity being proposed. Past Performance pages) 
This section shall include concise description Applicants (and sub-grantees, any) previous work and experience relative the activities being proposed during the past three years. For each relevant project/award, include the following: (a) brief description the work performed and the relevance the work the activity being proposed; (b) results achieved; (c) location, duration, size/scale, and overall dollar value; and (d) list references and information, such current telephone numbers, points contact, and award numbers, available. Newer organizations, Applicants with related prior grant awards, remain eligible for consideration and are encouraged apply. Additional information past performance can provided annex. 
10. Annexes 
Items such key personnel resumes, case studies, table summarizing qualifications proposed personnel, past performance summary table will not counted against the page limitation.  
Please note that annexes contain information that relates the technical application, they will not scored (e.g. placing elements technical understanding and proposed approaches annex unacceptable). 
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Cost Application Format 
The Cost Business Application shall submitted separately from the technical application.  Certain documents are required submitted applicant order for the Agreement Officer make determination responsibility.  Applications will evaluated Best Value basis. such, the technical application will have more significance than the cost application the selection successful applicant.  
The following sections describe the documentation that applicants for Assistance award must submit USAID prior award.  While there page limit for this portion, applicants are encouraged concise possible, but still provide the necessary detail address the following: Include budget Excel format with accompanying budget narrative which provides detail the total costs for implementation the program your organization proposing.  Detailed budget notes and supporting justification all proposed budget line items should included. addition, summary the budget must submitted using Standard Form 424 and 424A, available http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/FormLinks?family=15 Budgets must U.S. dollars.  Budgets submitted unlocked Excel format with all formulas demonstrate calculations. 
The budget shall include: 
The breakdown all costs associated with the program according costs of, applicable, headquarters, regional and/or country offices; 
The breakdown all costs according each partner organization subcontractor/subgrantee involved the program; 
The costs associated with external, expatriate technical assistance and those associated with local in-country technical assistance; 
The breakdown (including evaluation method) the cash and in-kind contributions any all organizations involved implementing this Cooperative Agreement; 
Potential contributions non-USAID private commercial donors this Cooperative Agreement; procurement plan for commodities. Proposed Cost Share: required that minimum 15% the proposed budget will generated cost-share from non-U.S. Government funding in-kind support for the proposed program. The match may combination cash and in-kind. The Applicant must demonstrate ability raise the match proposed. Actual and/or expected sources and amounts the cost-share amount from all sources (other donors, community members, businesses, etc.) must stipulated. Funds received the Applicant directly from the U.S. Government USAID intermediaries foreign governments are not allowable elements the match but should identified sources the overall budget they are critical the program. 
Applications should identify all critical sources support for the program, including private and public cash receipts recorded the organizations accounts and in-kind contributions goods and services and other contributions not recorded the organizations accounts but directly supporting its grant program activities. 
Criteria for acceptance and allowability for the non-U.S. federal contributions are set forth CFR 226. (Copies CFR 226 may obtained from Internet address 
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/CFR-2012-title22-vol1/CFR-2012-title22-vol1part226/content-detail.html 
http://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/22/226 copy the latest Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement organization has such agreement with the Government; 
Applicants that not currently have Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA) from their cognizant agency shall also submit the following information: 
Copies the applicant's financial reports for the previous 3-year period, which have been audited certified public accountant other auditor satisfactory USAID; 
Projected budget, cash flow and organizational chart; and 
Copies applicable policies and procedures (e.g., accounting, purchasing, property management, personnel). Applicants should submit additional evidence responsibility they deem necessary for the Agreement Officer make determination responsibility.  The information submitted should substantiate that the Applicant: 
Has adequate financial resources the ability obtain such resources required during the performance the award. 
Has the ability comply with the award conditions, taking into account all existing and currently prospective commitments the applicant, nongovernmental and governmental. 
Has satisfactory record performance.  Past relevant unsatisfactory performance ordinarily sufficient justify finding non-responsibility, unless there clear evidence subsequent satisfactory performance. 
Has satisfactory record integrity and business ethics; and otherwise qualified and eligible receive cooperative agreement under applicable 

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laws and regulations (e.g., EEO). Applicants that have never received cooperative agreement, grant contract from the U.S. Government are required submit copy their accounting manual. copy has already been submitted the U.S. Government, the applicant should advise which Federal Office has copy. 

Marking and Branding 
Effective January 2006, all USAID-sponsored assistance awards are required adhere branding policies and revised marking requirements for grants and cooperative agreements accordance with ADS 320. This includes visibly displaying the USAID Standard Graphic Identity that clearly communicates assistance is, From the American people all programs, projects, activities, publications, public communications, and commodities provided supported through USAID assistance awards. ADS 320 requires that, after the evaluation the applications, the USAID Agreement Officer will request the Apparently Successful Applicant submit Branding Strategy and Marking Plan that describes how the program, project, activity named and positioned, how promoted and communicated beneficiaries and cooperating country citizens, and identifies all donors and explains how they will acknowledged. The Branding Strategy will negotiated and finalized part assistance award. ADS 320 may found the following website: http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/320.pdf 
Specific communications and promotion measures shall described the Branding Strategy and Branding Implementation Plan and specific marking will described the Marking Plan for this award(s). Please also refer Section VI, Standard Provisions: Branding Strategy 
-Assistance (June 2012) and Marking Plan-Assistance (June 2012). 
SECTION APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION 
Evaluation Criteria Technical Evaluation 
The criteria set forth below will used the technical review panel evaluate applications submitted response this RFA. All sub-criteria will weighted equally.	 Technical Approach (40 points):	 
Extent which the applicant demonstrates knowledge and understanding the issues and challenges faced Armenian media and the appropriateness the suggested approach(es) the Armenian context accomplishing program objectives;	 
Extent which the application sets forth clear, justifiable and technically sound course action achieve the program objectives and anticipated results, and extent which lessons learned are reflected the proposed approach;	 
Extent which the proposed technical approach will meaningfully address the outlined operating principles, particularly innovation, partnerships and sustainability; well cross-cutting issues, particularly youth integration and gender mainstreaming, during program implementation;	 
Extent which the applicant demonstrates the ability ensure strategic and synergetic linkages with other USAID-funded programs focused priority reforms, well projects funded other donors and implemented other international and domestic organizations.	 Management Approach and Staffing Plan (20 points):	 
Extent which the proposed management structure, systems and partnership arrangements, any, are appropriate and effective for the implementation the proposed activity;	 
Appropriateness the composition and organizational structure the proposed project team, including clear, sound and effective staffing pattern with roles and responsibilities among different positions adequately delineated, well experience, expertise and performance the key personnel managing complex media development programs, particularly transitional countries, and their experience building and effectively supervising diverse team employees, and prior experience working with other technical assistance programs areas relevant the proposed activity.	 Monitoring and Evaluation (20 points): 
Clarity, appropriateness and soundness illustrative Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (PMEP) for identification expected intermediate and final program results, including plan for collecting base-line and follow-on data; suggested indicators program impact and success; methods used for monitoring activities and collecting indicator results, and mechanism for oversight and verification monitoring conducted staff.	 Institutional Capacity and Past Performance (20 points):	 
Demonstrated institutional capability the applicant managing the proposed activities, including transparent personnel, procurement and financial management systems complex field operations;	 
Demonstrated track record the Applicant (and sub-grantees, any) successfully implementing similar media activities, and quickly and effectively staffing project and launching program activities. Cost Evaluation 
Cost Effectiveness and Reasonableness total estimated cost 
Demonstrated ability minimize recurrent costs and maximize cost-effectiveness.  Maximizing the percentage the costs allocated program delivery compared administrative costs will also factor evaluating applications. The cost realism analysis intended meet the following goals: 
	 Verify the Applicant's understanding the requirements and regulations; 
	 Assess the degree which the cost application reflects the approaches the technical 
application; 
	 Assess the degree which the cost included the cost application accurately represents 
the work effort included the technical application; 
	 Proposed cost share contribution minimum 15% the total budget. 
Cost has not been assigned weight; however, the cost applications the most highly ranked technical applications will evaluated for cost effectiveness. Other considerations are the completeness the application, adequacy budget detail and consistency with elements the technical application. addition, the organization must demonstrate adequate financial management capability, measured for responsibility determination.  
Prospective applicants are forewarned that application with the lowest estimated cost may not selected award higher priced application affords the government greater overall benefit. All evaluation factors other than cost price, when combined, are significantly more important than cost. However, estimated cost important factor and the estimated cost the Government increases importance competing applications approach equivalence and may become the deciding factor when technical applications are approximately equivalent merit.  Cost estimates will analyzed part the application evaluation process. Proposed costs may adjusted, for purposes evaluation, based results the cost analysis and its assessment reasonableness, completeness, and credibility.  
Cost share match equivalent greater than 15% the total project required support the activity. Meeting exceeding the cost share will favorably considered contributing cost effectiveness and may considered the Governments determination application represents the greatest benefit USAID.  
SECTION AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION 

Award Notices  
Following the completion the technical and cost evaluation all applications submitted response this RFA and responsibility determination, USAID will make award the applicant(s) whose application represents the best overall value the U.S. Government. Best overall value defined the expected outcome that, the Governments estimation, provides the greatest overall benefit response the requirement and available funds. The successful applicant(s) will receive written notification the form award document signed the Agreement Officer. The notice will provided electronically the applicants point contact listed the application. Pursuant ADS 303.3.7.1.b, unsuccessful applicants will also notified electronically. 
USAID does not intend provide formal debriefings for unsuccessful applicants but retains the right consider informal briefings for said applicants following award. Description any Deviations from Standard Provisions 
Currently, USAID does not anticipate any deviations from the mandatory applicable the Standard Provisions applicable for this award. The Standard Provisions used will Standard Provisions for Non-U.S. Nongovernmental Organizations (http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/303mab.pdf 

Reporting Requirements 
The title page all reports submitted USAID must include descriptive title, the authors name, cooperative agreement number, the project title, the Recipients name, the name the USAID office, and the publication issuance date the report. Financial Reporting 
The recipient must submit the SF- 425 the same time the Financial Analyst vtermargaryan@usaid.gov, the Agreement Officer and the Agreement Officers Representative (AOR). 
Financial Reports shall keeping with General Provision "Accounting, Audit, and Records". Advances shall requested monthly accordance with the requirements per Payment-Advance (October 1998). the end each quarter the recipient shall submit liquidation advances liquidate the advances the previous quarter.   
(a) Unless otherwise notified writing, the Recipient shall submit monthly financial reports to: Office Financial and Administrative Management  
USAID/Armenia American Avenue 
Yerevan 0082, Armenia 
armeniapayments@usaid.gov 
(b) The Recipients financial reports shall include expenditures USAID grant funds provided hereunder during the reporting period.  The format the financial reports should follow the line items established the Budget. Program Reporting addition any reports that may requested via technical directions under program activities, the recipient shall submit the approval  the USAID Agreement Officers Representative (AOR) following reports, and when requested, the USAID/Armenia Agreement Officer. Annual Work Plans Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (PMEP) Monthly Activity Schedule Progress Reports Final Report 

Annual Work Plans 
Within days the signing Cooperative Agreement, the Recipient will present the initial work plan the USAID AOR for review and approval. The AOR will provide written comments the draft plan within days receipt and when the plan finalized, the AOR will provide written approval. 
The work plan should include list tasks completed during the year, grouped under the objective that they seek support.  For each task, the Recipient should: explain brief its connection the objective; define the necessary steps complete the tasks; assign responsibilities for completing those steps; provide any quantitative qualitative targets; and timeline for the implementation the task. 
The work plan must include Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (PMEP), which must establish specific results-level and objective level indicators, impact indicators, annual targets, progress benchmarks for the life the award, and the date which all baseline data will established.  
Annual work plans for subsequent years are due the AOR days before the end the preceding award year. Annual work plans should include all the sections the initial work plan discussed above. addition, the subsequent annual work plans shall review the activities the year that ending, the activities that were implemented, the results achieved, and problems that existed and how they were resolved. These subsequent annual plans shall propose program adjustments reflect any lessons learned. with the first annual plan, the AOR will review the plan and provide comments and recommendations for changes later than days after receipt the draft. The Recipient shall incorporate AOR comments and recommendations into the final version work plan and submit for AOR written approval within days. addition, all substantial changes the work plan require prior written approval the AOR. 

Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (PMEP) order assist managing project performance, the Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (PMEP) shall contain project objectives and results, performance indicators, data sources and collection methods, baseline information timeline for collecting it, annual targets, and references staff responsible for data collection and analysis. Performance indicators should direct, objective, practical, adequate, and useful managing for results. PMEP data should meet reasonable quality criteria validity, reliability, timeliness, precision and integrity. All people-level indicators must disaggregated sex. PMEP data should based fiscal year calendar. 
The PMEP shall have the following suggested structure:	 
List key project objectives, expected results and project outputs (output count services delivered items produced) and outcomes well brief description the linkages between the project outputs and its expected results;	 
Definition and detailed description the performance indicators tracked including: unit measure and disaggregation sex, appropriate and feasible; justification/management utility; annual baselines/targets; schedule for data collection; responsibility for data collection and availability data USAID; and, detailed plans for data analysis, review and reporting. 

Within days after the award made, the Recipient will submit the Final PMEP USAID together with the Annual Work Plan. The Recipient and USAID will agree upon the final choice performance indicators useful for timely management decisions and credibly reflecting the actual performance the project. Recipient should explain how the PMEP will implemented. designing the PMEP, the Recipient should also weigh human and financial resources necessary implement it. 
The PMEP subject final approval USAID and separate from the regular financial and other reports. USAID required report indicators the Foreign Assistance Framework. USAID reserves the right propose the Recipient integrate into the PMEP number indicators help USAID measure the immediate program results.  
All information collected for the PMEP shall compiled and submitted USAID with the annual and final reports, well based the frequency data collection and reporting established the approved PMEP. Additionally, progress meeting the expected program results will monitored through the USAID annual performance reporting process. 
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Mid-Term Evaluation the mid-point the project, USAID will conduct evaluation measure project impact and determine whether programmatic adjustments are needed (see program description section Performance Period) taking into account any changes the implementation climate. such decision taken, the Recipient will notified least two months advance planned evaluations. 

Monthly Activity Schedule 
USAID expects the Recipient submit (electronically) the AOR the 23rd calendar day each month, calendar planned events for the upcoming month. USAID will post events the Missions events calendar, appropriate, and use the monthly calendar plan site visits timely manner. 

Progress Reports 
The Recipient will submit three quarterly and one annual progress reports per year the AOR. The Recipient shall submit progress reports which present activities and analyses the Recipient (and partners, relevant) within days after the end the quarter/year. 
The report may submitted email and shall contain the following information minimum: brief description the context and/or enabling environment which program activities are implemented. This section may include significant political developments and/or relevant events which affect the overall implementation environment. summary activities conducted, including description progress towards results and relevant trends. narrative analytical description overall program progress towards results that reflects and synthesizes achievements the Recipient and partners, applicable. This should not mere description activities, but rather broader analysis that examines the implications progress made toward each objective, well toward the operating principles and cross-cutting issues identified this RFA. Special emphasis should made evaluate and elaborate upon progress toward achieving sustainability results.	 
Data all indicators established the PMEP for the award activities. Data should disaggregated sex where relevant.	 
Problems encountered, reasons why established goals and targets were not met, appropriate, and how challenges problems will overcome during the next reporting period. comparison actual expenditures with budget estimates, including analysis and explanation cost overruns high unit costs, cost savings, and any other pertinent information.	 
Priorities for programming during the next reporting period.  

Annual progress reports will also include data collected measure progress against the PMEP. Each annual progress report will take the place the quarterly report for the previous three-month period, addition reporting the entire past year. The annual report will include progress against annual work plan projections and will cover activities completed during the preceding year. The annual report will provide USAID annual data the agreed upon performance indicators, well any additional qualitative results information the Recipient would like include demonstrate the results achieved toward the projects objectives during that particular reporting period. 

Final Report 
Recipients shall submit the original and one copy the USAID approved final report USAID/Armenia and one copy USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse the following address: Online: http://dec.usaid.gov/ Via mail: Development Experience Clearinghouse, M/CIO/KM, RRB M.01-10, U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, 20523 e-mail: docsubmit@usaid.gov 
The Recipient shall submit draft final report for USAID review days before the award expiration date. USAID will review and comment within days receipt. The electronic copy the final performance report shall submitted later than calendar days after the end the Cooperative Agreement. The final performance report will: 
	 Contain overall description the activities under the project during the period 
this Cooperative Agreement, and the significance these activities;  Describe the methods assistance used and the pros and cons these methods;  Present life-of-project results towards achieving the project objectives and the 
performance indicators;   Identify any unmet targets and the reasons for them;  Elaborate the issues and problems that emerged during program implementation and 
the lessons learned dealing with them; and 
	 Provide comments and recommendations regarding unfinished work and/or future needs and directions for further engagement the program area, well recommendations for what issues longer require donor assistance. 

Substantial Involvement 
USAID considers collaboration with the Recipient crucial for the successful implementation this program. Substantial involvement under this award shall include but not limited the following:	 Review and approval the Recipients Annual Implementation Plans (Work Plans), including the PMEP, with Project Logical Framework, the AOR. Any significant changes the approved Implementation Plan the PMEP, well the Project Logical Framework, will require additional approval the AOR.	 
Review and approval key personnel and any key personnel changes the AOR.	 
Approval selection criteria for targeted media outlets receive enhanced technical assistance, well approval the actual selection all targeted assistance recipients and changes the cohort the AOR.	 
Sub-awards: Approval all proposed sub-contractors and sub-recipients including their extensions prior award and participation preparation solicitation documents including the topics, program descriptions, match requirements, selection criteria and funding levels for applications, the AOR. 

For more details refer USAID ADS 303.3.11 http://www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/agencypolicy. 

Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) 
This activity consists interventions entirely within the categories listed paragraph (c)(2) Categorical Exclusions Title CFR Part 216. The Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) DCN: 2014-ARM-001 has determined that these activities are categorically excluded from any further environmental review requirements.  
1a) The Foreign Assistance Act 1961, amended, Section 117 requires that the impact USAIDs activities the environment considered and that USAID include environmental sustainability central consideration designing and carrying out its development programs. This mandate codified Federal Regulations (22 CFR 216) and USAIDs Automated Directives System (ADS) Parts 201.5.10g and 204 (http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/200/), which, part, require that the potential environmental impacts USAID-financed activities are identified prior final decision proceed and that appropriate environmental safeguards are adopted for all activities. 
1b) addition, the contractor/recipient must comply with host country environmental regulations unless otherwise directed writing USAID. case conflict between host country and USAID regulations, the latter shall govern. 
1c) activity funded under the contract resulting from this RFTOP will implemented unless environmental threshold determination, defined CFR 216, has been reached for that activity, documented Request for Categorical Exclusion (RCE), Initial Environmental Examination (IEE), Environmental Assessment (EA) duly signed the Bureau Environmental Officer (BEO). (Hereinafter, such documents are described approved Regulation 216 environmental documentation.)  
4a) part its initial Work Plan, and all Annual Work Plans thereafter, the contractor, collaboration with the USAID Contracting Officers Representative and Mission Environmental Officer Bureau Environmental Officer, appropriate, shall review all ongoing and planned activities under this contract determine they are within the scope the approved Regulation 216 environmental documentation.  
4b) the contractor plans any new activities outside the scope the approved Regulation 216 environmental documentation, shall prepare amendment the documentation for USAID review and approval. such new activities shall undertaken prior receiving written USAID approval environmental documentation amendments.  
4c) Any ongoing activities found outside the scope the approved Regulation 216 environmental documentation shall halted until amendment the documentation submitted and written approval received from USAID.  
SECTION SOLICITATION STANDARD PROVISIONS 	Branding Strategy Assistance (June 2012) 	
Applicants recommended for assistance award must submit and negotiate "Branding Strategy," describing how the program, project, activity named and positioned, and how promoted and communicated beneficiaries and host country citizens. 	
The request for Branding Strategy, the Agreement Officer from the applicant, confers rights the applicant and constitutes USAID commitment award. 	
Failure submit and negotiate Branding Strategy within the time frame specified the Agreement Officer will make the applicant ineligible for award. 	
The applicant must include all estimated costs associated with branding and marking USAID programs, such plaques, stickers, banners, press events, materials, and forth, the budget portion the application.  These costs are subject the revision and negotiation with the Agreement Officer and will incorporated into the Total Estimated Amount the grant, cooperative agreement other assistance instrument. 	
The Branding Strategy must include, minimum, all the following: 

(1)	 
All estimated costs associated with branding and marking USAID programs, such plaques, stickers, banners, press events, materials, and forth. 

(2)	 
The intended name the program, project, activity. 

(i)	 
USAID prefers have the USAID Identity, comprised the USAID logo and brandmark, with the tagline from the American people found the USAID Web site http://www.usaid.gov/branding, included part the program project name.  

(ii)	 
USAID prefers local language translations the phrase made possible (or with) the generous support the American People next the USAID Identity when acknowledging contributions. 

(iii) acceptable cobrand the title with the USAID Identity and the applicant's identity. 
(iv) branding the above manner inappropriate not possible, the applicant must explain how USAID's involvement will showcased during publicity for the program project. 

(v)	 
USAID prefers fund projects that not have separate logo identity that competes with the USAID Identity. there plan develop separate logo consistently identify this program, the applicant must 

attach copy the proposed logos. 
(3)	 
The intended primary and secondary audiences for this project program, including direct beneficiaries and any special target segments. 

(4)	 
Planned communication program materials used explain market the program beneficiaries.  

(i)	 
Describe the main program message. 

(ii)	 
Provide plans for training materials, posters, pamphlets, public service announcement, billboards, Web sites, and forth, appropriate. 

(iii)	 Provide any plans announce and promote publicly this program project host country citizens, such media releases, press conferences, public events, and forth. Applicant must incorporate the USAID Identity and the message, USAID from the American People. 
(iv)	 Provide any additional ideas increase awareness that the American people support this project program. 

(5)	 
Information any direct involvement from host-country government ministry, including any planned acknowledgement the host-country government. 

(6)	 
Any other groups whose logo identity the applicant will use program materials and related materials.  Indicate they are donor why they will visibly acknowledged, and they will receive the same prominence USAID. 	
The Agreement Officer will consider the Branding Strategy's adequacy the award criteria. The Branding Strategy will reviewed ensure the above information adequately included and consistent with the stated objectives the award, the applicant's cost data submissions, and the performance plan. the applicant receives assistance award, the Branding Strategy will included and made part the resulting grant cooperative agreement 	Marking Plan  Assistance (June 2012) 	
Applicants recommended for assistance award must submit and negotiate Marking Plan, detailing the public communications, commodities, and program materials, and other items that will visibly bear the USAID Identity, which comprises the USAID logo and brandmark, with the tagline from the American people. The USAID Identity the official marking for the Agency, and found the USAID Web site http://www.usaid.gov/branding. 	
The request for Marking Plan, the Agreement Officer from the applicant, confers 

rights the applicant and constitutes USAID commitment award. 	
Failure submit and negotiate Marking Plan within the time frame specified the Agreement Officer will make the applicant ineligible for award. 	
The applicant must include all estimated costs associated with branding and marking USAID programs, such plaques, stickers, banners, press events, materials, and forth, the budget portion the application.  These costs are subject the revision and negotiation with the Agreement Officer and will incorporated into the Total Estimated Amount the grant, cooperative agreement other assistance instrument. 	
The Marking Plan must include all the following: 

(1) description the public communications, commodities, and program materials that the applicant plans produce and which will bear the USAID Identity part the award, including: 

(i)	 
Program, project, activity sites funded USAID, including visible infrastructure projects other sites physical nature;  

(ii)	 
Technical assistance, studies, reports, papers, publications, audio-visual productions, public service announcements, Web sites/Internet activities, promotional, informational, media, communications products funded USAID; 

(iii)	 Commodities, equipment, supplies, and other materials funded USAID, including commodities equipment provided under humanitarian assistance disaster relief programs; and 
(iv) acceptable cobrand the title with the USAID Identity and the applicant's identity. 

(v)	 
Events financed USAID, such training courses, conferences, seminars, exhibitions, fairs, workshops, press conferences and other public activities. the USAID Identity cannot displayed, the recipient encouraged otherwise acknowledge USAID and the support the American people. 

(2) table the program deliverables with the following details: 

(i)	 
The program deliverables that the applicant plans mark with the USAID Identity; 

(ii)	 
The type marking and what materials the applicant will use mark the program deliverables;  

(iii)	 When the performance period the applicant will mark the program deliverables, and where the applicant will place the marking; 
(iv)	 
What program deliverables the applicant does not plan mark with the USAID Identity and 

(v)	 
The rationale for not marking program deliverables. 

(3)	 
Any requests for exemption from USAID marking requirements, and explanation why the exemption would apply.  The applicant may request exemption USAID marking requirements would: 

(i)	 
Compromise the intrinsic independence neutrality program materials where independence neutrality inherent aspect the program and materials.  The applicant must identify the USAID Strategic Objective, Interim Result, program goal furthered appearance neutrality, state why aspect the award presumptively neutral.  Identify category deliverable item, examples material for which exemption sought. 

(ii)	 
Diminish the credibility audits, reports, analyses, studies, policy recommendations whose data findings must seen independent.  The applicant must explain why each particular deliverable must seen credible. 

(iii)	 Undercut host-country government ownership constitutions, laws, regulations, policies, studies, assessments, reports, publications, surveys audits, public service announcements, other communications.  The applicant must explain why each particular item product better positioned host-country government item product. 
(iv)	 
Impair the functionality item.  The applicant must explain how marking the item commodity would impair its functionality. 

(v)	 
Incur substantial costs impractical. The applicant must explain why marking would not cost beneficial practical. 

(vi)	 
Offend local cultural social norms, considered inappropriate.  The applicant must identify the relevant norm, and explain why marking would violate that norm otherwise inappropriate. 

(vii)	 Conflict with international law.  The applicant must identify the applicable international law violated the marking.	 
The Agreement Officer will consider the Marking Plan's adequacy and reasonableness the award criteria, and will approve and disapprove any exemption requests.  The 

Marking Plan will reviewed ensure the above information adequately included and consistent with the stated objectives the award, the applicant's cost data submissions, and the performance plan. the applicant receives assistance award, the Marking Plan, including any approved exemptions, will included and made part the resulting grant cooperative agreement, and will apply for the term the award unless provided otherwise. 
SECTION VII AGENCY CONTACTS 
The Agreement Officer for the resultant award(s) is: 
Jonathan Chappell Regional Agreement Officer USAID/Armenia American Avenue Yerevan, Armenia  Email: jchappell@usaid.gov 
The Acquisition and Assistance Specialist is: 
Narine Sarkisian Acquisition Specialist USAID/Armenia American Avenue Yerevan, Armenia Email: nsarkisian@usaid.gov Tel.: +37410 49-43-64 

SECTION VIII ANNEXES AND ATTACHMENTS 
Annex ACERTIFICATIONS, ASSURANCES, AND OTHER STATEMENTS THE RECIPIENT 
Attachment USAID Country Development Cooperation Strategy 2013-2017 
Annex 

CERTIFICATIONS, ASSURANCES, AND OTHER STATEMENTS THE 
RECIPIENT  

Part  Certifications and Assurances Assurance Compliance with Laws and Regulations Governing Non-Discrimination Federally Assisted Programs 
Note: This certification applies Non-U.S. organizations any part the program will undertaken the United States. 
(a) 
The recipient hereby assures that person the United States will, the bases set forth below, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, otherwise subjected discrimination under, any program activity receiving financial assistance from USAID, and that with respect the Cooperative Agreement for which application being made, will comply with the requirements of: 

(1) 
Title the Civil Rights Act 1964 (Pub. 88-352, U.S.C. 2000-d), which prohibits discrimination the basis race, color national origin, programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance; 

(2) 
Section 504 the Rehabilitation Act 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794), which prohibits discrimination the basis handicap programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance; 

(3) 
The Age Discrimination Act 1975, amended (Pub. 95-478), which prohibits discrimination based age the delivery services and benefits supported with Federal funds; 

(4) 
Title the Education Amendments 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681, seq.), which prohibits discrimination the basis sex education programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance (whether not the programs activities are offered sponsored educational institution); and 

(5) 
USAID regulations implementing the above nondiscrimination laws, set forth Chapter Title the Code Federal Regulations. 

(b) the recipient institution higher education, the Assurances given herein extend admission practices and all other practices relating the treatment students clients the institution, relating the opportunity participate the provision services other benefits such individuals, and must applicable the entire institution unless the recipient establishes the satisfaction the USAID Administrator that the institution's practices designated parts programs the institution will way affect its practices the program the institution for which financial assistance sought, the beneficiaries of, participants in, such programs. Certification Regarding Lobbying 
The undersigned certifies, the best his her knowledge and belief, that: 
(1) Federal appropriated funds have been paid will paid, behalf the undersigned, any person for influencing attempting influence officer employee any agency, Member Congress, officer employee Congress, employee Member Congress connection with the awarding any Federal contract, the making any Federal Cooperative Agreement, the making any Federal loan, the entering into any cooperative agreement, and the extension, continuation, renewal, amendment modification any Federal contract, grant, loan, cooperative agreement. 

(2) any funds other than Federal appropriated funds have been paid will paid any person for influencing attempting influence officer employee any agency, Member Congress, officer employee Congress, employee Member Congress connection with this Federal contract, grant, loan, cooperative agreement, the undersigned must complete and submit Standard Form-LLL, Disclosure Lobbying Activities, accordance with its instructions. 

(3) 
The undersigned must require that the language this certification included the award documents for all subawards all tiers (including subcontracts, subgrants, and contracts under grants, loans, and cooperative agreements) and that all subrecipients must certify and disclose accordingly. 

This certification material representation fact upon which reliance was placed when this transaction was made entered into. Submission this certification prerequisite for making entering into this transaction imposed section 1352, title 31, United States Code.  Any person who fails file the required certification will subject civil penalty not less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000 for each such failure. 
Statement for Loan Guarantees and Loan Insurance 
The undersigned states, the best his her knowledge and belief, that: any funds have been paid will paid any person for influencing attempting influence officer employee any agency, Member Congress, officer employee Congress, employee Member Congress connection with this commitment providing for the United States insure guarantee loan, the undersigned must complete and submit Standard Form-LLL, Disclosure Form Report Lobbying, accordance with its instructions. Submission this statement prerequisite for making entering into this transaction imposed section 1352, title 31, U.S. Code. Any person who fails file the required statement will subject civil penalty not less than $10,000 and not more than $100,000 for each such failure. Prohibition Assistance Drug Traffickers for Covered Countries and Individuals (ADS 206) 
USAID reserves the right terminate this Agreement, demand refund take other appropriate measures the Grantee found have been convicted narcotics offense have been engaged drug trafficking defined CFR Part 140. The undersigned must review USAID ADS 206 determine any certifications are required for Key Individuals Covered Participants. there are COVERED PARTICIPANTS: USAID reserves the right terminate assistance take other appropriate measures with respect to, any participant approved USAID who found have been convicted narcotics offense have been engaged drug trafficking defined CFR Part 140. Certification Regarding Terrorist Financing Implementing Executive Order 13224 signing and submitting this application, the prospective recipient provides