Ethiopia USAID invites applications for Assistance Agreements from all U.S. and non-U.S. qualified organizations for funding to support a program entitled “Empowering New Generations to Improve Nutrition and Economic opportunities (ENGINE) – An integrated nutrition program.” The overall goal of the program is to decrease maternal, neonatal and child mortality by improving the nutritional status of women and children less than 5 years through sustainable, comprehensive and coordinated evidence-based interventions. The authority for the RFA is found in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended.
Applicants under consideration for an award that have never received funding from USAID will be subject to a pre-award audit to determine fiscal responsibility, ensure adequacy of financial controls and establish an indirect cost rate.
USAID expects to award one Cooperative Agreement based on this RFA. Subject to the availability of funds, USAID intends to provide approximately $50,891,422 in total USAID funding to be allocated over the Five (5) year period. USAID reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted.
The purpose of this program description is to define the parameters and results for a comprehensive nutrition program to improve the multi-sectoral nutrition policy environment, utilization of quality health and nutrition services, and appropriate maternal, infant and young child feeding practices in Ethiopia. The overall goal of the program is to decrease maternal, neonatal and child mortality by improving the nutritional status of women and children less than 5 years through sustainable, comprehensive and coordinated evidence-based interventions.
The award to be issued for this new program will support the national, regional and local level nutrition programs and policies at the health facilities and community levels. The intention of this Request for Application (RFA) is to support national, regional and local responses with an initial focus on areas where the Agriculture Growth Program (AGP) and food security programs under the Business, Environment, Agriculture and Trade Office (BEAT) within USAID will be implemented to ensure coordination. In addition, this program will build upon the previous nutrition activities under the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA), Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) and build upon the successes of the National Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (N-CMAM) while addressing the challenges that were identified in the final evaluation of this program.
Last date for submission of applications is 06 June 2011,
For further details about this RFA, visit grants.gov and search by funding opportunity number for “RFA-663-11-000012”