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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), represented by USAID/Ethiopia, is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified entities to implement the Feed the Future Ethiopia Community Nutrition Activity.
With an overall objective of improving appropriate nutritional behavior and utilization of nutrition services, this activity will have the following specific objectives:
Improve nutritional practices and demand for services at the community level
Improve quality of nutrition services at the community level
Improve capacity for coordination among the nutrition stakeholders across sectors.
Estimated Total Program Funding: $69,500,000
Award Ceiling: $69,500,000.
The Community Nutrition activity will be implemented in all five clusters of the FTF ZOI area, layered in the same geographical area with the FAST activity. In addition to that, there should be integration and geographical overlap with other USAID activities in the FTF ZOI. Linkage and technical coordination and collaboration with other relevant USAID activities have been discussed later in the document. The activity will have complete coverage of the target woredas, no partial woreda coverage is expected.
The activity should consider the local context within the coverage area and reach communities with tailored approaches, as there are significant variations within the FTF ZOI. The key social determinants behind undernutrition for different settings, as available based on demographic and health surveys and other research findings, should be addressed.
The Activity will coordinate and collaborate with several USAID activities managed by different offices within the USAID Mission in Ethiopia. The Recipient is expected to develop a robust, integrated model that best describes how the partnerships and linkages will contribute to the intended outcomes. It will work with the relevant activities, as mentioned, to develop letter of collaboration (LOCs) that will describe the specific details on coordination and collaboration.
These activities include:
Food and Agriculture Systems Transformation (FAST) will work across the full Feed the Future Zone of Influence and associated secondary cities, linking with USAID’s social protection, economic, and WASH activities to increase access to healthy diets and improve income-generating opportunities among chronically vulnerable households and youth; reduce constraints to growth, employment, and trade; and promote sustainable and effective natural resource management.
USAID Healthy Behavior activity will support increased sustained adoption of appropriate health and nutrition behaviors by increasing adoption of optimal household health practices, demand for health and nutrition services, and an enabling environment for gender equitable and healthy behavior
USAID Quality Healthcare activity will build capacity of urban and peri-urban PHCUs, and referral health facilities in planning and delivering of client-centered quality RMNCAH services.
USAID Empowered Communities will empower communities to improve their own health through enhanced community ownership for health, strengthening accountability systems and platforms, and organizational capacity development of CSOs.
USAID Lowlands Health will improve RMNCAH-Nutrition outcomes in the pastoralist areas through strengthening primary health care systems, improving access to quality services at the primary level and improving adoption of healthy behaviors. Community Nutrition will provide technical support and maintain coordination with this activity to improve nutrition integration in Lowlands Health’s interventions on the ground.
Digital Health Activity (DHA) supports information technology systems and data repositories at all levels, builds the culture of data use and capacity of the MOH in health information systems.
Supply Chain for Health Improvement Program (SCHIP) will improve availability of medicines, medical supplies, and medical equipment at the right time and in the right quantity at all health care system levels, and access to improved quality pharmaceutical services.
Eligibility for this NOFO is not restricted.
USAID welcomes applications from organizations that have not previously received financial assistance from USAID.
Faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for federal financial assistance on the same basis as any other organization and are subject to the protections and requirements of Federal law.
Post Date: 01-Dec-2022
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