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R -- Support Which Implements Fast Transition III (SWIFT III)

Solicitation Number: M-OAA-DCHA-OTI-08-033
Agency: Agency for International Development
Office: Washington D.C.
Location: USAID/Washington
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August 29, 2008
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Added: October 17, 2007
The U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) intends to negotiate and award multiple Indefinite Quantity Contracts (IQCs) for Support Which Implements Fast Transition III (SWIFT III).

Contract(s) resulting from this RFP will be of the indefinite quantity contract (IQC) cost plus fixed fee (CPFF) type awards. Subject to the availability of funds, USAID estimates awarding up to seven contracts, including up to six unrestricted and up to one set-aside for a small business, on the condition that firms are capable of undertaking the work. There is no guarantee on the number of contracts awarded or the number of orders that any one firm will receive beyond the minimum stated in the RFP. USAID anticipates that the maximum ordering limitation of the contracts resulting from this RFP will be $1,500,000,000 over the five (5) year ordering period. Note that this ceiling applies across all contracts and cannot be exceeded in the aggregate.

The objective of this IQC is to provide the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) with the means to support U.S. foreign policy objectives by helping local partners advance peace and democracy in priority countries in crisis. Through specific task orders, the contractor will establish, staff, manage, operate, and support a flexible quick-response mechanism capable of administering and implementing targeted activities. The OTI program's country team, comprising OTI and contractor personnel, will work on the ground to provide fast, flexible, short-term assistance targeted at key political transition and stabilization needs.

Since 1994, OTI, part of USAID's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), has laid the foundation for long-term development in 34 countries in transition by: nurturing peace processes; promoting reconciliation; supporting independent media; developing strategic communications capacities for nascent democratic governments; and fostering peace and democracy through innovative programming. In countries undergoing a transition from authoritarianism to democracy, violent conflict to peace, or other pivotal political events, OTI seizes windows of opportunity and seeks to act as a catalyst for positive political change. OTI programs are short-term, typically, two to three years in duration. OTI programs often are initiated in states that have not reached the stability needed for longer-term development to succeed. Therefore, OTI works closely with USAID regional bureaus, Missions, and other counterparts to identify programs that complement other assistance efforts and lay a foundation for longer-term development after OTI exits.

OTI programs are designed to meet the unique needs of each country context and to remain responsive to rapidly evolving political and operational environments. In order to fulfill its mandate OTI must have the ability to change, reorient or refocus its programs in order to rapidly respond to new strategic opportunities in the country or region. Previous OTI programs in the past have:

Drawn people together across ethnic, political party, and religious lines to work towards common goals;

Provided materials for small infrastructure repair projects as a means of encouraging communities to hold government officials responsible for responding to local priorities;

Supported community initiatives to rehabilitate critical infrastructure in war torn areas;

Facilitated sustained communication and cooperation between newly elected officials and their constituents;

Provided basic furniture, equipment, and short term technical assistance to key government ministries to rapidly restore critical services;

Back local human rights groups and war crimes investigations;

Supported production and development of get-out-the vote ads, local anticorruption campaigns, and public service announcements;

Supported or advanced media infrastructure, systems, networks, regulatory regimes, and professionalism;

Promoted independent media and increased access to balanced information;

Assisted local peacemakers to prevent conflict and promote ethnic reconciliation;

Provided community-focused reintegration assistance for ex-combatants and war-affected youth;

Provided timely and targeted support to civil society organizations as a means of engaging government officials in dialogue and promoting accountability; and

Supported local efforts to mitigate and manage ethnic and religious conflict through training, improved communication, and confidence-building measures.

More information on OTI, including details on past and present country programs, can be found at or by visiting and entering the keyword "OTI".

The successful contractor(s) shall be responsible for all of the programmatic, management, and administrative aspects of the country-specific transition program under the strategic direction of the OTI Country Representative (generally a field-based U.S. Personal Services Contractor, PSC). The contractor's programmatic responsibilities include: conducting continuous political analysis in cooperation with OTI personnel; finding and working with traditional and non-traditional local partners; implementing activities; monitoring the implementation and evaluating the impact of activities; and reporting on progress against program objectives. Activities are anticipated to primarily be small grants under contract (GUC), the majority of which will be issued in-kind.

Local partners who receive these small grants are often non-traditional USAID partners and may include local indigenous groups; cooperatives; associations; informal groups; non-governmental organizations (NGO's); local, regional and national governments; private voluntary organizations (PVO's); U.S. organizations; student groups; media; international organizations; private sector and coalitions of these entities.

The successful contractor(s) shall be responsible for all logistics, procurement, personnel, management, and finance aspects of the program. These include, but are not limited to mobilizing rapidly; hiring and training staff; setting up offices; establishing logistics systems to support in-kind procurement; establishing and maintaining security and emergency systems; purchasing office equipment and vehicles; establishing communications and information systems; developing and maintaining procurement and financial systems; and providing varying amounts of funds on short notice (which has historically been up to $1.8 million for operations and activities) in countries where there are no or limited banking institutions. Contractors will be working in an environment where they will have to overcome significant challenges, destroyed or damaged infrastructures, lack of security, restricted movement of U.S. citizens, scarcity or lack of banking and currency exchange institutions, and the lack of adequate communication services.

Prospective prime contractor(s) must have relevant international experience providing the kinds of services described in this synopsis in countries experiencing political transitions and/or in post conflict environments.

Added: Sep 03, 2008 2:43 pm
They are seven awardees under this multiple IQC:


Casals and Associates, Inc

1199 North Fairfax Street

3rd Floor

Alexandria, VA 22314


Chemonics International Inc.

1717 H Street NW

Washington, DC 20006


Creative Associates International Inc.

5301 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.

Suite 700

Washington, DC. 20015


Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI).

Office of Contracts, Procurement and Pricing

7600 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Suite 200

Bethesda, Maryland


AECOM International Development Inc.

1025 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW.

Suite 170

Washington, DC. 20007-5204


Development & Training Services, Inc.(DTS)

1100 N. Glebe Road

Suite 1070

Arlington, VA. 22201


International Resources Group (IRG)

1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW.

Washington, DC. 20036

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Solicitation 1

Posted Date:
November 19, 2007
Description: SWIFT III Solicitation
Description: SWIFT III Solicitation Cover Letter

Amendment 1

Posted Date:
November 20, 2007
Description: M-OAA-DCHA-OTI-08-033, Amendment 01

Amendment 2

Posted Date:
December 11, 2007
Description: M-OAA-DCHA-OTI-08-033, Amendment 02
Agency for International Development, Washington D.C., USAID/Washington, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Room 7.10-006, Washington, DC, 20523, UNITED STATES
Cristina B Sylvia,
Contract Administrator
Phone: 202-712-5566
Fax: 202-216-3132
Michael A. Clark,
Contract Officer
Phone: 202-712-1323
Fax: 202-216-3134