Promoting Human Rights in Armenia Activity

Active
No
Status
Posted
Published Date
November 21st, 2023
Close Date
December 8th, 2023
Total Funding
$10,000,000.00
Award Ceiling
$10,000,000.00
Award Floor
$10,000,000.00
Expected No. Awards
1
Opportunity No.
72011124RFI00001

Agency

Armenia USAID-Yerevan (USAID-ARM)

Eligible Applicants

Unrestricted

Funding Category

Other

Funding Instrument

Other

Opportunity Category

Earmark

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The federal grant notice titled "Promoting Human Rights in Armenia Activity" is being offered by the Armenia USAID-Yerevan agency. The grant is categorized under "Earmark" and falls under the "Democracy and Governance" category of funding activity. The grant does not require cost sharing or matching. The estimated total program funding for this grant is $10,000,000, with an award ceiling and floor of $10,000,000. The grant is open to unrestricted eligible applicants, including both U.S. and non-U.S. organizations. The purpose of this grant is to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in Armenia. The grant aims to prevent and respond to human rights violations, enhance rights protection, and address significant human rights issues in the country. These issues include torture, violence targeting LGBTQI+ persons, violations of workers' rights, child labor, trafficking in persons, and gender-based violence. The grant seeks to improve the legal and regulatory environment for human rights protection, strengthen human rights institutions and oversight mechanisms, and enhance public demand and access to human rights protection. The grant is currently in the preliminary stage, and a Sources Sought Notice (SSN) has been issued to conduct market research and determine the level of interest from capable organizations to support USAID/Armenia in implementing the Promoting Human Rights in Armenia activity. The SSN is not an actual application or funding opportunity, but rather a solicitation of interest for USAID's information and planning purposes. Interested organizations are requested to submit the requested information in the Sources Sought Notice Response Form. The closing date and time for the SSN is December 8, 2023, 15:00 Yerevan Time. Responses should be submitted electronically to yerevanaidaao@usaid.gov and copied to nsarkisian@usaid.gov with the subject "Sources Sought Notice: No. 72011124RFI00001, Promoting Human Rights in Armenia Activity". The release of this SSN does not constitute a commitment by the U.S. Government, and USAID is not responsible for any costs incurred in responding to the SSN. Overall, this federal grant opportunity aims to support the promotion and protection of human rights in Armenia by addressing existing challenges and improving the legal framework, institutional capacities, and public awareness and support for human rights.

Description

REFERENCE: 72011124RFI00001 SUBJECT: Sources Sought Notice PRELIMINARY ACTIVITY TITLE: Promoting Human Rights in Armenia Activity ISSUANCE DATE: November 21, 2023 CLOSING DATE AND TIME: December 8, 2023, 15:00, Yerevan Time To All Interested Parties: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission to Armenia is designing an activity with the preliminary title of “Promoting Human Rights in Armenia” that aims to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in Armenia by preventing, responding to human rights violations, and enhancing rights protection, as further described in Attachment 1 “Draft Activity Outline.” The purpose of the Sources Sought Notice (SSN) is to conduct market research and determine the level of interest of capable organizations to support USAID/Armenia with the implementation of the Promoting Human Rights in Armenia activity. A NOFO or solicitation is expected to be released in April 2024. The Sources Sought Notice is open for U.S. or non-U.S. organizations. No final decision regarding limiting eligibility/competition and the instrument type (acquisition or assistance) has been made. Therefore, this SSN is being posted on both grants.gov and www.sam.gov. This SSN is not an actual application, bid, or proposal solicitation or funding opportunity. Instead, it is a solicitation of interest issued solely for USAID’s information and planning purposes. Do not submit applications/proposals at this time. Only the information that is requested in Attachment 2, “Sources Sought Notice Response Form” will be reviewed. Responses will be treated as confidential. USAID is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of any information, answer questions, provide feedback to respondents, or revise the structure and concept of the activity. Any information submitted in response to this notice is voluntary. Not responding to this SSN does not preclude participation in any future solicitation or funding opportunity. Similarly, responding to this SSN will not give any added weight to an organization responding to a future solicitation or funding opportunity. Please note that release of this SSN is not construed as a commitment by the U.S. Government. USAID is not responsible for any costs incurred in responding to this SSN. Responses received may be used for planning and design purposes. All comments and submissions must be in English and must be submitted electronically to the following email addresses: yerevanaidaao@usaid.gov and copied to nsarkisian@usaid.gov with the subject “Sources Sought Notice: No. 72011124RFI00001, Promoting Human Rights in Armenia Activity” no later than the date and time stated above. Thank you for your interest in USAID/Armenia’s programs and we look forward to your responses. Sincerely, Sascha Kemper Regional Contracting/Agreement Officer Attachments: 1. Draft Activity Outline 2. Sources Sought Notice Response Form Attachment 1 - Draft Activity Outline Preliminary Activity Title: Promoting Human Rights in Armenia Activity Purpose: Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in Armenia by preventing, responding to human rights violations, and enhancing rights protection. Period of Performance: TBD - up to five years Anticipated Funding: USD 10 million Instrument Type: To be determined Anticipated Number of Awards: One award Background and Problem Statement: According to the State Department’s 2022 Human Rights Report, significant human rights issues remain in Armenia. Most common rights violations in the country include credible reports of torture by the members of law enforcement bodies; crimes involving violence or threats of violence targeting LGBTQI+ persons; violations of workers’ rights; child labor; trafficking in persons; and gender-based violence. According to the assessment of civil society organizations and human rights defenders, the legal and regulatory environment for human rights protection is imperfect in Armenia with gaps remaining in legislation and many relevant laws lacking mechanisms for application and enforcement. The monitoring, identification, and protection mechanisms that should uphold human rights are further considered to fall short of being effective and comprehensive. Simultaneously, marginalized groups have limited access to human rights protection due to the low public awareness and support for human rights as well as incoherent adherence to human rights norms and legislation. Human rights protection bodies further require bolstered technical capacities, systems, and practices to be able to effectively safeguard the protection of human rights. USAID/Armenia is currently designing a stand alone human rights program to address these development challenges. Relationship to USAID/Armenia Strategy and Government of Armenia Priorities: The Activity will contribute to USAID/Armenia’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy Objective 1: Democratic Transition Advanced. The Activity aligns with the Government of Armenia priorities as stated in the 2021-2026 government program and the draft 2023-2025 National Human Rights Action Plan. Theory of Change: IF the legal and regulatory environment for human rights protection is improved; and IF the human rights institutions and oversight mechanisms are strengthened; and IF the public demand and access to rights protection are improved; THEN human rights will be better protected and rights violations will be better prevented and remedied. Goals, Components, and Expected Results: Goal: Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in Armenia by preventing, responding to human rights violations, and enhancing rights protection. Activity Components and Expected Results: Component 1: Legal and regulatory frameworks for human rights protection improved. Expected result: ● The legal and regulatory environment for human rights protection, including for labor rights protection and anti-discrimination, is improved. Component 2: Human rights institutions and oversight mechanisms strengthened. Expected results: ● Human Rights Defender’s Office’s (HRDO) technical capacities, systems, and processes to promote and protect human rights are improved ● Institutional capacities of select rights enforcement bodies are strengthened ● Monitoring, prevention, and response mechanisms to human rights violations, including torture, trafficking in persons, child labor, and gross violations for human rights; are enhanced. Component 3: Public demand and access to human rights protection improved. Expected results: ● Human rights defenders’ advocacy for rights protection is bolstered ● Adherence to human rights norms and legislation is improved through strategic litigation and advocacy efforts ● Platforms/mechanisms for evidence-based civic oversight of human rights protection bodies, including HRDO, are strengthened ● Public awareness and support for human rights is enhanced. Attachment 2 - Sources Sought Notice Response Form I. General Information (not to exceed 1 page): Name of Organization: _______________________________________________ UEI Number (if any): _________________________________________ Type of Organization: ____ US Organization, Large Business, For Profit ____ US Organization, Small Business, For Profit ____ US Organization, Not-for-Profit ____ Armenian Organization, For Profit ____ Armenian Organization, Not-for-Profit ____ Other - Please indicate: _________________________________ Do you have an active SAM registration? _____________________ Contact Person: Name: _______________________________________________ Position Title: _______________________________________________ Email Address: _______________________________________________ II. Organization’s Interest, Capacity, Capability, and Past Performance (not to exceed 2 pages): 1. Provide a brief statement of interest indicating the role your organization envisions in a potential USAID activity to support implementation of the Promoting Human Rights in Armenia activity. 2. Describe your organization’s capacity, knowledge, and experience to perform the aspects of the activity described above. If it does not include all aspects, which focus areas does your organization possess capability to perform? 3. Describe your organizations’ capacity, experience, and methods demonstrating capability to achieve the expected results and activity goals. 4. Provide up to 3 past performance information with brief descriptions from projects your organization has implemented that had the same or similar focus as the planned activity, particularly focusing on components 2 and 1.

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