USAID E-WASH Innovation Grant Fund: Utility Technical Assistance (Nigeria)
USAID E-WASH is seeking to issue grant(s) to local non-US organizations including large youth-led and women-led organizations, business development service providers and non-governmental organizations, and tertiary institutions for the purpose of implementing scalable innovative solutions to strengthen urban WASH governance and operations.
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The E-WASH project is aimed at improving urban water service delivery by strengthening the governance, financial, and technical viability of the participating state water boards (SWBs) in Nigeria, to address gaps in urban water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services in Nigeria.
As part of the United States Government’s (USG) efforts to address gaps in urban water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services in Nigeria, USAID/Nigeria aims to improve urban water service delivery by strengthening the governance, financial and technical viability of five (5) State Water Boards (SWBs) in Abia, Delta, Imo, Niger, and Taraba States (I-STAND).
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E-WASH will work towards achieving the following mutually reinforcing objectives:
Creating professionally managed and commercially oriented SWBs;
Improving the financial and operational viability of SWBs;
Strengthening policy, institutional and regulatory frameworks for improved WASH services; and
Building national and state WASH advocacy, coordination, and communications for reform.
Award(s) will contribute to one or more of the results below
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Result 1: The targeted state water board will have improved technical infrastructure and approach that will lead to better operational and financial viability. This should include how it will improve services to the urban poor.
Result 2: The targeted utility will receive innovative support to optimize its technical operations, such as reducing the physical & commercial loss in water delivery.
Result 3: The targeted utility will improve drinking water quality to deliver safe and reliable services.
Applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements to qualify for funding under this REOI.
Be legally registered as a non us non-governmental organization or for-profit private entity and having the capacity to operate in Nigeria.
Have a physical office in Nigeria.
Have demonstrative success in the proposed area of intervention and other WASH-related solutions.
Preferred to have been active for at least 3 years’ operating within their sector and respective state.
Have three (3) or more full time or part-time staff.
Any proposed partnerships with other companies or organizations must be explicitly stated.
Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project, not acting as an intermediary/consultant.
Be willing to comply with all technical and financial requirements for participation in the program, including reporting and documentation of project activities, communication strategy and capacity development opportunities.
Be eligible to receive funded awards from the United States government.
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The application process for the E-WASH Innovation Grant will take place in two steps as described below
Stage One – Concept Note: Applicants will submit a Concept Note, following the instructions will acknowledge the submission of Concept Papers within three (3) business days. RTI will review Concept Papers against the merit review criteria. RTI will provide individual results to each applicant within 15 working days following the meeting of the Technical Evaluation Committee. Applicants who do not meet the objectives, minimum eligibility requirements or receives inadequate rating will be rejected.
Stage Two – Full Application: Successful applicants from Stage One will be invited to a Co-creation and ideation workshop, which will be facilitated by relevant technical advisors. The ideation workshop will provide successful concept note applicants with support to address weaknesses identified in their concept note and align concepts to USAID E-WASH’s objectives. A technical advisor will support the applicant in the expansion of the concept note to a program description and grant application. Applicants will submit a grant application in response to a Request for Application (RFA). Grant Applications will be evaluated based on the technical factors detailed in the RFA.
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