The Kaizen Company, LLC (hereinafter “Kaizen”), under the U.S. Agency for International Development Prime Contract No. AID-OAA-C-15-00011 for the Securing Water for Food: Technical Assistance Facility (hereinafter “SWFF TA Facility”) project, is pleased to issue request for proposals (RFP) No. SOL-KZN-15-00003 for the provision of technical assistance services.
The Securing Water for Food (SWFF) Technical Assistance (TA) Facility is a 4-year (one base year, 3 option years) contract funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by The Kaizen Company, LLC (Kaizen).
Through the SWFF TA Facility, Kaizen leads a consortium of organizations to source and accelerate technological and business model innovations that will enable the production of more food with less water and/or make more water available for food production, processing, and distribution. As an incubator for water innovations, the SWFF TA Facility is implementing milestone-based funding, providing acceleration services, and ensuring financial, contractual, and reporting compliance of Awardees who are receiving support under the Securing Water for Food: Grand Challenge for Development grant activity.
The consortium’s multifaceted support includes a flexible service to meet the needs of these Awardees by synthesizing expertise and resources from a diverse network of private sector innovation support organizations. Kaizen supports Awardees to realize the full potential of their innovations through needs-based technical assistance, commercialization/scaling advisory services, financial management, monitoring and evaluation assistance, and partnerships/network building. Further information on current SWFF Awardees is available here.
Within this framework, Kaizen seeks to establish Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) with multiple vendors, including organizations and independent contractors, to provide technical assistance services to Awardees under the Securing Water for Food: Grand Challenge for Development grant activity. The ceiling price of each BPA will be approximately $375,000. Call Orders issued under each BPA will be Firm Fixed Price Orders with an anticipated order value of $3,000 - $30,000, and a total of up to $1,000,000 in call orders will be issued.
Kaizen seeks to establish BPAs with a broad range of suppliers who are able to address the current anticipated technical assistance requirements of the above-referenced SWFF Awardees. The assistance requirements are divided into 19 technical assistance service categories:
1. Business Development 2. Business Mentorship 3. Business Modeling 4. Gender Assessments / Considerations 5. Graphic Design, Branding, and Website Development 6. Human Resources Management 7. Legal Services 8. Market Research and Market Analysis 9. Materials Science 10. Media Training and Presentation Coaching 11. Organizational Capacity Building 12. Partner Identification and Partnerships 13. Policy and Advocacy 14. Product Development, Refinement, and Diversification 15. Public Relations and Communication 16. Smallholder Farmer Marketing and Sales 17. Supply Chain Development 18. Technical Writing and Scope of Work Development 19. Travel Services (Conferences/Investor Workshops/Meetings)
All questions and proposal responses in connection with this solicitation shall be submitted through the online solicitation platform. Similarly, all responses to questions and solicitation amendments will be posted to Offerors through this online solicitation platform.
This solicitation does not obligate Kaizen to execute a BPA or issue any Call Orders, nor does it commit Kaizen to pay for any costs incurred in the preparation and submission of proposals. Furthermore, Kaizen reserves the right to reject any and all offers, if such action is considered to be in the best interests of Kaizen.