USADF Community Development Institutions Program: Support to USADF Partner Organizations (Burundi)
USADF is seeking applications from qualified not-for-profit organizations and for-profit firms that have the core competencies and experience needed to assist small enterprises and community-based economic interest groups in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of community-based enterprise development and expansion projects in Burundi.
USADF will award a one-year cooperative agreement grant, which may be renewable for up to five years of service depending on performance during each year of the cooperative agreement. The prospective Partner organization would be based in Bujumbura with frequent travel of key personnel in Burundi.
USADF believes that the strengthening of local development agencies is essential to promoting grassroots participation. USADF also has a corporate strategic goal to “expand local capacity to promote and support grassroots participatory development.”
Objective 1: Build self-supporting, sustainable local community development agencies that provide technical assistance and support to grassroots groups.While grassroots groups are in the best position to identify problems they encounter in improving their economic and social status, they require assistance in developing and managing activities, particularly in formulating solutions to problems, designing project budgets, work plans and other technical components, monitoring and evaluation plans, and meeting acceptable accountability standards. An important objective of USADF is to help build sustainable indigenous capacity to provide assistance in these areas to grassroots groups. To this end, USADF helps local development organizations strengthen their technical, organizational, and fiscal capacity to effectively promote grassroots economic and social development.
Results to be Achieved
As a result of the partnership with USADF, the Partner organization’s capacity of the will be enhanced in the following areas:
utilization of participatory development methodologies (PDM);
community outreach and standing;
ability to counsel and nurture indigenous organizations in the planning, development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of their activities;
acquisition of specialized knowledge and expertise in key development issues of concern in Burundi;
ability to engage local consultants and experts to provide technical assistance and training for development activities;
Specific results to be achieved through the efforts of the Partner include the following:
strong project proposals (that include sound financial analysis) that meet the Foundation’s Project funding application requirements fully developed for USADF review;
improved grantee skills and resources as measured by successful implementation of project plans, including timely completion of activities and deliverables specified in the grant agreements and evidence of re-evaluating business plans as needed;
effective implementation of projects as demonstrated by a portfolio with the majority of grantees meeting or exceeding project targets;
improved efficiency and profitability of assisted small-scale enterprises and income generating activities;
Objective 2: Establish strategic linkages with national and local governments, other donor agencies, and the local private sector to support sustainable grassroots development.
National and local governments, other donors, and the local private sector are often important stakeholders in USADF-funded activities. Applicants should discuss their ability to consult with and influence these important stakeholders.
Results to be Achieved
increased awareness by government, donors, and private sector entities of the socio-economic development opportunities at the grassroots and USADF’s role in supporting those opportunities;
increased public-private linkages in local development and appreciation by the private sector of its philanthropic role in local development and the returns to business of charitable giving, as demonstrated by an increase in funding or other support for small-scale, indigenous initiatives; and
Program CoordinatorHost country national;Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in management, business administration, agricultural economics, finance, developmental studies or other relevant field. Master’s Degree preferred. Will accept at least 10 years of relevant work experience in lieu of degree;
Knowledge of and experience working with underserved people and the design and implementation of selfhelp development activities, particularly in Burundi; five (5) or more years of work experience in project/program development, management, monitoring, evaluation, and financial analyses, related to income generation, small business development including agro business, community development or other self help development initiatives;
At least five (5) years of management experience in a role that required the ability to manage professional staff effectively and meet tight deadlines in a results-oriented organization;
A track record of working with grassroots groups to build effective and successful organizations;
Proficiency in financial analysis and business planning in support of micro and small enterprises and income generating projects;
Demonstrated experience preparing and analyzing business plans, profit/loss and cash flow analysis, and in using such instruments to make recommendations on providing assistance to enterprise development project participants;