About the KEA-EAA IDIQ
Managing one of the largest USAID regional portfolios, the USAID Kenya and East Africa (USAID/KEA) Mission is supporting the regional and country-level partners and stakeholders in the Journey to Self-Reliance. Projects and activities within the USAID/KEA portfolio cut across sectors and coalesce around the vision of an integrated, prosperous, and resilient East Africa.
The Kenya and East Africa Evaluations, Assessments, and Analyses (KEA EAA) Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract presents an opportunity for the USAID/KEA Mission, its implementing partners (IP), and key local stakeholders to take stock of the ongoing activities through evaluation and analytical support services.
Learning from the evaluations, assessments, and analyses can inform adaptive management of ongoing activities and design of new activities and projects based on evidence, ensure responsiveness to local needs, as well as inform overall policy and strategy at the Mission level.
LINC leads an exemplary consortium of strategic international and local partners with proven, complementary evaluation and learning capabilities across the program cycle and past performance across the KEA countries. Our strategic partners include Advantech Consulting Ltd. (Advantech), The Cloudburst Group (Cloudburst), and ICF Macro (ICF). Additionally, the University of Nairobi Enterprise and Services LTD (UNES) is a much-valued resource partner.
The KEA-EAA IDIQ mechanism was awarded in 2020 with a five-year buy in period, and its implementation is funded through task orders issued on a rolling basis.
Local Organization Market Research
LINC is undertaking a “Local Organization Market Research” activity for USAID/KEA’s Office of Economic Growth and Integration (OEGI). The activity is being conducted throughout 2021, assessing hundreds of local organizations working in the KEA region.
The purpose of the activity is to provide USAID with an understanding of the landscape of local organizations able to work directly with them. This includes the identification and assessment of 200 organizations working in agriculture, nutrition, resilience, WASH, and energy. In addition, LINC is providing recommendations to USAID on how to best engage local organizations, and more broadly, activate Kenya’s local organization ecosystem.
This task order assignment is expected to be completed in September 2021.
Assessing and Informing Teleworking Practices for USAID/KEA
USAID/Kenya and East Africa transitioned to full-time teleworking in March 2020 in response to COVID-19. As the pandemic continues, the Mission is interested to explore and better understand its teleworking practices and expectations.
Through this assessment, LINC and its partner, The Cloudburst Group, will review the past year and a half of telework, determine lessons learned, and provide actionable recommendations to support the Mission with ensuring and increasing Mission-wide efficiency and accountability.
The Assessment will be completed by early 2022.
Kenya AVCD Program Performance Evaluation
LINC is conducting the performance evaluation to the Kenya Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) Program.
The Kenya Feed the Future (FTF) AVCD Program activity is a five year World Bank buy-in field-support Grant to a consortium of Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Centers led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The FTF-AVCD Program harnesses the technologies and innovations within the CGIAR to contribute to the development objectives of the USAID Cooperation Strategies for Kenya.
The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the activity design and implementation to inform the design of future activities which harness agricultural technology and innovations within the CGIAR and other research organizations. The evaluation aims to capture lessons learned to improve impact of future agricultural technology and innovation activities, inform and improve policies, and strengthen the design of future activities.
The Evaluation is being conducted by LINC and its consortium partner ICF Macro (ICF).