Through its donor-funded activities, ICMA has acquired a depth of experience in building effective and accountable local governments and local government associations through targeted institutional development and sustainable capacity building in more than 70 countries worldwide. Our 9,000 members, representing local government executives and urban experts, provide a pool of practitioners that offer a unique, hands-on approach to resolving complex issues faced by local governments and communities at risk in developing and transitioning countries. ICMA’s services can be accessed directly or through an IQC, IDIQ, or LWA.
USAID Indefinite Quantity Contracts (IQCs)
An indefinite quantity contract (IQC) is a funding mechanism used by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other organizations to expedite and simplify the procurement process by prequalifying contractors for specific types of assignments. USAID missions can access ICMA’s expertise and capabilities through the following IQCs.
USAID/AFGHANISTAN ENERGY AND WATER
The USAID/Afghanistan Energy and Water IQC covers a full range of design, engineering, and construction services, as well as capacity building initiatives to help promote economic growth and social development in Afghanistan by improving infrastructure and the delivery of related government services. ICMA is a member of a team headed by Perini Management Services, Inc. (PMSI), a subsidiary of Tutor Perini Corporation. Through the IQC, ICMA offers technical assistance in capacity building, advisory and policy work, commercial operations, and water supply and sanitation, building on its successful projects in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The third team member is AECOM of Los Angeles, California, which provides architect/engineering services. For further information, contact David Grossman at ICMA.
Encouraging Global Anticorruption and Good Governance Effort (ENGAGE)
The ENGAGE IQC provides a wide array of support services encompassing short- and long-term technical assistance and other support in innovative anti-corruption, transparency, integrity, and accountability program areas. ICMA participates as a member of a team headed by ARD, Inc. For further information, contact Judit Deilinger at ICMA.
USAID INDEFINITE DELIVERY/INDEFINITE QUANTITY (IDIQ) CONTRACTS
Clean Energy for Non-Critical Priority Countries
The USAID Clean Energy for Non-Critical Priority Countries IDIQ seeks to improve access to reliable and affordable clean energy, improve regulation and governance in the energy sector, demonstrate the use of innovative technologies and business models, and assist with the transition to a low carbon development trajectory—all focusing on meeting the challenge of promoting economic growth while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global climate change. The focus of this IDIQ is on countries other than the critical priority countries of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Sudan. ICMA is a member of a twelve-member consortium headed by ECODIT, a small business, which qualifies the consortium to compete for task orders reserved for small businesses.
The IDIQ addresses six energy sector themes (climate change, clean energy, energy poverty, energy sector governance, energy security, and energy sector reform). The consortium has capabilities to perform a range of key technical assistance activities, such as developing activities and strategy designs; creating enabling environments for clean energy development and energy sector reform (including legal, regulatory, and corporate governance structures and mechanisms); assisting in incorporating climate change into USAID Mission programs; increasing human resource capacity related to energy services; fostering private-sector participation and investment; facilitating innovative financing approaches (such as revolving funds, bond pools, advance market commitments, credit guarantees, and structured finance); assessing the environmental implications of energy services; and improving disaster preparations, responses and recovery in the energy sector.
The period of performance is five years, beginning December 10, 2012. Task orders may not exceed five years and may not extend beyond three years after the period of performance. For further information, contact Laura Hagg at ICMA.
Clean Energy for Critical Priority Countries
The USAID Clean Energy for Critical Priority Countries IDIQ will provide technical assistance to the energy sector in the USAID-designated critical priority countries (currently Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, South Sudan, and Yemen, subject to change). The task orders issued under the IDIQ contract will be designed to improve access to reliable and affordable clean energy; improve education, regulation, and governance in the energy sector; demonstrate the use of innovative technologies and business models; and assist with the transition to a low-carbon development trajectory.
ICMA is a member of a consortium headed by ECODIT, which was awarded one of two small-business set-asides. The period of performance is five years, beginning in 2013. For further information, contact Laura Hagg at ICMA.
USAID Leader with Associates (LWA) Agreements
ICMA has been awarded the City-to-City Partnerships Leader with Associates (LWA) and is a partner in a USAID LWA held by the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA).
The CityLinks program was awarded to ICMA by USAID for a five-year period beginning September 29, 2011. The program has a three-fold purpose, with a particular emphasis on the needs of the urban poor, especially women and children:
- To improve climate-related governance and systems in targeted urban areas
- To increase resilience of vulnerable communities in cities of Feed the Future focus countries
- To improve water supply and sanitation access in Global Health Initiative countries.
ICMA has assembled a team of partners and resource organizations with specific expertise and past performance in the identified technical areas, including climate change adaptation and mitigation, food security and nutrition, water infrastructure development and management, and creation of “pro-poor” programs and strategies.
The LWA mechanism provides USAID missions with the opportunity to tap into the resources, expertise, and commitment of ICMA’s membership of local government practitioners. These professional managers, along with their department heads and staff, can bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to bear on municipal problems. ICMA can add value in another way as well—by drawing on years of organizational experience in designing and facilitating partnerships of this kind using its time-tested CityLinks approach.
Missions can use CityLinks Associate awards to initiate a new project that addresses unmet local and regional needs—or to enhance an existing project by harnessing supplementary resources from U.S. municipalities.
For additional information about CityLinks, contact Joseph Lombardo at ICMA.
Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA)
ICMA is a partner in the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, founded in 2004 through a Leader with Associates (LWA) cooperative agreement, as a vehicle to allow USAID Economic Growth Officers to reach out to organizations providing technical experts in private, public, and NGO sector development. VEGA is the world’s largest consortium of economic growth volunteer organizations that collectively have assisted 140 developing and transitional countries by sending out more than 25,000 experts/advisers to help promote economic growth activities over the last 40 years. VEGA has a credible track record of delivering economic development programs with sustainable solutions throughout the developing world. Since its inception in 2004, USAID funding of $4 million for VEGA has resulted in global programs worth more than $140 million.
The VEGA LWA:
- The VEGA LWA has been extended until 2014.
- There is no award ceiling.
- Programs awarded under the VEGA LWA can continue for five years beyond the 2014 LWA end date.
- The VEGA LWA requires an internal competition among the member organizations, unlike other LWAs.
For further information, contact David Grossman at ICMA.