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Ask a USAID Contracting Officer: Q&A with Justin DiVenanzo

Justin DiVenanzo is Director of the Office of Acquisitions and Assistance and Supervisory Contracting Officer with USAID/Rwanda. He joined USAID in 2010 and has served in Liberia, Pakistan, South Africa, and on the Power Africa Initiative during its expansion. He recently shared guidance for implementing partners on LinkedIn that was received with great enthusiasm among members of the partner community. We spoke with him to further understand the context of this guidance and to gather more insights from his extensive experience as a USAID Contracting Officer. 
Jan 12, 2022
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5 Ways to Make Your Partner Directory Profile Stand Out—and Why It Matters

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. That wisdom holds true for the Partner Directory too. Your Partner Directory profile may be the first glimpse that USAID—or a potential “prime” or “sub” partner—has of your organization. You will want to make sure that it reflects key aspects of your organization and its work.
Jan 5, 2022
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Four Steps to Tracking Your Progress

You have received an award from USAID—congratulations! Now you will need to develop a monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) plan that outlines how you will assess progress, make decisions, and identify activity adjustments as well as solutions to challenges throughout the life cycle of your award.
Dec 29, 2021
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Partnering with USAID? You Need to Know about NICRA

Many USAID partners do not realize that they can get reimbursed for indirect costs associated with their awards. The U.S. Government uses the Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (NICRA) to reimburse expenses that cannot be clearly identified under a contract or grant—office space rental, utilities, and clerical and managerial staff salaries, for example.
Dec 22, 2021
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10 Steps to Take after Completing the Pre-Engagement Assessment

You’ve registered in the Partner Directory and taken the Pre-Engagement Assessment for your organization. You may be wondering, what’s next? Now that you are equipped with knowledge about your own readiness to partner with USAID, consider taking some or all of the actions listed below to move your organization along the path to partnership. Remember, USAID partners with thousands of organizations each year and is eager to work with you.
Dec 14, 2021
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Prizes and Challenges Open Agency’s Doors for New and Local Partners

What would development look like if solutions to persistent and complex problems were sourced and delivered from the ground up? To see the potential of this approach, just look to USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, where the Exploratory Programs and Innovation Competitions (EPIC) team casts a wide net to incentivize, find, nurture, and fund development innovations through Agency competitions, tapping into out-of-the-box solutions from a host of new, nontraditional, and local partners.
Nov 23, 2021
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Partnering with the Private Sector for Greater Development Impact, Scale, and Sustainability

Today, the world faces an enormous annual gap of $2.5 trillion to finance global development goals and this gap cannot be made up by foreign assistance alone. In fact, an estimated 90 percent of global financial flows to emerging economies come from private, not public, investment. To achieve a greater development impact, it will be essential to engage and collaborate with the private sector to drive sustainable growth, create jobs, and advance opportunities that improve lives and build resilience worldwide. 
Nov 10, 2021
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Three Keys When Responding to USAID Solicitations

A primary goal of USAID's New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) is to capitalize on good ideas, and the NPI team is working to make it easier for partners to present them to the Agency and apply for funding. In order to streamline the process, under NPI awards, applicants submit a three- to five-page “concept note” detailing the scope of the proposed concept and responding to questions in the solicitation. USAID uses these responses and the evaluation criteria outlined in solicitations in the selection process.
Oct 28, 2021
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Moving Past the Fear of Failure

A friend of Thomas Edison was visiting the famous inventor, who had been working for months on inventing an alkaline storage battery. At that point, Edison had tried more than 9,000 experiments, all unsuccessful. When the friend expressed sympathy at the lack of results, Edison smiled and said, “Results! Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! I know several thousand things that won’t work!"
Oct 26, 2021
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How to Engage with USAID

Want to learn more about working with USAID? Read this Q&A with Matt Johnson, USAID Industry Liaison and Communications Director for the Office of Acquisition and Assistance. He provides insights and practical advice for partners and access to important links for more information.
Oct 21, 2021