Better preparing Lower Mekong youth for the 21st century workforce

Request for Information (RFI):
Better preparing Lower Mekong youth for the 21st century workforceReference Number:
72048618RFI00013Release Date:
September 28, 2018Response Due Date:October 24, 2018The United States Agency for International Development, Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID/RDMA)

is in the process of gathering information to support anticipated project design in support of the U. S. Government’s efforts to strengthen higher education in the Lower Mekong so as to better prepare students to join the 21st century workforce in high growth sectors.This Request for Information (RFI) offers the opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to provide recommendations on how to best equip post-secondary students with the skills required by employers in the five Lower Mekong countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam).

BackgroundThe technological revolution demands advanced technical skill sets, and greater need for the soft skills that will enable employees to adapt, analyze, learn quickly, and collaborate across cultures.

Since 2014, in support of the Lower Mekong Initiative, USAID has been partnering with U. S. companies and universities to bring cutting edge educational approaches and technologies to the Lower Mekong countries to improve workforce capacity.

Through key U. S. and local partners, USAID has been supporting a network of universities and vocational colleges across the five Lower Mekong countries to transform their educational systems to better equip students with 21st century workplace skills.Requested Action:
Please note USAID is not seeking technical or cost proposals/applications at this time.

Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the U. S. Government to form a binding contract/assistance award.

Responses to this RFI are voluntary and USAID will not pay respondents for any information provided in response to this RFI.

If a future solicitation is issued, it will be announced on the Federal Business Opportunities website at or at at a later date.Instructions for Submitting Responses/Comments:Please refer to the attached to send response to this RFI via email to Karittha Jenchiewchan at with a copy to Nalinee Wichetthumsak at by the date and time indicated above with the title “RFI 72048618R00013 Better preparing Lower Mekong youth for the 21st century workforce”.

Responses should not exceed five pages.

Respondents may also include self/organization information including past experiences working in this subject area, experience working with other stakeholders, or capacity information.

You will only receive an electronic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your response, but will not receive individualized feedback on any suggestions.

Related Programs

USAID Foreign Assistance for Programs Overseas

Agency for International Development

Agency: Agency for International Development

Office: Thailand USAID-Bangkok

Estimated Funding: $6,900,000

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Eligible Applicants: Applications for funds will be accepted from public agencies and non-profit organizations, including state and local workforce investment boards and faith- based and neighborhood partnerships, that are determined to have familiarity with the area and population to be served and can administer an effective program, under WIA section 168(a) (2).

Eligible applicants generally fall into one of the following categories: State and local Workforce Investment Boards (SWIBs), established under Sections 111 and 117 of the Workforce Investment Act.

Public agencies, meaning any public agency of a State or of a general purpose political subdivision of a State that has the power to levy taxes and spend funds, as well as general corporate and police powers.

(This typically refers to cities and counties.) A State agency may propose in its application to serve one or more of the jurisdictions located in its State.

This does not preclude a city or county agency from submitting an application to serve its own jurisdiction.

Non-profit organizations (including faith-based and neighborhood partnerships).

If claiming 501(c) (3) status, the Internal Revenue Service statement indicating 501(c) (3) status approval must be submitted.

Applicants for VWIP must satisfy a “responsibility review” that demonstrates an ability to administer Federal funds.

See 20 CFR 667.170.

Other eligible applicants include joint labor-management training programs, representatives from local governments, conservation corps, community colleges, and small businesses.

Entities described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities are not eligible to receive funds under this announcement because Section 18 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, Public Law No.

104-65, 109 Stat.

691, prohibits the award of Federal funds to these entities.

In accordance with 29 CFR Part 98, entities that are debarred or suspended shall be excluded from Federal financial assistance and are ineligible to receive a VWIP grant.

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