USAID Caring for Vulnerable Children (Ethiopia OVC Activity)

Funding Agency:
US Agency for International Development

Under this activity, USAID/Ethiopia seeks to improve health and well-being outcomes for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in selected priority areas, categorized as “scale-up to saturation”1 and “aggressive scale-up”2 woredas in Ethiopia by enabling more OVC to utilize services for improving HIV/AIDS care, health, nutrition, economic security, education, protection, and psychosocial well-being. This activity is funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Programmatic focus and/or locations for implementation of OVC interventions may shift during the course of implementation due to improved HIV epidemiological data availability.

PEPFAR’s primary targeted beneficiaries include “children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS, who are otherwise infected or affected by the disease; live in areas of high HIV prevalence and may be vulnerable to the disease or its socioeconomic effects.”

Under this activity, USAID seeks to enable a minimum of 302,352 HIV-impacted OVC3 to access comprehensive HIV/AIDS related and other services for improving health, nutrition, education, protection, livelihoods and psychosocial well-being. In order to achieve this purpose, the activity will ensure that Government of Ethiopia (GOE) structures at the national level and within 124 scaleup to saturation and aggressive scale-up woredas have the capacity to facilitate high quality services. The activity will also ensure that 171,238 parents and caregivers have the capacity to access services and ensure that high quality, developmentally appropriate services are available to orphans and vulnerable children in 124 scale-up to saturation and aggressive scale-up woredas. Finally, the activity will make certain that high-quality services are also available to "hard-to-reach" orphans and vulnerable children, particularly children living on the streets and the children of sex workers. Moreover, gender considerations are of critical importance to this activity, and activity design must ensure that differences affecting girls’ and women’s effective utilization of services are addressed in activity planning and implementation.

Applicants can only submit one (1) application.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: November 16, 2016
  • Sponsor Deadline: December 15, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

There are no restrictions on eligibility for this solicitation. Qualified applicants may be any U.S. or non-U.S. organization, individual, non-profit, or for-profit entity. Faith-based and community organizations that fit the criteria above are also eligible to apply. In support of the Agency’s interest in fostering a larger assistance base and expanding the number and sustainability of development partners, USAID encourages applications from potential new partners.



Amount Description

Subject to funding availability, USAID/Ethiopia intends to provide $49.8 million in total USAID funding for the life of the activity. USAID/Ethiopia intends to award one (1) Cooperative Agreement pursuant to this RFA. However, this amount may be adjusted at the discretion of USAID/Ethiopia based on the circumstances. USAID/Ethiopia reserves the right to fund any one or none of the applications submitted.

Funding Type





International Opportunities
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

November 16, 2016

External Deadline

December 15, 2016