WASHINGTON: The USAID Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina released a scope of work notice this week for an agency to assist in the creation of a series of monthly public awareness campaigns in the country.
The organization is not seeking proposals or quotes at this time; the pre-solicitation notice is for informational purposes and to alert interested organizations about the upcoming opportunity, according to USAID.
The account work would last nine months beginning in April 2014, according to the document, and total budgeted activities would not exceed $125,000. The budget should also include a line item setting aside $45,000 for a local venue for a children's event.
Each month, the campaign would feature a theme to maximize awareness of the challenges facing the country and to promote change in the region. It would also highlight USAID's efforts to help Bosnia and Herzegovina. The southeastern European country emerged from the former Yugoslavia and the bloody civil war that took place there in the 1990s.
The mission is asking interested firms to propose a plan to raise public awareness “and a propensity for public action” through the themes, such as cultural diversity and LGBT rights in May and youth entrepreneurship in November. The winning agency would design each month's initiative from April through November.
Proposals, in written form and no more than 10 pages in length, must be submitted by March 3. The selection committee will hear oral presentations on March 7 and the successful bidder will be chosen three days later, with preparation for April's theme to begin immediately after the contract is signed, according to the document
Required agency experience includes proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in English and Bosnian.
USAID's goal in the country is to create “a more stable country closer to Euro-Atlantic integration” by reinforcing two pillars: democracy and governance and economic growth. The organization's operating year budget is $34 million.
A USAID representative declined to comment on the pre-solicitation.