Request for Applications: Asia Resilient Cities Implementing Partner in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The Asia Resilient Cities (ARC) Project is a Cooperative Agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). ARC works to address cross-cutting urban development challenges in secondary cities in Asia by promoting sustainable urban growth; supporting resilient, low-carbon urban infrastructure; and integrating climate change and environmentally-conscious approaches. ARC is implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute Inc. (JSI), with partners BRAC, DevTech Systems, Inc., and ICF Incorporated, L.L.C. (ICF).

ARC invites organizations who are currently implementing urban development programs in Mongolia to submit Applications to become an implementing partner for the ARC project in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The implementing partner selected will support co-creating and relationship building with the city government; develop multi-sectoral work plans with the city government; and lead the country implementation activities with support from the larger ARC team.

It is anticipated that the subagreement will cover a 12-month period with a possibility of extension for another 6-12 months depending on the availability of funding. The maximum ceiling level for the 12-month period is US$ 300,000. Applications must be submitted in English.

Please ensure to read this Request for Applications (RFA) in its entirety and ensure that the Application submitted addresses all of the items listed in the RFA. Applications submitted after the submission deadline will not be considered.

The RFA consists of this announcement and the following:

Section A – Background

Section B – Application Instructions

Section C – Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Attachment 1 – Statement of Work

Attachment 2 – Past Performance Information Table Template (Excel)

Attachment 3 – Summary and Detailed Budget Template (Excel)

Attachment 4 – Budget Notes

Attachment 5 – ARC’s Learning Questions

Attachment 6 – ARC Ulaanbaatar Workshop Summary Draft Report

Attachment 7 – ARC Job Descriptions

Questions concerning this solicitation should be submitted by email to by 4 AM EST / 9 AM UTC / 5 PM UTC+8 on December 18, 2023. A list of all questions and answers will be posted to the JSI website page by December 22, 2023.

Only electronic applications (Technical and Cost) will be accepted. All Applications should be submitted by the deadline of January 3, 2024 at 4 AM EST / 9 AM UTC / 5 PM UTC+8 to Please ensure that the email subject line includes “RFA No. ARC-MNG-01”and the name of your organization.

A successful Applicant will be selected using the selection criteria included in the RFA.

Issuance of this solicitation, or the submission of an Application, does not constitute a commitment on the part of the United States Government (USG) or JSI, nor does it commit the USG or JSI to pay for costs incurred in the preparation or submission of an Application. The USG and JSI reserve the right not to fund any of the Applications received. All recommendations for funding are contingent on the approval of the USAID Agreement Officer’s Representative and Agreement Officer.

ARC Mongolia RFA

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Date Issued: December 11, 2023 12:00 am
Due Date: January 3, 2024 4:00 am