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November 17, 2021

RE-SOLICITATION NUMBER: 72065620R00015 (0002)
ISSUANCE DATE: 11/17/2021
CLOSING DATE/TIME: 12/01/2021 – 5:30PM Maputo Time

SUBJECT: Re-Solicitation for U.S. Personal Service Contractor (USPSC) – Senior Health Commodities Advisor

Dear Prospective Offerors:

The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking offers from qualified persons to provide personal services under contract as described in this solicitation.

September 7, 2021

In rural Mozambique, children often have little to no exposure to books prior to entering school.  If they have books, they are rarely in their mother tongue. For these children, learning to read is often an enormous challenge.

However, unlike most rural Mozambican children who are only exposed to books in Portuguese — a language fewer than 10% of children speak when they start school  — João Manuel, age 6, had access to supplementary reading materials which included story books in his mother tongue, Emakhua. He is now learning to read in a language he can speak and understand.

September 7, 2021

In Mozambique, as in most parts of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic upended the education system. Schools were shuttered for over a year and access to quality remote learning opportunities was extremely limited for most Mozambican children. Teachers also faced challenges in maintaining their skills, as they were restricted from gathering for professional development activities such as trainings, joint planning sessions, practice lessons, or peer coaching on classroom strategies for familiar or COVID-related challenges in the classroom.

September 7, 2021

When U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) COVID-19 relief funding for personal protective equipment (PPE) first became available in April 2020, schools in Mozambique were still not open due to necessary health restrictions.  But teams at DOD and USAID knew that supplies like these would be essential for schools to reopen safely.  DOD had the funding; USAID had the contacts. They decided to join forces in preparation for when children were back in the classroom.

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Last updated: November 21, 2021

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