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Oct
16
Mon
Winning USAID Grants Course @ Holiday Inn, Rosslyn Virginia USA
Oct 16 @ 9:00 am – Oct 18 @ 5:00 pm

Winning USAID Grants

$950.00 $850.00

We understand the grant solicitation requirements are a challenge, the application process lengthy and the regulations sometimes confusing. Our courses are designed to provide the tools and skills every organization needs to use on daily basis and ultimately be successful at winning a USAID grant. In this three day course we will take you through every step of the process: advanced preparation and research; identifying grant funding opportunities, analyzing solicitations; drafting technical and cost applications; and the negotiation process.

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Overview

We understand the grant solicitation requirements are a challenge, the application process lengthy and the regulations sometimes confusing. Our courses are designed to provide the tools and skills every organization needs to use on daily basis and ultimately be successful at winning a USAID grant. In this three day course we will take you through every step of the process: advanced preparation and research; identifying grant funding opportunities, analyzing solicitations; drafting technical and cost applications; and the negotiation process.

October 16-18, 2017 at Holiday Inn, Rosslyn VA
  • Early – By October 2 – $850
    Save $100
  • Regular – By October 15 – $950
  • Late – On October 16 – $1,000
    $50 Last Minute Registration Fee

Content and Objectives

  1. How do I prepare my organization in advance of a solicitation?
  2. What research can my organization accomplish in advance of a solicitation?
  3. What are the different types of grant funding opportunities (solicitations)?
  4. How do I analyze a grant solicitation?
  5. How do I prepare my organization for drafting the grant application?
  6. How do I respond to negotiation questions from USAID?

Prerequisites

Complete the on line questions when you register so we can better understand your needs. If possible, bring a lap top to access the internet for classroom assignments and a solicitation your organization is interested in submitting an application.

Registration

Course Duration – 3-days

Who Should Attend

The new business development team which may include technical, development, program, finance, contracting and administrative staff. As everyone in your organization has a role in new business development, the course is designed for the entire team.

After the Course

Most importantly–you will be able to begin drafting your first grant application knowing the necessary steps to prepare your organization in advance, what research you can accomplish, identify grant funding opportunities,  drafting the technical and cost applications and successfully completing the negotiation process.

Reviews

  1. :

    As a Logistics Manager within my Organisation funded by USAID I would like to share lessons learnt during my daily duty when performing Procurment of Lab commodities locally following as well FAR II requirement.

  2. :

    Very practical and value adding course. I recommend it to very growing organization.

  3. :

    Chris is an excellent trainer, I have learn’t a lot of insights into the process of winning USAID awards, He has a tremendous wealth of knowledge into the dynamics of winning awards, managing and implementing these awards. Thank you Chris and I hope that you will be able to come up with more trainings on other various ways of understanding the complexities of USAID.
    Sincerely
    Antonny Kavinguha

  4. :

    Very useful course that I needed especially on checking to see where the money can be found and the navigation into the various websites to identify priorities and other useful information. All the best

  5. :

    The course was very detailed and informative. But it was probably too long and some of the stuff could best be directed to senior management. AGRA as an
    institution will need to strategically utilize this information in the structuring of the Resource Mobilization Department.
    Keep up the good work.

  6. (verified owner):

    The course was very informative and detailed with specifics on how to find grants, where to find them, and gaps to avoid in order to win a USAID award. I highly recommend the course for beginners like me who are new to this area because it is a great starting point and will definitely point you in the right direction. Thanks Chris!

  7. :

    This course offers a comprehensive overview of the USAID funding mechanisms and how best to approach winning USAID grants. Chris’ extensive experience in the field with USAID provides a donor perspective that is very helpful in preparing and positioning your organization for success. His tips will definitely help our organization move forward. Thanks Chris for a great course!

  8. (verified owner):

    A good introduction to USAID proposal development with insights into “niche” markets and resources for determining funds available and priorities within the US and Host Countries.

  9. :

    The training will better equip me with skills on making USAID Grant proposals

  10. :

    This was by far one of the best training courses I have ever taken, and I used to be a trainer myself so I am very picky. He imparts information that you would have a very hard time obtaining elsewhere, and does so in a very engaging, enjoyable way. Two thumbs up!

  11. (verified owner):

    This course is excellent for beginners as well as for those who needed to refresh their skills on USAID grant. Thank you Chris for the excellent training.

  12. (verified owner):

    Our small unit has applied for a number of USAID grants and won a few, but “Winning USAID Grants” gave me new information about how to undertake research that will enable us to be strategic about submitting unsolicited concept papers rather than merely tracking RFA’s. I have already brought the valuable information gained in this course back to my colleagues, and we had a meeting to set priorities in preparation for writing concept papers. Chris is very personable and answered our many questions with both good humor and expertise. I highly recommend this course to anyone who needs to learn more about obtaining USAID funding!

  13. :

    The experience in courses and trainings in DC and international organizations shows the highly professional and down-to-earth knowledge share in Development Essentials US. USAID processes were masterly explained and real cases examples let us know the reality and proved tracks to succeed in the processes of grants/contracts application process. Tips and advices from a real expert.

  14. :

    My organization has a very specific niche, and I took this to help my organization learn how to win more funding. I had been working in business development for about a year and a half, but I still learned a lot of new things I had never been exposed to before. Chris was incredibly thorough and I can’t believe how much he covered in the three days. This is a course that will show you where and how to pursue the funding. Even after the course ended, when I had follow-up questions, Chris was very responsive and helpful.

  15. :

    The course was great in demystifying USAID funding. I feel more equipped in finding information on various sites and actually submiting applications.

  16. :

    Very practical and value adding course.

  17. :

    The experience Chris has on USAID grant management made the course to be very informative. The detailed presentations and practical examples made it a reality in navigating USAID funding. Recommended for all professionals.

  18. :

    I would highly recommend this course for anyone who is searching for USAID funding.

  19. :

    The course was very informative and the presentations well prepared. I would recommend for all professionals in grant making be it USAID or any other donors. Good work Chris.

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Oct
19
Thu
USAID Grants Policies and Procedures Course @ Holiday Inn, Rosslyn Virginia USA
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – Oct 20 @ 5:00 pm

USAID Grants Policies and Procedures Course

$750.00 $675.00

The number and complexity of U.S. Government and USAID grant administrative requirements are constantly growing and changing.  The most recent significant changes include 2 CFR 200 and 2 CFR 700 (USAID supplement) impacting all aspects for US Government and USAID grant administration.  This course is designed to provide the knowledge and practical application of USAID grant administration compliance requirements.  By mastering the requirements participants will be able to apply them to business development, application submission, grants administration, modifications/extensions, close-out and audit.  During course exercises participants will review relevant solicitations to determine how administrative requirements are being applied from application submission to grant administration and close-out.

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The number and complexity of U.S. Government and USAID grant administrative requirements are constantly growing and changing.  The most recent significant changes include 2 CFR 200 and 2 CFR 700 (USAID supplement) impacting all aspects for US Government and USAID grant administration.  This course is designed to provide the knowledge and practical application of USAID grant administration compliance requirements.  By mastering the requirements participants will be able to apply them to business development, application submission, grants administration, modifications/extensions, close-out and audit.  During course exercises participants will review relevant solicitations to determine how administrative requirements are being applied from application submission to grant administration and close-out.

October 19-20, 2017 at Holiday Inn, Rosslyn, VA
  • Early – By October 5 – $675
  • Save $75
  • Regular – By October 18 – $750
  • Late – On October 19 – $800
  • $50 Last Minute Registration Fee

Content and Objectives

  1. What are the major administrative requirements?
  2. What is the hierarchy of USAID administrative requirements?
  3. What is the choice of instrument determination: acquisition vs assistance?
  4. What are the US Government cost principles?
  5. What are the USAID standard provisions (mandatory or as applicable)?
  6. What are the audit, suspension and termination requirements?

Prerequisites

Complete the on line questions when you register so Development Essentials can better understand your needs. If possible, bring a lap top to access the internet for classroom assignments and a Request for Application.

Registration

Course Duration – 2-days

Who Should Attend

Mastering administrative compliance requirements can be useful to all staff in business development, financial management, grants management, sub-awards & sub-contracts management, audit and close-out. It is designed for staff: entry level and mid-level.

After the Course

Participants will be able to apply the knowledge to business development, financial management, grants management, sub-award & sub-contracts management, audit and close-out.

Reviews

  1. (verified owner):

    I took this course last June and it was a great one and I am very glad I did it with Development Essentials. It was a solid two-day review going through USAID grants policies and procedures. The course was very interactive with quizzes and practical cases.
    Mr. Donald is an expert in this area and what I liked most about the training is the tips and do’s/ and don’t he provided us during the course.
    I definitely recommend this course.

  2. :

    I had the opportunity to participate in this course organized in July 2017 in Nairobi. This very detailed course has allowed me to significantly strengthen and deepen my knowledge and skills in Grant Management in accordance with USAID procedures and policies. Chris is an excellent facilitator and has extensive experience on issues related to USAID procedures and policies. I highly recommend this course to any Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Country Director, Senior Finance Manager and Grant Manager from any organization involved in the USAID grants administration.

  3. :

    I had the opportunity to participate in this course organized in July 2017 in Nairobi. This very detailed course has allowed me to significantly strengthen and deepen my knowledge and skills in Grant Management in accordance with USAID procedures and policies. Chris is an excellent facilitator and has extensive experience on issues related to USAID procedures and policies. I would highly recommend this course to the COP, DPCOP, Country Directors, Senior Grant Managers and Senior Finance Officers involved in the USAID Grants administration.

  4. :

    This was a really informative course and worthwhile for people with varying levels of experience. Chris did a great job tailoring the course to be both useful for people who are new to USAID and seasoned compliance staff. I appreciate the resources he has put together for future use.

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Oct
23
Mon
Winning USAID Contracts Course @ Holiday Inn, Rosslyn Virginia USA
Oct 23 @ 9:00 am – Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm

Winning USAID Contracts Course

$950.00 $850.00

We understand the solicitation requirements are a challenge, the proposal process lengthy and the regulations sometimes confusing. Our courses are designed to provide the tools and skills every organization needs to use on daily basis and ultimately be successful at winning a USAID contract. In this three day course we will take you through every step of the process: advanced preparation and research; identifying contract funding opportunities, analyzing solicitations; drafting technical and cost proposals; and the negotiation process.

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Overview

We understand the solicitation requirements are a challenge, the proposal process lengthy and the regulations sometimes confusing. Our courses are designed to provide the tools and skills every organization needs to use on daily basis and ultimately be successful at winning a USAID contract. In this three day course we will take you through every step of the process: advanced preparation and research; identifying contract funding opportunities, analyzing solicitations; drafting technical and cost proposals; and the negotiation process.

October 23-25, 2017 at the Holiday Inn, Rosslyn Virginia USA
  • Early – By October 9 – $850
    Save $100
  • Regular – By October 22 – $950
  • Late – On October 23 – $1,000
    $50 Last Minute Registration Fee

Content and Objectives

  1. How do I prepare my organization in advance of a solicitation?
  2. What research can my organization accomplish in advance of a solicitation?
  3. What are the different types of contract funding opportunities (solicitations)?
  4. How do I analyze a contract solicitation?
  5. How do I prepare my organization for drafting the contract proposal?
  6. How do I respond to negotiation questions from USAID?

Prerequisites

Complete the on line questions when you register so we can better understand your needs. If possible, bring a lap top to access the internet for classroom assignments and a contract solicitation your organization is interested in submitting a proposal.

Registration

Course Duration – 3-days

Who Should Attend

The new business development team which may include technical, development, program, finance, contracting and administrative staff. As everyone in your organization has a role in new business development, the course is designed for the entire team.

After the Course

Most importantly–you will be able to begin drafting your first contract proposal knowing the necessary steps to prepare your organization in advance, what research you can accomplish, identify contract funding opportunities,  drafting the technical and cost proposals and successfully completing the negotiation process.

Reviews

  1. :

    First thank you very much for your kind consideration to support and helping me to get this valuable training with out any payment. Then in the five days training my expectation is I get a lot of knowledge and skills to win USAID Grant. I wish good time for you and hopefully we will see Development Essentials one of the vibrant organization.
    Thank you very much.

  2. :

    Very insightful. Other trainings on proposal writing are often from the point of view of the bidder, this was unique because it was from the point of view of a former USAID contracting officer. It was extremely useful to get tips on how to best communicate with USAID and understand expectations as well as to get a review of market intelligence resources and relevant regulations.

  3. (verified owner):

    Very thorough and engaging overview of the USAID contracting process. Helpful information and guidance about USAID presented in a low-stress environment. Easy for attendees to participate, ask questions, and get information needed about the Agency and its requirements. Well worth the money.

  4. :

    The USAID Winning Contracts Course was extremely helpful for myself and colleague. As a small business trying to enter into USAID for the first time the overview was extensive and provided us with excellent insights on how to start our engagement process. Chris was extremely professional, well spoken, and extremely well organized throughout the three-day workshop. Along with that, providing us with the full powerpoint presentation as a resource for us to continue to utilize moving forward will be beyond helpful. Overall I would suggest this course to anyone who would like to learn more about the inner workings of USAID Contracts and how to successfully secure them in the future.

  5. :

    This course was very useful for a small business trying to enter the USAID market. The most valuable items were discussions on costing and the proposal process. As an organization who mainly works with the UN it was valuable to learn how USAID works from an insider and get some of the tips. Chris did a great job keeping the class involved and sharing his experiences with USAID.

  6. :

    Chris is highly knowledgeable and a great presenter. We had participants from all over the world and with varying skills in business development, and he was able to engage the entire group and make it interesting and informative for everyone. He provided useful tips for communicating with USAID, and added to my depth of understanding of USAID’s side of the solicitation process.

  7. :

    The course was very thorough and useful. It covered every aspect and section of the submission process. While the focus was contracts, Chris very helpfully pointed out the similarities and differences with grants where appropriate.

  8. (verified owner):

    Chris has the unique perspective of having facilitated proposal review teams from the inside. That insight and knowledge, as well as his real-world experience and expertise, was apparent throughout his course, along with Chris’ passion for development work. The course outline and materials are methodically laid out and comprehensive. I took a similar course from another training provider, but felt Chris’ course provided me the real insights to be competitive.

  9. (verified owner):

    This course is very useful not only for small businesses but for anyone who is trying to learn the unique way USAID works. I was most intrigued by all the business development aspects and possibilities of the process. Great course, I took away a lot, and it definitely assisted me and my organization to review our strategy with USAID.

  10. :

    Chris was incredibly knowledgeable about USAID as well as government contracting in general. Easy going class where questions are welcome and answered thoroughly. This is a great class for anyone currently working in USAID or is looking to get into it.

  11. :

    Overall this course great and powerful. The handbook is full of information for non profit and for profit, for great and small organizations. The instructor is very knowledgeable and full of experience. At the end of the course I really feel ready to negotiate and win a contract with USAID, I understood the culture, the language and how to approach USAID officers.

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Oct
26
Thu
USAID Contracts Compliance for Success @ Holiday Inn, Rosslyn Virginia USA
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm

USAID Contracts Compliance for Success

$750.00 $675.00

The solicitation requirements can sometimes a challenge, the proposal process lengthy and the regulations sometimes confusing.  This course is designed to provide the tools and skills every organization needs to use on daily basis to ultimately be successful at winning a USAID contract. In the two-day course every step of the process will be covered:  advanced preparations and research, identifying funding opportunities, analyzing solicitations, drafting technical and cost proposals, and the U.S. Government negotiation process.

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Overview

The FAR and AIDAR clauses in the awarded contract are sources of major compliance requirements effecting project implementation, financial management, audit and close-out.  These requirements vary by contract type and can affect an organization’s policies and procedures, proposal preparation, contract administration, monitoring and reporting, contractor accounting system, billing and invoicing, procurement and subcontracting, human resources and property management.  The course explains the most common used FAR and AIDAR contract clauses, under what circumstances they are applicable and how to comply with the requirements of the clauses. The course also informs participants how to review and develop sound organizational and contract project policies and procedures.

October 26-27, 2017 at Holiday Inn, Rosslyn Virginia USA
  • Early – By October 12 – $675
  • Save $75
  • Regular – By October 25 – $750
  • Late – On October 26 – $800
  • $50 Last Minute Registration Fee

Content and Objectives

  1. When are the different compliance requirements by type of contract?
  2. What are the key project administration requirements (clauses)?
  3. What are the key components of the contractor accounting system?
  4. What are the USG procurement and subaward requirements?
  5. What are the personnel, (salary, fringe and allowance) requirements (clauses)?
  6. What are property management requirements?

Prerequisites

Complete the on line questions when you register.  If possible, bring an Request for Proposal and lap top to access the internet for classroom assignments.

Registration

Course Duration – 2-days

Who Should Attend

Technical, program, finance, contracting and administrative staff who are involved in business development, contract administration, project management, financial management, audit and close-out.

After the Course

Most importantly–you will be able to research and interpret key FAR and AIDAR contract clauses.  Second, you will know how FAR and AIDAR clauses impact proposal development, contract administration/project management, extension, audit and close-out.

Note:  the registration questions remain unchanged.  Same as other courses.

Reviews

  1. :

    The course is full of helpful resources. The instructor Is highly experienced in USAID contracts, and is capable of addressing all questions.
    The course is presented in an interactive manner, which makes it an interesting learning experience.

  2. :

    I attended a training by Chris in Nairobi in July 2017 and Chris came across as very knowledgeable on USAID rules and regulations on contract management. He breaks down and articulates the regulations so well. He is also up-to date on new regulations. I highly recommend this course for both Finance, and non-financial personnel.

  3. :

    It is quite rare to get an opportunity to engage such a seasoned Contracting Officer. The course captures and articulates all the critical aspects of contract management from solicitation to close out. One can not over emphasis the value that this course offers especially given the increased inclination towards contracts as the preferred procurement mechanism. The interactions/ questions and live examples will strengthen one’s clarity with regards to Contracts management. I would absolutely encourage any practitioner to attend this course for greater compliance.

  4. :

    The course is very helpful and has enabled my understanding on the application of the FAR and AIDAR clauses in the awarded contract which are major compliance requirements effecting project implementation, financial management, audit and close-out. The instructor is highly experienced and the course materials are very relevant to the course. The learning experience was fun because of the relevant experiences and interactive discussions we had.

  5. (verified owner):

    I had the opportunity to participate in this course organized in July 2017 in Nairobi. This highly detailed course has allowed me to significantly strengthen and deepen my knowledge and skills on contract management processes in accordance with USAID procedures and policies. The training methods used by Chris are essentially based on practical cases studies. In summary Chris is an excellent facilitator and has extensive experience on matters related to USAID contract procedures and policies. I highly recommend this course to any Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, Country Directors, Senior Finance and Administration Officer, and Awards Manager from any organizations involved in the administration of USAID contracts.

  6. (verified owner):

    I had the opportunity to participate in this course organized in July 2017 in Nairobi. This highly detailed course has allowed me to significantly strengthen and deepen my knowledge and skills on contract management processes in accordance with USAID procedures and policies. The training methods used by Chris are mainly based on practical cases studies. In summary, Chris is an excellent facilitator and has extensive experience on matters related to USAID contract procedures and policies. I highly recommend this course to any Chief of party, Deputy Chief of Party, Country Directors, Senior Finance Officer, and Award Manager from any development organization involved in the administration of USAID contracts.

  7. (verified owner):

    I had the opportunity to participate in the course organized in July 2017 in Nairobi. This highly detailed course has allowed me to significantly strengthen and deepen my knowledge and skills on contract management processes in accordance with USAID procedures and policies. The training methods used by Chris are mainly based on practical cases studies. In summary, Chris is an excellent facilitator and has extensive experience on matters related to USAID contract procedures and policies. I highly recommend this course to any Chief of party, Deputy Chief of Party, Country Directors, Senior Finance Officer, and Award Manager from any development organization involved in the administration of USAID contracts.

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