IQCs and IDIQs
ECODIT provides professional services across various sectors to government agencies, private firms, community-based organizations (CBOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and bi-lateral and multi-lateral donor agencies around the world. Potential public or private sector clients can contract ECODIT directly for our services. In Lebanon, the Council for Development and Reconstruction has prequalified ECODIT's sister company, ECODIT Liban, to conduct environmental studies. USAID bureaus, offices, and overseas missions can contract with ECODIT directly or through one of the USAID contracting mechanisms held by ECODIT as a prime contractor or a subcontractor.
Indefinite Quantity Contracts (IQCs) and Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contracts (IDIQs) are quick and efficient contracting mechanisms for federal agencies to procure specific services from pre-qualified firms or consortia of firms. ECODIT can offer technical assistance services to USAID bureaus, offices, and overseas missions under the following IQCs and IDIQs:
ECODIT AS PRIME CONTRACTOR (SMALL BUSINESS SET ASIDE)
Clean Energy IDIQ and Clean Energy IDIQ for Critical Priority Countries (CPCs)
ECODIT is the only small business to hold both the Clean Energy IDIQ for Non-Critical Priority Countries (non-CPCs), known as the Clean Energy IDIQ, and the Clean Energy IDIQ for CPCs, which may be used by USAID Bureaus and Missions to improve access to reliable and affordable clean energy; improve regulation and governance in the energy sector; demonstrate the use of innovative and efficient technologies and business models; and assist developing, conflict, and post-conflict countries to transition to a low-carbon trajectory.
The Clean Energy IDIQ has an overall ceiling price of $350 million, and the Clean Energy IDIQ for CPCs Contract has an overall ceiling price of $400 million. The following countries are currently designated as CPCs: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen. Task Orders (TOs) issued under either IDIQ may be either Firm Fixed-Price (FFP) or Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee (CPFF, term or completion). The Clean Energy IDIQ has a five-year ordering period ending in December 2017, and the Clean Energy IDIQ for CPCs has a five-year ordering period ending in April 2018.
Clean Energy IDIQs Scope of Work
The Clean Energy IDIQ and the Clean Energy IDIQ for CPCs have similar Scopes of Work, which encompass six key themes:
- Clean Energy
- Climate Change
- Energy Poverty
- Energy Sector Governance
- Energy Security
- Energy Sector Reform
Activities under these six key themes include:
- Developing strategies and activity designs for projects and programs related to energy development and global climate change;
- Creating enabling environments for clean energy development and energy sector reform, including the legal, regulatory (including environmental regulation and enforcement), sector and corporate governance arrangements, as well as key public sector financing mechanisms, such as subsidies, revolving funds, public budgeting and financial management arrangements, feed-in tariffs, and specialized banks and lending windows;
- Incorporating climate change into Mission programs, including support for development and implementation of Low Emissions Development Strategies;
- Increasing human resources and institutional capacity to provide energy services. The Clean Energy IDIQ will build institutional capacity of partner organizations and host-country government agencies, including national focal points, to improve the management and governance of energy;
- Fostering private sector participation and investment in the provision of clean energy services;
- Facilitating innovative financing approaches and commercial financing for clean energy services;
- Assessing the environmental implications of energy services at the program, project and activity design stages, as codified in Federal Regulations (22 CFR 216); and
- Improving disaster preparations, responses, and recovery. The Clean Energy IDIQ will build national or local government capacity in the energy sector to prepare for and respond to natural or man-made disasters.
Accessing the IDIQ and Task Orders
To access the Clean Energy IDIQ or the Clean Energy IDIQ for CPCs, a Mission or operating unit develops a draft scope of work for a Task Order that fits within the above themes. This scope of work for a task order is then submitted to the IDIQ Contracting Officer Representative (COR), Ellen Dragotto (edragotto[at]usaid.gov). Once approved by the IDIQ COR, the Task Order Contracting Officer (TOCO) issues a Request for Task Order Proposals (RFTOP) either to (1) All the IDIQ holders or to (2) All the Small Business holders of the IDIQ or to (3) One of the Small Business holders of the IDIQ, as explained under the Small Business Set-Aside Exceptions to Fair Opportunity clauses of the IDIQ contracts.
Small Business Set-Asides and RFTOPs
The Clean Energy IDIQ and the Clean Energy IDIQ for CPCs have the following small business exceptions to Fair Opportunity:
Small Business Threshold: Under the Clean Energy IDIQ, “USAID will reserve all task orders valued at $1,000,000 or less for small businesses unless the TOCO determines that another Fair Opportunity exception applies.” There is no small business threshold under the Clean Energy IDIQ for CPCs.
Fair Opportunity Exceptions: “All Contractors will be given a fair opportunity to be considered for task orders over $3,000 ($1,000,000 under the Clean Energy IDIQ), unless the TOCO determines that one of the [five] following statutory exceptions applies:” which includes the small business set aside exception described next.
Small Business Set Aside Exception: “…USAID may directly place task orders with any category of small or small disadvantaged business that received a prime contract award…All small business contractors are required to have up to date corporate capability statements… The IDIQ COR provides corporate capability information for the small businesses to the TOCOR … The TOCOR reviews the corporate capability information and provides a brief, written recommendation (not a justification) to the TOCO on which contractor he/she recommends for an award… If corporate capability is determined to be essentially equal, the TOCOR will need to follow the established RFTOP procedures below [to compete the RFTOP among all small businesses] regardless of dollar value.”
The ECODIT Consortium
The ECODIT Consortium has demonstrated technical and organizational capacity and international experience to quickly respond to USAID’s technical assistance needs under the Clean Energy IDIQ and the Clean Energy IDIQ for CPCs. Collectively, ECODIT and its 11 consortium partners for each IDIQ provide technical expertise, organizational capacity and international experience uniquely suited to address the full range of USAID’s requirements under the IDIQ.
ECODIT LLC (www.ecodit.com) is a leader in international development with 20 years of experience working with governments, businesses and local communities to advance environmentally- and socially-responsible development around the world. ECODIT has implemented flagship water, energy, environmental and tourism projects for USAID with results lasting beyond the life of project funding. It successfully managed USAID’s global natural resource management IDIQ, PLACE, implementing 18 task orders in 18 countries/regions worth nearly $34 million. Since 1997, ECODIT has managed or is currently managing five complex, multi-year, multi-million dollar USAID-funded projects in the clean energy, water and environment sectors. In addition to long-term projects, ECODIT also has successfully managed dozens of short-term, quick-turnaround assignments in nearly 30 developing countries in all regions of the world, and maintains strong relationships with local partners in these countries. ECODIT has particularly deep experience in the Arab world, including in conflict contexts such as the West Bank, Gaza, Syria, and Lebanon.
ECODIT has proven experience in strategy and action plan development, training and capacity building, institutional development, and behavior change communication in the energy, environment and water sectors. For example, under the Jordan Public Action Project (PAP), ECODIT has recommended energy management practices for large buildings and is training facility managers at hotels and office buildings to support their widespread implementation. ECODIT is working with electricity distribution companies IDECO and EDCO to improve corporate communication and customer service. It is also assisting the Electricity Regulatory Commission on outreach campaigns to promote renewable energy, prepare the public for necessary tariff restructuring, and encourage energy efficiency by households.
Crimson Capital Corporation (www.crimsoncapital.org) specializes in access to finance, investment and transaction structuring; public-private partnerships (PPPs); enterprise competitiveness; and legal, regulatory and policy reform toward a business-enabling environment for growth. Crimson has implemented projects for USAID and other international donors on unbundling, restructuring and privatizing electricity, as well as energy financing and support for private sector energy associations.
Energetics Incorporated (www.energetics.com) is a technical and management consulting firm providing services in energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, infrastructure protection, and energy security. Services include meeting facilitation, strategic planning and roadmapping; performance measurement; energy and environmental analysis; communications and outreach; and support on energy security, emergency preparedness, protection of critical energy infrastructures, and energy savings performance contracting.
ICF (www.icfi.com) is a global consulting firm renowned for analytical rigor, market expertise, and technical integrity. It works with the US and other governments, and multilateral donors, to devise and implement climate change and clean energy policies and programs, and with corporate clients on carbon strategies. Areas of experience include GHG emissions inventories, successful voluntary programs to promote clean energy and reduce GHG emissions, and carbon markets.
International City/County Management Association (ICMA) (www.icma.org) works in clean energy, climate change, energy sector governance, and disaster management in the US and abroad. ICMA achieves improvements in local governance, utilities, services, and disaster relief/reconstruction. It also provides peer-to-peer learning and assistance, and a Knowledge Network/ professional social media platform (icma.org/kn).
KPMG’s (www.kpmg.com) International Development Assistance Services (IDAS) practice supports governments, international donors, development partners, civil society, the private sector, and local communities in enabling financial and regulatory environments for clean energy, energy sector reform, private participation and investment, innovative financing, and climate change and sustainability.
Mott MacDonald (www.mottmac.com) is a diverse global management, engineering and development consultancy specializing in power, oil, and gas, is a world leader in new and renewable energy technologies, efficiency, and emissions reduction. Expertise includes hydropower, biomass, geothermal and on- and offshore wind development, as well as energy policy, regulatory reform, climate change, procurement, and construction.
Pierce Atwood (www.pierceatwood.com) is a regional US law firm with proven experience in legal/regulatory reforms in emerging markets, including restructuring and privatization of state-owned utility assets, and project finance toward promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Pierce Atwood has supported USAID on legal/regulatory reform and the development of low emissions development strategies (LEDS) in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
Association of Energy Engineers (www.aeecenter.org) is a nonprofit professional society supporting the energy industry and action for sustainable development. Programs include educational seminars, training and in-depth certification programs on energy management, energy auditing, GHG & carbon reduction, measurement and verification, and power quality.
Small-Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund (S3IDF) (www.s3idf.org) is a non-profit whose Social Merchant Bank Approach (SM) assists local entrepreneurs in providing clean energy services and economic advancement to the poor, including solar, biogas and biomass, and pico/micro hydropower for income-generating and household activities. SMBA (SM) provides integrated business development, technical, and financial support to enterprises, including revolving financing funds and training.
The University of Idaho (www.uidaho.edu) College of Business and Economics’ flagship program, the Utility Executive Course (UEC), is the premier executive education program for utility leaders. The University also offers the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute, a certificate program in energy policy planning for state and provincial legislators.
World Resources Institute (www.wri.org) (Clean Energy IDIQ only) is a globally recognized source of research and analysis on environmental resource challenges and their relationship to development goals. WRI creates scientifically sound, politically practical solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation, monitoring and verification of GHG emissions (protocols), clean energy deployment, electricity sector reform, and innovative finance mechanisms.
The GHG Management Institute (GHGMI) (www.ghginstitute.org) (Clean Energy IDIQ for CPCs only) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to train and develop a community of experts with the highest standards of professional practice in measuring, accounting, and managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. GHGMI is partnered with the World Resources Institute to provide training on the GHG Protocol and has incorporated ISO 14064 standards into its training.
Clean Energy IDIQ Contacts
Restoring the Environment through Prosperity, Livelihoods, and Conserving Ecosystems (REPLACE)
ECODIT is a small-business prime contract holder of the "Restoring the Environment through Prosperity, Livelihoods and Conserving Ecosystems" (REPLACE) IDIQ. The REPLACE IDIQ provides USAID Missions and operating units and their development partners with an integrated set of technical assistance components to address complex development needs across landscape and seascape management. The REPLACE IDIQ Contract has an overall ceiling price of $700 million. Task Orders (TOs) issued under the IDIQ may be either Firm Fixed-Price (FFP) or Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee (CPFF, term or completion). The IDIQ has a five-year ordering period ending in December 2018.
REPLACE Scope of Work
The technical components of the REPLACE IDIQ are based on USAID’s Nature, Wealth, and Power 2.0 framework and are outlined below:
- Integrated landscape and seascape management
- Scaling-up & sustaining impact
Primary Natural Resource Management Categories (Nature)
- Biodiversity conservation
- Sustainable forestry
- Climate change mitigation and adaptation
- Sustainable agricultural intensification
- Management and provision of ecosystem services
Primary Nature Based Economic Growth Categories (Wealth)
- Sustainable tourism
- Environmental enterprise development
- Payment for ecosystem services
- Sustainable conservation finance
Primary Natural Resource Governance Categories (Power)
- Resource rights, governance and policy reform
- Resource-based conflict mitigation & management
- Environmental monitoring and compliance
Accessing the REPLACE IDIQ and Task Orders
To access the REPLACE IDIQ, a Mission or operating unit develops a draft scope of work for a Task Order that fits within the above themes. This scope of work for a task order is then submitted to the IDIQ Contracting Officer Representative (COR), Mary Rowen (mrowen[at]usaid.gov) and Alternate COR, Megan Hill (mhill[at]usaid.gov). Once approved by the IDIQ COR, the Task Order Contracting Officer (TOCO) issues a Request for Task Order Proposals (RFTOP) either to (1) All the IDIQ holders or to (2) All the Small Business holders of the IDIQ or to (3) One of the Small Business holders of the IDIQ, as explained under the Small Business Set-Aside Exceptions to Fair Opportunity of the IDIQ.
Small Business Set-Asides
The REPLACE IDIQ has the following small-business exceptions to Fair Opportunity:
Small Business Threshold: “Unless the TOCO determines that one of [five] statutory exceptions applies, task orders with a total estimated cost of $1,000,000 or less must be set aside for small businesses.”
Fair Opportunity Exceptions: “All contractors shall be given a fair opportunity to be considered for Task Orders greater than $1,000,000, unless the TOCO determines that one of [five] statutory exceptions applies:” which includes the small -business set aside exception described next.
Small Business Set-Aside Exception: “…USAID may directly place Task Orders with any category of small or disadvantaged business that received a prime contract award…All small business contractors are required to have up to date corporate capability statements…The IDIQ COR provides corporate capability information for the small businesses to the TOCO…The TOCOR reviews the corporate capability information and provides a brief, written recommendation (not a justification) to the TOCO on which Contractor he/she recommends for an award…If corporate capability is equal, the TOCOR will need to follow the established RFTOP procedures [to compete the RFTOP among all small businesses].”
The ECODIT Consortium
The ECODIT Consortium has demonstrated technical and organizational capacity and international experience to quickly respond to USAID’s technical assistance needs under the REPLACE IDIQ. Collectively, ECODIT and its eight consortium partners (two large firms, two small businesses, and four NGOs), have achieved scalable and sustainable results in every region of the world.
ECODIT LLC (www.ecodit.com) is a leader in international development with 20 years of experience working with governments, businesses and local communities to advance environmentally- and socially-responsible development around the world. Since 2006, ECODIT has successfully managed USAID’s Global PLACE NRM IQC, implementing 18 task orders in 18 countries/regions worth nearly $34 million. The firm also is the only small business holder of both of USAID’s Clean Energy and Clean Energy for Critical Priority Countries (CPCs) IDIQs. Since 1997, ECODIT has managed five complex, multi-year multi-million dollar USAID-funded projects in the water, environment and clean energy sectors. In addition to long-term projects, ECODIT has successfully managed dozens of short-term, rapid-turnaround assignments in nearly 30 developing countries in all regions of the world, and maintains strong relationships with local partners in these countries. ECODIT has demonstrated expertise in biodiversity conservation, sustainable forestry, nature-based tourism, and environmental compliance, along with significant experience in capacity building, performance evaluation and environmental assessments.
Abt (www.abtassociates.com) provides demonstrated leadership in designing, staffing and implementing successful sustainable agriculture, CC mitigation and adaptation, management of ecosystem services, environmental enterprise development, and behavior change programs. The company serves clients from five corporate offices in the United States and from program offices in more than 40 countries that support a diverse client base in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Fauna & Flora International (www.fauna-flora.org) FFI provides demonstrated unique capabilities in biodiversity conservation and sustainable conservation finance, as it addresses threats to global biodiversity through a portfolio of over 150 projects in 45 countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, and the Americas. FFI’s Conservation Partnerships teams develop cross-cutting strategies to capture and disseminate conservation knowledge; help programs identify, fund, and achieve their conservation targets; use scientifically robust approaches to monitor biodiversity; influence corporate behavior and environmentally responsible business practices; and impact international conservation policy.
Forest Trends (www.forest-trends.org) FT provides demonstrated leadership in the fields of sustainable forestry, PES, and sustainable conservation finance. FT is at the forefront of developing market-based solutions to challenging environmental problems by changing environmental liabilities into assets and converting adversaries into allies. Through its Public Private Co-Finance Initiative, FT works with partners in the public and private sectors to develop innovative financing structures and architecture that improve the productivity of agricultural and livestock systems, and improve livelihoods of rural populations.
ICF (www.icfi.com) provides demonstrated leadership in biodiversity conservation, CC mitigation and adaptation, management of ecosystem services, environmental enterprise development, and environmental compliance. For over 30 years, ICF has worked on the cutting-edge of climate change by developing CC strategies and policies, reducing GHG emissions, and evaluating climate risks.
Overseas Strategic Consulting (www.oscltd.com) OSC provides demonstrated capabilities in strategic communications, behavior change, and new media technologies to assist in scaling up and sustaining impact. OSC is applying innovative techniques and a mix of tools including Short Messaging Services (SMS) campaigns and closed user groups to encourage desired behaviors.
RESOLVE (www.resolv.org) provides demonstrated leadership on activities related to biodiversity conservation and resource-based conflict mitigation and management by fostering collaboration among communities, businesses, governments, and NGOs to develop innovative, lasting solutions to environmental, social, and health challenges and complex large-scale ecosystem management programs.
Solimar (www.solimarinternational.com) provides demonstrated leadership in sustainable tourism marketing and development, and is a managing partner of the USAID-supported Global Sustainable Tourism Alliance (GSTA). Solimar has successfully developed conservation-based tourism businesses and products through comprehensive training and technical assistance programs, and by facilitating public-private partnerships between communities, conservation activities, and private sector sponsors.
World Resource Institute (www.wri.org) WRI provides substantive research capabilities in support of PES as well as resource rights, governance, and policy reform. WRI has well-established partnerships and working relationships with a network of more than 100 organizations around the world, including the Africa Biodiversity Conservation Group, the Poverty and Environment Partnership, and the Forest Legality Alliance. WRI provides demonstrated research and science expertise in remote sensing, forest cover monitoring, biodiversity conservation, governance of forests and sustainable forest management, coral reef conservation, and economic valuation of ecosystem services.
REPLACE IDIQ Contacts
ECODIT AS A SUBCONTRACTOR
ECODIT is not currently a subcontractor on any IQC or IDIQ.