USAID SEGAR – Request for Application (RFA) No.001 – Grant Application 497 views

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USAID SEGAR is a five-year (2021 – 2026) Activity designed to advance Indonesia’s own development objectives in balancing biodiversity conservation and sustainable land use with inclusive economic and livelihood development. To accomplish this, a diverse group of stakeholders in targeted subnational jurisdictions with high conservation values (HCV) and high carbon stocks (HCS) will be supported to improve the management of natural resources that measurably conserve biodiversity, decrease greenhouse gas emissions (GGE) from unsustainable land use, and promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth. To achieve the overall goal, USAID SEGAR will achieve the following two objectives: 

  1. Strengthened inclusive environmental governance in targeted subnational jurisdictions that advances biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest management, and sustainable land use.
  2. Increased implementation of environmental and social sustainability goals within private sector natural resource commodity production supply chains that reduces threats to biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions from land use. 

USAID SEGAR works in four provinces and twelve districts. These are: Aceh (Aceh Tamiang, Aceh Utara, Aceh Timur); Central Kalimantan (Seruyan, Kotawaringin Barat); West Kalimantan (Ketapang, Kubu Raya, Sanggau, Sintang); and East Kalimantan (Berau, Kutai Timur, Mahakam Ulu). 

Within this broad overall conservation context, the Activity has a particular interest in strengthening the conservation of orangutans in the priority jurisdictions in which it works.

Request for Application (RFA) No. 001

USAID SEGAR, implemented by Chemonics International, is seeking grant applications for the implementation of specific interventions to support orangutan conservation. The grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with USAID and US Government regulations governing grants under contract, as well as USAID SEGAR’s internal grants management policies.  

The Activity will hold a pre-application workshop on September 24, 2021 (online) from 10.00 to 12.00 Western Indonesia Time (WIB). This workshop will provide eligible and interested applicants with the opportunity to ask questions about the RFA and receive guidance on how to complete the application form. Interested applicants that meet the eligibility requirements defined in Section III below and would like to attend this workshop must confirm their attendance by sending both the organization´s and participant’s name(s) to the USAID SEGAR Grants Team at the following e-mail address: A maximum of two people may attend the workshop from each organization. When confirming attendance, please note if any of the attendees has any special needs affecting their participation. No reimbursement for costs of attendance will be covered by USAID SEGAR.

USAID SEGAR and Chemonics´ employees may not ask for, and applicants are prohibited from offering, any money, fee, commission, credit, gift, gratuity, thing of value, or compensation to obtain or reward improper favorable treatment regarding this solicitation. Any improper request from a USAID SEGAR employee should be reported to the USAID SEGAR chief of party (COP) or directly to Chemonics at: 

The following annexes are included with this RFA:

  • Annex A – Grant Application Form
  • Annex B – Grant Application Budget Form
  • Annex C – Implementation Timeline
  • Annex D – Application Self-Assessment Form
  • Annex E – Required Certifications
    • Certification of “Representation by Organization Regarding a Delinquent Tax Liability or a Felony Criminal Conviction (AAPD 14-03, August 2014)” 
    • Prohibition on Providing Federal Assistance to Entities that Require Certain Internal Confidentiality Agreements – Representation (April 2015)
  • Annex F – Mandatory and Required as Applicable Standard Provisions: 

Program Description

USAID SEGAR is seeking applications from Indonesian NGOs that are registered and formally constituted in the country with strong experience of conservation surveying and management to identify the presence of orangutans/estimate population size in the following landscapes:  

  1.  Gunung Niut-Penrinsen complex. There were several surveys undertaken sporadically over the last five years that reported the presence of orangutan nests. This contrasts with other surveys that suggest that orangutans are locally extinct here. Thus, a more comprehensive survey is now needed. This area considered is one orangutan landscape with Bungoh Range in Sarawak.  
  2. Kelingkang range-North Stinting. No survey had been undertaken on the Indonesia Borneo side (North Sintang). Based on surveys from the Sarawak side, this landscape is estimated have a population 80 orangutans. The survey in the North Sintang area will updated the population estimate for this landscape.
  3. Lower Schwaner Range. This area is part of the Arabela landscape that has the largest population of Wurmbii (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) and stretches from Ketapang to Lamandau and Seruyan in Central Kalimantan. An additional survey is needed in Ketapang, Melawi and the Seruyan border which have had no systematic surveys undertaken in the last decade. The specific area of interest is north of the PT Suka Jaya Makmur (PT SJM) timber concession, to southern part of Melawi and northern Seruyan.  
  4. Upper Schwaner Range. Like Lower Schwarner there is limited survey data here. Thus, a new survey will be undertaken focusing on the West Kalimantan side of the landscape in the Sintang District, continuing to the border with Murung Raya, Gunung Mas and the Katingan forest area outside of Bukit Baka-Bukit Raya National Park.

Scope of Work

1) Undertaking surveys to identify the presence/population of orangutans in four specified landscapes, incorporating:  

  • Description of the selected methodology(ies) to be employed.
  • Risk/threat assessment to the existing populations and the landscapes.
  • Quality assessment of orangutan habitats.  
  • Development of orangutan occupancy maps. 
  • Estimates of orangutan populations.

2) Socializing results with key stakeholders.  

3) Developing a management plan for conserving orangutan populations and habitats, ideally including suggestions that link conservation to improved livelihoods of local communities living in or near the identified orangutan populations. The plan should:  

  • Identify and describe specific interventions to address risks/threats.  
  • Identify specific roles for local community involvement in managing orangutan populations/landscapes. 
  • Identifying potential economic incentives for local communities in managing the orangutan populations/landscapes. 

Expected Results / Deliverables

  1. One report per landscape on surveys of orangutan presence and population estimates.  
  2. One report per landscape on risks/threats to orangutan populations and landscapes.  
  3. One management plan per landscape, including local community livelihood options.  
  4. One socialization workshop with key stakeholders per landscape. 

Submission Information

Applications shall be submitted in English and may not be more than 15 pages. Applications (Technical and budget proposals and supporting documentation) should be submitted in electronic to the USAID SEGAR Grants official email at with reference RFA No. 001. Applications must be submitted no later than 12:00 pm Western Indonesia Time (WIB), on October 15, 2021. Late applications, or those that do not respond to the RFA, will not be considered. 

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