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U.S. Mission to ASEAN Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): 2016 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Women’s Leadership Academy

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Application Deadline:  July 20, 2016, 6pm Jakarta time

Executive Summary:

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission to ASEAN announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to develop and implement a week long Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Women’s Leadership Academy, pending the availability of fiscal year 2016 funds.   The YSEALI Women’s Leadership Academy will bring together ten mentors and 40 young women (ages 25-35) from all ten ASEAN Member States including Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam for a week long leadership training in Jakarta, Indonesia.  The Academy will provide emerging women leaders in the private and public sectors with general leadership skills, facilitate cross-border collaboration and build an ASEAN identity.

Eligibility for this NOFO is limited to U.S. and foreign not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises.

Contact Person: Andrea Appell at

Expected Period of Performance: August 1, 2016 – December 1, 2017 (16 months)

Funding Amount: US $285,000 (pending funding availability)

All applicants should be familiar with OMB Circular 2 CFR Part 200

Audience:  Total audience of 40 young leaders, aged 25-35, from Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam  and includes ten mentors each year of the program.  All participants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Timeline:  The YSEALI Women’s Leadership Academy will be held in October 2016.




Type of Award:                                Cooperative Agreement

Appropriated Fiscal Year Funds:        FY2016 D&CP PD

Approximate Total Funding:              US $285,000 (pending funding availability)

Approximate Number of Awards:      One

Anticipated Award date:                   August 1, 2016, pending the availability of funds



American and foreign not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises are invited to submit a proposal that describes how each of the following criteria will be administered:

  • Design and implement a week-long YSEALI Women’s Leadership Academy, to be implemented annually, that empowers women by providing access to training and networks which may not be accessible in their home countries.
  • Develop and lead hands-on skills training to improve core leadership skills including an individualized professional skills assessment.
  • Offer networking opportunities for emerging women leaders.
  • Contribute towards a people-oriented ASEAN that includes the full participation of women.
  • Facilitate teamwork to identify key challenges facing the region and develop innovative solutions.
  • Equip future ASEAN leaders with an understanding of U.S. capabilities to address regional challenges and present an overview of the U.S.-ASEAN Strategic Partnership.
  • Facilitate the participants’ development of future components of YSEALI Women Leadership Academy workshops
  • Organize and implement follow-on activities that encourage that participants share their newly acquired knowledge and skills with their communities upon return to their home countries.
  • Manage the travel, lodging logistics and workshop location for all participants, speakers and workshop staff. Proposal must include cost of transportation, conference package, accommodations, meals visas and travel insurance.
  • Design a cultural component, such as an ASEAN cultural appreciation event or Indonesian cultural excursion, during the week-long workshop.
  • Develop syllabus materials and event program with biographies of each participant and speaker.
  • Provide banners, backdrops, and other printed materials for the week long workshop.
  • Design a digital engagement strategy for workshop participants.
  • Provide a workshop photo album and video series of events and sessions.

Proposal should include:

  • Table of Contents that lists application contents and attachments (if any)
  • Proposal Narrative (not to exceed 10 pages), following the structure described below. The proposal narrative should identify inputs, outputs, and outcomes of the proposal activities, timelines, and any qualitative or quantitative targets, and impact.
  • Application for Federal Assistance Cover Sheet (SF-424):
  • information about the team of people who would execute the work, with descriptions of the experiences and skills of each and his/her role in the bidder’s organization and in the team
  • a management plan for the work
  • a schedule for the work
  • a detailed budget
  • administrative costs as low and reasonable as possible
  • description of prior experience in youth and/or women’s leadership programming
  • description of experience in and/or ties with organizations in other Southeast Asian countries, or international expertise.
  • If your organization has a negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA) and includes NICRA charges in the budget, include your latest NICRA as a pdf file;

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): 2016 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Women’s Leadership Academy

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