Better preparing Lower Mekong youth for the 21st century workforce


Funding Opportunity ID: 309320
Opportunity Number: 72048618RFI00013
Opportunity Title: Better preparing Lower Mekong youth for the 21st century workforce
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Other
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 98.001
Eligible Applicants: Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: USAID-THA
Agency Name: Agency for International Development
Thailand USAID-Bangkok
Posted Date: Sep 28, 2018
Close Date: Oct 24, 2018
Last Updated Date: Sep 28, 2018
Award Ceiling: $0
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: Request for Information (RFI): Better preparing Lower Mekong youth for the 21st century workforceReference Number: 72048618RFI00013Release Date: September 28, 2018Response Due Date:October 24, 2018The United States Agency for International Development, Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID/RDMA) is in the process of gathering information to support anticipated project design in support of the U.S. Government’s efforts to strengthen higher education in the Lower Mekong so as to better prepare students to join the 21st century workforce in high growth sectors.This Request for Information (RFI) offers the opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to provide recommendations on how to best equip post-secondary students with the skills required by employers in the five Lower Mekong countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam). BackgroundThe technological revolution demands advanced technical skill sets, and greater need for the soft skills that will enable employees to adapt, analyze, learn quickly, and collaborate across cultures. Since 2014, in support of the Lower Mekong Initiative, USAID has been partnering with U.S. companies and universities to bring cutting edge educational approaches and technologies to the Lower Mekong countries to improve workforce capacity. Through key U.S. and local partners, USAID has been supporting a network of universities and vocational colleges across the five Lower Mekong countries to transform their educational systems to better equip students with 21st century workplace skills.Requested Action: Please note USAID is not seeking technical or cost proposals/applications at this time. Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the U.S. Government to form a binding contract/assistance award. Responses to this RFI are voluntary and USAID will not pay respondents for any information provided in response to this RFI. If a future solicitation is issued, it will be announced on the Federal Business Opportunities website at or at at a later date.Instructions for Submitting Responses/Comments:Please refer to the attached to send response to this RFI via email to Karittha Jenchiewchan at with a copy to Nalinee Wichetthumsak at by the date and time indicated above with the title “RFI 72048618R00013 Better preparing Lower Mekong youth for the 21st century workforce”. Responses should not exceed five pages. Respondents may also include self/organization information including past experiences working in this subject area, experience working with other stakeholders, or capacity information. You will only receive an electronic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your response, but will not receive individualized feedback on any suggestions.
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