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Gain the essential skills to successfully manage your USAID project.

About the Training

The USAID Contracts and Compliance Essentials training curriculum is comprised of 11 lessons in two modules that blend video lecture and demos; visual aids; exercises; and one-on-one time with the instructor.

The first module includes 5 lessons that guides participants through the types of contract mechanisms issued by USAID; the uniform contract format; the USAID regulatory framework; the cost principles; and the basics of indirect cost rate structures.

Over the course of 6 lessons, the second module provides participants a detailed overview and an in-depth look at the day-to-day requirements they will encounter while implementing their company's USAID contract, laying out best practices for project management along the way. These requirements encompass dozens of approvals and regulations that affect key aspects of USAID projects, including personnel compensation; allowances and differentials; travel, transportation and per diem; and procurement.

As a video training series, you have the flexibility of setting your own pace and rewatching videos to reinforce concepts that might be overwhelming the first time through. Tackle the lesson quizzes when you're ready. As you journey through the course, you have a direct line of communication with the instructor at all times via email and video calls.

   Who Should Join?

  • Project Management Teams

  • Junior and Mid- Level Contract Administrators

  • Field Office Operations and Technical Staff Members


  • Building the Cost Proposal
    Cost Proposal Key Concepts and Definitions The Purpose of a Cost Proposal Identifying Cost Assumptions in the RFP Building Your Cost Checklist Building Your Excel Budget Shell Populating Your Budget Making Revisions to Your Budget Justifying Your Budget in the Narrative Cost Volume Supporting Documentation Excel Tips and Tricks
  • Regulation Bootcamp for USAID Cost Proposal
    The USAID Regulatory Framework Salaries and Consultant Rates Overview - Allowances and Differentials Deep Dive - Allowances and Differentials Travel, Transportation and Per Diem Indirect Cost Rates and Fixed Fee
  • Negotiating USAID Subcontractor Budgets
    Determining the Sub Ceiling and Mechanism Subcontractor Due Diligence Reviewing & Negotiating Subcontractor Submissions Info to Support Consent to Subcontract - Part 1 Info to Support Consent to Subcontract - Part 2
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