A U.S.-funded East African construction program wants to ensure that the money stays local—meaning Kenya and surrounding nations.

The Obama Administration therefore has modified its contractual definition of “local,” while also emphasizing a special arrangement it has with the Kenyan government to reserve some jobs for Kenyan workers.

The U.S. Agency for International Development, which launched the program on behalf of the administration, on Tuesday (July 22) released a revised solicitation for the $210 million initiative.

African constructions firms, which are now jockeying for position to secure “task orders,” have been given additional time to submit proposals for the endeavor, which USAID is coordinating from the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.

The initiative also requires, on a case-by-case basis, that a certain percentage of local subcontracting work be reserved for each task order.

USAID projects in Kenya furthermore are subject to the U.S. Government/Government of Kenya Bilateral Agreement, which states that all proposed “Key and long term personnel positions must be filled by either Kenyan or US citizens.”

In the event that a qualified Kenyan cannot immediately be found for a particular position, third-country nationals may be employed temporarily.

If such circumstances arise, the contractor must place a Kenyan understudy in a training program with the goal of having that individual “take up the position after a specified period.”

Thus far the agency has disclosed just one “task order” under this “indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity,” or IDIQ, contracting arrangement—a cold-storage facility project in Kenya.

USAID did not disclose the estimated cost of the Kenyan task order. It noted, however, that 80 percent of subcontracting work must be outsourced solely to Kenyans.

The East Africa Regional Construction program, as the overall endeavor is known, sets a $75 million ceiling for individual contractors, regardless of the number of task orders.

No more than $210 million in total awards are allowed under this initiative. Since IDIQ projects award individual task-orders on an as-needed basis, that ceiling may or may not be reached.

USAID anticipates awarding up to four separate 5-year, multiple award IDIQs for design and construction services in any of the East African nations of Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

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Solicitation #SOL-623-13-000014 https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=75d23cb1c75454dfd850cc8cfe808bdd&_cview=0