Federal contract opportunity SOL-176-14-000007 for all other professional, scientific, and technical services at Overseas Missions Kazakhstan USAID-Almaty, response was due Mar 6, 2014.

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This is a Sources Sought notice for a small business set aside. This is not a request for proposals, proposal abstracts, or quotations. It is a survey to identify potential sources. The USAID/CAR team is performing this market survey to determine if an adequate number of organizations are interested in and capable of implementing and managing a complex project aimed at increasing national energy security in Central Asia.

The purpose of the Energy Links Project ("Energy Links") is to increase national energy security in Central Asia. By increasing transparent regional energy trade, improving the legal and regulatory framework and investment climate for the countries' energy sectors, improving corporate governance, operations and commercialization of the energy companies, and improving energy efficiency and demand side management, the countries of Central Asia will increase the sustainability of their energy sectors and increase their ability to provide year-round, reliable power to their citizens.
For the purposes of conducting the Regional activities under the project, the region is defined as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan. Regional activities include encouraging energy trade. The other planned activities as listed above are bilateral in nature. Focus countries for these activities are Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic because they are the most energy insecure, but they also have potential to be major summer exporters of hydropower. The project also targets Turkmenistan because it has potential to greatly increase year round energy exports both in Central Asia and to Afghanistan, Pakistan and beyond.
The outcomes that support this objective are listed below:
Outcome 1: Increased transparent intra- and inter-regional energy trade
Outcome 2: Improved legal and regulatory framework and investment climate for the countries' energy sectors
Outcome 3: Improved corporate governance, operations and commercialization of the energy companies
Outcome 4: Improved energy efficiency/demand side management

Anticipated Period and Place of Performance
The anticipated period of performance is for three years (2014-2017) for a total estimated amount of $US 20-24 million subject to funds availability.

Submission Guidelines
Interested organizations should submit a statement addressing the following points:
- Capacity of your organization to perform the work described above
- Business size and socio-economic status (e.g. small business, 8(a), HUBZone, etc.)
- Description of prior experience (Federal and Non-Federal) performing the services detailed in this sources sought notice in the past five (5) years
- Experience working with host country governments, donors, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders, including implementing partners on the ground

Statements sent in response to this Sources Sought notice should not exceed three (3) single- sided pages (including attachments and charts) using an 11-point font size minimum.

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