WASHINGTON, DC, March 23, 2012—Meridian International Center announced today its participation in a winning consortium of contractors on $242 million five- year IDIQ contract for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The new contract, enables Meridian to collaborate with USAID missions located around the world to implement international development projects. The contract, “Focus on Results: Enhancing Capacity Across Sectors in Transition” or FORECAST II consists of five-year contracts, managed by USAID’s Bureau of Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade (EGAT) that offer bureaus and missions worldwide a fully integrated, flexible package of cross-cutting services for Participant Training and related capacity development interventions.
Under FORECAST II, Meridian will support USAID’s strategic objective in all technical areas by offering a comprehensive range of services, including human and institutional capacity development, training needs assessments, development of performance monitoring plans, and short-and long-term training and exchange visitor programs. Meridian is implementing FORECAST II in collaboration with the prime contractor for this consortium, Dexis Consulting Group as well as with Chemonics International, International Business & Technical Consultants, Incorporated (IBTCI), MTC International Development, and The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
Meridian International Center has worked with the U.S. State Department and U.S. embassies on international exchanges for more than 50 years,” said Meridian President and CEO, Stuart Holliday. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to expand our work with USAID and look forward to providing the same high standards of service.” “FORECAST II offers an expanded array of Participant Training (PT) and exchange visitor services including: training needs assessments, consultation and development of strategic training plans, training design, participant/exchange visitor selection, procurement services for training and logistics providers, arranging placements in short-term and long-term programs in-country, in the U.S. and in third countries, processing services (language certification, medical certification, health & accident insurance enrollment, security screening, pre-training preparation and pre-departure orientation, program monitoring, tracking and data reporting), evaluation and follow-up, and technical assistance.
The FORECAST II IDIQ has a ceiling of $242 million, with a period of performance from February 2012 – February 1, 2017. Missions, bureaus and independent offices can access services of the contractors through task orders.
About Meridian International Center:
Promoting global leadership through the exchange of ideas, people, and culture. Our mission is to create innovative exchange, education, cultural, and policy programs that advance three goals:
- Strengthen U.S. engagement with the world through the power of exchange
- Prepare public and private sector leaders for a complex global future
- Provide a neutral forum for international collaboration across sectors