February 9, 2023

Barely one month into the new year, and CIDC is running on all cylinders. We had a packed house at our January 19 monthly meeting with USAID’s Procurement Executive Mark Walther with over 75 in the room and attending virtually. One week later we had a similar turnout to meet with USAID’s Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia, Erin McKee to hear the latest developments regarding U.S. assistance to Ukraine.


Additionally, as part of our excellent exchanges with USAID, PSC hosted a small group of CIDC experts and USAID Localization champions last week to discuss how best to elevate and measure Local Leadership engagement. The group addressed: a) incentivizing processes that ensure USAID incorporates local voices at the onset of the design process; b) ensuring that the metrics for measuring local leadership are constructive and useful, and that learning is applied; and c) avoiding duplicative or additional reporting burdens for Missions or implementers. 


Not everything in CIDC centers around USAID, of course, and this month we welcome the Department of State’s Procurement Executive, Mike Derrios, who will be at PSC in person for our Thursday, February 16 noon meeting. Please be sure to log-in and register on PSC’s Events Page to let us know if you will be here or attending via Zoom. CIDC’s Procurement Task Force will meet immediately afterwards.


February 24 marks the one-year anniversary of Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine. Since then, the United States has directed more than $100 billion dollars in assistance, with over $46B through State and USAID – spending which is receiving significant OIG reporting from Sate/USAID/DOD. PSC is producing a compendium of PSC members’ efforts to help Ukraine – with more than a dozen submissions – which we will be releasing on the one-year anniversary and highlighting on PSC’s social media platforms.


Speaking of anniversaries, February 22 is the one-year anniversary of the founding Coalition for Racial and Ethnic Equity in Development (CREED) – of which CIDC and many of our members are proud supporters. A live event will be held at 2:30 to mark the occasion with USAID Counselor Clinton D. White, Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Affairs Ambassador Brian A. Nichols; Global Head of Philanthropy at PepsiCo and President, PepsiCo Foundation, C.D. Glin; and Director of the Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, Tonija Navas. You can register for the event here


In recognition of the Ukraine anniversary, and while we finish our compendium, our “From the Field” stories this month highlight how Chemonics is working with the Ukrainian agriculture sector to ensure the country’s vital grain harvests are collected. TetraTech – working with GE – has been instrumental in supporting the Ukrainian power grid in the face of relentless Russian destruction.


Paul Foldi

Vice President, International Development Affairs

Professional Services Council

Next Up 


Thursday, February 16; from 12 – 2 p.m.
[Note Date – Second Thursday in January]


Department of State

Mike Derrios 
Chief Procurement Executive


Hybrid – Please log in and register via PSC’s Events Page

[NOTE: We have capped in-person attendance at 45]

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From the Field

PHOTO CAPTION: Wheat is being packed in a sleeve at one of the grain storage sites supported by USAID AGRO

Enabling Vital Food Security Efforts in Ukraine  

By Tetyana Dudka, Senior Vice President Europe & Eurasia, Chemonics


To address the need for immediate grain storage solutions in Ukraine, the Chemonics-implemented Agriculture Growing Rural Opportunities (AGRO) activity, within the USAID Agriculture Resilience Initiative, Ukraine (AGRI-Ukraine), enabled Ukrainian small and medium agricultural producers, which are responsible for half of the grain exports from the country, to store roughly 1.5 million tons of grain from its essential harvests. To achieve this, AGRO purchased and distributed 7,800 storage sleeves and 29 grain loading machines, supported the establishment of 69 modular granaries, and developed elevator capacities. 

GE Generator – Photo courtesy of Full Focus Creative Media for USAID

Recovery, Reconstruction, Resilience: Tetra Tech’s Mission to Support Ukraine


Expanding Energy Security and Addressing Power Needs

In the face of sub-zero temperatures and Russia’s systematic attacks on the energy grid, Tetra Tech is helping USAID and the Government of Ukraine provide citizens with power, heat, and hot water by supplying generators and other critical equipment to repair damaged infrastructure and strengthen energy security.


Our team serves as the lead procurement agent for the European Union’s Energy Community Secretariat’s Ukraine Energy Support Fund—a transparent and speedy vehicle to mobilize international support to help rebuild critical infrastructure.


Tetra Tech is also supporting USAID to perform a rapid assessment of the power needs of water and sanitation service providers in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, and Lviv.



PSC Matters

USAID OMBUDSMAN Meeting – February 15; 11 a.m.

Please join us for a virtual meeting with USAID Ombudsman Crista Wise and her team as they provide updates related to trends and best practices and provide updates on actions taken to address concerns raised.  Be sur to log in to your PSC account and register.


CIDC Procurement Task Force Meets – February 16; 1 p.m.

This hybrid meeting should begin at 1 p.m., immediately after our General Membership. Please be sure to log in to your PSC account and register. We will discuss pressing matters related to procurement issues impacting the CIDC community. Among the topics for discussion will be: How to increase consistency/standardization in solicitations; Helping the USG ease administrative burdens during implementation; The possible benefit of budget templates for solicitations.

PSC Releases 2022 Annual Report

2022 was another banner year for the Professional Services Council. View the PSC Annual Report to see how PSC has been an active advocate on behalf of members, facilitating key discussions, educating decision-makers, and deepening the appreciation of our industry. Click here to see photos from this past year and all our accomplishments on behalf of our members.

Congress Matters

CIDC on the Hill Returns – April 25

On February 5, 2020 – just a few short days before COVID changed the world as we know it – CIDC held its third annual Hill event where our members were able to meet one-on-one with members of Congress and their staffs to discuss the role their important work plays both in American foreign policy and helping millions around the globe. On Tuesday, April 25, CIDC will be back on Capitol Hill; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Details are being finalized, but please mark your calendar.