Cost Preparer Practicum for USAID Proposals

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7 Weeks

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Cohort-based Course

By the end of this course, you will know how to prepare a responsive and competitive cost proposal for USAID.

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Course overview

From analyzing an RFP to developing a cost strategy

Keylime’s C&P expert will guide participants through developing a responsive cost volume based on a standard USAID RFP. In this hands-on practicum, participants will prepare a Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee proposal together with the instructor and learn how to develop a cost strategy.

Who is this course for

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International development professionals at all levels that want to learn how to prepare a cost proposal for USAID

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Business development managers that want to hone their skills in preparing cost proposals

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Proposal Leads who want to learn strategies to make their proposals more competitive

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New Partners for USAID who needs the cost proposal to be demystified

By the end of this course you will

Understand how to read and analyze an RFP

It is critical to review RFPs from a cost and contractual lens. You will learn the anatomy of an RFP and tactics for finding and dissecting the necessary information to prepare not only a compliant, but also a responsive, cost proposal.

Be cognizant of the key regulations

Overwhelmed with the myriad of regulations governing cost proposals? You are not alone. The key is to know which regulations apply to the actual development of a cost proposal. You will become cognizant of the key regulations pertaining cost proposals and their applicability.

Become a skilled cost preparer

This course is a practicum, and participants will gain hands-on experience developing a cost proposal, line-by-line. You will learn how to prepare a cost proposal for USAID based on best practices.

Gain confidence to lead a cost strategy

USAID awards contracts based on a 'best value determination'. You will learn how to conduct a technical/cost trade-off analysis and develop a cost strategy that maximizes your proposal's value. You will be prepared to apply cost-effectiveness principles to project design.

This course includes

Interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

9 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

Projects to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven’s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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  • Week 1

    Jun 11—Jun 16

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone

    Modules

    • Session 1 - RFP Review, Anatomy of a Cost Volume, and Contract Types

  • Week 2

    Jun 17—Jun 23

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone

    Modules

    • Session 2 - Cost Preparer Practicum, part 1

  • Week 3

    Jun 24—Jun 30

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone

    Modules

    • Session 3: Cost Preparer Practicum, part 2

  • Week 4

    Jul 1—Jul 7

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone

    Modules

    • Session 4: Cost preparer practicum, part 3

  • Week 5

    Jul 8—Jul 14

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone

    Nothing scheduled for this week.

  • Week 6

    Jul 15—Jul 21

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone

    Nothing scheduled for this week.

  • Week 7

    Jul 22—Jul 23

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone

    Nothing scheduled for this week.

  • Post-Course

    Modules

    • Session 5: Cost preparer practicum, part 4

    • Session 6: Cost Strategy

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What students are saying

Kristen Hamaoui

Kristen Hamaoui

Director, Keylime

Kristen leads Keylime Academy's Cost & Pricing curriculum. She is a seasoned project implementation, business development, and program management specialist with more than 15 years of experience managing and implementing USAID-funded programs. As a cost and pricing expert, Kristen provides pricing advisory expertise to clients within the USAID market, as well as those looking to enter the USAID market or increase their USAID portfolios. Previously as a manager in Chemonics International's Cost and Pricing Department, Kristen provided formal cost proposal preparation trainings, mentored staff members, and provided pricing strategy and analysis to proposal teams and senior leadership.

Course schedule

2 hours per week
  • Wednesdays from January 17th- February 20th

    09:00am - 11:30am EST


  • Homework

    1-2 hours per week

    We'll assign homework to put your new skills into practice! You'll get feedback from your instructor on your homework and will have the opportunity to discuss in class.

Free resource

How to Avoid Cost Proposal Panic

We’ve all see it happen—the proposal team is chugging along, and days before submission there’s a huge problem with your cost proposal. Maybe your calculations aren’t adding up, maybe there’s a mysterious error in the spreadsheets, or maybe your budget is simply unrealistic. Whatever the reason, last-minute issues with the cost proposal can derail a proposal team and jeopardize your chances of success.


Keylime Academy has compiled the most common pitfalls we see on the cost proposal, and strategies to avoid them.

Get this free resource

What people are saying

        This course was very, very well put together and obviously led by an experienced and knowledgeable teacher. Kristen kept a good pace and answered all questions thoroughly. Going through the template on our own time was also very helpful and forced me to review the material after class. 
Lauren

Lauren

Private Sector Engagement Officer
        This was a super informative and well-paced course. Kristin is a great instructor who takes the time to explain all aspects of cost proposals and always takes the time to answer any questions. I came into this course very new to preparing cost proposals, and now feel a lot more comfortable with supporting in this area.
Peter

Peter

Analyst
        I really enjoyed this course and learned a lot! I appreciated how detailed the instructor was.
Zoe

Zoe

Program Budgeting Associate

Frequently Asked Questions

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Cost Preparer Practicum for USAID Proposals

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June 11—July 23, 2024

Payment Deadline

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This course builds on live workshops and hands-on exercises

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Join an upcoming cohort

Cost Preparer Practicum for USAID Proposals

Cohort 8

$2,000

Dates

June 11—July 23, 2024

Payment Deadline

July 22, 2024

Don't miss out! Enrollment closes in 2 days

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$2,000

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