Communications, Evidence and Learning (CEL) Contract Mechanism Info Sheet

The CEL contract—managed by the E3/Land and Urban Office—is a broad, multi-faceted support mechanism available for field Missions and USAID/Washington operating units to buy into for activities through May 2023. CEL can provide short- and long-term technical assistance, analytical services, and field implementation across six primary domains:

  1. Evaluations – from simple performance evaluations to complex, rigorous impact evaluations
  2. Research – both primary research and secondary, desk research
  3. Assessments – targeted assessments available from subject matter experts across a wide variety
    of disciplines
  4. Pilots – limited on-the-ground implementation of field activities to test promising approaches or
  5. Communications and Knowledge Management – strategic communications planning, digital
    storytelling, website management, and support for knowledge sharing events and webinars
  6. Training – including in-person and online training programs and workshops


CEL is a highly flexible GSA (MOBIS) Work Assignment Contract managed by the E3/Land and Urban Office in Washington. CEL covers three separate, cross-cutting sectors: land tenure and property rights; local sustainability; and urban development. USAID Missions and Bureaus can buy into CEL for individual Work Assignments (similar to small Task Orders) for a variety of services, from small assessments to large evaluations. Work Assignments do not need to be competed through a new solicitation.


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