Organization: Invisible Children
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 12 Jan 2018
Community Resilience in Central Africa (CRCA) is a 5-year USAID-funded project implemented by the US NGO Invisible Children in DR Congo (in parts of Bas- and Haut-Uele) and Central African Republic (in parts of Mbomou, Haut-Mbomou and Haute Kotto). The project will run until October 2022.
The project aims to contribute to communities (a) more resilient to the impact of armed groups, (b) more likely to peacefully transform intercommunal conflict and (c) more supportive of wildlife conservation initiatives. The strategy of the project is to empower communities through community-based protection (an Early Warning System mostly based on HF radios), livelihoods, psychosocial services and conflict transformation support. The project has a significant component of collaboration with wildlife protection stakeholders, including natural parks.
Note that CRCA has a project-long contract with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) for monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL). While the contract resulting from this SoW will be managed directly by Invisible Children, CRCA expects from the offerors to foresee a degree of dialogue and informal coordination with HHI lead researcher(s) to maximize convergence between the outputs of this SoW and CRCA’s more global MEL agenda. This may include HHI reviewing (in an advisory role to CRCA) the detailed methodology of this consultancy after award, meeting/calls between researchers, and the sharing of tools and dataset, for example. Offerors must be comfortable with working alongside HHI, collaborating with HHI and sharing documents, information and data with that organization.
The consulting need
To support project delivery and sustainability, CRCA wants to understand better local dynamics where the project will take place, focusing on the individual stakeholders in place that can have a positive or negative effect on the project.
CRCA is seeking the services of a consulting firm, organization, or group of individual consultants that will research, write up and present those local dynamics, primarily using a Political Economy Analysis (PEA) approach. PEA is required as the core methodology however offerors can submit proposed draft methodologies that also include other approaches in complement.
CRCA anticipates signing a final consulting agreement o/a February 15, 2018. Delivery could then start immediately, or at the date stated in the selected offeror(s)’ Gantt chart.
The expected outputs
As a result of the consultancy, CRCA wants to know and understand who the individual stakeholders in the project’s area of operation (AOO) are, what their background is, what their motives are, and how they could impact the project negatively or positively. CRCA wants to receive specific, actionable recommendations on how to maximize positive effects and mitigate against negative ones.
The output is expected to be:
All outputs are expected to be provided in French language, in soft copy, in editable formats (Word, Excel, etc. – not just PDFs).
Because of the spread of the AOO to be covered, CRCA expects that offerors will present a plan that includes the deployment of several individuals or teams, working each in different locations at any given time. Offerors are free to suggest the number of individuals or teams they want to deploy, and the total duration they foresee for the entire process, provided it does not exceed 6 months in total and that it does cover all locations listed above. Offers that are able to complete the work in less than 6 months will be considered positively. If delivery must be suspended in all or part of the entire AOO of CRCA due to security reasons or force majeure, CRCA will not deem this a breach of performance and will not consider this a delay on the part of the consultant; CRCA does welcome offers from offerors that are security cautious.
What CRCA will be able to provide as support, at no cost to the offeror:
What CRCA will NOT be able to provide as support (this is indicative, not exhaustive):
How to apply:
Offerors can ask technical or practical questions to help them prepare their offer by emailing their questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 24, 12-midnight Kinshasa time. All questions will be answered in writing and all answers provided at once to all offerors who have either asked a question or registered (at the same email address) to receive the answers. All emails must use the title ‘QUESTIONS FOR CRCA PEA ANALYSES’.
Offerors must submit their initial offer by January 12, 2018, 12-midnight Kinshasa time at the same email address. Offers must include one single PDF file including the following, in this order:
Offers may be submitted in either French or English, or a mixture of both (for example, it is perfectly acceptable to submit a methodology in English, but to have some of the CVs in French, or the other way around).
Offerors may bid for all the AOO, or only all of the DRC AOO, or only all of the CAR AOO. If the offeror bids for only all of DRC or all of CAR, this should be clearly indicated on the cover page, otherwise offers will be assumed as covering the entire project AOO in both countries.
Evaluation criteria for Award
Proposals received from responsible Offerors in a timely fashion will be evaluated for award on the basis of their best overall value to the project. Best Overall Value will be determined by a Selection Committee on the basis of the criteria set forth below.
Although price is not a factor for technical consideration, it is an important element in evaluation for award. Price must show demonstrated reasonableness and be balanced among the respective items to be delivered. The significance of price will increase the closer technical rankings become. Offerors are strongly encouraged to provide their best price proposal with submission of their offer.
Upon analysis of the offers, CRCA may either award the consultancy to one offeror, consider splitting the consultancy between several offerors, or short-list one or several offers for further discussions with those offerors.
Source and nationality considerations
The USAID “Geographic Code” for the procurement of goods and services under this project is Code 937 – United States of America, Cooperating Country, and Low Income/Lower Middle Income Developing Countries. All interested Offerors meeting these product/service eligibility requirements are invited to submit proposals under this RFP. Offerors must agree that no services will be rendered through a service provider in any foreign policy restricted country.
A current list of eligible countries and further information on Source and Nationality may be found at http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ads/300/310.pdf. Funds provided under this award shall not be used to procure any goods or services furnished by any firms or individuals from Cuba, North Korea, Syria, or Iran nor any goods manufactured in any of these countries.
List of geographical units to be covered
In CAR – at the time this SoW is published, all work except Obo sous-préfecture is likely to be suspended due to security reasons.
Haute Kotto préfecture