Request for Proposals (RFP) - Strengthening the Resilience of Women in Politics through Building Capacity to Address Online Violence

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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Request for Proposals

Strengthening the Resilience of Women in Politics through Building Capacity to Address Online Violence

 

Summary

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is seeking local civil society organizations, informal civic groups, or individual consultants in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands to design—in collaboration with NDI—a trauma-informed curriculum and deliver workshops on gendered online violence and resilience strategies for women election candidates, political activists, election officials, and election observers. The program draws on previous research on online violence against women in politics (VAW-P) in the program countries. Vendors may bid on one or multiple countries.

To apply, service providers should complete the attached application and send it to [email protected] no later than February 18, 2022. Additional questions may be sent to the same email address.

Funding for providers is contingent upon donor approval.

 

Background

National Democratic Institute (NDI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, non-governmental organization that responds to the aspirations of people around the world to live in democratic societies that recognize and promote basic human rights. Since its founding in 1983, NDI and its local partners have worked to support and strengthen democratic institutions and practices by strengthening political parties, civic organizations and parliaments, safeguarding elections, and promoting citizen participation, openness, and accountability in government.

With staff members and volunteer political practitioners from more than 100 nations, NDI brings together individuals and groups to share ideas, knowledge, experiences and expertise. Partners receive broad exposure to best practices in international democratic development that can be adapted to the needs of their own countries. NDI’s multinational approach reinforces the message that while there is no single democratic model, certain core principles are shared by all democracies. NDI began working with civil society and women activists in the Pacific Islands in 2015. NDI’s programming goal in the Pacific Islands is to support inclusive and citizen-centered governance by advancing domestic election monitoring efforts, strengthening civil society, enhancing government transparency and accountability, and raising awareness on barriers to women’s political participation. For more information about NDI, please visit www.ndi.org.

 

Eligibility

In the Pacific Islands, NDI is seeking to contract local non-governmental organizations, civic groups, or individual consultants who work with women, particularly in the context of supporting women involved with politics and/or women experiencing gender-based violence. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience developing and delivering psychosocial support or trauma-informed capacity building for women victims of online or offline violence.  

Statement of Work

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with NDI to develop the curriculum for a training course, as well as recruit participants and deliver sessions in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and/or Solomon Islands. They will integrate global best practices and lessons learned from developing countries around the world with region-specific data and case studies in a culturally-sensitive approach. The applicant(s) should be able to identify and engage individuals who are politically active women (such as those currently in office, those running for office, citizen election observers, and women journalists) to participate in the training course. The training sessions, which the applicants will help plan and lead, will focus on two major themes: providing a trauma-informed approach to capacity building in the face of online VAW-P, and providing resilience strategies when experiencing online VAW-P. Sample topics under each thematic area are provided below:

 

Theme 1: Understanding online violence against women in politics

  • The importance of online space for women’s political participation
  • The goals and impacts of online VAW-P
  • Types of violence against women in politics; tools and tactics; perpetrators
  • Defining stressors and traumatic events
  • The special case of gendered disinformation

 

Theme 2: Designing resilience strategies

  • Making sense of psychological trauma within the cultural context.
  • Normal and adaptive responses to acute stress and traumatic incidents.
  • Responding to online abuse and disinformation
  • Overcoming domination techniques
  • Stress management and self-care strategies
  • Stakeholder mapping and advocating for action by political parties, social media platforms, and the media
  • Creating networks of support and solidarity
  • Using on-platform tools to mitigate harassment and disinformation campaigns

 

Applicants must employ a do-no-harm/trauma-informed approach in their work for this project. As much as possible, a psychosocial support expert will be present during the events to provide assistance to participants as needed. At a minimum, referral information will be provided to participants.

 

Anticipated Contract Duration

March 1, 2022 - September 30, 2022 (with a likely extension, contingent on donor approval)

 

Anticipated Level of Effort

Maximum of 20 days for single-country bids; for multi-country bids, additional days will be added in consultation with the NDI program team.

 

Qualifications and Proposal Requirements

Potential vendors should submit a written proposal to NDI by the aforementioned deadline for full consideration. Proposals should indicate the bidder’s qualifications to provide the services outlined in their proposal. Details on what to include in the proposal are outlined in the application.

 

How to Apply

Please complete and submit the attached application by no later than February 18, 2022 to [email protected]. Applicants may submit ONE proposal per organization or group.

 

NDI Disclosure Statement

NDI reserves the right to reject any and all bids. NDI reserves the right to consider bids for modification at any time before a contract is awarded. NDI should not be liable for any costs associated with the preparation, transmittal, or presentation materials submitted in response to the RFP. NDI makes no certification as to the accuracy of any item and is not responsible or liable for any reliance on or use of the information or for any claims asserted therefrom.

NDI reserves the right to contact bidders to seek additional information and clarifications based on the submission of proposals following the submission deadline.

NDI will evaluate bids based on the vendor's ability to meet the description of services needed, cost and value-for-money, and experience/reputation for delivering similar projects.

If the execution of work to be performed by the bidder requires the hiring of subcontractors, this must be clearly stated in the proposal. NDI will not refuse a proposal based upon the use of subcontractors; however, NDI retains the right to refuse the subcontractors selected by a vendor. Please note that selected vendor(s) would be expected to use NDI’s standard contract template, a copy of which is available upon request.

The bid should be valid for 90 days from the due date of this RFP.

 

 

Application

 

Basic Information

  • Organization Name (if applicable)
  • Application Date
  • Authorized representative(s)
  • CVs of key personnel, detailing previous experience and expertise on the training topics and approaches
  • Address (personal address, if applying as an individual; organization’s address, if applying as an organization)
  • How did you hear about this funding opportunity?

Organizations do not need to be registered in the PICs. However, if you are registered, please provide your registration number: _________________________.

 

Organization Mission (If applicable)

Please list the mission of your organization (if you are applying as an organization). This does not have to be related to the contract, specifically, but should reflect your values and commitment to the community. (100 words maximum)

 

Political Context

Provide a brief political overview of the challenges politically active women face in terms of online VAW-P in the country or countries in which you are applying (Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and/or Solomon Islands), as well as opportunities to support them.

 

Proposed Tasks and Deliverables

Please provide a detailed list of minimum deliverables you can provide, and tasks you will undertake as part of this project.

Sample tasks and deliverables:

  • Curriculum development
  • Outreach to participants
  • Event preparation
  • Delivery of workshop session(s)
  • Reporting

 

Be specific: describe the expertise you can provide in developing a training curriculum related to building capacity and creating resilience strategies for women involved in politics who are victims of political violence; your level of access to relevant participants, your outreach approach and anticipated number of participants in the training sessions; and your training delivery methodology.

The safety of all partners and project participants is paramount to NDI. Due to the continuous challenges posed by COVID-19, the project activities will be designed so that they can be delivered either in person, online, or a hybrid format depending on local COVID-19 prevention guidelines and NDI policies in effect at the time when the activity is scheduled to take place.

 

Past Projects and Experience

Please provide a list of previous projects the organization has worked on relevant to the scope of this program, and how those projects were funded. Please list all relevant projects within the last 3 years.

 

Budget

Please provide a proposed daily rate for services, inclusive of all expenses (for example, labor cost, office supplies cost, etc.).

Please note that all travel costs associated with future in-person meetings and activities (plane/boat tickets, lodging, per diem and reasonable reimbursement for travel expenses like taxis, etc.) will be covered by NDI. Do not include these expenses in this section.

 

Disclosure and Certification

Please provide disclosure of any known past, present or future relationships with any parties associated with NDI. For example, bidders should disclose if a member of their Board is also a member of NDI's Board currently or in the past, or if they are affiliated (such as a board member, current/past employee or family member, volunteer, etc.) with a civil society organization that is a current, past or planned recipient of NDI funding.

Please also certify in this section that the prices offered were arrived at independently and without the purpose of restricting competition with other offerers, including but not limited to subsidiaries and that prices have not been and will not be knowingly disclosed to any other offerer unless required by law.

Failure to comply with these requirements may result in NDI having to re-evaluate the selection of a potential bid.

 

List of Attachments

Please include the following as attachments to your application:

  • Contact information for at least 2 professional references that can attest to past performance on projects of similar scope. The references must include email addresses and phone numbers;
  • Name of contract signatory, registration and tax documentation;
  • A sample curriculum for this project; and
  • Any samples of past relevant work, especially providing trauma-informed capacity building within the cultural context when conducting training related to violence against women.
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