Individual Consultant: Local Experts on Programming Activities and Events

  • Mid-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 15 April 2021
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Job Description

Background:

Since 1994, IRI-Ukraine has worked to improve the responsiveness and accountability of local governments in Ukraine. IRI-Ukraine works with political parties to foster internal party democracy, to establish transparent and accountable party organizational structures and to train party activists, staff, candidates, and poll watchers. IRI-Ukraine partners with political parties and civil society to teach the mutual benefits of and facilitate cooperation in addressing issues of concern to local communities. In pursuit of its mission, IRI-Ukraine seeks to work with youth and women to encourage their increased political and civil participation. The Institute is also looking to working with local governments’ elected officials and staff to teach and nurture good governance practices. To best meet these objectives, IRI-Ukraine conducts a wide variety of activities including trainings, seminars, roundtables, public hearings, exchange trips, and conferences in Kyiv and at the municipal and regional level throughout Ukraine. IRI-Ukraine is seeking to contract with local experts to serve as trainers, facilitators, and consultants for our various programming activities and events.

All contractors will report to and work in close collaboration with IRI-Ukraine program staff who oversee our various programs.

There are eight program areas for which contractors may apply. Contractors should specify to which of the following eight programs they are applying and specify to which topic(s) under each program. Contractors may indicate more than one program area and certainly more than one topic under each program area. Eligibility: Individuals must meet all of the following: - At least one year of experience in program area or at least a master’s degree in program area or related field; - Based in or able to travel to Ukraine; and - Professional fluency in Ukrainian with preference give to candidates with additional levels of fluency in Russian and English.

Eligibility:

Individuals must meet all of the following:

- At least one year of experience in program area or at least a master’s degree in program area or related field;

- Based in or able to travel to Ukraine; and

- Professional fluency in Ukrainian with preference give to candidates with additional levels of fluency in Russian and English.

Period of Performance:

Up to one year. IRI may opt to utilize contractual options to extend individual contracts one year at a time for up to five years.

Statement of Work:

Contractor will serve as a trainer, facilitator, and consultant on various programming activities and events. The Contractor will facilitate these activities in close collaboration with IRI-Ukraine. Responsibilities of contractor include:

- Prepare training materials that include presentations, handouts, etc.;

- Prepare practical exercises for participants of training;

- Develop and edit original brochures, manuals and other programmatic resources upon request, (IRI-Ukraine and contractor will coordinate on number of days required to create each resource);

- Participate in selection of or recommend participants for further participation in IRI programs;

- Draft reports on trainings in which the Contractor participates as a consultant;

- Provide recommendations to IRI-Ukraine on the improvement of program content of training;

- Provide recommendations to IRI on the format of further trainings (for example, to invite representatives of civic organizations, municipalities, include more practical exercises, etc.);

- Development of educational audio and visual content for use on social media, television and radio;

- Assist in placement of IRI-Ukraine produced materials on local television, radio, and social and mainstream media;

- Other duties as agreed with IRI-Ukraine.

There are eight program areas for which bidders may apply. In a statement of intent, bidders shall clarify which of the specific subjects they have relevant experience in and can conduct trainings. Bidders may indicate more than one program area.

The topics covered by trainers will include, but are not limited to:

1. Local Elected Officials training

2. Municipal Governance training

3. Political Parties Campaign, Candidates and Organizational Structure training

4. Political Parties / Civil Society Cooperation training and facilitation

5. Political Parties Poll Watcher training

6. Public Hearings training and facilitation

7. Youth Leadership trainings

8. Miscellaneous Democracy and Governance topics

Technical Bid:

All bids submitted to IRI must include:

1. Information addressing your experience in providing each of the services identified in the above Statement of Work and your proposed specific approach for providing those services to IRI under this contract, including sufficient information to determine a clear definition of services as it relates to other providers that may be involved.

2. The name, address, and telephone and facsimile numbers of the bidder (and electronic address if available).

3. Bidders shall provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references with whom the applicant has had a working relationship within the last 24-month period. IRI may contact these individuals.

4. If the Bidder is a U.S. organization/resident, or a foreign organization/resident which has income effectively connected with the conduct of activities in the U.S. or has an office or a place of business or a fiscal paying agent in the U.S., the technical bids must contain Bidder’s Taxpayer Identification Number

5. Bids will not exceed 5 pages (not including cover page), using Times New Roman font, 1” margins.

6. Attachment requirements:

• CV/Resume in English proving relevant experience to serve as consultant for a program and as a trainer on a subject under that program.

• Expert Service Rate Form provided at the end of this solicitation. IRI may contact previous clients and employers for professional references and compensation confirmation.

7. Bidders, who would like to be contracted with IRI-Ukraine, should provide:

a. Evidence of experience in chosen program area(s), such as past work experience or level of education in subject matter. While possessing a Master’s or PhD degree in subject areas is preferred, an equivalent number of years of practical experience is also acceptable.

b. List of topics and subjects under each program area listed in which the consultant has relevant experience and wishes to serve as a consultant or trainer. Bidders may choose more than one program area as well as should list all subjects on which they have relevant experience and can conduct trainings;

c. CV in English proving relevant experience to serve as consultant for a program and as a trainer on a subject under that program;

d. Have written and verbal proficiency in Ukrainian and ability to understand and respond to questions posed in Russian;

e. Indicate your ability to travel around Ukraine and to the Donbas region of government-controlled territory of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts (whether you can, and if yes, then the number of days per a week);

f. Based in or able to travel to Ukraine;

g. Filled in expert rate form enclosed to this request;

h. Example of previous work that demonstrates expertise in listed subject areas and a concise, presentable and concise style. Work samples can include, but are not limited to: past training presentations, recordings of previous webinars, analytic papers and media articles Work samples may be in English, Ukrainian or Russian;

i. A minimum of two references and their contact information (name, title, organization, email and telephone number), whom IRI may contact to verify application’s veracity;

j. Contact and bank information (IBAN, name, address, individual or private entrepreneur documents, etc.);

k. Copies of individual or private entrepreneur documents (passport for individuals/copy of registration documents for PEs) with English language translation, if possible.

Closing Deadline: April 27, 2021

About the Organization

IRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process – including women and youth.

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