The International Republican Institute (IRI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, organization dedicated to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide. Since 1983, IRI has worked to develop democratic institutions and ideals, carrying out a variety of international programs to promote freedom, self-government and the rule of law worldwide. IRI provides technical assistance in the areas of political party strengthening, developing civic institutions and open elections, promoting democratic governance and advancing the rule of law. IRI is in the process of establishing an office in Algiers and registering according to relevant Algerian laws.
This requires IRI to have an attorney in country who can interact with government officials and local representatives. Additionally, the Algeria program foresees the future need to employ Algerians as local staff and enter into contracts with local companies and vendors for delivery of goods and services. IRI is looking for a qualified legal service provider to assist with these, and other, tasks, as well as providing general counsel on an as-needed basis regarding other potential legal considerations of IRI programming.
Period of Performance
Date of signature through February 28, 2021, with the option to extend for a total duration of up to 3 years up in two one-year increments.
Statement of Work
The Contractor will provide legal guidance, advice, service and documentation for contractual and administrative concerns including but not limited to:
- Local labor laws and regulations;
- Immigration, foreign national work permits and visas;
- International non-governmental organization regulations, registration, compliance, filings and host-government relations;
- Contractual matters for consultants, labor, vendors, and service providers for compliance with Algerian laws and regulations;
- Tax laws and regulations.
Additionally, Contractor will provide legal services and consultations throughout the duration of the Agreement on a case-by-case basis to include but not limited to:
- General counsel related to operations, administration, or programming in Algeria;
- Representation in negotiations with contractors or Algeria government;
- Preparation, negotiation, conclusion, and/or witness of basic employment and vendor agreements;
- Providing documentary evidence of counsel, services provided, or in support of IRI activities, and
- Representation in litigation.
Contractor should be able to respond to IRI’s inquiries and requests satisfactorily within a reasonable time and be able to provide estimations of the level of effort (in terms of hours) required to complete a specific project. If available, please include standard estimations alongside the requested services.
Bids must be submitted via email to Justin Roy, at email@example.com with the subject line “MENA2020AL02O” by the deadline listed above.
Closing Deadline: March 26, 2020
About the OrganizationThe International Republican Institute (IRI) was founded in 1983, as a nonprofit nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing democracy, freedom, self-government and the rule of law worldwide. IRI programs are nonpartisan and adhere to the fundamental American principles of individual freedom, equal opportunity and the entrepreneurial spirit that fosters economic development.
IRI was founded after President Ronald Reagan's 1982 speech before the British Parliament in Westminster in which he proposed a broad objective of helping countries build the infrastructure of democracy. Quoting the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he stated "we must be staunch in our conviction that freedom is not the sole prerogative of a lucky few but the inalienable and universal right of all human beings."
The Westminster speech led to the establishment of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) by Congress in 1983. The NED is a mechanism that channels congressional funds to the four institutes: The International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS). These organizations are uniquely qualified to provide technical assistance to aspiring democrats worldwide.
In its infancy, IRI focused on planting the seeds of democratic institutions and processes in Latin America. Since the end of the Cold War, IRI has broadened its reach to support democracy around the globe. IRI has conducted programs in more than 100 countries and is currently active in more than 60 countries.
IRI's board of directors is chaired by U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and includes former Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger, former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, current members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and individuals from the private sector with backgrounds in international relations, business and government.
IRI's president, Lorne Craner, assumed leadership on August 2, 2004. From 2001 to 2004, Craner served as Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. State Department. Craner previously served as IRI's president from 1995 to 2001, during which he led IRI to new levels of achievement.
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