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. Specifically, the IRI Syria program works to develop the internal capacity of nascent Syrian civil society organizations (CSOs) to act as advocates for democracy and human rights. IRI helps partner organizations develop the necessary skills to monitor, document and record human rights abuses as well as act as communal leaders engaging in reconciliation efforts. IRI equips CSOs with the skills to develop necessary internal controls such as structure development, internal and external communications, and volunteer outreach and provides trainings on democratic practices, human rights, monitoring and documentation. IRI seeks to empower Syrian CSOs to act as effective public advocates agitating for protection of vulnerable groups, democratic change and an inclusive Syrian national identity.
Statement of Work:
IRI seeks to hire trainers experienced with political party and civil society training. Bidders will have relevant experience working with national government, nonprofit organizations, political parties, local government, international/intergovernmental organizations or civil society. Prior experience working in programs related to Syria is preferred, as well as prior experience conducting programmatic activities for a democracy and governance or aid organization. Ability to train in Arabic will be considered a plus.
Bidders must be able to train on one or more of the following topic areas, and should specify which areas and sub-topics they have experience with:
- Civil society capacity building topics, to include program management, internal organization, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, stakeholder mapping, risk management, and data collection and analysis.
- Communications and advocacy topics, to include trainings on developing and implementing advocacy and awareness campaigns, message and content
development, social media, and media strategy. Experience on exposing and countering disinformation particularly desired.
- Peacebuilding topics, to include conflict analysis and resolution, negotiations, human rights, transitional justice and reconciliation, and countering violent extremism.
- Women’s political empowerment topics, to include trainings on designing, developing and implementing gender-inclusive and gender-transformative
- Politics and governance topics, to include trainings on the basics of democratic political systems, elections, election observation, the role and function of political parties, local governance, and citizen-responsive governance practices.
Bidders should specify to which topic area(s) they are applying, as well as any related areas of expertise not mentioned above.
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 6 pages (not including cover page), using Times New Roman font, 1” margins.
6. Attachment requirements:
- Expert Service Rate Form provided at the end of this solicitation. IRI may contact previous clients and employers for professional references and compensation confirmation.
Price Bids must adhere to the following criteria:
IRI will pay directly (to the hotel and airline) for all preapproved lodging and airfare expenses for the Bidders’ participation in IRI activities and events. The daily and/or hourly rates submitted should, therefore, not include an assumption of costs incurred by the Bidder for travel related expenses. All other expenses, including transportation and meals should be included within the daily and/or hourly rates, as no other expenses will be covered or reimbursed by IRI. Bids must be submitted in USD, payments under any resulting contract will be made in this currency.
Bids must be submitted via email to Hannah Krull, firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “MENA2021SYR02o” by May 15, 2021