Request for Application (RFA) For Voter Education on Electoral Systems and Political parties in Somalia
Subject: Request for Application (RFA) Number: RFA-BUILD-004
Title: Voter Education on Electoral Systems and Political parties in Somalia
RFA Issuance Date: July 23, 2019
Deadline for Questions/Clarifications: August 10, 2019
Closing Date: August 22, 2019
Creative Associates International in Somalia seeks applications from qualified applicants in Somalia to fund a program entitled “Voter Education on Upcoming Electoral Processes and Draft Electoral Law in Somalia” eligibility for this award is restricted. See Section C of this RFA for eligibility requirements.
An award will be made to selected responsible applicant(s) whose application(s) best meet the objectives of this funding opportunity and the selection criteria contained herein.
For purposes of the RFA “Grantee” is synonymous with “Recipient”. Eligible organizations interested in submitting an application are encouraged to read this funding opportunity thoroughly to understand the type of program sought, application submission requirements and evaluation process.
To be eligible for award, the applicant must provide all information as required in this RFA and meet eligibility standards in Section C of this RFA. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the entire RFA has been received from the internet in its entirety and Creative bears no responsibility for data errors resulting from transmission or conversion process.
The application must be submitted electronically to BUILD’s Grants Department at email@example.com no later than the deadline stated above. Applicants facing problems with submitting their applications electronically can email the Grants Department to receive additional guidance on alternative means of submission.
Any questions concerning this RFA should be submitted in writing to BUILD’s Grants Department at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the deadline stated above. Responses to questions received prior to the deadline will be furnished to all potential applicants through an amendment to this notice via e-mail. Issuance of this RFA does not constitute an award commitment on the part of Creative nor does it commit the Creative to pay for any costs incurred in preparation or submission of comments/suggestions or an application. Applications are submitted at the risk of the applicant. All preparation and submission costs are at the applicant’s expense.
Thank you for your interest in this RFA.
Chief of Party
Attachment 1 – Request for Application
Attachment 2 – Application Template
Attachment 3 – Budget Template
Attachment 4 – Certifications, Assurances, and Other Statements of the Recipient and Solicitation Standard
Attachment 5 – Standard Provisions for non-U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations
Attachment 6 – Standard Provisions for Fixed Amount Awards to Non-Governmental Organizations (USAID
only) (for FAAs Only)
- Program Description
Among core objectives of the Bringing Unity, Integrity, and Legitimacy to Democracy (BUILD) project is support to universal suffrage through the one-person one-vote (OPOV) elections anticipated in 2020. NIEC announced that it will conduct the biometric voter registration and the electoral law is currently with parliament. This provides opportunity to inform Somalis with concrete information about the electoral cycle, key aspect of the new electoral systems, and follow up with new voter education and even voter information as it becomes available. Any grant(s) awarded under this RFA will, therefore, support eligible civil society organizations (CSOs) to promote and inform Somali citizens on themes of electoral processes and institutions in the Federal Republic of Somalia. The focus of the grant should be to increase the knowledge of Somali citizens in electoral processes through messages agreed in joint messaging sessions with the NIEC and for CSOs to engage in electoral processes by promoting those messages.
Priority will be given to CSOs with a track record in programming for inclusive politics, democratization and electoral processes with a federal network of partners and anyCSOs engaged in voter education related activities and initiatives in support of the electoral process in the Federal Republic of Somalia. CSOs are to note that proposals for voter education in 2020 should demonstrate a sensitivity to the low levels of literacy in Somalia; using creative approaches that are culturally sensitive.
Activities should enhance citizens’ awareness on key electoral issues and as importantly reinforce citizens’ roles and responsibilities to actively participate in educating Somali citizens about the processes leading up to OPOV elections in 2020 through voter education and information.
An electoral process to facilitate a transition in parliament and of the presidency at the federal level in Somalia was conducted at the end of 2016 and in early 2017 with OPOV elections scheduled for 2020. Somalia will face multiple complex political processes before these elections like the drafting of an election and political party law, voter registration, the formulation of political parties, election campaign and the polling and counting of votes.
While a limited electoral process was conducted in 2016/17 the knowledge and experience with OPOV election and inclusive politics among the Somali electorate is extremely limited. While Somalia is preparing for universal suffrage (OPOV) in 2020, large parts of the population of the country have never experienced OPOV in their lifetime and hence lack understanding of the processes leading up to a free, fair, inclusive and credible election process.
Voter education activities supported by BUILD will lay the foundation for a more informed citizenry, specifically the electorate. Engagement needs to be preceded by heightened awareness of their roles, rights and responsibilities as citizens. This will be supported through the dissemination of awareness material around key electoral legislation such e.g. the transitional constitution, electoral system through the electoral cycle, human rights, women’s quota, and the role of political parties to promote civic and political participation. Other activities can promote engagement of citizens in the electoral and political process through the acknowledgement of their rights and responsibilities. To this end, the specific objectives for any activities funded through this RFA are to:
- Increase capacity and technical knowledge of CSOs in key electoral topics and to support their awareness activities.
- Increase knowledge of CSOs’ constituents on key electoral topics such as the role of the constitution, the electoral cycle, the role of NIEC, political parties, the election law and the electoral administration process
- Improve understanding of citizens on their rights and responsibilities within the election process and how they can effectively and actively engage to be part of securing a fair, transparent, inclusive process
- Increase venues for engagement between citizens and NIEC, political parties and CSO, traditional leaders, clerics and CBO to discuss and engage in the electoral process
- Raise awareness of the needs and rights of marginalized groups (Women, Youth, PWD, IDP, minority clans) in an inclusive electoral process.
Below are some illustrative activities:
PLEASE NOTE HERE THAT MATERIALS THAT WILL BE DEVELOPED AND DISSEMINATED WILL REQUIRE THE CONSULTATION WITH AND APPROVAL OF NIEC IN MESSAGING WORKSHOPS FACILITATED BY. THE GRANTEE THEREFORE HAS TO WOK CLOSELY WITH BUILD and NIEC
Grantees should make a special effort to reach out to women, young people, internally displaced persons, persons with disabilities, and people from other groups that have traditionally been marginalized in Somali politics and governance. CSOs that already have strong relationships with or represent these populations are encouraged to apply. Content should be inclusive of these population groups.
Examples of activities supported under any grant(s) awarded under this RFA may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Conduct Training of Trainers (Tots) to community activists on key electoral education related topics which will be finalized in messaging workshops with the NIEC. Examples include: Election law and other legal framework, Electoral cycle, the role of political parties, andthe role of civil society in elections etc.)
- Production of traditional methods to deliver messages agreed in joint workshops with the NIEC to constituents who are more receptive to oral communication. Formats can include traditional songs, dramas, and poetry in related topics.
- Debates that engage university students, faculty, Political Parties, Members of Parliament, NIEC representatives on elections.
- Messaging through media outlets that are about various aspects of electoral processes for women, youth, internally displaced persons, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized groups and increase awareness around the electoral process.
- Roundtable and panel discussions among key civil society actors and NIEC representatives around issues agreed with NIEC in messaging workshops facilitated by BUILD.
- Messages agreed in joint workshops with the NIEC placed on social media.
- Authorizing Legislation
Awards are authorized in accordance with Creative Associates International Cooperative Agreement No. AID-623-A-16-00001 with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
- Award Information
- Estimate of Funds Available and Number of Awards Contemplated
Subject to the availability of funds, Creative plans to issue multiple or a single award(s) under this RFA.
The total estimated amount of funding available under this RFA is up to $50,000 for a single award and a cumulative total of $150,000 for multiple awards. The amount of each award is subject to negotiations, and each award amount may or may not fall in the range previously provided. Furthermore, Creative is not obligated to issue awards up to the amount of funding available.
Creative reserves the right to fund one, some, all, or none of the applications submitted.
- Period of Performance
The estimated start date will be upon signature of award, on or about September 15, 2019. The anticipated duration of Creative’s support is 6 -9 months.
- Award Mechanisms
Creative’s final determination on award mechanism will be based on its assessment of an applicant’s risk prior to award. If Creative’s assessment identifies weaknesses or deficiencies that call into question the applicant’s ability to manage an award, Creative may elect to remove the applicant from consideration under this funding opportunity or select a mechanism more appropriate for the applicant’s current capacity.
The most common award mechanisms issued by Creative are fixed amount awards (FAAs) and in-kind awards. Under FAAs, payments are performance based and issued to an awardee after its successful completion of pre-defined programmatic milestones. Under in-kind awards, Creative a) makes payments on behalf of the grantee and/or b) procures/delivers goods and services on behalf of the grantee.
Creative also may elect to issue cost-reimbursable awards (i.e. simplified or standard grants) to grantees in instances where: a) applicants demonstrate sufficient financial management capacity to implement such mechanisms and b) such awards are determined to be appropriate mechanisms for implementing the program description.
- Eligibility Information
- Eligible Applicants
To be eligible for an award under this funding opportunity, an applicant must be any of the following types of organizations:
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Civil Society Organizations
- Media Support Organizations.
Applications from coalitions or networks of CSOs are also welcome. Any CSO coalition/network applying for funding under this RFA should clearly indicate in its application the CSO that will serve as the legal representative for the coalition/network and sign grant documents should its application be approved for funding.
Individuals and governments are not eligible to apply.
Preference will be given to applicants that engage in local activities to support government accountability, increased participation of women and youth in public life, youth leadership, human rights, civic awareness, and strengthened concepts of citizenship.
Additionally, to be considered for an award, an applicant (including a CSO coalition/network) must:
- Be based in Somalia
- Have a bank account in the name of the applicant
- Adhere to generally accepted democratic leadership and participation principles, and
- Contribute effectively to and work cooperatively with BUILD/Creative staff and directives.
An applicant must be officially registered and working in compliance with all applicable civil and fiscal regulations, including but not limited to pertinent local laws and status.
- Cost Sharing or Matching
Cost sharing is not required under this funding opportunity.
- Limit on Number of Applications
Each eligible organization may submit only one application. Please note that issuance of this RFA does not in any way obligate Creative to pay for costs incurred by prospective applicants in the preparation and submission of an application.
- Application & Submission Information
- Address to Request Application Package
Any requests regarding this RFA package may be addressed to:
Attention: Grants Department
Email Address: email@example.com
- Content and Form of Application Submission
Each application must be submitted in two separate parts: a) Technical Application and b) Cost Application. To prepare both parts, applicants must use the templates provided in Attachments 2 and 3, which provide instructions on the required content and format. Applicants not following these instructions are at risk of being considered non-responsive to the requirements of the RFA and eliminated from further consideration. All information must also be submitted in English. If the application is in any other language, it will be considered non-responsive and eliminated from further consideration.
Applicants should retain for their records one (1) copy of the application and all enclosures which accompany it.
Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act, Creative prefers to receive applications electronically. However, Creative also recognizes that certain limitations related to internet connectivity and/or access to information and communications technologies may prevent certain applicants from submitting in electronic format. Therefore, Creative also accepts hard copy submissions.
- DUNS Number
To receive an award, successful applicants may be required to obtain a valid Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number. If requested by BUILD/Creative to obtain a DUNS number, information regarding registration can be found at the following website: http://www.dnb.com/get-a-duns-number.html
- Submission Date & Time
Applicants must submit their Technical and Cost Applications prior to the closing date and time listed on the cover page. Applications that are submitted late are at risk of not being considered for review. Late applications are marked as “late”. Creative reserves the right to accept and include late applications in the review and award process only when: a) Creative considers it to be in its best interest and b) applications received on time have not yet been opened and reviewed.
- Funding Restrictions
Construction activities proposed under this RFA are not allowable under this RFA. Furthermore, the following funding restrictions apply to the following grant types:
- Fixed Amount Award Agreement – (1) the duration of a fixed amount award may not exceed three (3) years; and (2) the fixed amount award must not include the purchase of any real property.
- Simplified Grant Agreement – (1) the grant agreement will not exceed $150,000 USD; (2) the grantee will not purchase any goods or services, except as authorized pursuant to 22 CFR 228 or ADS 310 or any applicable waivers, and the grantee will not purchase any single item that has a useful life over one year and a cost of $5,000 or more; (3) all costs under the award are direct, meaning that no indirect costs are allowable.
All costs proposed in an application must be allowable, allocable, and reasonable.
Creative will not reimburse for any costs incurred prior to the signing of a grant agreement.
- Other Submission Requirements
- Format of Submission – The Technical and Cost Applications must be submitted separately if sent via electronic format or packaged separately if delivered in hard copy format.
- Submittal of Applications – The Technical and Cost Applications must be submitted electronically or in hard copy to the e-mail address or address located in ‘1’ above of this Section. Should an applicant experience any difficulties in submitting an application, they should contact Raxma Yusuf Salad, +252 (0) 618741588.
- Questions & Answers – Questions regarding this RFA must be submitted in electronic format or hard copy to the same email/physical address above no later than the due date and time listed on the cover page for clarification questions. There will only be one round of questions and answers throughout the RFA process.
Any information given to a prospective applicant concerning this RFA will be furnished promptly to all other prospective applicants as an amendment to this RFA if that information is necessary in submitting applications or if the lack of it would be prejudicial to any other prospective applicant.
- Application Review Information
Each application received by the RFA closing date will be reviewed against the eligibility criteria outlined in “Section C. Eligibility Information”. Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered for award. Eligible applications that are found to be incomplete will be determined nonresponsive and also not considered for award.
Eligible, responsive applications will be reviewed in accordance with the technical and cost criteria set forth below. Following this review, Creative may request the apparently successful applicant(s) to submit a revised application and/or responses to clarifying questions by a specified date. Creative reserves the right to award without requesting clarifications or additional detail in an application.
Technical Evaluation Criteria
The technical application will be evaluated against the following criteria:
Technical Approach: 45 points
The applicant’s score on technical approach will be based on the following factors:
- Innovative Design Approach – Evaluators will consider innovative approaches that propose new and cutting-edge ideas and practices and seeks to maximize project impact and reach to achieve better solutions to the project goals.
- Evidence Underlying the Problem– Evaluators will measure the strength of the applicant’s ability to explain the issues/problems that the project will address and any data or findings to support the statement.
- Transformative Potential of Proposed Activities – Evaluators will measure the strength of the activities proposed by the applicant to determine if they are innovative, clearly defined, achievable, and with a clear expected impact.
- Involvement of Key Partners/ Relevance to Program/ and Sustainability – Evaluators will measure the strength of the applicant’s ability to involve key partners at all stages of the project to ensure that activities build key partners’ agency. Evaluators will measure the relevance of the applicant’s stated goals and objectives to the stated goals and objectives of BUILD. Evaluators will determine the strength of the measures proposed by the applicant to ensure sustainability of proposed activities after the period of performance.
- Challenges & Solutions – Evaluators will measure the strength of the applicant’s ability to describe potential implementation challenges and its proposed solutions, including innovative approaches, to overcoming these challenges.
Management & Staffing Plan: 20 Points
Evaluators will measure the strength of the applicant’s ability to describe how its proposed management structure, approach, and systems will be employed to successfully implement activities and ensure program efficiency and effectiveness.
Past Experience:15 Points
Evaluators will measure the strength of the applicant’s past experience:
- implementing similar projects and
- implementing projects in the geographic areas targeted under this RFA.
Gender-Sensitive Programming: 20 points
Evaluators will measure the degree to which gender sensitivity is incorporated into the applicant’s response. For example, applicants should describe actions the program can take to promote women’s participation and empowerment, engage men and boys in gender sensitization; and treating women as full participants and not solely as beneficiaries.
Cost Evaluation Criteria
Once the technical review of the application(s) is completed, BUILD/Creative will evaluate the Cost Application(s) of the apparently successful applicant(s) for cost reasonableness, allocability, and allowability. Additionally, an apparently successful applicant’s organization must demonstrate adequate financial management capability during a pre-award risk assessment conducted by BUILD/Creative.
Cost Evaluation Criteria
Once the technical review of the application(s) is completed, Creative will evaluate the Cost Application(s) of the apparently successful applicant(s) for cost reasonableness, allocability, and allowability. Additionally, an apparently successful applicant’s organization must demonstrate adequate financial management capability during a pre-award risk assessment conducted by Creative.
- Review and Selection Process
To evaluate the application(s), Creative will establish a Selection Committee (SC) comprised of three members with expertise relevant to the program requirements described in this RFA. Throughout the evaluation process, Creative will take every step to ensure that members of the SC do not have any conflicts of interest or the appearance of such with any organization submitting an application in response to this RFA. An individual shall be considered to have the appearance of a conflict of interest if that individual or that individual’s spouse, partner, child, close friend, or relative works for, is negotiating to work for, and/or has a financial interest (including being an unpaid member of a Board of Directors) in any organization that has submitted an application for review by the SC. Members of the SC shall neither solicit nor accept gratuities, favors, or anything of monetary value from any applicant.
The Chief of Party makes the final decision on all awards made under the RFA.
- Award Administration Information
- Award Notices
A Notice of Intent to Award will be provided to the point of contact listed in the application of the apparently successful applicant(s). Please note that such notification does not guarantee an award. An apparently successful applicant must first demonstrate that it possesses or has the ability to obtain the necessary management competence to practice mutually agreed upon methods of accountability for funds and other assets provided. To this end, the applicant may be required to submit additional information about its organization (i.e. Articles of Incorporation or other documentation substantiating the legal character of the applicant or key individuals within its organization) for vetting purposes. Final issuance of an award will be contingent upon the timely receipt of the information requested and the successful completion of Creative’s vetting process/pre-award risk assessment.
- Award Administration
This award will be administered according to the following:
For USAID-funded programs:
- U.S. based NGOs (if applicable) are subject to 2 CFR 200, 2 CFR 700, and ADS 303maa
- Non-U.S. based NGOs are subject to ADS 303mab
- RFAs under which FAAs may be awarded should reference ADS 303saj, Fixed Amount Awards to Non-Governmental Organizations
Reporting requirements (including a reporting schedule) will be provided in the award document. The specific reports required will depend on the award type and project duration; however, examples may include the following:
- Monthly Report(s) including a description of progress made during the reporting period, photos of program activities, challenges encountered during implementation, activities planned for the next reporting period, etc.
- Final Program Report including lessons learned, success stories, a description of the program’s impact vis-à-vis its goal and objectives, etc.
- Financial Reports including planned obligations, actual expenditures, funds remaining, etc. as well as a detailed Final Financial Report.
Please note that issuance of final payment will be contingent upon Creative’s receipt and acceptance of the Final Financial Report and/or Final Program Report. Please note that final payment for Fixed Amount Awards (FAAs) is contingent on the completion of the final milestone and acceptance of its deliverables.
- Marking and Branding
Applicants selected for award will be required to follow the following marking and branding requirements:
Any grants awarded under this RFA will follow the provisions of the approved Branding and Marking Plan detailed in the Cooperative Agreement between Creative and USAID for the BUILD project, along with any necessary waivers for co-branding and/or co-marking obtained by BUILD/Creative. Branding and marking requirements will be communicated to successful applicants prior to the start of grant implementation.
- Environmental Compliance
6.1 ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING & EVALUATION
1 a) The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, Section 117 requires that the impact of
USAID’s activities on the environment be considered and that USAID include environmental
sustainability as a central consideration in designing and carrying out its development programs. This
mandate is codified in Federal Regulations (22 CFR 216) and in USAID’s Automated Directives
System (ADS) Parts 201.5.10g and 204 (http://www.usaid.gov/policy/ADS/200/), which, in part,
require that the potential environmental impacts of USAID-financed activities are identified prior to a
final decision to proceed and that appropriate environmental safeguards are adopted for all activities.
The environmental compliance obligations are further elaborated in the agreement between Creative and client. In the event this clause is applicable, Creative will conduct the due diligence to ensure meeting clients compliance requirements on environmental monitoring and evaluation.
- Contact Information
The applicant(s) may use the following addresses to contact Creative via email regarding this funding opportunity:
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Other Information
Creative reserves the right to fund one, some, or none of the applications received.