Deadline for submission of proposal:
28/03/2022 at 23:59 (Jamaican date and time)
Stand Up for Jamaica Limited (SUFJ) through funding provided by the European Union (EU) will open Request for Proposals (RFP) for funding period 2022-2024. Through this RFP, SUFJ invites local civil society networks and grassroots organizations to apply for a grant to support their activity of providing resources, sensitization and assistance for survivors of GBV. Expressions of interest should be submitted to functional mailbox for the call: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications will be Monday, March 28, 2022 at 23:59 Jamaica time.
This call for proposal is opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:
Any civil society organization providing assistance to survivors of gender based violence.
Must be in operation in Jamaica for at least three years with proof of success in GBV sensitization and assistance to survivors
Must be non-profit making
· Full commitment towards Human Rights principles
· Extensive experience on gender based violence documented
· Extensive practice in conducting HR and GBV workshops and in dealing with a challenging environment
· Capability to use a suitable language to attract and motivate audience
· Reports and documentation will be required on all proposed activities
Must be directly responsible for the implantation of the project
Introduction of Company and Project History
The rehabilitation of inmates is an initiative which requires sustained action. Stand Up for Jamaica has for the past ten years introduced a basic programme of rehabilitation in Jamaica’s correctional institutions through grant funding received from the European Union. Over the years, we have successfully worked under the calls made by the European Union on Human Rights and Democracy. We work with the most fragile groups such as LGBT population, mentally ill, HIV positive inmates are in urgent need of care and survivors of gender based violence.
Through “Rehabilitation of Inmates – A Professional and Artistic Way to come back in the Society – Part 3”we were successful in entrenching rehabilitation as a standard mode of operation within the correctional institutions. Inmates have maintained and capitalized on the basic rehabilitative support received under the EIDHR grants. Such constant work in progress has produced changes such as an increased support to rehabilitation, availability of some groups to offer support, several media campaigns on alternatives to incarceration for the mentally ill and juveniles. In this current, there will be an increased focus on addressing issues which affect our marginalize population, while a widespread campaign on GBV and domestic abuse will be one of the major proposed highlights for the new project; offering training, legal assistance and counselling to abused women and sensitization sessions for male and female inmates. The past project has scored great success on education, with an increased amount of students and higher education standards and literacy levels.
By leading the way through sustained actions in areas of psychological, social, legal and medical support, this action will facilitate a culture change within the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) who is required to ensure the protection of the human rights and dignity of Jamaican inmates. With the specific objective of further enhancing access to the rehabilitation services within the correctional system, and fast tracking reintegration for inmates, the action is rooted in a philosophy of change management, not only for inmates in respect of their rehabilitation and reintegration, but also for the DCS and the society as a whole.
Gender based violence is currently extremely extended towards women and girls in Jamaica, and it has increased during the pandemic. Stand Up for Jamaica has programs that allow women to develop their ability to develop self awareness and gender pride to learn to become as independent as possible. The most fragile elements of the prison population are women and female juveniles, most of whom enter the institutions traumatized, because in most instances they are imprisoned as a result of response to violence and years of abuse. They have been suffering abuses while they did not have access to instruments to defend themselves. Most often than not, they are single mothers, and will be more concerned with the welfare of their children while they are incarcerated. Most of them have not received sexual education or legal advice as instruments for self defence and self awareness. Our intention is to provide them with gynaecological services and information on sex education, sensitization sessions, counselling and legal representation where needed. The choice to hire a civil servant serves the purpose to offer to women assistance towards their reintegration in their communities providing them with certificates, ID, job letters, police records and other social instruments. Our action will also involve male inmates in an attempt to change a culture of violence and to teach how positive relationships can be based on dialogue, mutual understanding and support instead of to overwhelm. To change the well rooted macho culture of males become integral part for change.
In order to respond to two major objectives, GBV and discrimination, we are issuing a call for proposal to a CSO that will offer specific professional expertise on these matters, and guarantee the protection of those in need of assistance. These prevention and intervention measures will include but are not limited to:
· Advocacy and Gender Based Violence and human rights sensitization sessions for male and female inmates hiring a women association with expertise and long standing action on GBV
· Promoting reconciliation where possible between the survivors and offenders by way of the Restorative Justice (RJ) Program
Your proposal should follow the format below:
· Executive Summary
· Background on your business
· Relevant experience to the project over the last five years
· What services your organization can offer that would complement our project goals
· Three references including name, contact details from three previous clients
· Budget of proposed expenses for the project (NB: cannot exceed 40% of the total budget which is €12,000.00)
NB: In order to control and ensure full accountability of grant funding, all payout from the proposed budget will be made by Stand up for Jamaica’s accounting clerk.
Size of grants
Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following [minimum and] maximum amounts:
· Minimum amount: €6,000.00
· Maximum amount: €12,000.00
· Action duration must be minimum 12 months and maximum 24 months from the date of signature of the contract
Kindly submit your proposal in pdf format to email@example.com by Monday, March 28, 2022 at 23:59 Jamaican time.
How will the project be evaluated?
STEP 1 - During the administrative check the following will be assessed:
· If the deadline has been met. Otherwise, the application will be automatically rejected.
· If the application satisfies all the criteria specified. This includes also an assessment of the eligibility of the action. If any of the requested information is missing or is incorrect, the application may be rejected on that sole basis and the application will not be evaluated further.
· The applications that pass this check will be evaluated on the relevance and design of the proposed action, as well as the financial. The application will receive an overall score out of 100 using the breakdown in the evaluation grid below.
STEP 2 - The selection criteria help to evaluate the applicant's operational capacity and the lead applicant's financial capacity and are used to verify that they:
· have stable and sufficient sources of finance to maintain their activity throughout the proposed action and, where appropriate, to participate in its funding
· have the management capacity, professional competencies and qualifications required to successfully complete the proposed action. For the purpose of the evaluation of the financial capacity, applicants must ensure that the relevant information and documents (i.e. audited financial statements for the last two financial years) are up to date. If the information and documents do not allow for a proper evaluation of the financial capacity, the application may be rejected.
STEP 3 - The evaluation criteria will be given a score between 1 and 5 as follows: 1 = very poor; 2 = poor; 3 = adequate; 4 = good; 5 = very good.
1.1 How relevant is the proposal to the objectives and priorities of the call for proposals and to the specific themes/sectors/areas or any other specific requirement stated in the guidelines for applicants? Are the expected results of the action aligned with the priorities defined in the guidelines for applicants
1.2 How clearly defined and strategically chosen are those involved (final beneficiaries, target groups)? Have their needs (as rights holders and/or duty bearers) and constraints been clearly defined and does the proposal address them appropriately
1.3 Does the proposal contain particular added-value elements (e.g. innovation, best practices)?
1.4 Does the action take into account external factors (risks and assumptions)?
1.5 Are the activities feasible and consistent in relation to the expected results (including timeframe)? Are results (output, outcome and impact) realistic?
1.6 To which extent does the proposal integrate relevant cross-cutting elements such as promotion of gender equality and equal opportunities, cater to the needs of survivors of gender based violence, promotion of the rights of minorities and the key population?
1.7 Are the activities appropriately reflected in the budget?
1.8. Do the applicants have sufficient technical expertise and management in-house capacity (including staff, equipment and ability to handle the budget for the action)?
1.9 Is the action likely to have a tangible impact on its target groups?
1.10 Does the proposal include an effective and efficient monitoring system? Is there an evaluation planned (previous, during or/and at the end of the implementation)?
MAXIMUM TOTAL SCORE
Note: A score of 5 (very good) will only be allocated if the proposal specifically addresses more than the required minimum number of priorities as indicated in the objectives of the programme. Once all applications have been assessed, a list will be drawn up with the proposed actions ranked according to their total score. Only applications with a score of at least 35 will be considered for pre-selection.
The award criteria and selection help to evaluate the quality of the applications in relation to the objectives and priorities set forth in the guidelines, and to award grants to projects which maximise the overall effectiveness of the call for proposals. They help to select applications which the contracting authority can be confident will comply with its objectives and priorities. They cover the relevance of the action, its consistency with the objectives of the call for proposals, quality, expected impact, sustainability and cost-effectiveness. After the evaluation, a table will be drawn up listing the applications ranked according to their score. The highest scoring applications will be provisionally selected until the available budget for this call for proposals is reached.
NOTIFICATION OF THE CONTRACTING AUTHORITY’S DECISION
The applicant(s) will be informed in writing of the Contracting Authority’s decision concerning their application via e-mail and, if rejected, the reasons for the negative decision.
Invitation to submit applications
February 28, 2022
Deadline for submission of applications
March 28, 2022
23:59 Jamaica time online
Information on the evaluation of applications
April 12, 2022
Notification of award(s)
April 19, 2022
April 29, 2022
CONDITIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION AFTER THE CONTRACTING AUTHORITY’S DECISION TO AWARD
Following the decision to award a grant, the beneficiary(ies) will be offered a contract based on the standard grant contract. By signing the application form, the applicant agrees, if awarded a grant, to accept the contractual conditions of the standard grant contract.