British Embassy is looking for a local implementer to conduct a project on confidence building

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Increased confidence between communities across conflict line through reduction of environmental

security risks in Transnistria

Introduction

The British Embassy in Chisinau is looking to contract a local implementer to conduct activities aiming to increase confidence between communities on both banks of the Nistru River through reduction of environmental security risks in Transnistria linked to exposure and use of pesticides in agriculture. The intended outcome of the project is to improve trust and cooperation between communities across the divide. Locally, the UK has always played an important role in creating platforms for communication at different levels, supporting the regulatory processes and implementing confidence-building projects. The UK Government is a respected actor in Moldova, including the Transnistrian region. We seek to use our positive image, to help voice the priorities and challenges of the population on both banks of the Nistru River, identifying the gaps that need to be addressed, to not only improve the quality of people’s lives, but also build the trust and cooperation between communities across conflict lines.

Objective

The purpose of this project is to raise awareness among the communities on both banks of the Nistru River of the linkages between exposure to pesticides; their effects on human health, and their safe use and storage, which shall contribute to improved communication, the reduction of tensions, the increase of cooperation and the building of confidence between the sides to the conflict. 

Background

Obsolete chemicals present a threat to the health of the communities in which they are stored and, because of the perception they engender, threaten the general economy.  They also place a financial burden on the local authorities in charge of safeguarding, monitoring and maintaining the storage sites. In April 2008, following a seminar on Confidence and Security Building Measures in Economic and Environmental spheres held in Odessa, the Transdniestrian de-facto authorities requested the Environment and Security (ENVSEC) Initiative to provide support for the safe disposal of approximately 100 Tonnes of obsolete pesticides. The Moldovan side supported this initiative and offered its co-operation in developing a project for the disposal of the pesticides. The ENVSEC initiative which aims at reducing risks and promoting co-operation through sound environmental governance has singled out the presence of pesticides in the ENVSCE Eastern Europe Assessment and included in its work plan the destruction of Pesticides in Moldova and particularly on the left bank of the Nistru River.

In 2012 and 2013, the OSCE Mission to Moldova implemented a pilot project that removed 105 tonnes of obsolete pesticides stored at a site on the left bank. This demonstrated that support for joint activities led to the development of concrete measures and proved that co-operation across the post-conflict administrative boundary line for the good of the population on both banks is possible. The project provided a solid basis for any future projects to remove the non-accounted for pesticides and renovate/rehabilitate former storage sites.

The de-facto authorities from Transnistria have requested the continuation of such support to further clean the left bank of the River Nistru of these dangerous pollutants. Thus, the OSCE Mission to Moldova has developed the project entitled “Removal of obsolete pesticides from Transdniestria.Phase2”. This project will remove all remaining pesticides from the left bank and ensure that the pesticides have been fully removed throughout all of the Republic of Moldova.

While the OSCE “Removal of obsolete pesticides from Transdniestria.Phase2” project will focus on the actual removal of the pesticides, the UK Embassy is looking for a local implementer to conduct activities aiming to raise awareness among the population on both banks of the River Nistru of the risks in Transnistria linked to exposure and continuous use of pesticides in agriculture.  

Deliverables:

Design and implement activities in the communities on both banks of the River Nistru, aimed to raise awareness of the linkages between exposure to pesticides; their effects on human health, and their safe use and storage. The projects activities will be coordinated with the British Embassy Chisinau and the OSCE Mission to Moldova. The project implementation period will be negotiated with the selected organization.                                

Eligibility Criteria

- legally registered organisation in the Republic of Moldova;

- at least three years of proven experience in providing similar services;

- at least three successfully completed assignments in the field of environmental risks;

- solid coordination and organizational skills;

- ability to partner with stakeholders, environmental organisations or relevant organisations from both banks of the Nistru River;

Dependencies

The supplier is asked to assume that they will deliver an entirely independent intervention should they win the competition. Items such as office space, translation costs, security, legal fees, transport and accommodation costs should be priced into the contract.

The supplier is responsible for due diligence of potential partners and for assessing, reporting on and mitigating all risks at a project level.

Application Requirements

Applicants are expected to provide:

  1. The completed Project Proposal Form (Annex 1);
  2. Timing of the planned activities and rayons/communities covered;
  3. Activity Based Budget (ABB) - The pricing must be fully described, including all costs to perform the project activities, such as transportation, service duties, and others. ABBs must be submitted in Great Britain Pounds (Annex 2);
  4. A description of the main implementing organisation with details of its experience and capabilities (annexed or using the respective section in the Project Proposal);
  5. A description of the partner implementing organisation (or experts) from the Transnistrian region, with details of its experience and capabilities (annexed or using the respective section in the Project Proposal);
  6. A list of up to three references for assignment in the field of environment performed during the last three years; along with contact details, (British Embassy Chisinau may contact the references to assess previous performance).

Specific requirements

Due to the sensitive nature of the issue addressed, it is important that project partners already have an established track record in working in Transnistria and with the target audience. New entrants are unlikely to gain effective traction in the short to medium timeframe of this tender. 

Careful consideration should also be given as to how this work should be publicised to ensure maximum visibility for UK support, whilst at the same time respecting the sensitivities of the political context.

Reporting and M&E

The supplier will meet at least monthly with the FCO to discuss ongoing progress against their project plan (including communications plan), risks and impact.

The supplier will be asked to formally submit financial and narrative reporting on the project on a quarterly basis as well as a completion report at the end of the project.

FCO reserves the right to carry out evaluation visits at a time agreed with the supplier and after giving reasonable notice.

Financial Management and Payments

The supplier will be reimbursed as per the provisions of the contract, typically, based on deliverables and following the submission of narrative and expense reports.

Performance Management

Performance will be assessed on a monthly and quarterly basis with a key assessment made upon the completion of the project. Any divergence from project plans will need to be explained and plans subsequently updated in consultation with FCO. Significant delays in delivery of activities and/or reporting could lead to delays in payments, rescoping of work and budgets.

Break Points

If the supplier’s performance is not deemed satisfactory, FCO reserves the right to terminate agreement, after giving reasonable notice.

Budget

The FCO has allocated up to £20,000 for the delivery of this project, 100% of which needs to be spent by 30 December 2019.

Timeframe

Project activities are expected to start in June/July 2019 and can run up to December 2019.

Duty of Care

The FCO has no specific knowledge of any direct threat to the implementers of this project. The implementer will hold the duty of care responsibility for its staff and the security of the project team. It is to ensure that all reasonable security measures (physical information and communication) are taken to reduce the threat to as low as is reasonably possible, and to expose any risks that are identified.

Documents and annexes:

All the documents and annexes can be found HERE 

Offer Deadline

Please submit your offer electronically by 31 May 2019 at 12:00 Moldova time to projects.chisinau@fco.gov.uk and ala.zolotariov@fco.gov.uk, with “ENVIRONMENT RISK” in the subject line. Offers shall be submitted in English. Please note that the size of one message should not exceed 3 MB.

For any additional details please contact Ala Zolotariov at ala.zolotariov@fco.gov.uk or +37379574463.

The project will be funded through UK’s Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF).



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