The United States Agency for International Development-funded Collaborative Governance Program is seeking Expressions of Interest from individual consultants, companies, or organizations who wish to receive announcements regarding future opportunities to submit proposals to provide a series of workshops on "Effective and Responsible Advocacy". For those individual consultants, companies, or organizations who respond to this EOI, a Request for Proposals (RFP) will be provided approximately three (3) work days after the closing date for this EOI (dates provided on the following page).

The goal of the Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) is to foster effective collaboration between a credible and sustainable civil society, the private sector, and the Government of Kyrgyz Republic to deliver services, resulting in a more responsive and accountable government and improved services for all citizens. CGP aims to improve the social compact between the government and the Kyrgyz people by capitalizing on the increased cooperation between the public, private, and civil society sectors in the Kyrgyz Republic. CGP builds upon USAID's and other donors' previous support to Kyrgyz civil society with the goal to:

  • Support the Government of Kyrgyz Republic's efforts to increase civil society participation in service delivery through social procurement mechanisms; and
  • Strengthen civil society's ability to provide multi-faceted services in the areas of government oversight and input to public policy, service delivery, and advocacy.

The following details pertain to the requirement for workshops which will be further expanded upon in the Request for Proposals (RFP):

  • Workshops are to be provided throughout the Kyrgyz Republic in each Oblast. However, those individual consultants, companies, or organizations that express interest in receiving the RFP will be asked to designate the Oblasts where they are able to deliver workshops.
  • Frequency of the workshops is TBD
  • Workshops will be requested through a series of task orders that outline the number of workshops, desired timeframe for the workshops, anticipated number of participants, and location of the workshops
  • The period of performance for this requirements will be for up to 24 months
  • Each workshop will address at least ten (10) and up to twenty-five (25) participants
  • Workshops are expected to be for at least two full days (6-8 hours per day)

Workshop content should address the following:

  • Introduction and overview: An overview of the historical roles played by civil society since the Kyrgyz Republic gained its independence. An analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of how the civil society, public, and private sectors have performed in meeting their responsibilities in forming "strategic partnerships for change" since the Kyrgyz Republic gained its independence.
  • Issue identification and analysis: Discussions on the approaches in, and techniques for, analyzing the demands and/or problems raised by citizens to identify at what level in the overall governmental structure potential solutions may be found as well as how to determine if the demands and/or problems are addressed through the adoption, amendment, or improved implementation of: a law, its accompanying administrative acts, the human capacity of the implementing organization(s), or budgetary obligations. Additionally, discussions on how to analyze the external environment and policy processes so as to identify appropriate 'levers of influence'.
  • The legislative process and lobbying: Provide an analysis of the legislative process which will include: how laws and their supporting administrative acts are drafted and ultimately passed/approved; techniques and approaches in gaining Government support for a draft law; discuss the roles, responsibilities, and formation of working groups in the processes of drafting and passage of a law; how citizens' buy-in of a draft law is accomplished; and the roles and responsibilities of the Parliament, the Government, and the Presidents apparatus in the passage and approval of laws and supporting administrative acts.
  • Working with media: Address how to be effective and responsible in the use of media and public relations when conducting an advocacy campaign (i.e., drafting effective and responsible press-releases).
  • Define effective and responsible advocacy: Examine the core principals and stages of the advocacy planning cycle; what is power mapping (i.e., stakeholder analysis); identifying targets and their position on the issues; what are the various mechanisms of interaction between civil society organizations and state bodies that can be sued to promote civic initiatives; how to persuade state bodies to implement advocacy initiatives through the drafting of Strategic Government Relations Plans; how to form alliances and build coalition; planning and implementing effective and responsible advocacy strategies; and implementing effective and responsible civic watchdog activities.
  • Advocacy Message development and delivery (i.e., formulating viable position papers).
  • Appropriate tools and methods for monitoring and evaluating effective and responsible advocacy initiatives.
  • Use cases studies from Kyrgyzstan, other Central Asian Republics, and beyond to review and analyze topics ranging from local-level advocacy to national campaigns to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various processes and approaches that advocacy campaigns may have used - what worked, what did not work, and examine why in both scenarios.
  • Workshops will include handouts to include a DVD-based version of the workshop that participants will take with them at the conclusion of the workshop for future reference. The actual production of the DVD-based version of the workshop will be developed cooperatively with, and funded separately, by CGP.
  • Workshops are to be delivered in Russian and/or Kyrgyz

Individual consultants, companies, or organizations who wish to receive the announcement regarding the Request for Proposals (RFP) should send their "expression of interest" no later than 12:00 pm October 3, 2014 to info-cgp@ewmi-kg.org. Expressions of Interest must provide the following information:

 

Name of individual, company, or organization: __________

Email Address: __________

Mailing Address: ___________

Cell or telephone number: __________

 

For those individual consultants, companies, or organizations who have expressed an interest in receiving the RFP; CGP anticipates releasing the RFP no later than October 6, 2014. Fully prepared proposals will be required to be received at the designated address no later than by 20 October 2014.

CGP intends to award to 1-3 qualified providers of the workshops.