Irish Traveller Movement: Invitation to Tender

Irish Traveller Movement

Invitation to Tender for the development of Traveller Youth Participation and Leadership Strategy
on behalf of the Irish Traveller Movement

October 2020

Tender Return Date: 23rd October 2020, at 5pm

Tender Return To: Eve O’Brien by email

All Queries To:
Eve O’Brien
National Membership and Policy Officer, Irish Traveller Movement
083 067 1007

This project is funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland
This project is funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland


This tender is for the production of a Traveller Youth Participation and Leadership Strategy for the Traveller community development sector.

The Irish Traveller Movement (ITM) are seeking tenders from suitably qualified individuals or organisations to develop this strategy in partnership with ITM and stakeholders from national and local Traveller organisations.

The successful candidate will be tasked with the development of a Youth Strategy for the sector which addresses Traveller youth participation, capacity building, empowerment and leadership across the Traveller sector and national policy spaces. The development of this strategy builds on the work of the National Traveller Youth Forum, established by ITM in 2019.


ITM is a national network of organisations and individuals working within the Traveller community. Established in 1990, ITM has a membership of over forty local and national Traveller organisations. Traveller and member-led, ITM bring together Travellers and Traveller organisations to work collectively to develop policies on issues faced by the community and represent Traveller interests in national governmental and international human rights fora to bring about greater equality for Travellers. We promote Traveller participation and leadership locally and nationally, by developing and sharing best practice, developing evidence-based research to inform our work and building strategic alliances with all who are committed to a fairer Irish Society.

In 2019, ITM, together with its members and national partners, coordinated a National Traveller Youth Forum, a national platform for young Travellers. A series of regional and national consultation and structured dialogue events were held in 2019 and early 2020, bringing young Travellers together to discuss their identity and the issues that affect them as well as consulting with decision makers. The forum involved an additional personal development and leadership initiative whereby a youth committee was established which assisted in the planning and leading of the events as well as engaging in capacity building and personal development.

A key objective of the Youth Forum is to develop a national Strategy with young people at its heart, which will provide a framework for the national and local Traveller organisations. The strategy aims to drive Traveller youth participation, capacity, and leadership development not only within the Traveller sector but also within wider policy and political fora. The strategy has support from national organisations including Pavee Point, Involve Youth Services, Exchange House Ireland, National Traveller Women’s Forum, and Minceirs Whidden.

Tender Outline

The Strategy should identify collective aims and measurable objectives to enable ITM and partner Traveller organisations to progress work with Traveller young people over the period of the Strategy (≈5 years)

The objectives are to:

  • Develop a Traveller Youth Participation and Leadership Strategy with young people at its heart
  • Engage and consult with key stakeholders in the Traveller sector including young Travellers, the Youth Forum committee, and national Traveller representatives
  • Work in partnership with Traveller peer advisors throughout the course of the project
  • Utilise and adapt existing data and feedback from the Youth Forum 2019-2020
  • Agree feasible objectives including a plan for training, focus on targeted geographic areas, a political leadership element and a focus on personal development and capacity building
  • Identify key stakeholders committed to implementing the strategy

This invitation to tender is influenced by the following context:

  • The need for youth participation and leadership in the Traveller/NGO sector
  • The absence of the youth voice in national, local and regional Traveller and non-Traveller spaces
  • Divestment in youth initiatives and infrastructure in the most recent decade, leading to a lack of Traveller youth engagement and capacity at a national, local and regional level

Tender Requirements

Applicants should have experience working from community development principles and using collaborative approaches.

Tenders should include the following:

  • Outline of previous work & CV of consultant, including contact details of at least two referees in relation to recent pieces of relevant work. These referees may be contacted as part of the tender assessment process
  • A proposed work plan, timeline and methodology to carry out the work
  • Proposed budget / detailed costs for this project (charges for VAT to be shown separately)
  • Tax compliance

Evaluation of Tenders

The contract will be awarded on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Relevant skills, expertise and experience of the consultant
  • Knowledge and understanding of collective methodologies
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills, and experience of writing user friendly materials for the community and voluntary sector
  • Proven ability to develop and produce similar reports
  • The ability to complete the project within the agreed timeframe and budget


  1. Quality of tender proposal 40%
  2. Demonstrated ability to carry out tender successfully 30%
  3. Value for money 30%

Please note that a clarification meeting and interview of the applicant may form part of the tender award process if deemed necessary

Conditions of Tender

The following conditions apply in respect of this tender:

  • ITM reserves the right not to award a contract, in the event that no proposal is deemed suitable
  • ITM will not be liable for any costs incurred in the preparation of the tender
  • Payment of all services covered by this invitation to tender will be on the basis of the agreed contract price, completion of agreed stages of the work plan and upon the submission of the appropriate invoices
  • The payment schedule is as follows:
    30% - at the beginning of the project
    30% - at the halfway point of the project
    40% - on submission of the final report
  • ITM will own the completed report


The budget for this project is €5,000


The final date for completion of the report is expected to be by mid-February (this date is flexible within reason)

Submission Deadline:

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 23rd October 2020 at 5pm. Proposals should be emailed to: using the subject ‘ITM Invitation to Tender’. Shortlisted candidates may be called for an interview.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
8th Oct, 2020
Expiry Date
23rd Oct, 2020