South Dublin County Partnership & Tallaght Drug & Alcohol Task Force: Invitation to Tender

South Dublin County Partnership & Tallaght Drug & Alcohol Task Force

Invitation to tender for the provision of continued guidance and practical support around Governance complianceJanuary 2021

South Dublin County Partnership (SDCP) and Tallaght Drug & Alcohol Task Force (TDATF) are seeking the support of an individual or organisation to work with their community services (both addiction and community development projects) in the following areas of work:

  • The Governance Code
  • Corporate Governance
  • Compliance with the charities regulator


South Dublin County Partnership is a local development organisation tackling poverty and social exclusion in South Dublin County.
SDCP develop projects and services to support sustainable and vibrant Communities where people realise their potential and experience a high quality of life. SDCP works with over 100 local community groups under the SICAP programme, many of these groups are registered charities.

Tallaght Drug & Alcohol Task Force is at the forefront of an integrated response to the impact of substance misuse on local communities, families and individuals in the Tallaght and Whitechurch area. TDATF was one of 14 Local Drugs Task Forces set up in 1997 to facilitate a more effective response to the issue of problematic drug use in communities. The role of Local Drugs Task Forces as set out in the Governments current National Drugs Strategy (currently Reducing Harm Supporting Recovery 2017 – 2025) is to implement the National Drugs Strategy in the context of the needs of the regional/local area and strengthen community based responses in partnership with the community, voluntary, statutory and political sectors.

Tender Brief:

For some time, our community development and community addiction projects have been highlighting the costs associated with ensuring that a high standard of governance is maintained.  In addition to the Governance Code many projects are now be subject to the charity regulator code of practice which will be enforced in 2021. Projects have much work to do to become fully compliant in this regard. We have made some progress by providing support around this over the past 2 years, but more is required. New regulations are placing additional stress on our already struggling services, funding is limited and so too are staff resources and capacity of volunteers. In many cases these organisations are challenged to attract new skilled board members.

It is envisaged that this work will involve:

  • A continuum of care and support for our projects (10-20) in respect of areas as described above, an initial needs assessment was completed and progress report is available for each.
  • In conjunction with the TDATF Coordinator and the SDCP CEO agree which organisations will be serviced by this contract.
  • Devise and implement measures for each project to ensure they are fully compliant and working to audit standard with regard to each area
  • Provide practical support to each project on policy development which may include further training, this can consist of one to one support and group work where appropriate
  • Working in an outcome focused way to ensure KPI’s are clearly identifiable for each project
  • To liaise with the TDATF Coordinator re progress and
  • To make recommendations as to the future structures and governance applicable to the sector in the medium term


We are seeking a qualified individual or organisation that is able to demonstrate competence and experience in the following:

  • Proven experience on similar projects
  • Experience of producing high quality training and support in the area of Charities regulation , code of governance and GDPR
  • Experience in mapping, audit and needs analysis will be beneficial
  • Experience in managing complex multi stakeholder projects
  • Knowledge of working in a community development / not for profit
  • Delivering on projects within an agreed timeframe


We wish to have this work completed by the end of 2021
We are open to having conversations with interested parties as to how such a timeframe can be meaningfully structured, maximising the resources and time over the duration of the project.


The person / or organisation will report to the TDATF Coordinator and CEO of SDCP on a regular basis.


Tenders are requested from appropriately qualified and experienced individuals / organisations and should include all of the following:

  • Details of qualifications and experience of all workers involved in project.
  • Details of previous work undertaken including relevant experience and knowledge.
  • Proposed process to meet the key objectives. This would include a breakdown of days committed to project with clear description of milestones with proposed dates including cost per day per consultant
  • Details of two referees
  • Details of any current or recent piece of work of a similar project.
  • Any other relevant information in support of proposal.
  • Rate per day per consultant
  • Tax Clearance
  • Indemnified Insurance


The decision to award this contract will be based on submissions received from those who fulfil the criteria under the headings above for ‘Candidate Specification’ and elements of ‘Submissions’.

Any potential conflict of interest and/or loyalty must be clearly stated in the submission.

A review group of TDATF and SDCP will be responsible for the selection of the appropriate person for this task. This may include an interview and a presentation if deemed necessary for the selection of the best candidate. They will look closely at:

  • The candidate or organisation that best meets the candidate specification
  • Overall quality and feasibility of the proposal.
  • Cost and value for money.
  • Skill, expertise and experience of the consultant.
  • Ability to work within the required timeframe.


We are asking respondents to issue a quote, based on a cost of working with 15 projects
We think something in the region of 25-30 days may be required for this work
Tenders should be priced inclusive of all service charges and VAT

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Thursday January 28th 2021

Applications by e-mail can be sent to:

For any queries please contact:

Grace Hill, Coordinator
c/o South Dublin County Partnership
Block 3, County Hall
Belgard Square North
Tallaght, D/24
Ph. 01 464 9303


General Info

Date Entered/Updated
6th Jan, 2021
Expiry Date
28th Jan, 2021