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 an independent evaluation of the provision of continued guidance and practical support around Governance and GDPR compliance

South Dublin County Partnership (SDCP) and Tallaght Drug & Alcohol Task Force (TDATF) have since 2018, contracted support for their community services (both addiction and community development projects) in the following areas of work:

  • The Governance Code
  • Corporate Governance
  • Compliance with charities regulator
  • GDPR compliance


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 had been highlighting the costs associated with ensuring that a high standard of governance was maintained. In addition to the Governance Code, in 2021 many organisations found themselves subject to the charity regulator code of practice which was enforced in 2021. Some project required support to become fully compliant in this regard. Leading up to this, TDATF and SDCP made some progress in providing support in governance and related areas 2018 – 2020. New regulations placed additional stress on our already struggling services, funding was / is limited and so too are staff resources and capacity of volunteers. In many cases these organisations felt challenged to attract new skilled board members.

It is envisaged that this work will involve:

  • A review of the continuum of care and support, provided to our projects in respect of areas as described above 2018 – 2021
  • Consult with key stakeholders, organisations that availed of support; as well as those that were offered and did not avail
  • Assess the outcomes of the training and support provided under the two contracts
  • Make judgement on the progression and compliance over the course of the interventions
  • To consult with the TDATF Coordinator re progress and
  • To make recommendations on the future requirements of our projects, in respect of governance supports
  • To produce an evidenced based, well-argued report that helps inform our own governance and work into the future


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

  • Proven experience on similar projects
  • Experience of producing high quality research within a community development context
  • Experience around requirements of the Charities Regulator would be beneficial
  • Experience in managing complex multi stakeholder projects
  • Delivering on projects within an agreed timeframe
  • An understanding of the importance of confidentiality


We wish to have this work completed by the end of 2022
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 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.


Tenders should be priced inclusive of all service charges and VAT
To be in the region of €6,000

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday October 7th, 2022
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
20th Sep, 2022
South Dublin
Expiry Date
7th Oct, 2022