Longford Women's Link: Invitation to Tender

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Invitation to request for tender

The lived reality of economic inequalities in rural areas as expressed through the lens of migrant women.

Scope

This project aims to capture the lived experiences of migrant women in rural communities at risk of economic inequalities. The case study area is the socio-economically disadvantaged, and culturally diverse, rural county of Longford which acts as a microcosm of broader trends in rural Ireland. Preliminary results from Census 2022 highlights the rapidly growing population of Longford with the highest inward migration rate in the country and evidence from recent research on the impacts of Covid-19 on women in rural areas suggested that towns like Longford, on the rail network from Dublin are the destinations for migrants who are being pushed out of Dublin by the housing and cost of living crisis.

The research outcomes will respond to current knowledge gaps that exist in literature and policy formulation. The project will work individually and collectively to build the capacity of women to engage and self-advocate on the issues that are impacting them and consequently advocate on behalf of their communities.

Migrant women are not a homogenous group, consequently, experiences are dependent on a range of factors which can impact positively or negatively on the social, economic, cultural and political spheres of migrant women’s lives. The project will provide practical measures to facilitate inclusion and contribute through policy recommendations to the active participation of migrant women in the workforce and the wider promotion of equality for migrant women.

As a grassroots organisation, with considerable experience in linking the local to the national in terms of policy and advocacy, LWL asserts that this collaborative initiative with co-creation of knowledge at its core is very much aligns with advancing greater economic equality. The project will present the voices of migrant women at grassroots level yet also adapts the results for use by NGOs and policymakers with the production of the Guide. The project recognises that past and present political, economic, cultural and social orders, shaped in specific spatial contexts have unequal consequences which are further compounded by gender and ethnicity. Gender segregated labour markets impact on the work that migrant women obtain (MRCI, 2008), additionally, gender pay gaps and rural environments mean that migrant women are structurally disadvantaged upon arrival to rural communities which have direct consequences for their economic and social outlook.

Background

Longford Womens Link (LWL) operates using a model of Integrated Service Delivery which ensures that LWL’s headline interventions precipitate specific chains of events that contribute to social impact from an equality perspective. Women, their families and therefore the entire community benefit from: A dedicated Women's Community Education Facility, Domestic Violence and Counselling Services, onsite and mobile childcare facility (recognising the barriers for women posed by lack of childcare), Female Entrepreneurship programme and women in decision-making all of which support economic independence for women and families. Services provided to approximately 1000 women and children in Longford/Midlands in 2021 enabled women to access opportunities yielding real benefits for their families and the wider community. A Migrant Women’s Group was established in early 2021 and was facilitated via LWL – this group have continued to meet throughout 2021 and 2022 with 27 active members and have already curated a photographic exhibition as part of Longford Cruthú Festival. The group are currently being supported by LWL via an Intercultural Grant from Longford County Council.

Objectives

The objectives of the project are:

  • To inform rural policy development using evidence which must recognise the distinct needs, experiences, contributions and situations of vulnerability faced by migrant women and girls and inform local services as to the needs of this distinctive group.
  • To ensure the process is co-creative and inclusive of all voices throughout the collaborative project.
  • To investigate what economic inequality means to migrant women in rural Ireland via a case study in Co. Longford. In the context of housing, employment, income and caring responsibilities and identify opportunities as well as challenges for migrant women in rural Ireland.
  • To co-produce a tangible manual for rights-holders to support their inclusion and participation in rural communities.
  • To develop a good practice guide for civil society organisations which will provide guidance to ensure the inclusion of migrant women in local decision-making/structures.

Outcomes

The expected project outcomes are:

  • Enhanced conceptual and pragmatic understanding of economic inequalities of migrant women in rural areas.
  • Increased awareness of the systemic issues which continue to prevent migrant women from playing a full and equal part in their communities.
  • Strengthened advocacy and capacity-building within the group due to the unique methodological approach.
  • Building of resilient communities and an increase in engaged and active citizens.
  • Increased gender-consciousness and ensure operationalisation of effective gender mainstreaming within decision-making bodies at local level through the publication of a good practice guide.
  • Provision of evidence-based research within a specific context, capturing the voice and realities of migrant women in a rural setting.
  • Establishment of meaningful pathways for rights-holders to have effective and constructive engagement with policy and decision-makers on an ongoing basis.

Methodology:

This project is a qualitative participatory user-centred study combining data collection and analysis including a desktop review of previous literature, policy documents and relevant reports. A variety of methods should be employed to capture the lived realities of migrant women and should facilitate knowledge creation, knowledge transfer, connections and networks that will live beyond the lifetime of this project.

These include fifteen in-depth qualitative interviews, stakeholder interviews and workshops with migrant women and key target groups to present the findings and be centrally involved in the co-creation of strategies and policy recommendations.

The process will support skills development within the group and develop their understanding of engaging with policy in relation to issues that impact this cohort.

Output

The outputs will include a project report, contribution to policy briefs; support the development of a manual created by the migrant women’s group for migrant women; a good practice guide for civil society and relevant government agencies. The editing and proofing work is the responsibility of the researcher and will be print ready. This report should be written in clear and accessible language. LWL will organise design and print.

Requirements:

  • Significant social research experience, particularly in areas that relate to gender, rural or migrant women and the associated policy environment.
  • Experience of research administration and report writing
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent planning, organisation and time management skills
  • Significant knowledge and appropriate experience of using qualitative and/or mixed-method approaches to social research, particularly using case study methods, semi-structured interviews and focus groups
  • Excellent and demonstrable knowledge of relevant computer software, including, for example, MS Office, and qualitative data analysis.
  • Strong teamwork, flexibility, high level of initiative and ability to meet deadlines
  • Working knowledge of legal and ethical requirements regarding data protection, management and confidentiality.

Management

The project will be managed by a steering group which includes broad expertise and representation from Longford Women’s Link, Maynooth University, University of Galway and the National Women’s Council. The researcher will be required to meet with the steering group and be available for the launch

Timeframe:

  • Jan-Feb 2023 - Review of existing research on migrant women in rural areas & arrangement of interviews and focus groups
  • Feb 2023 - Interviews with migrant women (15 interviews) and focus groups
  • Feb-March 2023 - Interviews with key stakeholders - particularly those providing services to migrant women and migrant women's representative organisations (2-3 interviews)
  • April 2023 - Transcription of interviews & focus groups (separate budget for transcription included)
  • April-May 2023 - Analysis of data & report/paper writing
  • June 2023 - Dissemination of results and final project event

Project Budget

A separate budget is available for translation and transcription of focus groups and interviews. There is also a budget available for support and participation costs.

The total budget for the Project is €12,950 inclusive of VAT and all expenses.

Tender requirements

  • A statement or narrative demonstrating understanding of the research aim and goals.
    • A demonstrated understanding and track record in the research area
    • A demonstrated understanding and awareness of the requirements of the project
    • An outline of skills, qualifications, and experience in the area.
    • A work plan identifying the approaches and methodologies to be used in carrying out the research demonstrating the scope of the research.
  • Demonstration of the arrangements for effective communication with designated personnel so as to ensure that the objectives of the project are being achieved, that the project does not overrun on time or cost and that any other problems that arise can be resolved

Presentation of costs

  • Set out any issues which may impact on the cost
  • All costs must be inclusive of VAT and expenses
  • Demonstrate value for money
  • Breakdown of costs showing the number of days required to complete the task, the number of days each person, if there is more than one person involved, will be employed on the task, the cost per day.
  • The fee quoted should include travel and subsistence costs
  • A list of recent clients who may be contracted for references in relation to this tender.
  • Confirmation of ability to meet the timeframe of the project.

Conditions of Tender

a) LWL reserves the right not to award a contract in the event that no proposal is deemed to be suitable.

b) LWL requires that researchers will treat all information provided pursuant to this Invitation to tender in strict confidence.

c) Information supplied by tenderers will be treated as contractually binding. However, LWL reserves the right to seek clarification of any such information.

d) All material gathered and all outputs arising out of the proposed contract will remain the sole property of LWL. Tenderers must agree to this condition in their proposals. All information and knowledge acquired in the course of the research will be treated as confidential and should not be divulged to any unauthorized person or used for any purpose whatsoever without the prior approval of NWC. NWC will ensure that the final report gives due credit to the consultants for research and Toolkit, textual and editorial work undertaken in its preparation. Any subsequent use of the material shall also give due credit.

e) It will be a condition for the award of a contract that the successful contractor (and agent, where appropriate) will be promptly required to produce a Tax Clearance Certificate from the Irish Revenue Commissioners. In addition, contractors must retain records of tax reference numbers for any sub-contractors, whose payments exceed €5,000 including VAT. All payments under the contract will be conditional on the contractors being in valid possession of valid certificates at all times.

f) Tenders that are delivered late will not be considered.

g) Any conflicts of interest involving a contractor (or contractors in the event of a group or consortium bid) must be fully disclosed to NWC, particularly where there is a conflict of interest in relation to any recommendations or proposals put forward by the tenderer.

h) LWL will not be liable for any costs incurred in the preparation of the tender.

i) Payment for all services covered by this Invitation to tender will be on foot of appropriate invoices. Invoicing arrangements will be agreed with the successful supplier(s), subject to the terms of the Prompt Payment of Accounts Act (27 of 1997).

j) 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.

LWL will own the completed research and will retain copyright. The research findings will be used by LWL and the associated researchers named above.

LWL will retain the right to publish as deemed appropriate.

Evaluation of Tenders

Tenders will be evaluated initially with reference to the following qualification criteria:

a. Completeness of tender documentation
b. Stated ability of tenderer to meet the requirements of the Invitation to Tender

Only those tenders, who meet both of these qualifying criteria, will be eligible for inclusion in the award process.

The contract will be awarded from the qualifying tenders on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender applying the following award criteria, not necessarily in this order:

  • Understanding of the project
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Relevant experience of the designated personnel
  • Timeframe for completion

Tenderers are advised that they may be required to make a formal presentation of their proposal.

The Proposals should be emailed to tarafarrell@lwl.ie and marked “IHREC Research Tender”

To arrive no later than Friday January 27th at 5pm

All information provided to LWL in response to this request will be treated in strictest confidence

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
18th Jan, 2023
Region
Nationwide
Expiry Date
27th Feb, 2023