The Irish Traveller Movement: Invitation to Tender

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Invitation to Tender for the development of a Capacity Building Toolkit for Minority Ethnic Young People on behalf of the Yellow Flag Programme at the Irish Traveller Movement January 2023

Tender Return Date: 3rd February 2023, at 5pm
Tender Return To: Sian Abraham Long by email sian@itmtrav.ie
All Queries To: Sian Abraham Long
National Programme Coordinator, Yellow Flag Programme
sian@itmtrav.ie
087 241 0258

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This project is funded Worldwise Global Schools and The Community Foundation for Ireland


Introduction

This tender is for the production of ‘Change Ambassador’ toolkit for minoritised post-primary students.

The Yellow Flag Programme are seeking tenders from suitably qualified individuals or organisations to develop this toolkit in partnership with ITM and stakeholders from national youth organisations.

The Yellow Flag Programme works with teachers and staff to embed anti-racism within a school institution. Through the Diversity Committee mechanism (Step 2), which brings together a range of students with teachers and community representatives, the programme has had great success in engaging young people from ethnic minority backgrounds. This forum serves as a space for young people to express their views, and influence school life.

The successful candidate will be tasked with the development, production and delivery of a ‘capacity building toolkit for ethnic minority students in post primary school. The toolkit will support Diversity Committee students in becoming GCE (global citizenship education) ‘change ambassadors’. The tailored toolkit will cover areas such as critical perspectives, managing challenging conversations, how to raise awareness and take action in the face of social injustice at a local, national, and global level. This includes personal actions one can take, as well as tips on how to leverage national and international reporting and human rights mechanisms to advance equality and justice.

Background

The Yellow Flag Programme was founded by the Irish Traveller Movement as an innovative, intercultural solution to tackle racism at a social and institutional level, and equip schools with the tools to cultivate an inclusive learning environment, where diversity of ethnicities, cultures and religions is valued and celebrated.

It is the only practical 8-step framework of its kind in Ireland that takes a whole-school approach to inclusion, and it was developed in 2009 in response to Ireland’s increasing cultural diversity, with people from over 200 countries comprising our ethnic population, and considering the approximately 45,397 to 57,287(1) Travellers in Ireland.

Despite Government efforts to promote migrant integration, and policy intended to ensure Traveller inclusion, those groups, who constitute citizens, residents, migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers, experience discrimination and exclusion.

The role of schools as learning environments in which to defeat racism and promote inclusion at a critical early life stage, gives the Yellow Flag Programme a core operating framework, and importantly, equips children at those schools with the tools to take that learning into their home and community settings. It also recognises that an insecure connection within the school environment, and associated negative identity-based experiences, render Black Minority and Ethnic (BME) students, including Travellers and Roma, vulnerable to adverse psychosocial impacts, early school leaving, and reduced education and employment outcomes.

Tender Outline

The toolkit should provide support and instruction to young people in becoming Change Ambassadors in their schools and the wider world through a youth focused and GCE lens.

The objectives are to:

  • Carry out a pre-project survey with students taking part in the programme to decipher capacity and support required
  • Develop a toolkit which supports minority ethnic students in coming Change Ambassadors
  • Deliver a piloted workshop to students across six post primary YF schools engaged in the project and gather feedback
  • Based of the feedback from the initial workshop, make amendments or changes to the toolkit
  • Engage with students through a follow up workshop and answer any questions they may have
  • Carry out a post-project survey. Specifically, the Yellow Flag Programme will be looking for increased confidence in managing challenging conversations, and increased skills and knowledge around advocacy and representation.

This invitation to tender is influenced by the following context:

  • Development of resources available to the Yellow Flag Programme in amplifying and empowering minoritised young voices
  • Support for minority youth participation and leadership in society
  • The absence of the minority youth voice in decision making spaces at local, national and international level

Tender Requirements

Applicants should have experience working with young people from community development principles.

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, VAT inclusive / detailed costs for this project
  • 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 challenges faced by minoritised youth
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills, and experience of writing user friendly materials for youth programmes including anti-racism and interculturalism initiatives
  • Proven ability to develop and produce similar projects
  • The ability to complete the project within the agreed timeframe and budget

Weighting:

  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:

  • Yellow Flag reserves the right not to award a contract, in the event that no proposal is deemed suitable
  • Yellow Flag 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
  • Yellow Flag will own the completed toolkit

Budget

The budget for this project is €10,000

Timeframe:

The final date for completion is May 1st, 2023

Submission Deadline:

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 3rd February 2023 at 5pm.
Proposals should be emailed to: sian@itmtrav.ie using the subject ‘Yellow Flag Invitation to Tender’.
Shortlisted candidates may be called for an interview.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
20th Jan, 2023
Region
Nationwide
Expiry Date
3rd Feb, 2023