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Request for Proposals: Assessment of Sustainable Commodities on Peatland for Independent Peatland Monitoring

SUMMARY OF PROCUREMENT

WRI intends to award a $25,000 fixed price plus reimbursable type contract for the socio-economic-cultural assessment of commodities which are suitable to be cultivated on peatland and potentially will increase local economic growth of peatland communities across Indonesia. The result of the assessment will be incorporated in the independent peatland monitoring platform (www.pantaugambut.id) with the purpose of increasing demand and investment to peatland-friendly commodities. The work is expected to commence from August 2020-January 2021.

About the World Resources Institute

Founded in 1982, The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global environmental think tank that goes beyond research to put ideas into action. We work with governments, companies, and civil society to build solutions to urgent environmental challenges. WRI’s transformative ideas protect the earth and promote development because sustainability is essential to meeting human needs and fulfilling human aspirations in the future.

About the Pantau Gambut project

The Pantau Gambut initiative started in 2016 and stems from shared concerns about the fulfillment of government pledges or commitments related to the restoration of peatland ecosystems. Peatland in Indonesia is a unique ecosystem with high biodiversity and economic value. Peatland has various functions including hydrological functions or water storage and management, carbon storage function that relate with climate change mitigation, and biodiversity conservation function. However, peatland is a vulnerable to degradation, subsidence, and fire, particularly when peatland is being drained. Massive forest and peat fires in 2015 contribute to country and public loss of approximately IDR 221 trillion. The responsibility for conducting restoration activities is not the responsibility of government alone but should also involve civil society and the private sector. Pantau Gambut coalition has now grown into 23 members that consist of civil society organizations in 8 provinces with technical niches ranging from research, campaign and capacity building. Pantau Gambut main virtual platform: www.pantaugambut.id is the coalition’s main public-facing avenue to engage the public on all peat related missions and initiatives. Entering the fourth year of Pantau Gambut initiative, the coalition is planning to enhance the feature of the virtual platform by showcasing various sustainable peatland commodities together with the local communities as main stakeholders. Pantau Gambut aims that by showcasing this information and the result of the assessment, the platform can act as a hub to attract public and private investment to support the communities’ livelihood that practices sustainable methods to grow commodities on peatland.

SCOPE OF WORK AND OUTPUTS/DELIVERABLES

The scope of work will be focusing on three aspects:

1. Mapping and assessment of peatland commodities

  • Identify existing sustainable commodities/businesses on peatland such as (but not limited to): agriculture, aquaculture and tourism. The identified commodities/businesses should include information that support the proven or potential success scenario of the business model, such as supply information (e.g. feedstock type & availability, production aspect, distribution aspect, company/community profile, revenue), demand information (e.g. type of buyers, demand profile), as well as gap assessment in various aspect (e.g. finance, management, social, regulations, etc.).

  • Field visit to build case study for the assessment. Site(s) selection based on criterion decided collaboratively with the Pantau Gambut team. Travel, accommodation, and per diem fee for contractor are subject to Pantau Gambut.

  • Preliminary carbon benefit estimation for case study.

2. Feature development advisory

  • Give advise to Pantau Gambut online platform development team in developing peatland commodities hub. This hub will provide information to attract collaborators and investors to increase commodities’ value and investment.

3. Curator for collaborators, investors, and key government stakeholders

  • Map out potential collaborators (e.g. incubators, communities, associations, individuals/private entities), investors, and key government stakeholders that play key roles in addressing gaps in peatland commodities.

  • Collaborate with Pantau Gambut team in designing a public event on peatland commodities.

The expected deliverables are:

  • 1 report on peatland commodities mapping & assessment

  • 1 report on key stakeholders (collaborators, investors, government) mapping

  • A presentation concept of peatland commodities public event, in collaboration with Pantau Gambut team

  • Regular advisory on commodities online feature development. Schedule will be discussed and agreed upon between Pantau Gambut team and the contractor.

TIMING

The contractor is expected to provide the services from August 2020 –January 2021. The anticipated kickoff date of the project is on August 1st 2020.

BUDGET

The budget for this service is capped at $25,000. All prices or quotes should include VAT and tax, as applicable.

GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

Requirements

The selected organization will need to demonstrate a strong capacity in similar work, particularly:

  • Experience, portfolio and previous past projects on issue pertaining sustainable commodities and/or sustainable livelihood and/or sustainable business/products development and/or forestry services

  • Excellent capacity and network in supply chain finance & management, local commodities business model, especially on forestry/peatland sector.

  • Experience in working with online marketplace(s) and/or commercial funding platform and/or peer to peer lending mechanism.

  • Cost competitiveness illustrated in the budget proposed

Proposal content

Prospective organization should submit:

  • A statement of interest describing the proposed team and how it meets the above requirements;

  • CVs of team members;

  • Examples of and references for similar previous work;

  • An outline of the proposed methodology and workplan;

  • An account of how the work and/or organization is sustainable;

  • A proposed budget with a breakdown of costs sufficient to assess reasonableness and compliance with our funder requirements;

  • Competitive payment schedule associating amounts with work milestones/termins proposed;

  • Copy of NPWP;

  • Copy of SIUP number;

  • Copy of Deed of Establishment.

Expression of Interest, Deadline for Questions, and Proposal

All expressions of interest and questions about this RFP must be received via email to the contact below by July 15th 2020 16:00 PM Jakarta. Answers to the questions will be shared will all parties who have asked questions or otherwise expressed interest.

WRI Contact Name: Almo Pradana

Title: Sr.Manager Energy & Climate

Email addresses: Procurement-Indonesia@wri.org & almo.pradana@wri.org

All proposals must be sent by July 15th 2020 16:00 PM Jakarta in electronic format to the same contact listed above.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION

Evaluation Criteria

The following elements will be the primary considerations in evaluating all proposals submitted in response to this RFP:

  • Quality of the proposal;

  • The extent to which the organization’s proposal fulfills WRI’s stated requirements as set out in the RFP;

  • Portfolio of past projects;

  • Sustainability – WRI values sustainability and all other factors being equal, will favor a proposal to more sustainably perform the work;

  • Overall value for money.

The bidder offering the best overall value will be selected. For this procurement, price and non-price aspects are considered to be of approximately equal importance. WRI welcomes a consortium consist of more than 1 organization to apply under one single proposal submission.

Selection Process

No proposal development costs shall be charged to WRI / all expenses are to be borne by the bidders. WRI may award to the bidder offering best value without discussions. However, WRI reserves the right to seek bidder clarifications and to negotiate with those bidders deemed to be within a competitive range.

WRI may, at its discretion and without explanation to the prospective organizations choose to discontinue this RFP without obligation to such prospective organization or make multiple awards under this RFP. As part of the selection process, selected bidders could be invited to present their proposal to WRI procurement team

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