"Solicitation for Anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Project Proposals"
Embassy of the United States of America Manila, Philippines Solicitation for Anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Project Proposals The Embassy of the United States of America and the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP) invite non- government organizations, international organizations, and government agencies to submit project proposals to address identified TIP problems in the Philippines. We specifically encourage proposals that include law enforcement related projects and cooperative efforts between the criminal justice sector and civil society, especially those designed to improve victim protection and assistance services. G/TIP will support regional and/or global project proposals to combat trafficking, as well as bilateral proposals. NGOs or international organizations that wish to submit regional or global proposals must submit these through www.grants.gov. Bilateral proposals should be submitted to the U.S. Embassy no later than Monday, February 4, 2008. Details on the proposal format, selection criteria, and submission guidelines for bilateral proposals are attached. Projects will be funded through two types of mechanisms: 1. International Narcotics, Crime and Law Enforcement (INCLE) Funds The goal of INCLE-funded anti-TIP programs is to strengthen the rule of law and the capacity of the criminal justice system to combat trafficking in persons, which includes victim and witness protection and assistance. Projects proposed for INCLE funding may include, but are not limited to: (1) technical assistance to improve anti-trafficking legislation; (2) development of anti-TIP written policies and procedures for law enforcement agencies; (3) implementation of improved procedures for law enforcement to identify and rescue victims, conduct investigations, protect and assist victims, and prosecute traffickers; or (4) training for law enforcement, immigration officials, prosecutors, and judges. 2. Economic Support Funds (ESF) The goal of ESF-funded anti-trafficking programs is to increase the availability and implementation of comprehensive victim assistance, rehabilitation and reintegration programs and enhance the coordination of such services with appropriate agencies, including law enforcement and immigration. Projects proposed for ESF funding should assist NGOs and/or government agencies to develop, implement, or expand comprehensive services for adult and child victims of sex trafficking or forced labor. Comprehensive services include victim protection, appropriate housing, medical and mental health services, as well as assistance with legal advocacy, immigration status, employment and/or education needs, safe repatriation or other resettlement, and coordination with law enforcement on criminal cases. The battle against human trafficking is a high priority for the U.S. Government and the American people. Development assistance from the American people contributed more than $1 million to support anti-trafficking activities in the Philippines last year. In close cooperation with our Philippine partners, the U.S. Government will continue to be a strong and dedicated partner of the Philippine people in combating trafficking in persons. Date released: January 3, 2008 2 PROPOSAL FORMAT, SELECTION CRITERIA, AND PROCEDURES FOR SUBMISSION The proposals must be submitted in English, and the proposal narrative (sections 1 through 5) should be no more than 5 pages in 12-point font with 1-inch margins. This page limitation excludes the allowable appendices, which are identified in section 6. The budget figures must be represented in U.S. dollars. Section 1 - Identifying Information A. Legal name of organization; B. Name of organization director/head; C. Name of the organization contact person for the application; D. Mailing address; E. Phone number; F. E-mail address for application contact Section 2 - Abstract: The abstract is limited to 300 words in length. It must provide a summary of the identified need, proposed activities, and expected results. Section 3 - Problem Statement: The problem statement must describe the need for the project, with regards to: location, the extent and nature of the trafficking problem in the area, and the population or group affected by the trafficking problem. Corroboration of the perceived problem should be presented, with any available qualitative and quantitative information, such as recent research studies and baseline statistics related to the proposed project. The problem statement should identify the existing resources in the location, such as on-going anti-trafficking programs and their funding sources, as well as general internal and external support mechanisms. Section 4 - Project Goals/Objectives/Implementation Plan: The applicant must specify the goals and objectives of the project, relative to the problem statement. The goals and objectives must be measurable, and specific to what the proposed project can achieve. The proposed activities should be clearly linked to the achievement of the goals, objectives, and targets. This section should also describe how success will be measured in terms of performance indicators and targets (for further information, see the “Award Selection Criteria” section). Finally, this section must include a time-task plan that clearly identifies the objectives and major activities. Section 5 - Organizational Capacity: Applications must include a clear description of the applicant’s previous experience with victims of trafficking and trafficking-related projects, and organizational experience and background in the country/region as these relate to the proposed activities. This section must also identify any local partners involved in the project, and provide a brief description of their experience and capacity. The management structure and staffing plan for the proposed project must be included. 3 Section 6 - Appendices: The proposal submission must include three (3) appendices. Only the appendices listed below may be included as part of the application: (a) Summary Budget– the budget must identify the total amount of funding requested, in U.S. dollars, with a breakdown of amounts to be spent in the following budget categories, as applicable: (a) Personnel; (b) Fringe Benefits; (c) Travel; (d) Equipment; (e) Supplies; (f) Contractual; (g) Consultant Fees; (h) Other Direct Costs; (i) Total direct charges [sum of (a) through (h)]; (j) Indirect Charges; and (k) Totals. The summary budget may not exceed 1 page in length. (b) Line-Item Budget – the line-item budget should provide sufficient information for each summary category to justify the inclusion and reasonableness of the costs presented. The line-item budget may not exceed 3 pages in length, and should be articulated as follows: a. Personnel – Identify staffing requirements by each position title, and brief description of duties. List annual salary of each position, percentage of time and number of months devoted to project. b. Fringe Benefits – State benefit costs separately from salary costs and explain how benefits are computed for each category of employee. Specify the type and rate. c. Travel – Identify staff and participant travel, including: international airfare; in- country travel; domestic travel in the U.S.; per diem/maintenance (includes lodging, meals, and incidentals for both participant and staff travel). Please note that rates of maximum allowance for U.S. and foreign travel are available at: www.policyworks.gov. Per diem rates may not exceed the published U.S. Government allowance rates, but institutions do have the option of using lower per diem rates. d. Equipment – Provide justification for any equipment purchase/rental, defined as tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $5000 or more. e. Supplies – List items separately using unit costs (and the percentage of each unit cost being charged to the grant) for photocopying, postage, telephone/fax, printing, and office supplies. f. Contractual – For each sub-grant/contract, provide a detailed line-item breakdown explaining specific services. In the sub-grant budgets, provide the same level of detail for personnel, fringe benefits, travel, supplies, equipment, and direct costs required of the primary applicant. g. Consultant Fees – If consultants will be used in the grant, provide all costs related to their activities, including travel and per diem costs. h. Other Direct Costs – These will vary depending on the nature of the grant. Identify each cost and provide justification. i. Indirect Charges – If your organization has an indirect cost rate agreement with the U.S. Government, include a copy as an addendum to the budget, and indicate how the rate is applied. (c) Resume – A resume, not to exceed 1 page in length, must be included for the proposed key staff person, such as the Project Director. If an individual for this type of position has not been identified, the applicant may submit a 1-page 4 position description, identifying the qualifications and skills required for that position, in lieu of a resume. Applicants selected for funding will be required to submit additional information prior to awards being made. The additional information includes requisite standard forms (SF- 424, 424a, and 424b) and a budget narrative. Evaluation Criteria: Each application will be reviewed by a selection committee within the Embassy. The Embassy will recommend up to five proposals to the Department of State, which will be evaluated by a review committee of Department of State and other experts, as deemed appropriate. The following evaluation scheme will be used to rate proposals: Problem Statement (25 points) Project Goals/Objectives/Implementation Plan (40 points) Organizational Capability (20 points) Appendices (15 points) Bilateral proposals should be submitted in electronic form on or before Monday, February 4, 2008 to the following Embassy contact persons: Barry Fullerton Political Officer U.S. Embassy Manila 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila 1000 Email: FullertonTB@state.gov Tel. No.: (02) 301-2350 / 301-2000 Noemi Icaro-Jacob Political/Labor Assistant U.S. Embassy Manila Email: IcaroNP@state.gov Tel. No.: (02) 301-2649 For further information, visit the website http://www.grants.gov, and look for Funding Opportunity No. GTIP-07-AW-003-112307. 5