Call for tenders: Promoting consent education in Romania

The deadline for submitting project offers is November 10, 2022.

Background

The British Embassy in Bucharest invites project proposals to promote education on consent and related issues for young Romanians. This is part of a wider portfolio of British Embassy projects to support efforts to improve the rights of women and girls in Romania, alongside a multi-year program of projects on modern slavery and human trafficking. Human being.

In the first 6 months of 2021, 10,643 Romanian women and girls reported beatings and other violence, in 65% of cases the aggressor was their partner or ex-partner. 84% of incidents occurred at home. Police intervened in 28,486 domestic violence cases, 7,659 of which were high risk. 22 women were killed. Additionally, anecdotal evidence suggests that instances of sexual harassment among students have increased, in a country where one-third of women report some type of sexual harassment. Romania is also the EU country with the highest number of victims of trafficking to the UK.

Understanding consent is an important part of preventing sexual assault and violence against women. It also promotes better social attitudes towards women and a broader understanding of respect for individual autonomy. It would also help educate about healthy relationships and combat violence in relationships.

In this context, we would welcome proposals for projects, with a total budget of RON 48,500, that would improve consent education in Romania, targeting both young men and women. These projects can directly provide consent education or produce materials and opportunities for teachers to use them.

Objective

  • to improve young people’s understanding of consent, including but not limited to consent in a relationship
  • improve young people’s understanding of how a lack of consent or manipulated consent can constitute abuse in different circumstances; including violence and sexual assault, but also other forms of coercive control and abuse

Work’s extent

The project should be national in scope where possible, but we will consider targeted pilot projects. It should also seek to create sustainable resources for use beyond the immediate life of the project.

Activities

It is essential that the project implementer builds effective relationships to ensure buy-in at the political and operational level for this project to succeed. Potential activities could include:

  • high school teacher training on consent education
  • create an online guide explaining the principles of consent and easily accessible by students
  • educational sessions for high school students on consent
  • campaigns targeting young people, promoting consent
  • pilot projects that can be used as an evidence base to promote further consent education

This list is not exhaustive and the UK Embassy welcomes innovative proposals from potential implementing partners that suggest additional or alternative activities to achieve key objectives. We encourage creative proposals and ideas.

Project approach

The British Embassy in Bucharest will approve project proposals. This proposal will form the basis of the project planning. The proposal should indicate how the implementing partner will carry out activities to support the objectives stated above with an implementation plan and budget based on the supporting activities. The British Embassy in Bucharest will oversee the planning of the project and provide the necessary contacts for the implementers, including, if necessary, with the Romanian authorities.

The project implementer will manage the logistics of the project and must take into account the pandemic context and its possible impact on the implementation of the project when submitting the offer.

The Embassy will provide contact persons and focal points for UK institutions or experts who may be needed in the process, including on UK policy on consent education.

How to bid

Our process will consist of a complete one-step submission proposal.

Tenders must be completed in English. You will need to complete and submit the following documents:

Email these documents to [email protected] and [email protected] The subject of the email should be: the name of the implementing organization and the title of the project.

Project promoters reserve the right to request additional information from bidders before making a decision.

Activity-based budgets should list the activities needed to produce the effects (results) of the project. All costs must be in New Romanian Lei (RON).

The deadline for submitting project offers is November 10, 2022.

Reports

The reports to be produced during this project must be delivered in English:

  • an inception note detailing the approach and proposed activities. This should also define the key stakeholders that will be engaged, a proposed schedule of activities, risks, safeguarding approach and any additional details including a communication plan
  • a draft report
  • three monthly financial reports
  • after a facilitated feedback process, the final report

Composition of project teams

The British Embassy in Bucharest will appoint a Project Manager, the British Embassy in Bucharest (Goran Mandic, 1st Secretary) and a Project Manager (Andrada Petrache, Senior Policy Officer) to oversee the delivery of the project.

Project proposals must demonstrate that implementing partner staffing levels are appropriate to achieve project objectives and that staff have relevant expertise and experience in working on sexual assault and violence prevention. gender-based violence, and education on these topics in Romania, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the Romanian context. They must also have a demonstrable experience of working with young people and the education system in Romania.

Timing and scope of contribution

The tender is an open and competitive process, evaluated by the British Embassy in Bucharest. The selected partner will be contacted by mid-November. Once a bid is approved, a grant agreement will be signed with successful bidders. In the documents section, you will find an example of a grant agreement.

Your organization will be required to sign the contract within one week of the award of funds. Otherwise, the funds could be reallocated. The implementing organization will be required to submit updates to the report and a final evaluation of the project.

There are no prepayments. Refunds will be issued once activities have taken place and all receipts have been submitted. Implementing organizations will request reimbursements using an invoice (including receipts and a financial report of expenses) and reimbursements will be made on the dates agreed in the respective contract.

The budget must be presented in new Romanian lei (RON). All payments will be made in RON to a bank account held in Romania.

Please send any queries regarding the tender to andr[email protected]

It is expected that the project will be carried out from mid-November 2022 to the end of March 2023. The crucial stages will be:

  • submission of the draft report: January 2023
  • final report: March 2023

Budget

Grant applications must include an estimated budget of at least RON 48,500.

Depending on the quality of the proposals, the British Embassy reserves the right not to award all or part of the funds available. The Embassy also reserves the right to grant a grant lower than the amount requested by the applicants. In this case, applicants will be asked to increase the amount they co-finance, to propose other means of co-financing or to decrease the total costs without altering the substance of the proposal.

Helen D. Jessen