Request for Proposals: Building Inuit Women’s Financial Stability Financial Literacy Workbook and Workshop Delivery Guide

Statement of Work

Title

Building Inuit Women’s Financial Stability

Context

Pauktuutit fosters greater awareness of the needs of Inuit women, advocates for equality and social improvements and encourages their participation in the community, regional and national life of Canada. Pauktuutit leads and supports Inuit women in Canada in policy development and community projects in all areas of interest to them for the social, cultural, political and economic betterment of the women, their families and communities.

Pauktuutit’s work is grounded in culturally relevant and gendered responses to the issue. This means that the work is Inuit-specific and reflects the needs and usability of the programs and services for women and girls. Pauktuutit undertakes numerous projects to research and examine the opportunities and barriers Inuit women face to participating in northern economic development and produces a variety of culturally-specific resources to address these issues and provide targeted supports.

The Project

This is an open call to individuals, firms, or organizations to provide a comprehensive proposal for the production of training resources and supports for a project intended to build the financial stability of Inuit women across Inuit Nunangat. Pauktuutit is seeking proposals to research and develop a suite of financial literacy tools to address the barrier of limited money management skills and access to Inuit-specific financial literacy training for Inuit women, facilitating their participation in major economic opportunities and improving their business outcomes. These tools will include: 1) a financial literacy workbook combining information with interactive practice exercises, 2) a financial literacy workshop model, and 3) an accompanying guide to delivering the financial literacy workshop.

Applicants are required to demonstrate an understanding of the Inuit culture, economic context, and ability to produce culturally-appropriate, plain language work. Applicants should also have an understanding of the financial institutions, resources and realities of communities in Inuit Nunangat. The final products will be publically disseminated in English and Inuktitut through a website to be developed for the project.

Specifications:

  • Financial literacy workbook with interactive practice exercises;
  • Two-day financial literacy workshop model built around the workbook;
  • Financial literacy workshop delivery guide for use by regional partners; and,
  • Bibliography with complete list of resources and stakeholders consulted.

In addition, applicants will be required to:

  • Meet with the project team to review and clarify the purpose of this assignment and expectations;
  • Participate in project meetings and teleconferences as appropriate;
  • Provide progress updates as required; and,

Submit all final project documents upon completion.

Timeline

The duration of the contract will be from November 23, 2015 – March 31, 2016.

  • Bids will be accepted until Friday, November 6, 2015;
  • Contract begins November 23, 2015;
  • Delivery of workbook by December 31, 2015;
  • Delivery of workshop model by February 28, 2016; and,

Delivery of workshop delivery guide by March 31, 2016.

  • Bids will be accepted until Friday, October 9, 2015;
  • Contract begins October 19, 2015;
  • Delivery of draft document by February 28, 2016; and,
  • Delivery of final document by March 31, 2016.

Pauktuutit’s Roles and Responsibilities

The primary contact at Pauktuutit for this project is Elana Nightingale, Manager of Socio-Economic Development (enightingale@pauktuutit.ca) and will be supported by Tracy O’Hearn, Executive Director of Pauktuutit (tohearn@pauktuuit.ca).

Pauktuutit commits to providing the information and materials necessary to complete the work and will respond to requests for information in a timely fashion.

Pauktuutit will provide feedback and review of documents and materials within three business days.

Confidentiality, Privacy and Copyright

The successful applicant shall not disclose to any party any confidential information gained or resulting from activities undertaken under this project, nor shall the applicant disclose any information concerning Pauktuutit or their affairs where such information is obtained through this project.

The successful applicant will be credited in the final publication(s).

It is understood that Pauktuutit retains ownership of any and all materials and intellectual property created, designed, or produced as a result of activities undertaken by the successful applicant when awarded this project.

It is understood that the successful applicant will generate original work for this project.

 Proposal Instructions

  1. Applicants must submit their company name, business/GST number, references and a plain language writing sample;

Note:                    

If you have previously submitted this information to Pauktuutit, we require only an example of the table of contents that may be used, as well as costs.

  1. The proposal must demonstrate how the objectives and deliverables for the project will be met and should include a proposed table of contents;
  2. Submit by email to enightingale@pauktuutit.ca;
  3. Word format or PDF;
  4. Estimates/budgets must remain firm until March 31, 2016;
  5. No payment will be made for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a proposal in response to this RFP;
  6. Costs for work before the receipt of a signed contract are not eligible for inclusion in the contract; and,

Pauktuutit reserves the right not to award a contract as a result of this RFP.

Budget

  • The proposal must include a detailed budget not to exceed $23,730.00 (including taxes).
  • Please indicate the billing rate.
  • List any other expenses that might be applicable.
  • Please include 13 per cent HST tax.

Rights of the Organization

Pauktuutit reserves the right to:

  • Enter into negotiations with one or more bidders on any or all aspects of this proposal.
  • Accept any proposal in whole or in part.
  • Cancel and/or re-issue this requirement at any time.
  • Award one or more contracts.
  • Verify any or all information provided by the bidder with respect to this requirement.

Contact Information

Please direct the application to:

Elana Nightingale, Manager of Socio-Economic Development
Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
520 – 1 Nicholas St. Ottawa, ON, K1N 7B7
enightingale@pauktuutit.ca
613-238-3977 ext. 236
www.pauktuutit.ca

Issuing Office:

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
510 – 1 Nicholas St.
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7

T: 613-238-3977
F: 613-238-1787

www.pauktuutit.ca

Deadline for submissions: November 6, 2015