RFP MNO Youth Programming

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Client Metis Nation of Ontario

MÉTIS NATION OF ONTARIO
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is seeking the professional services of a contractor/consultant to conduct a review of MNO Youth programming. The objective of the review is to analyze and assess MNO’s existing youth programs and services with a view to ensure these programs remain responsive and respect the diverse and evolving needs of youth, including their need to feel safe and supported in their journeys toward connecting with their Métis identity, heritage, community and culture.

Release Date: March 28, 2018

Closing Date:  April 30, 2018

1. OVERVIEW OF SERVICES REQUIRED

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is seeking professional services to conduct a review of the

MNO’s youth focused programs and initiatives, including but not limited to the Infinite Reach Program, Summer Youth Cultural Program, and Canoe Expeditions.  In order to be selected, the successful candidate will have experience and working with Métis, First Nation or Inuit governments or Indigenous organizations, including knowledge of MNO programming and service delivery structure.

The Métis youth population in Ontario continues to grow substantially and while the MNO has several programs and funding to support the Metis youth there continue to be gaps in programming available to youth. The MNO seeks a researcher to examine and evaluate the MNO’s existing youth services provided in Ontario to consider strengths, gaps and opportunities for enhancement and expansion. This analysis will include an evaluation of past clients that have accessed youth programming to determine how programming has contributed to their need to feel safe and supported their journeys toward discovering their Métis identity, heritage and culture. Research will identify wise practices and gaps in current programming and making recommendations for future program change.

THE MÉTIS NATION OF ONTARIO

Since its establishment in 1993, the MNO has advocated for and represented the collective rights, interests and ambitions of Métis communities within Ontario as a part of the larger Métis Nation through its democratically-elected governance structures at the local, regional and provincial levels.

Every four years, Métis citizens have the opportunity to choose their provincial and regional leadership (the Provisional Council of the MNO), by voting in province-wide ballot box elections In addition, MNO Chartered Community Councils have been established throughout the province. They get their mandate to support local governance through signed Community Charter agreements, and work collaboratively to represent the rights and interests of regional rights-bearing Métis communities throughout the province. There are also active provincial Veteran’s, Women’s and Youth Councils.

The MNO delivers a range of programs, services and technical support in the areas of health, labour market development, education, housing, intergovernmental affairs and lands resources and consultation through its province-wide infrastructure. MNO currently has over 200 staff working in 32 offices across Ontario. For more information please see the MNO’s most recent annual report at http://www.Métisnation.org/aboutthemno/annualreports/.

2. NATURE AND SCOPE OF WORK

The firm selected will be retained to provide advice and guidance to the Provisional Council of the MNO, The Métis Nation of Ontario’s Youth Council (MNOYC) and MNO’s senior management team and will be directed through a centralized process administered by MNO Senior Management. The scope of work will include, but not be limited to, the following functions:

  • MNO staff will initiate a consultation with MNOYC seeking their input on existing programs and recommendations on key considerations for the project review.
  • Engagement and Consultation with MNOYC throughout the duration of the project, including: the planning phase of the project and determining engagement with Métis youth.
  • Review and analysis of current MNO programs including but not limited to: Infinite Reach, Summer Youth Cultural Program, and Canoe Expeditions.
  • Utilize the MNO network to engage past clients and current youth in order to assess overall program strengths, gaps and areas for improvement (may include interviews with key sources, focus groups, survey etc.)
  • Interviews should be conducted with the following groups, MNOYC, former and current participants in SYCP, IRN, Canoe expedition, and other MNO Youth focused programs.
  • Final report to include an overall analysis and assessment of programming delivered, identification of strengths and wise practices of the current programming, challenges and program and service gaps. Report should also make recommendations.

General Requirements 

  • Applicant will have experience and knowledge in generally working with Métis, First

Nation or Inuit governments or Indigenous organizations;

  • Applicant has knowledge of Indigenous youth programming, including MNO youth programming;
  • Knowledge of mixed methods approaches to data collection and analysis, including

Community-Based Participatory Action Research;

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in culturally relevant and responsive evaluation approaches;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with Indigenous Youth and communities;
  • Strong understanding of Métis culture, history, and contemporary issues affecting Métis Nation and youth in particular;
  • Strong understandings of issues of intersectionality, gender identity;

Preference will be given to Indigenous Firms.

3.   COMPENSATION

Terms and timelines for payment will be specified in the finalized retainer and contract for services.

4.  PROPOSAL RESPONSE GUIDELINES  

To ensure a proposal is considered for evaluation it must include all the information requested and be presented in the order described below:

4.1 Cover Letter

The cover letter must:

  • Clearly reference the project title and number of the RFP;
  • Be dated and signed by a person authorized to negotiate, make commitments, and provide any clarifications with respect to the proposal on behalf of the bidding contractor;
  • Include a statement indicating your understanding of the proposed services and requirements;
  • Highlight relevant qualifications experience;
  • Indicate the capacity to provide the services.

4.2 The ProposalQualifications and Experience

The proposal must outline and include the following:

  • Applicant has knowledge of Indigenous youth programming, including MNO youth programming;
  • Knowledge of mixed methods approaches to data collection and analysis, including Community-Based Participatory Action Research;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in culturally relevant and responsive evaluation approaches;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with Indigenous Youth and communities;
  • Strong understanding of Métis culture, history, and contemporary issues affecting Métis Nation and youth in particular;
  • Strong understandings of issues of intersectionality, gender identity;

4.3 References

▪ Please supply three relevant references including the name, title, telephone and email address of the contact person.

4.4 Innovation

▪ Provide details of any possible innovative ideas, suggestions or opportunities for improvement that would enhance the project, process or required outcomes indicated within this RFP.

4.5 Costs and Charges

▪ Provide the hourly rates for the team proposed to conduct the work.   

5.  SUBMISSION 

As a potential supplier of these professional services, you are invited to submit a proposal in accordance with the terms and conditions detailed in this document to the following contact:

500 Old St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 9G4
Email: jadeb@metisnation.org

Closing date and time: April 30th, 2018, at 4:30pm – via email. Proposals received after the closing time will not be considered. 

6. PROJECT SCHEDULE 

▪ RFP Release Date: March 28, 2018

▪ Closing Date: April 30, 2018

7. SELECTION PROCESS 

Upon closing, all proposals will be reviewed for completeness. Only completed proposals will be brought forward for further consideration and final decision.

Eligible proposals will be evaluated based on the response guidelines in Section 4 as follows

8. PERIOD OF AGREEMENT  

The term of any contractual agreement will be from the date of the award to be defined in retainer agreement.

9. TERMS AND CONDITIONS 

9.1. The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) will not be responsible for any costs incurred by a contractor in preparing and submitting proposals and/or attending interviews. The MNO accepts no liability of any kind to a contractor prior to the signing of a contract.

9.2. Submission of a proposal shall not obligate, nor should it be construed as obligating the MNO to accept any such proposal or to proceed further with the project. The MNO may, in their sole discretion, elect not to proceed with the project, and may elect not to accept any or all proposals for any reason.

9.3. Contractors may amend or withdraw their proposals prior to the closing date and time specified in the RFP by way of written notice.

9.4. The contractor must identify any information in its proposal that it considers to be confidential or proprietary.

9.5. The contractor will be expected to comply with the MNO’s conflict of interest policy, and must identify any areas of potential conflict in its work with other clients and will be expected to work in the best interests of the Métis Nation of Ontario.

9.6 All proposals and accompanying documentation received under this competition will become the property of the MNO and will not be returned.

9.7. The MNO reserves the right to accept or reject, in whole or in part, any or all proposals.

9.8. The MNO reserves the right to cancel and/or re-issue this RFP at any time for any reason without penalty.

9.9. The contractor’s proposal shall form part of the contractual agreement by attachment and will be incorporated by reference.

 

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