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Learning Experience Design (LXD) Team for Development of “Peace Finance” E-Platform

A. About Finance for Peace

Finance for Peace (F4P) works with partners to catalyse a market for peace-positive investment. We work collectively to create standards, market intelligence and partnerships across sectors to build trust, share knowledge and establish networks.

Through leveraging and creating new partnerships of on the ground community engagement and political support, Finance for Peace aims to scale what we call “Peace Finance” – investment that has an intentional and positive impact on peace while promoting economic development, job creation and better livelihoods. Peace-positive investment generates mutual benefits of reduced risks for investors and communities and can achieve both bankable and peaceful outcomes.

Peace-positive investment encompasses different asset classes such as Peace Bonds or Peace Equity or similar structures, across a range of sectors. In order for Peace Bonds and Peace Equity like structures to take flight, we need commonly agreed standards and guidance that the market can trust and use, as well as new partnerships and knowledge.

Finance for Peace brings together investors, private sector actors, development finance institutions and other development actors, governments, peacebuilders, civil society and communities, to identify innovative solutions that can bring true additionality to investors, as well as more inclusive development.

Finance for Peace is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) and builds on feasibility research supported by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) on a new sustainable investment category called Peace Bonds.

Finance for Peace has been incubated by Interpeace, an international peacebuilding organisation that has worked on conflict resolution and peacebuilding throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Latin America for 30 years. For more information on F4P and Interpeace, please visit our websites at https://financeforpeace.org/ and https://www.interpeace.org/

Peace Finance eHub

The Finance for Peace mission is to create a market for peace-aligned investment. With this in mind, the initiative is currently focused on network and capacity building. The team is developing an online platform to enhance engagement, boost capacity-building and foster partnerships in Peace Finance. The platform – whose working title is “Peace Finance eHub” – will be designed to provide customised advice and resources to navigate the emerging field, for example to:

  • Bond and equity issuers seeking assistance in meeting certification criteria.
  • Investors seeking training on impact assessments, or suitable projects for investment.
  • Peace Partners seeking advice on how to structure projects for certification and to connect with potential investors.
  • Verifiers seeking resources to enhance the quality and efficiency of their assessments.

In addressing these specific needs, the platform will foster a community of practice where stakeholders can acquire knowledge, enhance their skills, collaborate effectively and contribute to the realisation of finance as a catalyst for sustainable peace.

B. Description of the Assignment

Interpeace’s Finance for Peace initiative seeks the services of a multi-person team experienced in Learning Experience Design (LXD), or similar technical expertise, to support the creation and implementation of a bespoke online platform.

The selected service provider will be responsible for advising on the technical solution for the eHub, developing engaging and impactful content for various learning tools, and managing the overall implementation of the eHub. For a more detailed scope of work, please see the Terms of Reference below.

The minimum viable product is expected to be operational by October 2024.

C. Proposal Submission

Interpeace invites bids from qualified service providers for the services described in the attached Terms of Reference, which form an integral part of this Call for Proposals (CFP).

The call is open to companies or multi-person teams from around the globe. Qualifying individuals who apply together as a team must be registered as individual contractors.

Bidders shall bear all costs associated with the preparation and submission of their proposal, and Interpeace shall not be responsible or liable for those costs, whether direct or indirect, regardless of the conduct or outcome of the CFP, nor if the CFP is cancelled, altered or postponed for any reason. This includes, but is not limited to, any and all costs incurred for pre-proposal clarifications, oral presentations, site visits, and subsequent meetings and negotiations.

All proposals shall be prepared in English and encompass the following documents:

  1. Qualifications of Service Provider
  • Overview of experience and expertise, clearly demonstrating how the team meets the qualification requirements laid out in the Terms of Reference.
    • Emphasis should be given to eLearning platform development, instructional design, and any demonstrated knowledge and expertise related to Peace Finance.
  • A portfolio showcasing the team's competency in delivering similar projects, briefly describing the past projects as well as their similarity/relevance for this CFP.
  • Additional offerings or skills the team could contribute to enrich the project.
  1. Technical Proposal

The technical proposal can be short and concise, but should include the following information:

  • A proposed methodology and approach for developing the Peace Finance eHub, considering the information shared from the existing concept note (see Annex B).
    • The bidder should identify the specific components proposed in the Terms of Reference, describe key process steps towards the tentative minimal viable product, and how the service provider is anticipating to work with the F4P team.
  • Any technical details of the proposed solution for the Peace Finance eHub.
    • Which learning management system (LMS), learning management ecosystem or learning destination site does the bidder propose to use?
    • Which tools and plug-ins would the bidder work with, for example for creating and managing content?
    • For social network creation, will any other community platforms or tools be required in addition to the above?
  • Please note: While it is not compulsory to submit a demo together with the initial proposal, short-listed bidders may be asked to provide a visual taster of their proposed solution during the final stage of selection.
  1. Financial Offer

The financial offer should cover all aspects of the work, from content development to technical deployment and ongoing support, in particular:

  • The bidder’s hourly or daily fee for providing the requested service.
  • The fee is expected to be all-inclusive.
  • The approximate number of days of work anticipated to fulfil the Terms of Reference, taking into account the timelines set by F4P.
    • Please note that the cost of preparing a bid and negotiating a contract is not reimbursable nor can it be included as a direct cost of the assignment.
    • A final agreement on the number of days will be negotiated between F4P and the successful bidder based on an in-depth discussion of the scope of work.
  • Any additional costs associated with the technical proposal that F4P would have to incur, i.e. estimated costs for annual LMS subscription, software licenses, etc.

Additional Comments

F4P will particularly appreciate technical proposals that offer options to choose between a more cost-effective and a more high-end realisation of our vision. This may concern individual components of the platform (i.e. specific learning tools) or the platform as a whole.

The assignment is not expected to require any travel.

Deadline and Submission Details

Proposals should be submitted electronically to info@financeforpeace.org with kuenzler@interpeace.org in copy. Please indicate “Peace Finance Platform Proposal” in the subject line.

Incoming proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline for submission is 22 April 2024.

Only proposals under consideration will be notified.

D. Questions?

Any inquiries regarding this call for proposals can be directed to Ms. Valérie Künzler at kuenzler@interpeace.org. We look forward to receiving your proposals and collaborating to bring the Peace Finance eHub to life.

Annexes

Annex A

Annex B

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