Project details


Project title

She Leads Pakistan Women’s Leadership Program in the Former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)

Tender / Procurement notice
12 Sep 2019
Clarification / Questions & Answers
20 Sep 2019
27 Sep 2019
9 Oct 2019
Clarification / Questions & Answers
18 Oct 2019


12 September 2019


28 September 2019



Procurement type




Funding Agency

IFES - International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Estimated duration

17 months



She Leads Pakistan Women’s Leadership Program in the Former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)

1. Request for Application (RFA)

1.1. Purpose
The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to invite civil society organization(s) to submit applications to implement a women’s leadership training (She Leads Pakistan) in the formerly known Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The training is part of an Global Affairs Canada-funded program. The RFA provides prospective organizations with the relevant operational and performance requirements. IFES anticipates issuing one award under this RFA.
IFES plans to issue subaward from approximately October 2019 to April 2021

1.2. RFA Schedule
IFES will conduct a competitive process to identify grantees per the tentative timeline below:
Issuance of RFA September 11, 2019
Questions Due September 17, 2019; by 17:00 Washington DC (EST)
Response from IFES September 19, 2019
RFA Closes—All Applications Due September 28, 2019; by 17:00 Washington DC (EST)
Implementation Period October 2019 – April 2021

2. General Information

2.1. Background
IFES is an independent, non-governmental organization providing professional support to electoral democracy. IFES supports citizens’ rights to participate in free and fair elections. Our independent expertise strengthens electoral systems and builds local capacity to deliver sustainable solutions.
As the global leader in democracy promotion, we advance good governance and democratic rights by Providing technical assistance to election officials, Empowering the underrepresented to participate in electoral and political processes, and Applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle.
Since 1987, IFES has worked in over 145 countries – from developing democracies, to mature democracies.

3. Application Preparation Instructions

3.1. Applicant’s Understanding of the RFA
In responding to this RFA, the applicant accepts full responsibility to understand the RFA in its entirety, and in detail, including making any inquiries to IFES as necessary to gain such understanding. IFES reserves the right to disqualify any applicant who demonstrates less than such understanding. Further, IFES reserves the right to determine, at its sole discretion, whether the applicant has demonstrated such understanding. Such disqualification and/or cancellation shall be at no fault, cost, or liability whatsoever to IFES.
3.2. Good Faith Statement
All information provided by IFES in this RFA is offered in good faith. Individual items are subject to change at any time. IFES makes no certification that any item is without error. IFES is not responsible or liable for any use of the information or for any claims asserted there from.
3.3. Communication
Verbal communication shall not be effective unless formally confirmed in writing by the IFES officials identified in Section 3.5 of this RFA. In no case shall verbal communication govern over written communication.
3.3.1. Applicant Inquiries
Inquiries, questions, and requests for clarification related to this RFA should be submitted in writing to the representative listed below by the deadline listed in 1.2. RFA Schedule.
Mr. Abdullah Abdullah
Contracts and Grants Manager
Mr. Khurram Naz Contracts and Grants Administrator
Note: Questions/Answers and Addenda(s) related to this RFA can be found on IFES Procurement Notices and
3.3.2. Formal Communications shall include, but are not limited to:
• Questions concerning this RFA
• Expressions of Interest
• Pre-award negotiations under this RFA
• Addenda to this RFA
3.3.3. Addenda
IFES will make a good-faith effort to provide written responses to the questions or requests for clarifications that require addenda by the date set in the RFA Schedule above. All questions, answers, and addenda will be shared with all interested organizations.
3.4. Eligibility
Locally registered Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Non-Political Party Organizations or other similar not-for-profit institutions are invited to apply. If a DPO, CSO, or NGO is not locally registered, a signed letter stating the reason why must be included as part of the application.
Individuals and the following organizations are not eligible to access funding:
• Governmental and semi-governmental institutions
• International organizations
• Political parties or organizations affiliated with or engaging in partisan activities
• Organizations running on a for-profit basis
3.5. Application Instructions
All applications should include the following, in order for their application to be considered:
3.5.1. Technical Application
• The Technical Application must include a written application in English describing in detail the applicant’s (a) Technical Approach, (b) implementation timeline, and (c) results framework to implement the Program Description as described in Article 4 of this RFA. The evaluation criteria can be found in Article 3.6. Applicants should use the technical narrative template in Attachment A.
3.5.2. Cost Application – Budget & Budget Narrative
• The Budget should reflect costs associated with the technical activities and deliverables. All applicants must use the budget template provided in Attachment B and submit it in Excel format as part of their application. The Budget should be presented in PKR with applicable taxes/charges clearly identified. Unit costs are required and, in the case of discrepancies between unit costs and total costs, the unit cost will be taken as the reference basis in the evaluation.
• The applicant must agree to keep these costs valid for a minimum of 90 calendar days.
• The Cost Application should include a Budget Narrative that describes each cost element of the Budget (see column H of Attachment B).
3.5.3. A brief outline of the applicant’s organization and experience. Organizations should demonstrate prior experience working with young people from a wide range of states and regions, particularly rural areas, facilitating training programs, and working on programming such as youth leadership, civic education, and/or elections.
3.5.4. Additional documentation
• When available, a copy of the organization’s most recent final, signed audits/financial statements
• Proof of organization’s registration in Pakistan or a signed letter indicating why the organization is not registered.
• CVs of key personnel including the organization’s Director and anticipated program manager
• Any other supporting document that will strengthen the application
3.6. Application Submission
Applicants must send final applications in electronic copy via e-mail, on or prior to September 28, 2019—by no later than 17:00 Washington DC (EST) time —to and
3.7. Criteria for Selection
The evaluation of each response to this RFA will be based on its demonstrated competence, compliance, format, and organization. The purpose of this RFA is to identify those organizations that have the interest, capability, and financial strength to implement the project as described in Article 4 of this RFA.

4. Scope of Work
Under the Participation of Women in Elections and Registration (POWER) program, which is carried out with funding from Global Affairs Canada, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) seeks a subaward partner to implement a series of women’s leadership trainings (She Leads Pakistan) in former FATA region. The period of performance is approximately 17 months. During that time, the selected partner will be responsible for completing the following activities:
• Hold focus group discussions to identify gaps in women’s leadership skills in the former FATA and work with IFES to develop curriculum to meet these gaps;
• Translate curriculum materials as needed into local languages;
• Identify and select She Leads participants using established selection guidelines, in consultation with IFES;
• Implement three-day beginner and four-day intermediate trainings for She Leads participants. In total, the program will train at least 100 women, who will participate in both the beginner and intermediate training. To ensure that no more than 30 people are in each training, the selected partner should anticipate holding at least four beginner trainings and four intermediate trainings to reach the 100 participants.
• Between the beginner and intermediate trainings, women participants will carry out “assignments”. The selected organization will oversee the assignments, including disseminating small microgrants, if needed, and tracking participants’ progress in meeting their goals.
• Selected organization will maintain a log of the activities that women participants of the She Lead program will undertake and report them to IFES under an agreed timeframe.
• Participate in a lessons learned workshop towards the end of the project and share results.
• Conduct monitoring and evaluation – in a format agreed to with IFES – throughout the program to measure progress and impact.

4.1. Timeline:
Applicants must submit a detailed timeline in their Application showing the time required to implement the services requested. IFES requires all deliverables to be completed not later than February 28, 2021.

Hyperlinks to Related Project Dossiers:

RFA-19-074-She Leads Pakistan Women’s Leadership Program-FATA