RFQ Number:   NAGGA-RFQ-21-002

Issuance Date:  November 10, 2020

Questions Due:  November 20, 2020, 5:00 pm TLT Local Time

Deadline for Offers:  December 2, 2020 5:00 pm TLT Local Time

Description:  RFQ for Provision of Legal Services in Timor-Leste

For:  USAID/Timor-Leste NGO Advocacy for Good Governance Activity

Funded by: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Implemented by:  Counterpart International, Inc.

Counterpart International is a U.S.-based NGO working in the international development sector with an annual portfolio of $65M, primarily funded through awards from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Counterpart works on behalf of the social sector – individuals, organizations and networks around the world who are committed to creating social good. They are our Counterparts –those striving for more open and participatory government; healthy communities, access to education, natural resource protection and climate resiliency; and improved livelihoods. No matter what sector, or what country, we are committed to moving the marginalized to full participation in civic life. Only through inclusion will the full potential of a society be realized. We work with governments, organizations, individuals, foundations, and corporations who are committed to building the capacity of the social sector.

The USAID/Timor-Leste NGO Advocacy for Good Governance Activity (hereinafter known as the Activity) is currently being implemented by Counterpart International (Counterpart). The Activity seeks to expand the NGO enabling environment and strengthen the organizational, research, networking, and financial capacity for local NGOs in Timor-Leste to provide increased evidence-based, sustainable advocacy services on behalf of citizens. The Activity will focus on four objectives: strengthening NGO organizational capacity; improving advocacy, research, analysis and networking capacities for better response to constituents; fostering more diverse and regular revenue streams; and promoting an enabling environment that fosters independent NGOs. The Activity will strengthen democratic systems to help build a more accountable, inclusive Timor-Leste that is advancing towards greater self-reliance.

The purpose of this RFQ is to solicit quotations from eligible Vendors for legal services relating to Counterpart’s operations in Timor-Leste.  As a result of this RFQ, the Activity anticipates issuing a blanket purchase agreement (BPA)—or possibly multiple BPAs—to establish specific pricing levels and parameters for ordering these services.  This will allow the Activity to issue specific ordering documents, on an as-needed basis, for the procurement of these items over the next 12 months.  The Vendor shall furnish the services described in any ordering documents issued by Counterpart under this BPA. Counterpart is only obligated to pay for services ordered through ordering documents issued under this BPA and delivered by the Vendor in accordance with the terms/conditions of this BPA.

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