Request for Proposals

On July 1, 2014, USAID/DRC awarded Tetra Tech the Capacity Building for Responsible Minerals Trade (CBRMT) project contract. The CBRMT project goal is to strengthen the capacity of the DRC and regional institutions to transparently regulate and control a critical mass of the trade in strategic minerals in Eastern DRC to transform the region’s mineral wealth into economic growth and development. CBRMT is designed to reinforce and scale up traceability and due diligence systems for tin, tantalum, tungsten (the 3Ts) and gold. This includes supporting efforts by multiple actors to legalize and formalize artisanal mining, improve traceability and certification systems, and perform due diligence that is compliant with the International Conference of Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Regional Certification Mechanism and OECD Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.

CBRMT’s technical approach is premised on supporting legal and policy reforms to enhance regional harmonization and a conflict-free artisanal minerals trade; building the groundwork for secure land and mineral resource rights; scaling existing and alternative schemes for traceability and certification for tin, tantalum and tungsten (3Ts) and gold; and building the capacity of stakeholders throughout the 3T and gold supply chain to understand, implement, and benefit from a responsible minerals trade. Specific overtures and actions are taken to differentiate the roles, benefits, impacts, and risks attributed to men, women, and youth in the Artisanal Small-scale Mining (ASM) sector. The project also will strengthen private sector confidence in the region’s minerals trade and build greater linkages between large-scale and artisanal mining to strengthen future private sector investments in legal, transparent, and conflict-free mineral supply chains. Our approach includes campaigns, training, and technical assistance activities to improve the awareness and capacity of stakeholders to support and implement due diligence, traceability, and certification systems.

The Subcontractor will support the CBRMT program by successfully identifying and detailing site conditions for promising artisanal gold mine sites, for which developing a future chain of custody and due diligence system may be possible under international guidelines. The Subcontractor will work in the Eastern DRC province of South Kivu and along transit routes from the mine site to point of export from the DRC.

Proposals should clearly explain their approach to each of three key tasks outlined in the RFP, including where in South Kivu province they propose do their research. The proposed approach should also identify staffing, timing, and anticipated security conditions at mine sites in the research area and along potential transit routes, as well as the rationale for site selection. Opportunities to enhance local capacities to monitor gold supply chains should also be identified and described.

Activities will be conducted over a maximum of a 6 month period between March 2018 and August 2018 as described in the Statement of Work.

Proposals must be received no later than 4:00PM ET, February 16, 2018.

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