USAID SEGAR – Request for Application (RFA) No.002 – Grant Application 217 views

Background

USAID SEGAR is a five-year (2020 – 2025) Activity designed to advance Indonesia´s development objectives in balancing biodiversity conservation and sustainable land use with inclusive economic and livelihoods development. To accomplish this, targeted subnational jurisdictions with high conservation values and high carbon stock will be supported to improve the management of natural resources that measurably conserves biodiversity, decreases greenhouse gas emissions from unsustainable land use, and promotes sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

USAID SEGAR works to strengthen the role of the government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in underpinning more consistent compliance with environmental laws and regulations. This will be achieved via three complementary strategies:

  1. Improving the reach and quality of monitoring data and reporting undertaken by government, the private sector, and civil society to better meet the requirements of the GOI and national and international market standards.
  2. Strengthening the capacity of sub-national government and Forest Management Units (FMUs) to better and more efficiently process monitoring information generated by staff, such as patrollers or forest rangers, the private sector, and the public.
  3. Helping national and sub national authorities make best use of improved monitoring data to use incentives and disincentives more effectively. On the one hand, this will involve employing mechanisms for sanctioning environmental transgressions, including “naming and shaming” of offenders, as well as strategic lawsuits. On the other, it will include incentive mechanisms to reward smallholders and businesses who implement measures to reduce threats to biodiversity and GHG emissions from land use.

USAID SEGAR works in four provinces and twelve districts. These are: Aceh (Aceh Tamiang, Aceh Utara, Aceh Timur); Central Kalimantan (Seruyan, Kotawaringin Barat); West Kalimantan (Ketapang, Kubu Raya, Sanggau, Sintang); and East Kalimantan (Berau, Kutai Timur, Mahakam Ulu).

RFA No. 002

USAID SEGAR, implemented by Chemonics International, is seeking grant applications to implement and improve a well-tested, national mobile application for citizen monitoring of citizen-perceived environmental transgressions – threat to forests, biodiversity and other important ecosystems (mangroves, wetlands, etc.), which is linked to a formal, public/private response system.

Specifically, the process of continued expanded use and improvement to the monitoring system will be supported by the Activity by way of introducing and testing the system in three selected USAID SEGAR-supported districts, training communities in its environmental monitoring and reporting value and use, managing and ensuring that any reports are channeled to the relevant response system/institution and are followed-up on, and making specific recommendations for improvements to the mobile application, which will be directed towards the developers of the app. The grantee will also be expected to present a sustainability plan to support TIMBY use once USAID SEGAR support ends.

USAID SEGAR will hold an online pre-application meeting on October 27, 2021, from 10.00 to 12.00 Western Indonesia Time (WIB). This meeting will provide eligible and interested applicants with the opportunity to ask questions about the RFA and receive guidance on how to complete the application form. Interested applicants that meet the eligibility requirements defined in Section III below and would like to attend this workshop must confirm their attendance by sending both the organization´s and participant’s name(s) to the USAID SEGAR Grants Team at the following e-mail address: idn-segar-grantsrfa@chemonics.com. A maximum of two people may attend the workshop from each organization. When confirming attendance, please advise of any special needs affecting the participation of attendees. No reimbursement for costs of attendance will be covered by USAID SEGAR.

Objective

In the context of improving environmental governance and particularly expanding the participation of Indonesian citizens, USAID SEGAR will promote a reporting and monitoring system that lets individuals, groups and communities report on environmental concerns or perceived illegal/destructive practices via a simple software application called “This Is My Back Yard” (TIMBY). Enhanced environmental monitoring by citizens via a platform like TIMBY can improve enforcement and underpin more productive collaboration between the wider public, natural resource managers, and enforcement officers, allowing officers to expand their patrolling reach and allocate resources more effectively. Responsible private sector companies also stand to gain from citizen reporting. TIMBY offers a cost-effective way to monitor their supply chains and to identify labor and environmental violations quickly, so that they can be addressed before they become a reputational risk or endanger sustainability certifications.

This activity will contribute to achieving USAID SEGAR`s expected result A.3.1.3 (Issue grant for introduction and upscaling of TIMBY or other approach) and A.3.1.4 (Pilot TIMBY or other approach in selected target districts) included in its Year 1 Annual Work Plan (Issue grant for introduction of TIMBY and pilot). More broadly it will contribute to the achievement of outcomes A3 (Environmental governance bodies and natural resource managers equitably enforce natural resource laws, policies, and regulations across the range of actors and stakeholders that influence biodiversity conservation and greenhouse gas emissions from land use) and B1 (Private sector entities implement mandatory and voluntary environmental and social standards and requirements).

USAID SEGAR will award a grant to a local non-government organization to expand the use and improve the TIMBY monitoring system by way of introducing and testing the system in USAID SEGAR-supported districts, training communities in its environmental monitoring and reporting value and use, managing and ensuring that any reports are channeled to the relevant response system/institution and are followed-up on, and make specific recommendations for improvements to the mobile application (when necessary), which will be directed towards the developers of the app.

Detailed Program Description

USAID SEGAR is seeking applications from Indonesian NGOs that are registered and formally constituted with strong experience of community-based environmental monitoring and reporting.

The grantee will be expected to work in three targeted districts, Seruyan (Central Kalimantan) and Ketapang and Sintang (West Kalimantan), to undertake the detailed SOW outlined below.

USAID SEGAR recognizes that some grantees may require technical assistance (TA) to carry out the proposed activity more effectively. Consequently, applicants are encouraged to specify their needs for TA and/or training in their application.

Scope of Work

  1. Introducing TIMBY pilots for citizen and community-based environmental monitoring and reporting in five targeted USAID-SEGAR-supported districts, including conducting the monitoring and reporting with community.
  2. Training citizens/community in the use and value of the TIMBY app.
  3. Managing the use of the TIMBY app in these five districts, including coordinating the posting of citizen/community reports and ensuring that they are channeled to the relevant authorities (local, provincial, or national).
  4. Identifying specific needs for modifying/improving the TIMBY app to better meet user needs, including to meeting the government of Indonesia’s (GOI) minimum requirements for public reporting.
  5. Presenting a sustainability plan to underpin future use, including identifying possible funding sources and technical support.

Submission

Applications shall be submitted in English and may not be more than 15 pages. Applications (Technical and budget proposals and supporting documentation) should be submitted in electronic to the USAID SEGAR Grants official email at IDN-SEGAR-GrantsRFA@chemonics.com and should reference RFA No. 002. Applications must be submitted no later than 12:00 pm WIB, on November 12, 2021. Late applications, or those that do not respond to the RFA, will not be considered.

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