John Howard Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

Request for Proposal

A. Statement of Purpose

The John Howard Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Inc. is currently seeking proposals to research and document the service needs in Labrador relevant to the justice system, particularly as it relates to offenders and their families in the context of their communities and cultures.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit proposals from various candidates to conduct an extensive evaluation based on the criteria herein.

The John Howard Society is a community-based organization whose mandate is focused on creating safer communities though the provision of rehabilitative programs and services for individuals who have been in conflict with the criminal justice system, or for those who are at risk for future involvement. Currently the John Howard Society (JHS) has offices in St. John’s, Stephenville and Corner Brook.

B. Background Information

The John Howard Society of Newfoundland and Labrador is a registered charity that works to reduce crime by providing for the rehabilitation of offenders and safer communities through effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime.

Founded in 1951, the John Howard Society (JHS) is a community-based organization that works to reduce crime by providing rehabilitative opportunities for offenders and ex-offenders. Governed by a volunteer board of directors, the Society currently provides a wide array of programs and services including community-based counselling, and employment for both adult and youth. The agency also operates four residential facilities and employs approximately 90 full and part-time staff. For more than 60 years, the Society has developed both the experience and expertise to meet the needs of individuals with complex needs in the justice system and provides service to approximately 1200 individuals each year.

C. Tasks to be Accomplished

  •  To research and document the service needs in Labrador relevant to the Justice System, particularly as it relates to offenders and their families in the context of their communities and cultures. Recognizing the scope of this contract does not provide for travel throughout the region, consultation with various stakeholders will need to include electronic communications. The use of interpreters may also be required
  • To prioritize identified service needs and recommend initial service targets
  • To research and develop evidence-based approaches to meeting these service needs with particular consideration of:
    • cultural sensitivity
    • maximum use wherever appropriate, of community partnerships among local agencies and organizations and provincial/federal stake holders
    • emphasis on non-institutional solutions
    • viewing and responding to justice issues and services in the broader context of communities and cultures, IE: taking into account such things as family and cultural issues; recognizing that justice issues and crime cannot be understood except in the context of the social environment
    • tailoring services to the unique history and needs of local populations

Organizational Approach:

To partner with an identified local organization(s) which would work in partnership with JHSNL to oversee the planning and administration of the initiative (the local partner will provide on-site supervision and administration).

To establish a broad community advisory committee of local stake holders and service organizations. The Project Proposal will initially be reviewed by this committee. Final draft report will be presented to the committee for review prior to submitting it to the John Howard Society.

Outcomes:

A written report on identified service needs and how they might best be addressed including:

  • a prioritization of service needs
  • options for service development
  • possible partnerships with other community organizations/individuals

Time frame:

Six months from the commencement date.

D) Bidder Qualifications

Bidders should provide the following items as part of their proposal for consideration:

  • Educational background
  • A summary of the bidders recent and relevant projects
  • Experience in working with diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Familiarity with Labrador and the four distinct and separate cultures in the region, including the Inuit, the Innu, the Metis and the Settlers.
  • Previous experience with research and social development
  • A firm estimate (all inclusive) list of the fees to be charged.
  • Resumes of all consultants who would be involved in the project
  • Names, phone numbers, of individuals who have been your clients during the last eighteen months and whom we can contact as references

E) Contract Details

  • The work outlined is expected to be fully completed six months following the commencement date
  • The maximum contract amount: $55,000. Payment will be made at intervals to be negotiated

F) How to Submit a Proposal

Please submit proposals no later than February 9, 2018 to Cindy Murphy, Executive Director, John Howard Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, 342 Pennywell Road, St. John’s, NL A1E 1V9; cmurphy@nulljhsnl.ca. Electronic versions welcome.

  1. A technical approach, which describes how you will carry out the tasks outlined above
  2. A summary of your recent and relevant projects
  3. A firm, all-inclusive costing
  4. Resumes of all consultants who would be involved in the project
  5. Names, phone numbers, and email addresses of individuals at organizations who have been your clients during the last eighteen months and whom we can contact as references

We will hold interviews with finalists during the week of February 19, 2018. All questions should be forwarded to the executive director at cmurphy@nulljhsnl.ca.

For additional information and background concerning the John Howard Society of Newfoundland and Labrador please visit: http://www.johnhowardnl.ca.


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