Funding brief: CT announces a NOFO for organizations interested in submitting proposals for a program to develop strategic communications capability specifically geared toward Bangladeshi law enforcement officials at the provincial level working to prevent and respond to terrorist threats and activities in their communities. The program should also develop the institutional framework needed to support a strategic communications function. Civilian security personnel in countries on the frontlines of terrorism, such as Bangladesh, often times do not have the skills or institutional support to effectively communicate their mission and day-to-day operations to affected stakeholders such as community members, civil society, and the private sector, including through building relationships with media and establishing a social media presence.
The goal of this program is to build the strategic communications capacity of Dhaka, Sylhet, Rajshahi, and Chittagong’s Metropolitan Police units, who are responsible for implementing counterterrorism law enforcement operations. Specifically, CT seeks an implementer that will develop and deploy a suite of services to build Bangladeshi law enforcement capacity to conduct strategic communications, which may consist of training module(s), tabletop exercises, embedded mentors and advisors, and other instructional mechanisms tailor-made for civilian security officials engaged in countering terrorist activities and threats in Bangladesh. The program should provide analysis and recommendations on the institutional infrastructure necessary to staff, support, and sustain this strategic communications function. At the end of this capacity-building program, the Metropolitan Police units of Dhaka, Sylhet, Chittagong, and Rajshahi should have the capacity to develop and implement a communications strategy regarding terrorism prevention and response that includes social media, community and private sector engagement, and traditional media lines of effort. They should demonstrate an understanding of the importance of knowing their respective community and its components and of communicating mission and operations effectively with the public. They should understand what type of information is essential to share with the public, how to build public trust and cooperation through communication and how to elicit and address public feedback.
In order to fulfill this purpose and meet this goal, this project has three key objectives:
● Objective 1: Provide capacity-building in strategic communications to the Dhaka, Sylhet, Rajshahi, and Chittagong’s Metropolitan Police units in Bangladesh. The program includes developing and deploying a training module, mentoring and recommendations for institutional reforms to support this function.
● Objective 2: Increase awareness of what Bangladesh law enforcement units are doing to protect their citizens, which builds confidence between civilian security institutions and the communities they serve.
● Objective 3: Local communities have a better understanding of law enforcement actions as a result of increased use of strategic communications by law enforcement officials.
Funding Opportunity Number: SFOP0005005
Donor Name: The US Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism
Funding name: No specific fund name
Deadline: June, 05th, 2018 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Funding details link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=304656
Funding limit: $1 to $888,750
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: August /September 2018
Project duration: 24 months
Eligible organization: As below
● U.S. – based non-profit/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) having a 501(c) (3) status with the IRS; overseas non-governmental organizations; Foreign Public Entities and Public International Organizations (PIOs).
● For-profit and commercial firms are not eligible to apply in response to this NOFO.
● Individuals are not eligible to apply
● www.sam.gov registration is required to receive a Federal assistance award. See the Proposal Submission Instructions (PSI) for more information.
● All applicants must provide a Unique Entity Identifier, or Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS), when submitting applications on Grants.gov. Applicants that do not have a valid DUNS number will be considered ineligible.
● Demonstrate past performance, experience, and expertise in managing programs of this magnitude and complexity;
● Demonstrate effectiveness in working with the rule of law and security sector. Previous experience working with government institutions in Bangladesh preferred;
● Demonstrate expertise in developing and delivering training on strategic communications from a law enforcement perspective, with a preference for organizations which have experience working with law enforcement and/or security institutions;
● Have strong background and experience building capacity of South Asia law enforcement and counterterrorism institutions;
● Demonstrate expertise in the use of mentors and train-the-trainer and curriculum development for law enforcement and counterterrorism officials;
● Have ability to assess law enforcement baseline capacity in public communications.
Eligible Country: The project will take place in Bangladesh.
Submission mail: Not found
Other important link:
● Apply: www.grants.gov
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (www.grants.gov).
Attachments: (5-15 pages, preferably in Microsoft Word) Three mandatory attachments include the following in order (see Tab A below for more information on this section):
● Roles and Responsibilities along with the names of key personnel
● Timeline/Schedule of Activities
● Project Monitoring Plan with Logic Model
● Additional optional attachments. Attachments may include further timeline information, letters of support, memoranda of understanding (MOU)/agreement, etc. For applicants with a large number of letters/MOUs, it may be useful to provide a list of the organizations or government agencies that support the project rather than the actual documentation.
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