Request for Proposals – Disaster Legal Services Project & Adult Learning Content Developer ConsultantPosted on: September 26, 2022
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - Disaster Legal Services Project & Adult Learning Content Developer Consultant
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) seeks the services of an independent project consultant to assist it in supervising our recently awarded almost $6.5 million three year Disaster Legal Services (DLS) grant from the Legal Services Corporation. This work also includes a subcomponent with primary responsibility for creating content working with our staff for our Adult Learning Management System and to implement our new Adult Learning Management System. The goals of our DLS project and our subcomponent project is to provide high quality legal assistance to disaster survivors and to help better prepare SLLS to respond to disasters.
Introduction to SLLS
SLLS provides free legal assistance to indigent and other vulnerable people who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. We protect their livelihoods, health, housing and families. Through legal representation, we are able to assure fairness for our clients as they navigate through the civil justice system. SLLS works to combat the inequities and disproportionate impacts faced by marginalized communities of color.
SLLS is the largest nonprofit civil legal services provider in Louisiana serving 50% of the state’s poverty population in twenty-two parishes across southeast Louisiana. Pre-pandemic, Louisiana had the third highest poverty rate in the United States, the second highest rate of women killed by their intimate partner, the highest rate of mass incarceration in the world disproportionately impacting marginalized communities, was consistently noted as one of the unhealthiest states, and had the second highest rate of food insecure seniors. We have been struck by ten presidentially declared natural disasters since 2005’s catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil Spill, and the people we serve have been particularly hard-hit by the impact of COVID-19 due to our economic reliance on the hospitality and oil and gas industries and Hurricane Ida.
During the COVID-19 pandemic and in the wake of Ida, SLLS has fought for the rights of vulnerable people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic, provided safeguards to domestic violence survivors, protected the livelihood of disaster victims and assisted renters who were facing eviction. SLLS has won significant appellate cases protecting thousands of vulnerable people through eviction defense and child in need of care work, and engaging in successful policy advocacy with government agencies administering housing assistance, child protection programs, and unemployment benefits. Our 2021 case work for individual households resulted in over 30,000 people being helped through free legal aid to protect their lives, homes, and families with a direct economic impact to them through our work of over $28.5 million.
Pre-pandemic, SLLS had about 100 team members on staff. Since COVID, we have grown to have almost 175 employees, seven offices, staff embedded onsite with other partners such as hospitals, medical clinics, homeless shelters, domestic violence victim service centers, community colleges, and robust pro bono partnerships. We have almost 100 different funding sources though LSC funding is about 45% of our budget with another almost 30% from the Louisiana Bar Foundation. In response to the effects of COVID-19 on housing, we have hired 14 additional attorneys to represent people who are facing eviction and 15 new staff to represent vulnerable populations affected by natural disasters.
Request for Proposals
Purpose of RFP
SLLS seeks an independent project consultant to participate in the management of SLLS’s Disaster Legal Services grant and to assist in developing training resources for staff. SLLS understands the importance of analyzing and adapting our resources to fit the needs of our growing organization. Our goal is to improve SLLS’s ability to respond to the legal needs of disaster survivors and to better prepare the agency to respond to future disasters internally and as part of our broader statewide civil legal aid justice community.
In this two pronged role, the consultant we are seeking will assist SLLS in managing our DLS Project and will have primary responsibility for our Adult Learning Content Development (ALCD) Project as a subcomponent of our DLS Project. We expect the selected consultant will need to dedicate significantly more time to accomplishing our project plan goals during the first 12 months of the project with the level of effort being significantly less during 2024 and by 2025 minimal work to be done. The rationale for this is that as the major deliverables under the contract are achieved, the work effort needed to supervise and implement the project will be less.
Disaster Legal Services (DLS) Project
In the DLS role, the consultant will provide general supervision, diligent monitoring, and reporting on the usage of SLLS’ DLS grant to ensure that it aligns with our grant performance plan. The full performance plan with tasks already completed to date is attached to this Request for Proposal as Attachment A. The consultant will have primary responsibility for issuing, coordinating, implementing, and supervising Goal 2, Objective 1, Milestone 8 regarding SLLS’ Adult Learning Management System described in more detail in the next section and Goal 3, Objective 3, Milestones 1-4 to help SLLS create an outreach plan using media and to secure a technology consultant to ensure disaster survivors have access to legal services. The selected consultant for the instant RFP will report directly to the Executive Director regarding progress on the DLS Project general oversight, supervision, and progress on deliverables.
All decisions pertaining to the management of the grant are rooted in and reflective of the Goals, Objectives, and Milestones agreed upon by SLLS and LSC. The grant term of our project is 7/1/2022-6/30/2025. The goals and objectives of the DLS project are below which our detailed Project Plan referenced in Attachment A fleshes out in more detail.
DLS Goals and Objectives:
- Provide advice and legal representation to address disaster-related legal issues for low-income survivors.
- Direct Services –Sustain and Increase Level of Direct Assistance through 30 essential disaster response staff
- Provide training and support to disaster staff to facilitate their skills and ability to deliver direct legal assistance to disaster survivors
- Enhance legal aid capabilities to better serve survivors of 2020-2021 declared disasters.
- Improve SLLS’ disaster resilience through improved technology and software
- Transition SLLS’ current case management system to a new case management system to better serve 2020-2021 disaster survivors
- To provide outreach and education to the survivors of the 2020-2021 declared disasters.
- Outreach and Community Education – Expand outreach and knowledge for survivors of the 2020 and 2021 disasters
- Improve SLLS’ intake/outreach process to better serve disaster survivors.
- Develop and implement an outreach plan using media and technology to ensure disaster survivors have access to legal services.
Adult Learning Content Developer (ALCD)
In the ALCD subcomponent of the DLS Project, the consultant will identify, collect, revise, create, design, test, and integrate resources into SLLS’ Learn Upon Learning Management System working in close collaboration with in-house staff subject matter experts (SME). This work involves breaking down often complex concepts into fundamental pieces and weaving them into engaging learning segments to create learning modules that are easily understood and digested for use by legal aid staff and partners. Major duties in this subcomponent include:
- Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with staff, volunteers, and other key stakeholders
- Facilitate engagement with stakeholders from multiple sectors and audiences
- Coordinate resources and helping design learning pathways for the learning management system such as videos, power points, graphic design tools, and other resources
- Work with SLLS staff to implement a testing and evaluation period for LMS resources
- Collaborate closely and professionally with SME’s to ensure they provide content in a timely fashion and/or work with SME’s to revise already created content
- Work with our LMS vendor to address and resolve any LMS issues
- Implement instructional design best practices to create/revise SME content into well-organized, bite-sized chunks with the adult learner at the center
- Create appropriate interactions in each lesson/module to keep staff engaged while learning for retention
- Convene planning meetings with necessary SLLS staff and partners
- Collect documentation for the project
- Assisting in preparing a project plan and grant progress reports
- Assist in making presentations to SLLS staff, volunteers, and partners as needed
Reporting Deadlines for DLS Grant
Progress and fiscal reports are due to the funder on the below schedule:
Reporting Period 7/1/2022-12/31/2022 - Due 1/31/2023
Reporting Period 1/1/2023-6/30/2023 - Due 7/31/2023
Reporting Period 7/1/2023-12/31/2023 - Due 1/31/2024
Reporting Period 1/1/2024 – 6/30/2024 - Due 7/31/2024
Reporting Period 7/1/2024- 12/31/2024 - Due 1/31/2025
Reporting Period 1/1/2025-6/30/2025 - Due 7/31/2025
Interested consultants can submit a cost proposal on an hourly rate with an estimate of hours needed to complete tasks or by using a project based method. Please propose a payment schedule for your work under the project.
Questions about this RFP may be directed Laura Tuggle, SLLS Executive Director at (504) 529-1000 ext. 270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Issue RFP: 9/26/2022
- Proposals Due to Executive Director: 10/23/2022
- Award of Contract: 11/1/2022
- Project Implementation: 11/01/2022-6/30/2025
Proposal Delivery and Due Date
Proposals are due on or before 10/26/2022. Delivery of proposals should be made electronically to Laura Tuggle at email@example.com with “SLLS “DLS & ALCD Proposal” in the subject line. PDF is preferred. If you have large file size items, please provide a file sharing link with instructions for accessing the proposed materials.
Evaluation Criteria and Award of Contract
SLLS may elect to schedule a conference call with potential consultants prior to awarding a final contract. We anticipate conference calls will be scheduled between 10/25-10/26/2022. Please include contact information for scheduling purposes in the RFP.
Proposals will be evaluated upon the contractor’s responsiveness to the RFP, qualifications, demonstrated experience with similar projects, and total price quoted for all items covered by the RFP. Award of the contract resulting from the RFP will be based upon the most responsive contract that is most advantageous to SLLS in terms of cost, functionality, experience, and quality of past work.
SLLS ideally seeks a firm that understands its needs as a nonprofit and legal services organization and is invested in our mission of achieving justice and social change by fighting poverty.
SLLS reserves the right to accept or reject any and all proposals and to waive any minor discrepancies or technicalities in the proposal or specifications, when deemed to be in the best interest of SLLS. We also reserve the right to negotiate with all respondents to the RFP and reject any or all offers and discontinue this RFP process without obligation or liability to any respondent.
Cost of Proposals
SLLS will not pay any costs associated with preparing proposals in response to this RFP.
You can download this Request for Proposals here.