Request for Proposals: The Distribution of Muslim Alms Through the IRC
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About the IRC:
Founded in 1933 at the request of luminary physicist, humanitarian, and refugee Albert Einstein, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development nongovernmental organization. Our mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their futures. When the IRC was founded, it was gearing up to aid Europe’s uprooted people at a time when there were no refugee programs or aid agencies to ensure the safety of refugees.
Today, the IRC works in over 40 countries, in war zones, drought-hit states, on refugee transit routes, and in resettlement locations, providing shelter, healthcare, protection, education, economic empowerment, and clean water to refugees, displaced people, and affected communities.
For more information about the IRC’s mandate and operations, please visit https://www.rescue.org/
Strong and Unique Alignment with Islamic Alms Values:
As a solution-focused organization, the IRC supports people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered due to crises and conflicts to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Throughout all interventions, IRC prioritizes lifting people from poverty; through educating children and youth, improving livelihoods and creating jobs, reducing risks of ill health, and protecting people from harm and exploitation so they avoid falling into debts, pursuing negative coping mechanisms, or becoming reliant on aid. At heart, the IRC’s mission, since its inception, is strongly aligned with the values of Islamic charitable giving: stressing that people have agency, they do not fall into debt as a result of their circumstances and can lift themselves from poverty while promoting social security and equality.
Scope of Work:
Contributions from MENA partners to the IRC’s humanitarian operation has considerably improved in the past few years, representing one of the biggest growing alliances in term of volume and value.
As part of a strategy to increase Zakat funding, the IRC’s International Partnerships and Philanthropy (IPP) MENA is aiming to partner with a Service Provider (SP) to deliver a comprehensive reporting on IRC’s philosophy, metrics, and programs that can reasonably assure external stakeholders that IRC’s finances, banking, policies, and selected programs are Zakat complaint. Also, the reporting should provide a clear set of principles to support maintaining compliance with Zakat in terms of collection, management, and distribution. The requirement consists of one (1) comprehensive report on the IRC’s Zakat funding.
The SP will support the IRC to determine a) the metrics that must be taken into account by the different internal stakeholders, including country programs so as to provide reasonable assurance that specific programs are Zakat complaint; b) areas of non-compliance risks and available/ suggested mitigation measures, and; c) areas that require improvement, specifically around management and service delivery. At the end, the SP will submit a comprehensive report that captures the above-mentioned areas focusing on the following main objectives:
- Zakat Philosophy. The Report will support the IRC to establish which school of jurisprudence is best to follow as a reference point considering the humanitarian and development context and the geographical swath of the IRC’s operation.
- Zakat Compliance. IRC finances, banking, policies, and selected programs (current and new) have clear metrics to become and/or remain compliant with Zakat principles in terms of collection, management, and distribution.
- Stakeholder Trust. The Report will reasonably assure external stakeholders that IRC is Zakat compliant by exhibiting transparency and openness, expressing that IRC’s finances, banking, and selected programs and policies have been vetted by an independent reputable third party.
- Risk Mitigation. The Report will identify Zakat non-compliance risks and help alleviate/ find measures to mitigate risks.
- Deficiencies and Areas of Improvement. The Report will classify areas for improvement as it examines all aspects of Zakat management and delivery of services by the IRC.
The primary audiences targeted by the end product are:
- Muslim HNWIs and business leaders;
- Islamic foundations and Zakat giving corporations;
- Islamic giving institutions and their decision makers, and;
- Academic institutions and scholars involved in faith-based philanthropy.
The Service Provider will submit a comprehensive report that is guided by the below TORs:
- Develop a philosophy of Zakat that captures the most suitable school of jurisprudence taking into consideration the humanitarian and development contexts and the geographical swath of the IRC’s operation and concentrating on bare-minimum requirements that are in-line with the majority of Zakat funders;
- Create metrics or a system of measurement to reasonably provide IRC’s finances, banking, policies, and selected programs (current and new) with a clear set of principles to become and /or remain compliant with Zakat principles in terms of collection, management, and distribution;
- Audit selected IRC programs in minimum of three (3) priority countries and determine the level of Zakat compliance and where improvement is needed;
- Identify Zakat non-compliance risks and propose measures to alleviate/ find mitigations, and;
- Classify deficiencies and areas for improvement in term of Zakat management and delivery of services by the IRC.
- The Proposal must be expressed in English and the Financial Offer must be in US Dollar. Both should be valid for a minimum period of 90 days.
- Please submit your Proposal using the guidance provided. Proposals not conforming to the requested formats may be not taken into consideration.
- In the course of preparing the Proposal, it shall remain your responsibility to ensure that it is submitted on or before the deadline. Proposals that are received by IRC after the deadline indicated may not be considered for evaluation.