Solidaridad Ethiopia invites tenders for a waste management manual project


Published: September 01, 2022

Solidaridad Networks, Ethiopian office, implemented a LISEC green jobs project aimed at strengthening social cohesion by supporting local economic and social development initiatives.

This project, implemented with partner organizations, will particularly benefit women and young people living in the Modjo region of Ethiopia. To achieve this objective, the project office in Ethiopia seeks to engage with world-renowned international research, academic and training institutions to outsource certain activities. Solidaridad looks forward to working with you in the areas listed in these Terms of Reference (ToR).

This is a mandate for the development of a comprehensive manual on the management of tannery solid waste and its possible conversion into valuable product(s), and the preparation of teaching, training and learning (TTLM) of it.


With 50 years of global experience in facilitating the development of socially responsible, environmentally sound and profitable supply chains, Solidaridad is a forerunner in the field of sustainable economic development. Solidaridad is a global civil society organization that provides market-driven solutions for sustainable production practices in different supply chains. We envision a world in which everything we produce and everything we consume can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and future generations.

Our mission is to bring supply chain players together and engage them with innovative solutions to improve production, ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes benefits for all stakeholders. Solidaridad Ethiopia is currently implementing initiatives in cotton, textiles, leather and coffee in collaboration with the Ethiopian government and private sector partners and stakeholders.

Solidaridad established a country office in Ethiopia in November 2015 under registration number 3531. The office re-registered on July 11, 2019, under OSC proclamation 1113/2019. Currently, Solidaridad Ethiopia, along with two other members of the consortium, is undertaking an EU-funded project called LISEC-JOBS. The main objective of the project is to strengthen social cohesion by supporting local economic and social development initiatives, in particular for women and young people living in the Modjo region, and to improve industrial and labor relations.

The specific objectives of the project are: to improve skills and access to decent and green employment opportunities for young people/women and neighboring communities around the leather industries, to improve the capacities of tanneries and other leather actors in waste management and manufacturing practices and improve social cohesion in Modjo and neighboring communities.

In order to achieve the broader objective of the project initiatives, the Solidaridad Network office in Ethiopia is currently working to strengthen the overall technical knowledge and understanding of key project stakeholders and beneficiaries on theories, best practices and other elements and/or aspects of tannery solid waste management and its transformation into valuable products.

To this end, the project office in Ethiopia is seeking to engage world-renowned research and/or academic (training) institutes to develop a comprehensive training module on tannery solid waste management and utilization.

Needs and objectives of the current mission

The main objective of the mission within the framework of this reference document is to develop a complete training module which includes all the possible managements of solid waste from the tannery and its conversion into valuable product(s) as well as the equipment for teaching, training and learning (TTLM).

Scope of work and expected results/deliverables

Work’s extent

The specific tasks of the competing international research and/or academic (training) institution under these terms of reference will include:

  1. Undertake research and analyze all necessary training documents/modules, training material to fully understand the situation on the ground and existing training material and its content available for training tannery operators and leather manufacturing experts in the areas of solid waste management and utilization (including the curriculum and/or existing syllabus of the undergraduate program (BSc) in Leather Manufacturing Technology (LMT) and other course textbooks and materials relevant training used by the former LIDI (Leather Industry Development Institute) now called Leather and Leather Products Industry Research Development Center (LLPIRDC)
  2. Based on this assessment, develop a comprehensive tannery solid waste management and its conversion into valuable products and a training module as well as the Teaching, Training and Learning Materials (TTLM), with a focus particular on the management of solid waste from the tannery and its conversion into valuable products
  3. Provide the draft module to key experts including government support institutions and the project team for review
  4. Organize and lead a validation workshop for the manual developed and the TTLMs produced.

Final deliverables

  1. Situational analysis report produced following task 1 of the scope of work.
  2. Draft documents for waste management and eventual conversion into valuable products and TTLM.
  3. Complete training module with teaching, training and learning material (TTLM).

Deadlines and deadlines

The expected time frame for the assignment under this ToR document must be completed within two months of signing a formal contractual agreement.

Reporting requirements

The international research and/or academic (training) institution will submit the reports and related documents to the Solidaridad Ethiopia country office (located in Addis Ababa) to the project team every two weeks to share the progress of the activities under this contract, certifying that the work, tasks and assignment have been satisfactorily performed.

Experience and qualification requirements

  • Established expertise, i.e. leather research and/or tannery solid waste management and use, with presentation of relevant CVs of experts employed in this activity. A dedicated focal point (team leader) should also be designated
  • Assigned staff from the institution should have at least 10 years of professional experience in the relevant fields, with demonstrated knowledge and experience in conducting needs assessments and developing training modules/curricula, materials training, TTLM, etc. in the fields of leather manufacturing/processing technology. and techniques for the management and use of solid waste from the tannery
  • Work experience on similar assignments
  • Excellent writing, editing and oral communication skills in English.

The project aims to identify international research and/or training institutions based abroad that meet the above criteria and have demonstrated their ability to engage key project beneficiaries and local stakeholders in order to fully understand the context/ local situation and to bring a broader perspective to the accomplishment of the project. the missions envisaged within the framework of this ToR document.

Documents to attach when submitting proposals

When submitting the Technical Proposal, the candidate must in particular make sure to attach the following elements:

  1. Profile of the institution/company, explaining why they are most suitable for the job
  2. Relevant institution experience
  3. Detailed methodology and conceptual framework with expected deliverables and deadlines
  4. Recent CV of the experts
  5. Legal and valid registration of the institution from its country of origin.

Financial proposal

For this mission, the Ethiopian office of Solidaridad Network has a budget line and the institution must provide its financial proposal indicating the breakdown of costs.

The financial proposal must specify a total lump sum (including a cost breakdown for fees, travel, number of working days, etc.). Payments will be made in installments based on the main results of the services specified in the terms of reference.

Payment of project charges will be made as follows.

  • 30% of the project fee will be paid upon signing the contract and submitting a master plan (inception report) including a work plan and methodology for the assignment (in English)
  • 40% of the project fee will be paid upon submission of a draft of the complete training manual/module and drafts of TTLM (in English)
  • 30% of the project fee will be paid upon submission of the final and agreed documents (manual/full training module and TTLM) after incorporating feedback from the validation workshop (in English).


Institutions/companies must provide a separate technical and financial proposal which will be evaluated as follows:

  • Technical proposal: 70 points
  • Financial proposal: 30 points.

Bid/proposal submission

Interested eligible bidders can submit their proposal by email (technical proposal, financial and supporting legal documents). The offer, as well as all correspondence and documents relating to the offer, must be drawn up in English. All financial information must be provided in euros (€).

The Bidder should submit both technical and financial proposals, along with other supporting legal documents, to [email protected] with the title .

Institutions, organizations and research centers can only apply within 10 days of the publication of these terms of reference on the International Leather Maker website (September 1, 2022).

NB: Only the selected firm will be contacted. If you don’t hear from us within two weeks of the deadline, consider you unsuccessful. Any form of canvassing will result in disqualification.

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