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PIB NO: 14.145 for Piloting 3T Traceability Schemes for DR Congo

PIB NO:  14.145 for Piloting 3T Traceability Schemes for DR Congo
DATE: 12/03/2014

Office of Acquisition Assistance Washington, D.C. 20523
Commodity Division (202) 569-4709

Cooperating Country:            Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Authority:                           Contract No. AID-OAA-I-12-00032; TO AID-660-TO-14-00002

Authorized Geographic Code: 937

Requester:                          Tetra Tech ARD

                                        159 Bank Street, Suite 300

                                        Burlington, VT 05401

Contact:                            Virginia Spell,

RFP No.: 1854-001             Request for Proposal – Piloting 3T Traceability Schemes in Eastern DRC

Response Deadline:            4:00PM ET, Tuesday, December 16, 2014


USAID’s Capacity Building for Responsible Minerals Trade (CBRMT) program is an 18-month contract with the objective of catalyzing and contributing to the transparent regulation and control of a critical mass of the trade in strategic minerals in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in order to transform the region’s mineral wealth into economic growth and development. CBRMT is designed to reinforce and scale up existing and additional traceability and due diligence systems for tin, tantalum, and tungsten (the 3Ts) and gold. This includes supporting efforts by multiple actors to legalize and formalize artisanal mining, improve traceability and certification systems, and perform due diligence that is compliant with smelter-refinery-audit requirements, the International Conference of Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Regional Certification Mechanism and OECD Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. Implementing partners will support the CBRMT by successfully piloting a new model of traceability, certification and due diligence for tin, tantalum and tungsten in the eastern provinces of the DRC. In general, implementing partners should aim to establish the necessary conditions and actively increase confidence among downstream stakeholders to responsibly source minerals from the DRC. Critical to this objective is the need to facilitate information sharing at local level, harmonize communication to international stakeholders, and actively promote the improvement of upstream supply chain conditions (beyond conflict-free compliance). Any alternative system piloted must meet be economically sustainable, meet market expectations and support an improvement of supply chain conditions including increased transparency and capacity building.

An electronic copy of the RFP may be requested by email from   Phone requests will not be honored.


Proposals must be received no later than 4:00PM ET, Tuesday, December 16, 2014