IRI Moldova - Invitation for bids - Conferencing Services and Venues


The International Republican Institute (IRI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, organization dedicated to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide. Since 1983, IRI has worked to develop democratic institutions and ideals, carrying out a variety of international programs to promote freedom, self-government and the rule of law worldwide. IRI provides technical assistance in the areas of political party strengthening, developing civic institutions and open elections, promoting democratic governance and advancing the rule of law.

IRI’s work in Moldova is geared toward civic education, building links between citizens and government, and developing the organizational and communications capacity of political parties. IRI’s programming seeks to strengthen the ability political leaders to organize themselves and effectively communicate and represent the Moldovan citizens. In order to achieve this, IRI hosts a range of events in Moldova—both in Chisinau and throughout the many regions of Moldova. IRI is seeking to contract with multiple local vendors in country to provide conference services, audiovisual support, and catering for our various programming activities and events.

Period of Performance:

From date of contract signature to June 30, 2024, (with an option to extend for up to two years in two increments of one year).

Technical Bid:

Interested bidders must present the technical bids outlining whether they can provide the following services. If a bidder is unable to provide a specific item, the bid should say that the bidder is unable to provide the item. This will not necessarily disqualify a bidder from consideration.


Upon IRI’s requests, each conference room rate should provide:

1.Projectors with a remote control
3.Bottled water for each event guest
4. Refreshments and tissue boxes at each table during events
5. Trash bins boxes in each room during events
6. Stationary microphones
7. Radio microphones if available
8. Speakers
9. High speed internet service for unlimited number of devices
10. Free parking for participants

Catering services:
11. Buffet coffee break
12. Buffet breakfast
13. Buffet lunch
14. Buffet dinner service
15. Plated breakfast
16. Plated lunch
17. Plated dinner

Conference rooms:
Seeking conference rooms for 25, 50, 100 and 200 people. Bidders must have at least one of the sizes listed, but preference will be given to vendors that can provide two conference rooms that can comfortably fit up to 50 people for training activities and other events. Bidders should:

18. List the capacity of each conference room (persons per room), including area (m2) of each room and number of chairs provided
19. If possible, provide floorplans of conference rooms so IRI can confirm layout
20. Provide the dimensions of each room available for rent (square meters)

Ability to provide Transportation:

Seeking transportation for participants, service for 25 people: Chisinau to Venue

All conference rooms must be equipped with air conditioning and good lighting system.

Bidders agree to accommodate IRI’s request to view the lodging and conference facilities in person.

Additional contract terms and conditions:
A. Offeror must agree to use translation and AV equipment provided by a third party if not able to provide their own translation and AV equipment.
B. Offeror must agree to maintain the proposed prices for the duration of the contract. The period of performance for the contract should be written for a period where prices can remain stable
C. Offeror acknowledges that execution of the contract does not require IRI to utilize the services of the Offeror.
D. The Offeror acknowledges that payments will be made for individual order placed by IRI upon satisfactory completion of each order.
E. Other terms and condition outlined in the enclosed agreement template. If the Offeror proposes to use Offeror’s agreement, IRI termination and payment terms should be incorporated in the proposed agreement.

Bidders shall provide proposals listing the unit cost of each item included in the table below. The number of units is the maximum number of units available at the time of the bid submission.

I. All costs must be in Moldovan lei (MDL). Bidders should provide two costs: one including value added tax (VAT) and one without VAT due to IRI Moldova tax exemption status.
II. For catering services, Bidders that provide multiple menu options must list the cost per person for each available menu.
III. Bidders should include a fire safety inspection certificate or certification document to show that they are in compliance with local fire safety codes.

All prices are fixed for the length of the contract and changes in prices are subject to reevaluation by IRI. If the prices in the bid are not expected to remain constant for 12 months, bidder should indicate this in their bid.

Every cell in the price table below must be filled out for a bid to be considered complete. For services not available, please write None or N/A. If there are any additional fees not reflected in the table below, such pricing must be fully described in the bid.

IFB Terms and Conditions:

1. Prospective Bidders are requested to review clauses incorporated by reference in the section “Notice Listing Contract Clauses Incorporated by Reference”. By submitting a bid, bidder agrees to comply with all terms, conditions, and provisions included in the solicitation and agreement to the services identified above, and will specifically identify any disagreement with or exceptions to the terms, conditions, and provisions.
2. IRI may reject any or all bids if such is within IRI’s interest.
3. The Bidder’s initial bid should contain the Bidder’s best offer.
4. IRI reserves the right to make multiple awards or partial awards if, after considering administrative burden, it is in IRI’s best interest to do so.
5. Discussions with Bidders following the receipt of a bid do not constitute a rejection or counteroffer by IRI.
6. IRI will hold all submissions as confidential and shall not be disclosed to third parties. IRI reserves the right to share bids internally, across divisions, for the purposes of evaluating the bids.
7. If IRI continues to require the goods and services and the price remains reasonable and within market norms, resulting contract may be renewed each year for up to 5 years with 30 days’ notice to the Contractor. Bidder must establish any price increase for each renewal year in the initial bid.
8. Bidders confirm that the prices in the bid/proposal/application/quote have been arrived at independently, without any consultation, communication, or agreement with any other bidder or competitor for the purpose of restricting competition.
9. By applying to this IFB, applicant is certifying that if it is awarded a contract, none of funds payable under the resulting contract will be used to (1) procure or obtain, extend or renew a contract to procure or obtain; (2) enter into a contract (or extend or renew a contract) to procure; or (3) obtain the equipment, services, or systems that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or essential component of any system, or as critical technology as part of any system in compliance with the National Defense Authorization Act. Covered telecommunications equipment and services mean any of the following:

i. Telecommunications equipment produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities).
ii. For the purpose of public safety, security of government facilities, physical security surveillance of critical infrastructure, and other national security purposes, video surveillance and telecommunications equipment produced by Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company, or Dahua Technology Company (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities).
iii. Telecommunications or video surveillance services provided by such entities or using such equipment.
iv. Telecommunications or video surveillance equipment or services produced or provided by an entity that the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Director of the National Intelligence or the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, reasonably believes to be an entity owned or controlled by, or otherwise connected to, the government of a covered foreign country. (2 CFR 200.216).

10. Bidders agree to disclose as part of the bid submission:

a. Any close, familial, or financial relationships with IRI staff and agents. For example, the bidder must disclose if a bidder’s mother conducts volunteer trainings for IRI.
b. Any family or financial relationship with other bidders submitting bids. For example, if the bidder’s father owns a company that is submitting another bid, the bidder must state this.
c. Any other action that might be interpreted as potential conflict of interest.

Evaluation and Award Process:

1. IRI may contact any Bidder for clarification or additional information, but Bidders are advised that IRI intends to evaluate the offers based on the written bids and reserves the right to make decisions based solely on the information provided with the initial bids. IRI may but is not obligated to conduct additional negotiations with the most highly rated Bidders prior to award of a contract, and may at its sole discretion elect to issue contracts to one or more Bidders.
2. Mathematical errors will be corrected in the following manner: If a discrepancy exists between the total price proposed and the total price resulting from multiplying the unit price by the corresponding amounts, then the unit price will prevail and the total price will be corrected. If there were a discrepancy between the numbers written out in words and the amounts in numbers, then the amount expressed in words will prevail. If the Bidder does not accept the correction, the offer will be rejected.
3. IRI may determine that a bid is unacceptable if the prices proposed are materially unbalanced between line items or sub-line items. Unbalanced pricing exists when, despite an acceptable total evaluated price, the price of one or more contract line items is significantly overstated or understated as indicated by the application of cost or price analysis techniques. A bid may be rejected if IRI determines that the lack of balance poses an unacceptable risk.
4. IRI will conduct a source selection based as follows:
IRI intends to make an award to the responsible Bidder based on the following evaluation factors:

a) Technical capabilities and terms of agreement 50 percent
1. Technical capacity of the venue (number, quality,
and size of conference facilities) 30 percent
2. Complimentary services (wifi, water, tea, coffee,
flipcharts, mini bar, etc.) 10 percent
3. Flexible reservation and cancellation terms 10 percent
b) Online reviews of hotels and conference centers 10 percent
c) Price – 40 percent
IRI intends to evaluate bids in accordance with these factors and make an award to the responsible bidder whose proposal is most advantageous to the program.
5. If a cost realism analysis is performed, cost realism may be considered in evaluating performance or price.

Submission Instructions:

Bids must be submitted via email to Nicoleta Craciun with the subject line “EURASIA2023MO10o ” by June 7th, 2023.

IRI Obligations

Issuance of this IFB does not constitute and award commitment on the part of IRI, nor does it commit IRI to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a quotation.

Notice Listing Contract Clauses Incorporated by Reference

IRI is required to make the contractor subject to the clauses of the prime award. This contract incorporates one or more clauses by reference, with the same force and effect as if they were given in full text. Where “flow-down” to the contractor is appropriate and applicable, references to “USAID” or ”Department of State” shall be interpreted to mean “IRI”, “Recipient” to mean “Contractor”, and “Subrecipient” to mean “lower-tier subrecipients”. Included by reference are 2 C.F.R. 200 and USAID Standard Provisions for Non-US Non-governmental Organizations/US Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions.