CRS Indonesia is Looking for the Desk Review Consultant Homes & Community Project

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Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

CRS has been supporting program activities in Indonesia since 1957 under the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Social Affairs and has long-standing relationships with the Government of Indonesia, the Church and non-Church partners and communities throughout the country. The Indonesia country program focuses primarily in the areas of community development, humanitarian assistance/emergency response, disaster management, climate change adaptation and agricultural livelihoods, as well as capacity building for local partners in emergency response programming.



Through a desk study, CRS aims to identify, document, and collect existing practices of the use of village financing schemes for affordable housing to serve as a reference for planning and implementation for village, sub-district and district level officials. Specifically, this will be a resource for local actors in the Tangerang region, with the potential to be shared more broadly.


To achieve the objective, the consultant will:

1)     Identify potential financing schemes that enable village governments to support housing outcomes for poor and vulnerable households (including but not limited to Dana DesaAlokasi Dana Desa, Bumdes, Dana Bagi Hasil Pajak dan Retribusi, and non-government financing sources such as waqf funds)

2)     Gather evidence of existing practices of utilizing village financing schemes for housing[1] that have been implemented in the country

3)     Review of relevant policies, implementing regulations and institutional mechanisms relating to the financing schemes identified

4)     Identify challenges/barriers and opportunities which may affect the viability of implementing the identified schemes, and provide recommendations for local government officials

5)     Generate recommendations for village governments, supported by sub-district and district authorities, to utilize financing schemes for housing



The focus of this desk study is on the Tanggerang District, Mauk Subdistrict, Kedung Dalem village, with specific attention in the scope of work essentially involves three components:

1.     A stocktaking exercise to determine financing schemes for affordable housing available to village governments, which will include:

a.      Reviewing key policy documents relating to village level authorities, planning, budgeting, policy priorities etc.

b.     Identifying exiting practices where financial schemes have been used by village governments to support affordable housing (for each potential scheme identified)

Based on the above, assessing potential barriers/challenges and opportunities from existing practices and policy/regulatory frameworks in order to generate recommendations.



It is expected that desk study methodology will be outlined in the proposal submitted in response to these terms of reference, and that the final methodology will be determined in consultation with the appointed consultant. It is foreseen that the desk study will involve:

-          A comprehensive literature and document review, revealing what study and information exists, what the research lacks, and to understand current investment trends (we expect that the service provider will review a wide array of literature, including policy in related with housing, village government, village fund, research papers, conference presentations, and so on – whatever will demonstrate an affordable housing investment angle);

-          Where possible, conduct interviews with key stakeholders, specifically chosen for their insight into potential solutions.

-          Identification of potential schemes and potential challenges, opportunities and recommendations.

-          Presentation of key (preliminary) findings to the targeted audience for feedback and input.

-          Other research methods may also be considered     



Key Deliverables for this project are detailed below:

1.     An inception report, that covers:

1.1.    An overview of key issues that the study should tackle, and

1.2.    Detailed work plan and proposed methodology to respond  the objectives of the study.


2.     Identification of potential financing schemes through

2.1.   Stocktaking based on literature and document review

2.2.   Simplified structure of financing scheme options for affordable housing, which includes key policies to consider by target audience, examples of schemes being implemented elsewhere and recommendations for replication


3.     Draft and final reports: Format/outline of the reports will be suggested by the consultant and agreed upon with CRS. Reports should consider the targeted audience and will be in Bahasa Indonesia.


4.     Additional Deliverables:

-          An overview PowerPoint presentation highlighting key findings;

-          List of secondary sources used

-          List of stakeholders contacted during the process of the study, with contact details; and

-          Any additional data collected during the research process



Proposal for the desk study should be submitted electronically by 5 pm on (To Be Decide) Electronic proposal are required and should cover the consultant’s interpretation of and approach to the brief. Proposal should not be longer than (To Be Decide) Pages, plus CVs and company documents.


It is anticipated that the study will be finished by TBD. The following deadlines will apply:


Anticipated deadline

% Payment

Phase 1



Submission of inception report, outlining methodology, workplan, potential sources, and an initial list of opportunities of financing schemes

1 week


Phase 2



Presentation of initial findings to key stakeholders

3 weeks


Submission of draft report

Submission of final comments from CRS

Submission of final report


The technical proposalcost proposal, and copy of one selected published work/study must be sent as email attachments. Please use subject line “Desk Review of Financing opportunities on affordable housing” and send all documents to  by Sunday, December 19th, 2021, at 5 PM as the latest. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Please, indicate Desk Review Affordable Housing Consultant in the subject. 


Technical Proposals:

§  Demonstrated understanding of the requirements

§  Technical soundness of proposed approach and plan

§  Realistic timeframe and clear capability for on-time delivery

§  Research experience working on similar desk-review or stock taking exercise


Cost Proposals:

§  Value for money

§  Reasonableness of other cost inputs


In evaluating the proposals, CRS may seek information from any course it deems appropriate to obtain or validate information regarding an Offeror’s proposal. In evaluating proposals, CRS will make the award to the Offeror whose proposal offers the best value to CRS.


Term and Condition

This RFP does not in any way obligate CRS to award a subcontract, nor does it commit CRS to pay for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a proposal. The contract to be awarded is a fixed price contract. The person submitting the proposal must have the authority to commit the Offeror to all the provisions of the proposal. CRS reserves the right to revise the scope of the RFP and conduct discussions as deemed necessary. Quotes must include taxes and any other applicable fees.

The selected consultant must abide by the CRS’ Code of Conduct and CRS’ Safeguarding policy to uphold the dignity of beneficiaries served by CRS.  CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. CRS’ branding guidelines and standards for media materials should also be followed.


***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.


CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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