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U -- Development of On-Line Human Rights Training

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Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Acquisition and Grants Office, SSMC4 - Room 7601/OFA61 1305 East West Highway, 7th Floor, Silver Spring, MD, 20910
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Alonzo Jacobs, Contract Specialist, Phone 301-713-0839 x127, Fax 301-713-0809, - Alonzo Jacobs, Contract Specialist, Phone 301-713-0839 x127, Fax 301-713-0809,
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alonzo.jacobs@noaa.gov, alonzo.jacobs@noaa.gov
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U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the Director General Professional Development Staff A. Background Information The U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (US&FCS) developed CS College in December 2000 to serve the professional development needs of the Commercial Service. In the past 3 years, more than 1400 users have taken advantage of the courses offered by CS College. With the help of Content Enablers, Inc. (formerly Kabanuk & Hatteburg), CS College created two courses made specifically by and for the Commercial Service: Core Competencies and Orientation. These courses are core requirements for employees entering US&FCS and provide a fundamental overview of the role of US&FCS, as well as other trade-related USG agencies, in assisting U.S. exporters. Under direction of Undersecretary for International Trade, Grant Aldonas and the Congressional-Executive Committee on China, all U.S. Commercial Service officers are now required to receive Human Rights training. One component of this Human Rights initiative is an online training program, so that all U.S. Commercial Service employees across the globe can receive some type of training on the key issues. B. Purpose and Objective of the Procurement The objectives of this procurement are: To develop and host an online Human Rights training module. And, To update the Core Competencies and Orientation modules to reflect the new emphasis on Human Rights. The online Human Rights training will be required for all Commercial Officers and shall be made available to all Commercial Service employees. C. Project Outline Below are outlines for the Human Rights training, followed by a description of what needs to go into the updated Core Comps and Orientation modules. HUMAN RIGHTS TRAINING LEARNING OBJECTIVES - At the completion of training, participants should: " Understand the definition of Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and rule of law " Understand the link between trade, trade agreements, and Human Rights " Understand the different forms of Human Rights violations " Understand how international Human Rights are enforced worldwide " Understand the U.S. government's role in promoting/protecting human rights " Be literate in case studies about U.S. business and Human Rights/CSR " Understand how Commercial Service Officers can submit information to the Department of State's Human Rights Report " Be aware of domestic/foreign cultural elements in conduct of business " Be able to counsel clients on Human Rights and CSR if issues arise " Know how to obtain information from non-U.S. government resources PROPOSED COURSE OUTLINE: ONLINE HUMAN RIGHTS TRAINING 1. The definition of human rights a. What are "human rights?" b. United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) c. International Bill of Human Rights 2. The different forms of human rights a. Right to life b. Right to recognition as a person before the law c. Freedom of thought, conscience and religion d. Freedom from torture e. Freedom from slavery f. Freedom from imprisonment for debt or from retroactive penal legislation 3. The link between trade, trade agreements, and human rights a. A Brief History of Linking Trade with Human Rights b. Membership Requirements in Trading Blocs c. Human Rights linkages to GATT and the WTO d. European Union, Latin American Integration Association; Association of Southeast Asian Nations; South Africa Development Community e. NAFTA f. U.S. - Trading Partner Status - How its used g. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 4. The Declarations and Enforcement of international human rights a. The American Convention on Human Rights and b. The African Charter on Human and People 's Rights; c. The European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms d. The U.N. Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials e. International Labor Organization 's "Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy" 5. U.S. Government role & responsibilities in promoting/protecting human rights a. Combating Terrorism - (Homeland Security, State, FBI, etc.) b. Promote Institutional Changes Towards Democracy - (Department of State) c. Reduce Arbitrary detention, torture, and extrajudicial killings - (Department of State) d. Increase the Freedom of Press - (Department of State) e. Increase the Religious Freedom - (Department of State) f. Protecting the Rights of Women and Children - (Department of State) g. Promote Worker Rights, Safety, and Ability to Unionize - (Department of Labor) h. Reduce Trafficking in Persons - (Department of State) i. Promote Corporate Social Responsibility - (?) j. Promote Global Environmental health and safety Standards - (EPA) 6. A Review of Corporate Social Responsibility: Businesses addressing Human Rights. a. Define CSR b. Why do CSR projects? i. Public Relations, ii. Consumer Boycotts, iii. Lawsuits. 7. Industries that have seen Human Rights & CSR issues arise: a. Arms/Weapons Production and Trade i. What are the general HR/CSR issues related to this industry. Where? ii. Case study b. Energy and Resource Management i. What are the general HR/CSR issues related to this industry. Where? ii. Case study c. Apparel i. What are the general HR/CSR issues related to this industry. Where? ii. Case study d. Agriculture i. What are the general HR/CSR issues related to this industry. Where? ii. Case study e. Manufacturing i. What are the general HR/CSR issues related to this industry. Where? ii. Case study 8. Commercial Service role: counseling U.S. businesses if Human Rights or CSR issues arise. a. Be aware of domestic/foreign cultural elements in business conduct i. Examples of how different cultural attitudes on the rights of children, women, and workers may strike U.S. citizens as Human Rights violations? b. How to obtain information on Human Rights and CSR from non-U.S. government resources (i.e. OECD, U.N.). c. Conducting Limited Due Diligence on stakeholders receiving Commerce resources Appendix: A Review and Listing of Human Rights Information Sources Updating Core Competencies and Orientation Work with the U.S. Commercial Service to update information in the Core Competencies and Orientation programs and integrate the key learning objectives of the Human Rights training into the Core Competency and Orientation programs. D. Contractor Requirements The service will be hosted by Content Enablers and made available to Commercial Service users via a hyperlink on the U.S. Commercial Service section of ITA's Ourplace. As well as hosting these courses, Content Enablers will provide technical assistance and user support. E. Evaluation Criteria " Management Approach " Technical Approach and Quality Assurance Plan " Past Performance of the bidder and/or proposed subcontractors in conducting this type of work. " Ability to tailor online Human Rights training to the specific mission, values and job functions of the U.S. Commercial Service. " Ability to provide full statistics on the Human Rights, Core Comps and Orientation programs, from course usage, course completion, test scores. " Ability to integrate the online Human Rights training program with the U.S. Commercial Service's other online training programs and online management systems. " Providing a flexible version of the program that will enable U.S. Commercial Service managers to have day-to-day editing writes over the Core Competency, Orientation and Human Rights training course. Please note use of subcontractors is not required, but if proposed they will be evaluated accordingly. The final award will be based on the best value to the Government. A Best value is defined as the offer that results in the most advantageous acquisition decision for the Government. This analysis will be performed through an integrated assessment and trade off analysis between technical (e.g., business management approach, technical approach and quality assurance plan, past performance and Staffing Plan) and price/cost factors. Please note that the Government reserves the right to make award based on initial offers. All responses shall be submitted electronically via e-mail to Alonzo.Jacobs@NOAA.gov no later than 10:00 AM, May 16th, 2003. All responses shall be in Microsoft Word. Cost Proposal shall be separate document from Technical. If Spreadsheet(s)are necessary they shall be submitted in MS Excel format. Questions should be submitted no later than 3:00 PM, Monday, May 5th, 2003 to: Alonzo.Jacobs@NOAA.gov. Government Right In Data Clauses apply.
Place of Performance
Address: US Department of Commerce, ITA/USFCS/ODG, HCHB 2122, 14th Street & Cconstitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20230
Zip Code: 20230
Country: USA
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