|Organization||Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB)|
58 East State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) seeks a consultant to develop a concise list of investments needed to address the issues laid out in the 2018 Exploration of the Future of Vermont Agriculture report.
Purpose: VHCB, in collaboration with UVM Extension, the Vermont Land Trust, the Intervale Center, and the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE), seeks to identify a comprehensive set of investments required over the next decade to respond to anticipated shifts in Vermont land use, production systems, and farm viability.
The 2018 Exploration of the Future of Vermont Agriculture report, along with other recent efforts, including the Vermont Dairy & Water Collaborative, resulted in an urgent call to action. The project partners believe that upcoming challenges to Vermont’s agricultural sector will require unprecedented investment and coordination among organizations. The goal of this project is to identify and articulate the collective investments needed in land conservation, farmland access, and business and technical assistance activities for Vermont’s agricultural sector over the next decade.
We are seeking a consultant who can work with the project partners between September 2019 and January 2020 to collect data from each organization on past investments and impacts and anticipated trends, further research trends in Vermont’s agricultural sector, facilitate the project partners to come to consensus on priority investments, and write a report based on the work. The report will need to include a variety of considerations in order to build an evidence-based case for the recommended investments, including but not limited to:
Historical data on the scale of investments and impacts
Projections on changes in the agricultural sector over the next decade
Recommended investments based on historical data and projected needs
Timeline: Approximately September 2019 through January 2020.
Recommended scope and timeline:
Proposal Format: Proposals should include a description of approach to be used to accomplish the scope above; experience and qualifications of the consulting team; hourly or per diem rates for all individuals to be compensated; a total, all-inclusive maximum proposed cost to perform the scope of work; links to sample work products/reports if applicable; and three references. VHCB will not be responsible for expenses incurred in preparing this proposal (RFP) and such costs should not be included. Please note that additional materials and notes from meetings leading up to this RFP may be available to those developing proposals.
Evaluation and Selection: Staff at VHCB and project partner organizations will evaluate proposals and may request a meeting by phone to discuss your proposal in advance of making a decision. Decisions will be made by September 16, 2019. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
|Date Posted||August 12th, 2019|
|Deadline||September 4th, 2019|
|Categories||Research / Consulting|
|Compensation||Up to $22,500|
|How to Apply||Responses Due: September 4th at 5:00pm. Applicants will be notified of our decision by September 16, 2019. Submit proposal and letter of interest electronically to: Ela Chapin, Viability Director Vermont Housing & Conservation Board 802-828-2117 firstname.lastname@example.org|