This project, implemented along with partner organisations, will especially benefit women and young people living in the Modjo area of Ethiopia. To achieve this goal, the project office in Ethiopia seeks to engage with globally renowned international research, academic and training institutions to outsource some activities. Solidaridad is looking forward to working with you in the listed areas under these terms of reference (ToRs).

This is a ToR for the development of a comprehensive manual on tannery solid waste management and possible conversion into valuable product/s, and preparation of Teaching, Training and Learning Material (TTLM) of the same.


With 50 years of experience globally in facilitating the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound and profitable supply chains, Solidaridad is a frontrunner in the area of sustainable economic development. Solidaridad is a global civil society organization that provides market-driven solutions for sustainable production practices across different supply chains. We envision a world in which all we produce, and all we consume, can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations.

Our mission is to bring together supply chain players and engage them with innovative solutions to improve production, ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the benefit for all stakeholders. Solidaridad Ethiopia is currently implementing initiatives in the cotton, textile, leather & coffee commodities in collaboration with the Ethiopian government and private sector partners & stakeholders.

Solidaridad established a country office in Ethiopia in November 2015 with registration # 3531. The office re-registered on July 11, 2019, under the CSO proclamation 1113/2019. Currently, Solidaridad Ethiopia, with other two consortium members, has been undertaking an EU-funded project called LISEC-JOBS. The main objective of the project is to strengthen social cohesion by supporting local economic and social development initiatives, especially for women and youths living in the Modjo area, and enhance industrial and labour relations.

Specific objectives of the project are: to improve skills and access to decent and green (self) employment opportunities for youth/women and nearby communities around leather industries, to improve the capacities of tanneries and other leather actors in waste management and manufacturing practices and to improve social cohesion in Modjo and nearby communities.

In an effort to realise the broader objective of the project initiatives, Solidaridad Network, Ethiopia office is currently working towards strengthening the overall technical knowledge and understanding of the core project actors and beneficiaries on the theories, best practices and other elements and/or aspects of tannery solid waste management and its conversion into valuable products.

To this end, the project office in Ethiopia seeks to engage global renowned international research and/or academic (training) institutions to develop a comprehensive training module on the management and utilization of tannery solid wastes.

Needs and objectives of the present assignment

The key objective of the assignment under this ToR document is to develop a comprehensive training module which includes all possible tannery solid waste managements and its conversion into valuable product/s along with the Teaching, Training and Learning Material (TTLM).

Scope of work and expected outputs/deliverables

Scope of Work

The specific tasks for the contending international research and/or academic (training) institution under this ToR shall include: 

  1. Undertake the research and analyse all the necessary documents/training modules, training materials to fully understand the ground situation and existing training materials and contents of the same available for training of tannery operators and leather manufacturing experts in the areas of solid waste management and utilisation (including the existing curriculum and/or syllabus for Leather Manufacturing Technology (LMT) undergraduate (BSc) program and other relevant training manuals and materials being used by such as former LIDI (Leather Industry Development Institute) now called Leather and Leather Products Industry Research Development Centre (LLPIRDC)
  2. Based on this assessment, develop a comprehensive tannery solid waste management and its conversion into valuable product/s and training module along with the Teaching, Training and Learning Material (TTLM), with a specific focus on tannery solid management and its conversion into valuable products
  3. Provide the draft module with key experts including governmental support institutions and the project team for review
  4. Organise and conduct a validation workshop for the developed manual and the produced TTLMs.

Final deliverables

  1. Situational Analysis report produced as a result of task #1 of the scope of work.
  2. Draft documents for waste management and possible conversion into valuable products and TTLMs.
  3. Comprehensive training module along with the Teaching, Training and Learning Material (TTLM).

Timeframe and deadlines

The expected timeframe for the assignment under this ToR document is to be completed within two months upon the signature of a formal contract agreement.

Reporting requirements

The international research and/or academic (training) institution will submit the reports and related documents to Solidaridad Ethiopia Country Office (located in Addis Ababa) to the project team biweekly to share the progress of activities under this contract, certifying that the works, tasks and assignment have been satisfactorily performed.

Requirements for experience and qualifications

  • An established expertise ie leather research and/or tannery solid waste management and utilisation, with submission of relevant CVs of experts employed in this activity. A dedicated focal point (team leader) is also required to be assigned
  • Assigned staff of the institution shall have a minimum of 10 years of work experience in relevant fields, with demonstrated knowledge and experience in conducting need assessments and developing training modules/curriculum, training materials, TTLM etc. in the areas of leather manufacturing/processing technology and tannery solid waste management and utilisation technicalities
  • Work experience on similar assignments
  • Excellent writing, editing and oral communication skills in English.

The project seeks to identify overseas-based international research and/or training institutions that fulfil the above criteria and have demonstrated the ability to involve key local project beneficiaries and stakeholders to fully understand the ground local context/situation and bring a wider perspective in accomplishing the envisaged assignments under this ToR document.

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals

While submitting the Technical Proposal, the applicant shall, in particular, ensure to attach the following:

  1. Profile of the institution/company, explaining why they are the most suitable for the work
  2. Relevant experience of the institution
  3. Detailed methodology and conceptual framework with expected deliverables and timelines
  4. Recent CV of the experts
  5. Legal and valid registration of the institution from its country of origin.

Financial proposal

For this assignment, Solidaridad Network’s Ethiopia office has a budget line and the institution has to provide its financial proposal indicating cost breakdown.

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount (including a breakdown of costs for fees, travel, number of working days, etc.). Payments will be made in instalments based upon key outputs of the services specified in the TOR.

The payment of project charges will be as follows. 

  • 30% of the project charges will be paid on signing of the contract and submission of a blueprint (inception report) including a work plan and methodology for the assignment (in English)
  • 40% of the project charges will be paid on submission of a draft comprehensive training manual/module and draft TTLMs (in English)
  • 30% of the project charges will be paid on submission of final and agreed documents (comprehensive training manual/module and TTLMs) after incorporating comments from the validation workshop (in English).


The institutions/firms should deliver a separate technical and financial proposal that will be assessed as follows:

  • Technical proposal: 70 points
  • Financial proposal: 30 points.

Submission of the bid/proposal

Interested eligible bidders may submit their proposal through email (technical, financial proposal and supporting legal documents). The bid, as well as all correspondence and documents relating to the bid, shall be written in English. All financial information should be provided in Euros (€).

The bidder is expected to submit both the technical and financial proposals, along with other legal supporting documents, to with a title of <Manual Development-Solidaridad Ethiopia>.

Institutions, organisations and research centres can only apply within 10 days after this ToR was released on the International Leather Maker website (September 1, 2022).

NB: Only the successful firm shall be contacted. If you don’t hear from us in two weeks after the deadline, consider yourself unsuccessful. Any form of canvassing will lead to disqualification.

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