Please submit responses via email only to: wfunmaker@glitc.org

Please submit by: April 26, 2024

Please put the project title (below) in the subject line of the email.

No mailed submissions are allowed.


                                                                                  REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
PROJECT: Data Engineer

Proposals submitted after the due date will not be considered. Contractor accepts all risks of late delivery or spam delivery submittals regardless of fault.

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. (GLITC) reserves the right to reject any and all submittals and to waive irregularities and informalities in the submittal and evaluation process.  This RFP does not obligate GLITC to pay any costs incurred by respondents in the preparation and submission of their proposals.  Furthermore, the RFP does not obligate GLITC to accept or contract for any expressed or implied services.

Request for Proposals Information:

RFP Number:

RFP Name: Data Engineer

Date Issued: March 25, 2024

Contact Person: Will Funmaker

Phone #: 715-588-1092

Email Address: wfunmaker@glitc.org

Submittals Accepted Until: April 26, 2024

Submittals Delivered to:

email: wfunmaker@glitc.org





General Information

PURPOSE/BACKGROUND:  Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. (GLITC) is soliciting requests for proposals for the purpose of a data engineer to provide support and guidance on data modernization initiative within the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center (GLITEC). This initiative aims to improve GLITEC’s data infrastructure, management, and processes in collaboration with Tribes and in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s five data modernization priorities. Expansion to additional projects is possible based on organizational needs, funding, and previous performance.

The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. (GLITC) is a consortium of federally recognized Indian tribes in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. GLITC is recognized as a tribal organization under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act. Its mission has evolved to support member tribes in expanding self-determination efforts by providing services and assistance. GLITC uses a broad range of knowledge and experience to advocate for the improvement and unity of tribal governments, communities, and individuals.

Since 1996, the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center (GLITEC), a program of GLITC, has served the 34 federally-recognized Tribes, four urban Indian communities, and three Indian Health Service (IHS) service units within the Bemidji IHS Area—Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Chicago, Illinois. GLITEC staff supports American Indian/Alaska Native communities in their efforts to improve the health of their people through partnering directly with communities, producing publicly available resources, and providing education and capacity-building around data. The mission of GLITEC is to support Tribal communities in their efforts to improve health by assisting with data needs through partnership development, community-based research, education, and technical assistance.

BRIEF SCOPE OF SERVICES: Vendors shall provide a scope of work and project proposal in accordance with the information provided in this request.  The Proposal contains two phases upon the prospective applicants’ qualified submissions.

Phase I

The Proposal must include the following elements:

·         Detailed work plan that identifies the major areas of work;

·         Detailed cost estimates.

Phase II

·         An estimated proposed timeline for deliverables;

·         Key project performance milestones.

Note: We anticipate a minimum of 15% travel as a requirement to complete this project. All travel expenses will be reimbursed at the federal mileage rate contingent upon advance approval.

See attachment A for detail of scope of services.


This project will require the individual/organization to have the following qualifications:

·         Five (5) or more years of related experience.

·         Minimum of master’s degree in data science, data engineering informatics, information management, or other related fields; or, a combination of education and experience with previous projects similar to proposed scope of services will compensate for each year of experience. Master’s degree in computational science fields as listed above will count for one year experience; and a PhD degree in computational science as listed above will count for two years of experience.

·         Experience working with non-profit or public entities.

·         Experience working with public health data or within the public health sector.

·         Familiarity and experience with tribal communities as it relates to the specific needs of the initiative.

·         Ability to work across multiple projects and manage multiple project tasks and timelines.

·         Familiarity with privacy laws and protected health information and the ability to maintain confidentiality.

·         Extensive experience with machine learning, cloud platforms (e.g., AWS, Azure), and data pipeline tools.

·         Strong proficiency in Python and one or more scripting languages (e.g., SQL)

·         Knowledge of data warehousing concepts and technologies.

·         Strong understanding of data quality principes and practices.


Responses to this RFP must include the following information:

·         A cover letter/statement of interest indicating the individual/organization’s interest in the projects and highlighting its qualifications to perform the scope of work.

·         A summary of the individual/organization’s experience in requested service areas, highlighting the experience working with non-profit entities and tribal communities as specifically mentioned in the attached scope.

·         Statement of qualifications, including related experience with similar types of projects and specific qualifications.

·         Scope of Work and Project Proposal – Phase 1, including a proposed approach and estimated cost estimates. Upon notification of a qualified applicants for a second interview, Phase 2, a project timeline, and key milestones will be expected.

·         A minimum of three (3) references relating to completed projects for the services being requested with full name, title, address, phone, and email address.

·         Responses must be limited to no more than five (5) pages excluding specific project examples, references, resumes and covers.

PROPRIETARY PROPOSAL MATERIAL: Any proprietary information revealed in the proposal should, therefore, be clearly identified as such.

EVALUATION CRITERIA: Evaluations will be based on the criteria listed below:

·         Experience of individual/organization with similar projects;

·         Experience of individual or proposed project team and key team members;

·         Experience working with Tribal communities;

·         Overall quality of statement of qualifications; and

·         Proposals within budget restrictions and timeframes

The most qualified candidates will be selected for Phase I interview, during which candidates will be expected to provide a presentation of data analysis. Phase II applicants will be contacted for further discussion.

QUESTIONS:  Questions regarding this project may be directed to Will Funmaker via e-mail at wfunmaker@glitc.org

CONTRACT NEGOTIATION: GLITC reserves the right to negotiate all elements of the submittals, proposals, terms, and conditions, and/or scope of work as part of the contract negotiation process prior to any formal authorization of the Contract.

About Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council office

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council is a non-profit organization formed by the Native American Tribes of Wisconsin.  We serve all WI tribes by providing administration of grant-funded programs either directly or with sub grants. Programs serve a range of functions from Children to Elders. Our Mission is: To Enhance the quality of life for all Native People.