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Gender Research Expert – Climate Governance Programme


Title of Consultancy: Gender Research Expert – Climate Governance Programme

Application Closing Date: 30 September 2020

Consultancy Start and End Date: 12 October to 30 April 2021

Location of Consultancy: Remote


Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Through more than 100 chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, Germany, TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.

Since 2011 TI’s Climate Governance Integrity Programme has been working to safeguard climate change funding against abuse, mismanagement, and waste by demanding maximum transparency, accountability and integrity in climate finance and action from the global to the local level. Currently, the Climate Governance Integrity team is working on the ground in 15 countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and South Korea. More countries have been included in the past and others have also shown interest recently.

Corruption undermines legal and sustainable natural resource management and conservation, gives power to entities with money and influence, and is often used as strategy for maintaining that power. Corruption can further marginalize women and other groups who already face power inequity and rely on environmental resources for livelihoods and well-being.

The link between gender and corruption is quite well established in literature, despite the chronic lack of disaggregated data, however few studies have examined the relationship between women’s participation and corruption in climate governance. The resulting gender blindness, coupled with ongoing efforts to reduce corruption in effecting climate action often disregards the importance of gender, while actions taken to integrate gender into forestry or climate-related activities do not necessarily consider corruption as a major obstacle to fighting climate change.

The Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin is seeking a consultant to support its working group in investigating the links between Gender, Corruption, and Climate as a part of TI’s Climate Governance Integrity Programme (CGIP).

As a result of CGIP’s 2019 project evaluation, the CGIP team at the TI-S and national chapters participating in the programme agreed to strengthen their understanding of and approach to gender. To achieve this, the CGIP team initiated a working group (WG) comprising of interested chapters (the WG currently consists of chapters from Bangladesh, Maldives, Mexico, Nepal, and Rwanda) to begin laying a foundation of how to approach identifying, assessing and researching the links between gender, climate, and corruption. The WG also aims to support national chapters in exchanging knowledge and developing their internal understanding of gender considerations in their programmatic activities and governance structures.


Transparency International is looking for a consultant to advise the CGIP’s gender, climate, and corruption working group and programme development.

To do this, the consultant will:

  1. Review and advise on the draft concept note created by the WG[1] which looks at completing the following suggested objectives:
    1. Determining an appropriate research framework;
    2. Identify the challenges in addressing gender issues in climate finance (e.g. law, policy, strategy, guideline, plans, programs, budget, implementation, and monitoring);
    3. Assess the gender-based corruption in climate finance;
    4. Find the barrier to mainstream women voices in climate finance in Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Mexico, and Rwanda;
    5. Formulate way outs to minimize gender gaps in climate finance.
  2. Using the revised concept note as a basis, with the WG, jointly develop and propose a research framework which chapters can tailor to specific country contexts in order to assess the interplay of linkages between climate, corruption, and gender.
  3. Based on research done by the chapters, compose a short policy note which captures the interlinking issue of gender, climate, and corruption and as well as offer high level recommendations for addressing existing gaps in climate governance policies.
  4. Develop the content for and facilitate an interactive online workshop with the CGIP Focal Points (approx. 2 – 3 hours). The workshop should be composed of a presentation by the consultant and then space for facilitated discussion. As part of the online discussion, it is expected that, supported by the consultant, the CGIP chapters will undertake a couple of measurable, feasible and sustainable gender actions within their organisation. The consultant will support this by providing feedback and advice.
  5. As part of the online workshop delivery, the consultant will provide materials to the chapters that they can use and share.
  6. Prepare a report for TI internal use comprising (a) workshop report including an annex on the consultant’s recommendations on the subsequent programme phase in regards to gender objectives and integration of gender components into project activities, (b) brief summary of the workshops discussions and outcomes, (c) recommendations for further developing the WG.

[1] Available upon request.


6 October 2020

Call/interview with top candidates for Q&A, clarifications, etc.

Decision on consultant made and communicated

12 October 2020

Briefing call to start the work

30 October 2020

Review of WG Concept Note prepared and subsequently discussed with WG.

13 November 2020

First draft of research framework prepared.

30 November 2020

Second draft of research framework according to WG feedback and content guidelines.

15 December 2020

Online Workshop

Tbd. 2021[2]

First draft of 2-page policy paper prepared

Tbd. 2021

Second draft of 2-page policy paper according to feedback from the WG and TI-S’s Policy & Advocacy Team feedback prepared.

Tbd. 2021

Final report, end of assignment

Approximately 15 days is the estimated level of effort required.

All submissions are required in English, in electronic form, in accordance with the previously agreed upon deadlines. The Consultant is responsible for editing and quality control of language. The TI Secretariat retains the sole rights with respect to all distribution, dissemination, and publication of the deliverables.


The Consultant should have the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience and expertise working in the field of gender studies;
  • Demonstrated experience working on transparency, accountability, and good governance;
  • Experience in gender responsive programme development and planning;
  • Experience of working on the topic of climate change (an advantage);
  • Relevant expertise in training and facilitation, both in person and in online forums;
  • Experience of working with clients in civil society, particularly advocacy-oriented NGOs;
  • Strong verbal and writing skills in English.


The Consultants should provide their estimated total fee as a lump sum or as standard daily or hourly rates before any VAT or other charges.

For Consultants based in the EU, EEA, and Switzerland

Transparency International e.V. (Secretariat), (TI-S) is registered as a Business Entity in Germany with VAT identification number DE273612486. In order to determine the Value Added Tax (VAT) implications of this tender, we kindly request that Consultants fill out the VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form (instructions inside the form) and submit the completed and duly signed form along with their email application.

The link to the VAT Form for Tenders/Vendor Form is available below.


The application should include the following documents in English:

  • Letter describing your motivation and qualifications for the assignment;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A cost estimate of the above-mentioned services and outputs;
  • A short overview of how the work will be approached, which methods will be used.
  • Sample of relevant written work in English (confidentiality guaranteed);
  • Nominate any period where you would be available between 11:00am-3:00pm (CEST) on 6 October 2020 for a 15 min conversation should we need to follow-up.
  • Completed VAT Form for Tenders (Only for Consultants based in the EU, EEA, and Switzerland)

Please indicate “Gender Research Expert – Climate Governance Programme” in the subject line of your email application. Applications should be sent in English by email to Dana Schran at by close of business of 30/09/2020.

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Data protection

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[1] Available upon request.

[2] Expected deliverable dates in 2021 are subject to agreement with TI-S and the WG.