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Global Case Atlas Consultant – Climate Governance Programme

GENERAL INFORMATION

Title of Consultancy: Global Case Atlas Consultant – Climate Governance Programme

Application Closing Date: 30 September 2020

Consultancy Start and End Date: 12 October to 31 March 2021

Location of Consultancy: Remote

BACKGROUND

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.

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

Since the release of the Global Climate Report on Climate Change in 2011, there has not been a holistic follow up, with only subsequent reports focusing on individual, national issues such as global climate funds, mitigation, adaptation, REDD+, environmental crimes, etc.

CGIP seeks to create a digital library which visualizes cases, or a Global Case Atlas to serve as a more generalized and lighter-version follow up to the Global Climate Report on Climate Change with the aim to highlight the linkages between climate and corruption as there is a definitive lack of information, understanding and overall realization of the existing link.

To achieve this, the CGIP team initiated a working group (WG) comprising of interested Transparency International chapters (currently Bangladesh, Brazil, and Peru) to begin laying a foundation for how to identify, assess and research the links between climate and corruption. The WG also aims to support national chapters in exchanging knowledge and developing their internal approach of better spotlighting the interplay between corruption and climate in their outreach and activities.

OBJECTIVES

Transparency International is looking for a consultant to advise and support in the selection, desk research, writing of the cases to comprise the atlas as well as to propose the structure and visual appearance of the digital Global Case Atlas and coordinate with TI-S and developers to ensure the identified concept is realized.

Through the selection of cases making up the atlas, the aim is to focus less on risks but rather on actual cases that could subsequently be shared with partners. The cases will feature highlights not only on the money that is lost in the administration and implementation of climate funds but on further areas of corruption which impact climate governance such as undue influence at the policy making level.

To do this, the consultant will:

  1. Review and advise on the draft concept note[1] already created by the WG, which seeks to fulfil the following objectives:
    1. Developing an appropriate methodology for case identification and selection;
    2. Mapping of cases on corruption and climate identified by the WG members;
    3. Analysis on the issues identified in the cases;
    4. Offer solutions, best practices, and highlight activities chapters are working on to combat the highlighted problem areas.
  2. Coordinate with TI chapters to identify the appropriate cases to include in the Atlas.
  3. Using the revised concept note as a basis, with the WG, jointly review and analyse cases already selected. Advise on how best to structure, arrange, and present information in the Case Atlas.
    1. Case write ups should consist of a short summary with a 400 – 600 words case write-up
  4. Research and compose 2 – 4 further landmark cases to be agreed by TI-S that are outside of the WG’s country scope.
  5. Review case summaries drafted by the chapters, analyse, revise, and select those to be included in the Atlas. Analysis on the issues identified in the cases should consist of:
    1. Categorizing cases into different types. This can include links related to crimes and the issue of “following the money”, as well as the power and interest structures behind the drivers of these crimes – making the actors visible in order to determine who and for what purpose is behind the state capture.
    2. Analyse of underlying and cross-cutting issues and drafting of the corresponding section with cases as case study.
    3. Offering solutions, best practices, and highlight activities chapters are working on to combat the highlighted problem areas.
  6. Identify and select appropriate images to be paired with cases as well as further media elements to be included in the Atlas.

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINE

7 October 2020

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

Decision on consultant made and communicated

13 October 2020

Briefing call to start the work

27 October 2020

Review of WG Concept Note prepared and discussed with WG.

17 November 2020

Review selected cases, call with TI-S to discuss framing and additional cases to research.

30 December 2020

First draft of case atlas.

1 February 2021

Second draft of case atlas, according to feedback from WG and TI’s Research team.

31 March 2021

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 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.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The Consultant should have the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience and expertise working in the field of strategic & visual communications;
  • Demonstrated experience working on transparency, accountability, and good governance;
  • Experience of working on the topic of climate change (an advantage);
  • Experience of working with clients in civil society, particularly advocacy-oriented NGOs;
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills in English;
  • Spanish language skills are an asset but not required.

REMUNERATION AND COSTS

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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

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-2:00pm (CEST) on 7 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 “Global Case Atlas Consultant – Climate Governance Programme” in the subject line of your email application. Applications should be sent in English by email to Dana Schran at climate@transparency.org by close of business of 30/09/2020.

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Data protection

When you respond to this tender and submit your application, you provide consent that Transparency International e. V. keeps your application materials for the period of ten years according to German legal requirements. Afterwards Transparency International will delete your application and any personal data included in it. If you have any questions please reach out to dataprotection@transparency.org


[1] Available upon request.