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OPPORTUNITY: Invitation to Tender – Building the evidence base to support climate negotiators

About CDKN

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is a five year programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development, which aims to help decision-makers in developing countries design and deliver climate compatible development.

CDKN does this by providing demand-led research, technical assistance and negotiations support, and channelling the best available knowledge on climate change and development to support policy processes at the national and international level.

Overview of the project

Negotiations Support (NS) is one of the CDKN’s four strategic themes, as well as being the focus of the Climate Window of the Advocacy Fund which aims to provide effective negotiation support to poorest and most climate vulnerable countries.

CDKN are seeking a supplier to conduct a review of the negotiations support field, which will enable CDKN to understand how effective our projects are, and how best to support negotiators and to share these insights with stakeholders. The high level objectives of this project are to

  • Increase our knowledge surrounding what does and does not work concerning negotiations support
  • Enhance our knowledge of best practice in evaluating the effectiveness of initiatives supporting negotiators and to benchmark CDKN’s negotiators support  work against other initiatives (by means of spot reviews of our projects )

During the inception phase of the Climate Window of the Advocacy Fund a Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) framework was designed to capture feedback from suppliers and recipients. This project will build on the results of our M&E function and review the effectiveness of various initiatives, including our own, for supporting international negotiators (in the climate change and other fields). This review will be structured around support for technical assistance, research, knowledge management and partnerships, so as to provide insights across the breadth of CDKN. The output of this project will include recommendations to inform CDKN’s future work in this area.

The review will also provide lessons learnt that can be disseminated among the international climate change stakeholder community, especially the poorest and most climate vulnerable countries.

Project Scope

The project will review the effectiveness of  initiatives for supporting international negotiators,  primarily in the climate change field, but learning from other fields as appropriate (e.g. trade, security or finance) by mapping out:

    • how the poorest countries support their negotiators
    • how the developed countries support their negotiators
    • how aid from developed countries is used to support negotiators from the poorer nations
    • how international organisations, such as UN, support negotiators

Supplier requirements

  • Experience and expertise in carrying out policy evaluations, preferably in the context of Official Development Assistance (ODA)
  • Experience and expertise in developing and delivering research projects (including primary/ secondary research)
  • Relevant qualifications, experience and expertise in the area of international negotiations processes, procedures and frameworks (preferably including the climate and/or development fields)
  • Excellent communication skills of both verbal and written English and the ability to produce comprehensible reports
  • Excellent analytical skills and facilitation skills
  • Individual or organisation with extensive professional network

 Timelines and budget:

It is envisaged that this project will last between 5 and 6 months. We expect suppliers to commence work on 22 October 2012 and to deliver a final report at the end March 2013.

The budget for this piece of work is £45,000.

Instructions for interested parties

In order to receive the Invitation to Tender template please send an email to:

The email should include the following information:

  • Subject line: ‘ITT: AAGL-0019 Building the evidence base to support climate negotiators’
  • Organisation/company name
  • A contact name(s), email address and telephone number for the most appropriate person(s) to send further information to regarding bidding.

Please note the deadline for completed Invitation to Tenders is 17:00 UK time on 27 September.

Any clarification questions need to be sent to by 17:00 UK time on 19 September.

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