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Consultant, River Catchment Management

The deadline for quotations is 15 February 2019

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Consultant, River Catchment Management


In May 2018, the Catchment Declaration was launched at a CISL Water Summit, presided over by HRH the Prince of Wales. This declaration was a commitment from the private, public and voluntary sector to collaborate on delivering catchment management in the UK, supporting the government’s ambitions set out in the 25-year environment plan. The declaration marked the start of this programme, which aims to strengthen business engagement in catchment management and the catchment based approach (CaBA). The main objectives are:

  • Accelerate the reversal of degradation of river catchments by evolving land and water management practices and funding.
  • Advocacy to evolve legislation and achieve alignment between the water industry and regulatory bodies, in the unique space opened through Brexit.
  • Create collective business action at river catchment level, using future business risk as a lever to release ‘risk mitigation’ funds.
  • Build capacity at CaBA catchment partnership level, for on the ground delivery of catchment management plans, funded through risk-mitigation finance from business.

Services required:

  • Service the shared Catchment Leadership Network Secretariat duties, in collaboration with the two other Secretariat members. Activities include signatory liaison, engagement and communications.
  • Develop and manage the Catchment Leadership Network workplan, in collaboration with Secretariat and Advisory Group.
  • Develop and manage a specific funded project to develop Collective Catchment Management Action.
  • Manage the required reporting for the grant and foundation funding received.

The consultant should have:

  • A degree in a relevant field/academic background or equivalent professional experience.
  • Expertise in water, natural capital, ecosystems, and other sustainability issues; and how these affect business.
  • A sound understanding of UK and Ireland catchment management and the CaBA.
  • Previous project management experience and skills, including financial planning and experience of developing, maintaining and delivering against budgets.
  • Experience of working as part of a project team and networking widely with a range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to think strategically with good analytical skills and a high standard of attention to detail.
  • Experience of grant/foundation funding application and management.

Duration - Initially up to December 2019 with extension depending on performance and funding.

Request for Quotation

You are invited to submit a competitive proposal for the supply and delivery to the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership of the services set out in the attached specification. 

If you wish to quote for this work, please send a summary (max two pages) to the above email address by 15 February 2019, noting:

  • Relevant experience and capabilities demonstrating suitability to the role
  • The names of two people who may be contacted as referees for your work

Potential suppliers may be invited to attend an interview.

Award Criteria

The University intends to award to offers in accordance with the following criteria, which the University reserves the right to amend during the tender process:

Award criteria

Weighting (%)



Previous relevant experience




Contract start date – Monday 4 March 2019

The University will not reimburse any bidding costs.

The University will regard submissions as confidential until award.  Information you believe would be exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 after award must be individually identified in your submission together with the reason for the exemption and for the non-disclosure period claimed.

Proposals and supporting documents shall be in English.  Any contract subsequently entered into will be subject to English law and jurisdiction. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, proposals and orders are issued subject to the University’s Standard Terms, a copy of which are available upon request. 

The University expects to decide award of contract within 60 days of the return date.

Do not supply any goods or services until you have received confirmation that your proposal has been successful.  Acceptance of the proposal by the University will be in writing. A purchase order will normally be issued.

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please contact Helen Ford (Programme Director, Business Insight) at -


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