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Consultant required to support delivery of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group

The closing date for expressions of interest is midnight on Sunday 19th January 2020.

Invitation for expressions of interest:

Consultant required to support delivery of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) COP26 Strategy

Term: January 2020 – 30 April 2021


The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is seeking the services of an individual or a relevant organisation to support The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) in providing coordination between progressive business and the hosts of COP26 between January 2020 and April 2021. The consultant will work directly with CISL’s policy team. The purpose of the role is to help bring forward clear business support for ambition in the UK and Italy, as well as in support of their diplomatic efforts throughout the year geared toward raising ambition in other key geographies and moments. This work is carried out in the context of the CLG’s work driving the European Policy Strategy of the We Mean Business Coalition.

About the CLG

The CLG brings together UK business leaders to accelerate progress towards a low carbon, sustainable economy. Through exchange of ideas, experience, and a dialogue with policymakers, the CLG facilitates solutions that support a resilient and prosperous future. The CLG is convened by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Find out more: https://www.corporateleadersgroup.com

Context

2020 is a crucial year for climate action. We must deliver on the promise of the Paris Agreement by demonstrating that a significant number of countries, including the major emitting economies, will honour the Agreement’s ‘ratchet mechanism’ and increase the ambition of their NDCs. COP26 is a critical milestone in itself, but making it a success will require action well before the Conference. The international climate community and the WMB coalition have been diligently building momentum towards the success and long- term impact of COP26 for a number of years, by targeting high emitting or ‘tipping point’ regions and countries who must signal their intention to step up ambition by COP26. Alongside WMB coalition partners, the CLG can now play an important role to help influence the structure and agenda of COP26. This includes agenda setting for the COP itself and bringing forward clear business support for ambition in the UK and Italy, as well as in support of their diplomatic efforts throughout the year geared toward raising ambition in other key geographies and moments. In the next few months we will have a unique opportunity to boost the ambition of and influence the priorities of the COP26 Presidency and carve out the business role to support highest ambition. The delivery of this work will draw on the CLG and WMB coalition’s strong network of business members and connections and a deep track record of mobilising and engaging business.

Responsibilities/ proposed deliverables

You will be responsible for supporting the delivery of our COP26 strategy, which may include the following activities (to be discussed and agreed):

  • Supporting the delivery of a series (likely to be between three and five during 2020) of high-level dinners, meetings and events in advance of COP26
  • Helping secure the participation of business, ministers, CEOs, government departments in these events
  • Contributing to strategy development i.e. mapping of specific Presidency, Ministry and country targets
  • Development of talking points, briefings etc. to support our work on COP26
  • Supporting the coordination of meetings of the business groups in the UK
  • Supporting delivery of events taking place during COP26
  • Supporting COP26 follow-up activities
  • Taking part in regular calls and meetings with WMB coalition partners and the COP26 Presidency

Timeline & Activities

The consultant may support the following activities (exact level of support and involvement to be confirmed):

Ongoing:

  • Regular WMB COP26 Task Force meetings
  • Regular COP26 UK Business Groups Coordination hub meetings
  • Ongoing coordination with the UK Government and COP26 Presidency Team

January:

  • Development and finalisation of communications/stakeholder engagement 

February:

  • Meetings with UK Government Ministers

March:

  • Business roundtable in the UK

April:

  • Finalise strategy and ongoing activities in the lead up to COP26 for the rest of 2020
  • Begin planning for a business conference in Glasgow in advance of COP26

Essential attributes/expertise

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Excellent understanding of UK politics and the role of progressive business in the climate agenda
  • Connections within relevant UK government departments and ability to arrange targeted meetings
  • Connections within businesses and business networks in the UK
  • Experience and track record of developing strategies in a business engagement context
  • Experience and ability to work with coalitions and partnerships
  • Experience organising and delivering high-level events.

Desirable attributes/expertise

  • Knowledge/experience of international policy on climate change and the COP process
  • A demonstrable interest in Sustainability and committed to the values that underpin CISL's work.

To express your interest

Please forward expressions of interest along with your CV, cover letter, evidence of relevant experience and pricing schedule to: clg@cisl.cam.ac.uk by midnight on Sunday 19th January 2020.

The expressions of interest should outline a brief overview of how you would approach the delivery of this engagement strategy with business leaders and the COP26 Presidency Team.

Please be aware that the available budget for this work is £10,000 from January to April 2020 and £6,000 from May 2020 to April 2021.

Criteria

The University intends to award to the most economically advantageous offer or offers in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Suitability of proposed approach (35%)
  • Experience in delivering similar strategies and demonstration of contacts in the relevant stakeholder groups (35%)
  • Value of quotation (30%)

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