Applications are open for proposals on how to manage and facilitate a scoping process for a potential UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) joint research programme on Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for equitable climate resilience, using co-creation.
The ARA (Adaptation Research Alliance) is a global collaborative effort with over 150 members that seeks to catalyse increased investment and capacity for actionoriented research that supports effective adaptation to climate change – primarily in developing countries – at the scale and urgency demanded by the science. The ARA focuses on ensuring that increased ambition can be delivered through evidencebased action and recognising that practical action is required to minimize and avert loss and damage. They need a step-change on adaptation, collaborating with governments, business, and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), to prepare for climate risks, mobilise further action, and increase adaptation financing.
Objective: The ARA is looking for an organisation to manage the design and delivery of a co-creation process that brings in relevant, local knowledge and voices to inform the strategic and scientific direction of a possible action-oriented research funding programme.
- The total budget from the ARA for personnel and overhead costs is 30,000.00 GBP, which will be paid 50% on signature and 50% on completion of the report. Payment will be paid for completed output and not for total days.
- Duration: November 25th – March 30th.
- It is expected that the supplier will engage with the ARA Secretariat and UKRI to refine and realise a co-creation process to feed into the NbS programme scoping. Once the process is agreed, the supplier is expected to design, prepare and deliver the individual online workshops, including facilitation. Back-end logistics for the workshops will be managed by the supplier, while the ARA Secretariat will draw on membership for participation in the workshops.
- Synthesis activities will be led by a UKRI appointed expert and it is expected that the supplier collaborates with the expert to feed in knowledge from the workshops as well as from their technical experience where relevant. The supplier will work closely with the UKRI appointed expert to deliver written reports presenting the outcomes and knowledge generated from the workshops. The supplier will also work closely with the UKRI appointed expert to identify potential scope and research questions that could inform a new programme on NbS.
- The suppler will be required to lead on management decisions for the style and focus of workshops (in collaboration with UKRI and ARA).
Deliverables and Outputs
- A co-creation plan for identifying the challenges, opportunities and research questions that can be used to influence the scope of a potential NbS programme.
- Design of workshops programme, including participatory methodologies.
- Preparation of workshop materials for facilitators and participants.
- Facilitation of workshops.
- Contribute towards the synthesis that draws knowledge from one workshop to the next.
- A report outlining the outcomes of the workshops that can be used to inform the scope of a new NbS programme.
The ARA Secretariat in conjunction with the ARA members, will support the supplier to identify potential stakeholders for the workshops, and will manage communications that promote participation at the events.
- The supplier(s) should submit a proposal of how they plan to engage and facilitate relevant stakeholders in a co-creation process to identify issues and solutions that can be addressed by the potential NbS programme. This should include a plan for the development of workshops and integration of knowledge from one workshop to the next.
- Networks that can be drawn on by the supplier to take part in the co-creation process will be viewed favorably.
- All work will be remote and online.
- Supplier(s) based in the global South will be favoured.
- The application should provide:
- A budget including an overview of financial resource use
- A methodology for approaching this piece of work,
- including details for the design of workshops in each phase (knowledge generation to funding call development) and how knowledge will be transferred between phases.
- approach for knowledge synthesis
- a list of networks that the supplier can draw on.
- Risk and mitigation assessment. Identification of key process risks or issues to the successful completion of the project and how these risks or issues will be mitigated
- Track record of the organisation and individual(s) leading the project, in particular;
- experience of multi-stakeholder consultation/co-production
- relevant expertise in for nature-based solutions, in the context of international development and equitable climate resilience
- CVs of the executing personnel, including name(s) and profile(s) of the key personnel involved in delivery and a brief summary of their role on the project. These should all be provided in one PDF file. The application should demonstrate an awareness of the complexities of co-creation and facilitation and ways of approaching the challenges of online transdisciplinary engagements.
For more information, visit https://www.adaptationresearchalliance.org/news-events/news/call-for-proposals-nature-based-solutions-scoping-programme/