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Global study on governance risks in critical minerals value chain

Request for proposals.

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The EITI International Secretariat, with support from USAID, is seeking a competent and credible firm or individual to produce a study assessing governance opportunities and challenges in critical minerals value chains. The consultant must be from a reputable company/one or more individual(s) with a proven reputation, perceived by the EITI International Secretariat to be credible, trustworthy, experienced and technically competent.

The consultant must demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the critical minerals sector. Experience analysing value chains, trade flows and production data in the sector is an advantage;
  • Experience identifying and analysing governance and corruption risks in the mining sector. Understanding of the specific governance and corruption risks associated with the anticipated rise in demand for critical minerals in the context of the energy transition is an advantage;
  • Established networks among government, industry, civil society and other relevant stakeholders working on issues related to critical minerals at the global and country level. Demonstrated experience and contacts in EITI implementing countries is an advantage;
  • Understanding of key best practice frameworks, standards and initiatives related to governance of the critical minerals sector;
  • Familiarity with EITI Requirements and processes;
  • Excellent written communication skills, including a track record producing high-quality publications on natural resource governance issues;
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to present findings of the study to various types of stakeholders. Proficiency in French, Russian or Spanish is an advantage; 
  • Prior working experience of EITI and knowledge of the extractive sector.

*To ensure quality and independence in the undertaking, the consultant must, in their technical and financial proposals, disclose any potential or actual conflicts of interest, together with a comment about how they may be avoided.

Proposals should be submitted following the guidelines noted in the these terms of reference. 

Application instructions

A consultant will be selected following a quality and cost-based selection procedure. The consultant should submit:    

  • Technical Proposal, outlining: (a) the experience of the consultant(s), (b) the proposed methodology and work plan in response to the ToR, including the number of Consultant days required to complete each component of the work plan, and (c) the key experts’ qualifications and competence. The Technical Proposal should not include any financial information. Technical proposals containing material financial information shall be declared non-responsive.    
  • A FinancialProposal, clearly indicating a lump sum financial proposal of all associated costs, including applicable taxes. The daily rate for consultant fees should be clearly indicated. The Financial Proposal should be sent as a password protected PDF file. The passwords should not be sent – open financial proposals will result in disqualification. The passwords will be requested following the assessment of the technical proposals.    

All questions related to the project, its timeline and deliverables should be submitted to by no later than 14 April 2022. Answers to these questions will be made available on this page.

About EITI

We believe that a country’s natural resources belong to its citizens. Our mission is to promote understanding of natural resource management, strengthen public and corporate governance and accountability, and provide the data to inform policymaking and multi-stakeholder dialogue in the extractive sector. By becoming a member of the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), countries commit to disclose information along the extractive industry value chain – from how extraction rights are awarded, to how revenues make their way through government and how they benefit the public. Through participation in the EITI, more than 50 countries have agreed to a common set of rules governing what has to be disclosed and when – the EITI Standard. In each country that has joined the EITI, a multi-stakeholder group, composed of government, companies and civil society, supports implementation of the EITI Standard.