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Study on lessons learned from commodity trading: Paving the way to more impactful disclosures

Request for proposals

Closing date


The EITI International Secretariat is seeking consultant to conduct a comprehensive analysis and evaluation of commodity trading data disclosure practices within the oil, gas, minerals, and metals sector. This role involves assessing the efficacy of current disclosure guidelines, aligning them with major trading hubs, identifying prevalent transparency barriers, and formulating actionable improvements. Moreover, the consultant is expected to delve into the examination of corruption risks, offer recommendations for strengthening guidelines, actively contribute to the formulation of disclosure frameworks tailored for metals and minerals traders, and provide insights into optimising the utilisation of disclosed data by various stakeholders. The project is expected to be carried out in partnership with the International Secretariat, culminating in the creation of a final report replete with practical insights aimed at fostering anti-corruption research and advocacy within the realm of commodity trading.

The consultant should be an individual that the EITI International Secretariat considers to be credible, trustworthy and technically competent. The consultant must demonstrate: 

  • Experience and knowledge of the extractive industries, in particular commodity trading. The consultant will be required to have prior expertise in the field of commodity trading. 
  • Experience and knowledge of the political dynamics surrounding the use of hubs and their legal status. 
  • Experience with the use of data and information in anti-corruption or accountability initiatives  
  • Demonstrated ability to present complex technical issues in accessible language in a policy context. 
  • Knowledge of the EITI Standard and prior experience working with the OECD is an added advantage. 

To ensure quality and independence in the undertaking, the consultant must, in their technical and financial proposals, disclose any potential conflicts of interest. 

Application instructions

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

  • A TechnicalProposal, outlining: (a) the experience of the consultant, (b) the proposed methodology and work plan in response to the Terms of Reference (TORs), (c) their qualifications and competence, and (d) a section on potential conflicts of interest. This section should identify any areas of work, including past, present or future consultancies related to the EITI, which might pose a conflict of interest. Please also describe strategies that you intend to use to minimise those risks. 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 costs associated, with applicable taxes. The financial proposal must be submitted in USD. The daily rate for the consultant fees should be clearly indicated. The Financial Proposal should be sent as a password protected PDF file. The passwords should not be sent. The passwords will be requested following the assessment of the technical proposals.   

Proposals must be delivered by email to by close of Sunday 10 September 2023. 

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.