Consultant to develop guide for participation in democratic environmental governance

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Consultant to develop guide for participation in democratic environmental governance

January 07th, 2021

WFD has been working with parliaments to better connect with civil society organisations and directly with communities that are often left out of the political decision-making process, particularly women, youth, persons with disabilities and LGBT+ citizens. WFD is strengthening its work with civil society organisations that represent these communities and with these communities themselves to engage strategically with duty bearers. We are seeking a consultant to develop a new Guide for use by WFD in its work to be more inclusive of civil society and communities on environmental democracy.


Building upon the current, generic documentation on participation, the purpose of this assignment is to develop a new Guide with the aim to prepare all citizens – particularly indigenous communities, women, youth, persons with disabilities, LGBT+ communities, and economically disadvantaged groups – for political engagement on environmental matters addressing the three environmental access rights: access to information, access to decision-making processes and access to justice as the pillars of environmental democracy.

The Guide will cover the main challenges for the exercise of effective participation and inclusion in environmental governance, particularly at local level, across the three pillars of environmental democracy, and examine how these challenges have been addressed at multilateral level (e.g. through safeguards standards embedded in multilateral agreements, e.g. the REDD+ Cancun Safeguards, and adopted by multilateral bodies (e.g. Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC), the safeguard standard adopted by the Green Climate Fund for projects impacting indigenous peoples), and those of other organisations such as the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank.

The groups who will be most severely affected by the resource scarcity caused by climate change and environmental degradation are the same groups commonly excluded from political 3 decision-making – the poorest, slum residents, subsistence farmers, rural women, minorities, indigenous groups, and young people. It is critical to ensure that they are included in political processes and that decision makers listen to their political voices, and that they have access to justice to push for the enforcement of environmental laws and to uphold their rights and secure redress or compensation for wrongdoing.

This Guide will be a basic resource for any WFD Country Offices expected to engage with the new Westminster Environmental Democracy Initiative (WEDI) for the implementation of national or international environmental democracy (ED) programmes, as it is expected that most if not all of these future programmes will entail engagement with local and / or indigenous communities as environmental governance stakeholders, in order to empower them as political actors as appropriate. The wider target audience for this Guide are parliamentary committees on environment and climate change, parliamentary research centres, policy makers, environmental CSOs and activists, and other interested individuals and groups.


  • A 20- to 30-page guide, in English, drawing on WFD’s Approach to Environmental Democracy (2020) and international best practice on:
    • Building in engagement with local and indigenous communities on environmental activism into legislative processes (national and local), including but not limited to, provisions that should be integrated into legislative processes; addressing stigma and discrimination by political elites; and inclusive measures to ensure participation.
    • How to work with local and indigenous communities on building political consensus and strategic participation in the political process.
    • How to enable conveners, community leaders and WFD Country Teams to best work with these communities and with legislators to ensure that policy and legislation on the environment is inclusive of communities that are greatest affected by climate change and environmental degradation.

This guide will also be for use by parliaments, local government, policy makers and other interested stakeholders and conveners.

  • A 4-page Executive Summary.
  • A blog post to promote the comparative analysis to a wider, non-specialist audience, coauthored with the WFD Environmental Democracy Adviser.
  • Participation in the international webinar launching the guide.

The guide will build upon existing materials in the public domain and be adapted with consideration of how different legal systems impact participation and inclusion.

The guide will include a bibliography of (academic, policy and practitioners) resources on best practices and safeguards on participation and inclusion of minority and vulnerable groups in decision-making and related impact assessments. as considered relevant from a climate and environment- perspective. The bibliography should include the hyperlinks to online accessible resources. The guide will be piloted with WFD programme countries and consideration should be given to ensuring it can be operationalised through remote/hybrid delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qualifications of Expert

Relevant work experience:

  • A post-graduate degree in a related discipline, human rights, political science, law, policy making, environmental science/management, or other social sciences;
  • Experience with parliaments, subnational legislatures, local government, political parties and/or working on citizen participation/deliberative democracy processes;
  • Experience working with civil society, civil society strengthening, advocacy, strategic analysis and/or research;
  • Experience or demonstrated understanding of environmental policy-making, indigenous communities and access to political processes;
  • Experience developing training materials, resources, guides, methodologies for political engagement and work with civil society.

Technical and functional competencies:

  • Excellent analytical, research and writing skills;
  • Commitment to environmental protection and climate change adaptation;
  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • Understanding of adult learning and instruction delivery techniques;
  • Strong communication skills, and ability to liaise with various stakeholders, including government/parliament officials and civil society organisations.


If you would like to be considered, please first read the Request for Quotation and the Terms of Reference, then send all of the following necessary documents to Rafael Jimenez Aybar, WFD’s Environmental Democracy Adviser at, by no later than 23:59pm (UK time) on Friday 15th January 2021.

  • Application letter;
  • CV, incl. 2 reference persons;
  • Short paper (between 1,000 and 1,500 words) with proposed methodology and comments on substance of the assignment;
  • Financial proposal [up to 5,000 GBP max.] (further guidance may be found in the Request for Quotation); and
  • Sample of recent publication or written consultancy output.

Please include the RFQ Reference Number: ED2. The same email address should be used for any questions related to this RFQ.

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