Expression of Interest for Managing a Global Award on Locally-Led Adaptation

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) requests Expressions of Interest from organizations to manage a Global Award on Locally-Led Adaptation.

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solutions broker to catalyze action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sector, to ensure we learn from each other and work together for a climate resilient future. Adapting to impacts of climate change provides a “win-win” for health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth. The work of the GCA elevates the visibility and political importance of climate adaptation and facilitates solutions, such as smarter investments, new technologies and better planning to become more resilient to climate-related threats. GCA is a rapidly growing organization with offices in Abidjan, Beijing, Dhaka, Groningen, and Rotterdam.

The GCA recognizes the highly localized nature of climate impacts; the importance of local adaptation action; the potential and creativity of communities to develop locally appropriate and innovative solutions; the ownership benefits of locally-led action (LLA); and the strong need for accountability to poor and marginalized communities affected by climate change.

As part of the activities of the Global Hub, the GCA plans to launch a Global Award on Locally-led Adaptation to reward and spotlight innovative, exemplary, inspiring, and scalable locally-led efforts that address the impacts of climate change, and build effective climate resilience among the most vulnerable communities, sections of society, and individuals who are at the frontlines of the greatest existential threat faced by humankind.

Through the Awards, GCA aims to:

  • Recognize the critical contribution of locally-led adaptation and resilience building efforts.
  • Learn from locally-led efforts, to inform policy and governance across scales.
  • Nurture and support replication/scaling up of successful and innovative LLA efforts, by creating opportunities for peer-to-peer sharing of knowledge, learning, and experiences across borders; identifying opportunities for scaling up; and brokering partnerships.
  • Contribute to ongoing LLA efforts through cash awards.
  • Contribute to the goals of the Global Hub on LLA, including knowledge acceleration and high-level advocacy to identify LLA best practices, enhance the quality and quantity of finance for LLA, and scale up LLA through mainstreaming and effective partnerships and networks.

The Award will be announced in early 2022, and the Award Ceremony will take place during COP27 in Egypt, between 7-18 November 2022.

The GCA seeks an organization to manage the Award process.

13 months

The organization will work under the supervision of the GCA Lead on Locally-led Action to deliver the following:

  • Develop an overall Business Plan for the Award
  • Conceptualize and implement a highly effective global outreach and communications strategy
  • Establish a Technical Advisory Group (TAG)
  • Manage the Award process, including widespread publicity to attract entries, and shortlisting of entries for the final jury
  • Organize the Award Ceremony in November 2022
  • Following the Award ceremony:
  • Develop short videos (up to five) of the Award winners and runners-up
  • Publicise the work of the Award winners
  • Establish a user-friendly networking platform between all Award entrants

If your company/organization would like to submit a proposal to provide the above services, please submit evidence of the following:

  • That you are a registered legal entity in your jurisdiction. Please provide applicable registration documentation/ Company Profile/Cover letter.
  • That your company/organization has led /conducted at least three projects in the last five years providing management and implementation of awards, related to the management, organization, and publicity of global awards or other similar events/processes. Please provide a short portfolio of past projects.
  • That your organization has at least 20 staff members; and you have an office/ significant representation in Asia and Africa. Please provide evidence, including organizational structure and national registration certificates.
  • That each member in your “lead expert team” proposed in your EOI has at least 15 years professional experience managing high level awards and events on a global scale for international and/ or intergovernmental organization described above. Please provide documentary evidence and supporting documents:
  • Targeted CVs
  • A minimum of two references for each lead expert team member relating to projects conducted managing organizational awards.

The GCA looks forward to EOI submissions to the following email address only:

The closing date for submissions is 18.00 CET, 4th February 2022.

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