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Request for Quotations (RFQ): Consultancy for the provision of a study on the collective contribution of Commonwealth Accredited Organisations to the Commonwealth of Nations

Closing date: 17:00 GMT, 21 January 2022

Background to the assignment

The Commonwealth Charter was adopted in 2013. Commonwealth Accredited Organisations are expected to promote the values and aspirations of the Charter through their individual and collective work in Commonwealth countries and through their contributions to Commonwealth projects, programmes and policy-shaping forums such as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) and regular ministerial meetings. Every Accredited Organisation is required to submit an ‘Annual Activity Report’ to the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Board of Governors, i.e. the governments of Commonwealth countries. The activity report is meant to provide information on the work undertaken by the organisation to promote the values and goals of the Commonwealth Charter in individual Commonwealth countries and at the pan-Commonwealth level. Accredited Organisations also work in partnership with each other and with any or all of the three Commonwealth inter-governmental organisations: Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Foundation and Commonwealth of Learning.

While there is a lot of information and data available on what each of the 85 Accredited Organisations have done or achieved in this regard individually in the years since the Commonwealth Charter was adopted, this study will collate and assess their ‘collective impact and contribution’. This desk-research based study is aimed at filling a critical gap in the knowledge and understanding of the collective role and contribution of Accredited Organisations in the Commonwealth system.

Through a combination of quantitative and qualitative research, data analysis, stakeholder consultations and interviews, thematic and country case studies, comparative studies, review of related literature and other appropriate mixed method approaches, the study will aim to provide for the first time ever a clear, accurate and evidence-based portrait of the collective contribution and impact of Accredited Organisations, their key achievements so far as well as the major challenges and constraints they face in achieving even greater impact – all benchmarked against the indicators specified in the Commonwealth Charter, which also closely mirror the Sustainable Development Goals.

The study will be tailored to meet the requirements and expectations of a few stakeholders in particular: the governments of Commonwealth countries, Commonwealth inter-governmental organisations and Accredited Organisations themselves. In addition to fulfilling the primary objective of generating knowledge and information on the theme of the project, the study will also be aimed at providing insights and analysis that will help the Commonwealth Secretariat and Accredited Organisations to align their organisational strategies and partnership plans for the future in a way that can overcome the constraints and challenges that will be identified by this study. The study and its key findings will also inform the exercise to update the Commonwealth’s Accreditation Guidelines and revise the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Partnerships Strategy. Pursuing stronger and more impactful partnerships with Accredited Organisations is a key pillar of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Partnerships Strategy.

The study shall:

  • Be independent, objective and evidence-based.
  • Summarise the achievements, contribution and impact of Accredited Organisations in advancing one or more of the principles and goals in the Commonwealth Charter in the context of the challenges and constraints faced by them.
  • Take into account and reflect in a balanced way the views and perspectives of the diverse stakeholders and organisations that are members of the family of Commonwealth Accredited Organisations.
  • Focus on the collective contribution and collective impact of the Accredited Organisations at a pan-Commonwealth, regional and national level.
  • Include a reasonable and balanced mix of executive summaries, case studies, stakeholder interviews, charts, tables, data visualisations, footnotes, further reading lists etc.
  • Provide an independent assessment of the benefits, advantages as well as challenges of Accredited Organisations as a network of organisations that are supporting Commonwealth nations with their shared objectives as defined by the Commonwealth Charter.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will need;


  • Advanced university degree (i.e. Master’s degree / PhD) in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, political economy, international relations, development studies, public policy / management, social sciences, humanities, human rights, law or any related areas.


  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in undertaking research, evaluation, monitoring, programme audit, consulting or similar assignments at or on behalf of international development / multilateral / inter-governmental / not-for-profit organisations.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience of working in and / or studying global governance, inter-governmental organisations, civil society organisations and the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships within the Commonwealth / UN systems, etc.
  • Demonstrable experience of engaging / partnering with civil society organisations in the context of multilateral processes, programmes and systems.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience of undertaking similar or relevant projects and engaging with senior representatives in governments, international organisations and civil society organisations.
  • A demonstrable track record of publishing research-led papers / summary reports / studies in subjects related to the theme of this project.

Skills required:

  • Excellent communication skills, including fluency in speaking, writing and editing in English, in order to engage impactfully and clearly with a diverse range of international stakeholders including senior government officials, policymakers, diplomats, organisational leaders, civil society representatives, academic scholars as well as Commonwealth citizens and young people.
  • Knowledge of other languages spoken in Commonwealth countries would be an asset.
  • Good understanding and appreciation of the geographic, political, socio-economic, demographic and cultural diversity in the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • Skilled at maximising the potential of digital communication tools and technology including, for example, organising Zoom video meetings and drafting surveys for digital platforms.
  • Strong project management and knowledge management skills gained through training / education / work experience.
  • Good data analysis and data visualisation skills and familiarity with at least one or more popular data visualisation software programmes.

Please apply for this contract by submitting a Technical and Commercial proposal to [email protected] by 21 January 2022.

Prices quoted should include VAT but must indicate clearly where VAT is applicable and where items might be zero-rated.). Evaluation will be based on both competency and cost. 

Closing date: 17:00 GMT, 21 January 2022