Call for Proposals: Consultancy to undertake a developmental evaluation for pilot campaigns under Oak’s Environment Programme

Deadline for application: 7 May 2021

Location: Switzerland

Oak Foundation is seeking expressions of interest from individuals or teams to carry out a developmental evaluation and learning facilitation of seven (+2) pilot campaigns and initiatives under the Environment’s Programme new strategic framework (2021-2025).

Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. Oak Foundation is family-led and reflects the vision and values of its founders. In all its work Oak pursues rights-based approaches, gender equality and partnership with the organisations we fund. We support civil society as a pillar of democracy and justice and nurture innovation and visionary leadership within it.

In 2020, the Environment programme (EP) commissioned an external evaluation of its strategic framework (2016-2020) as the basis of a strategy refresh for the period 2021-2025.  The new strategic framework has evolved from a sectoral approach, which focused on climate, marine, and wildlife trade and conservation, to a global systems transformation approach. Oak Foundation wants to leverage its unique position and perspective to contribute to the transformation of the systems of interest that are key to sustaining human life: energy, food, and natural security. Oak’s strategy will be available on our website in May.

Aware of this highly uncertain and disruptive moment generated by the health, economic, and social crisis, the EP is adopting the following approach:

1) programme strategy that provides the vision, sets the goals, and outlines the key pathways for systemic transformations to guide mid-term grant-making choices; and

2) seven relatively small pilot campaigns that will be experimentally deployed in the initial two years.

Building on the successful experience of Oak’s grant-making in the area of plastics, these pilot campaigns that Oak will support through grant-making will allow for flexible and nimble responses to windows of opportunity.

Each campaign is led by a programme officer (PO). The POs have already co-designed the general strategy and agreed on objectives with grantees and coordinating partners. The PO’s direct involvement in each campaign will vary and is expected to be light touch. Overall, the coordinating partner will play the most active role in the campaign work. Campaigns will be funded through several fiscal sponsors (Swiss Philanthropy Fund, Give2Asia, and World Resources Institute).

The campaigns will focus on the following issues:

  • flattening the curve of aviation growth;
  • ensuring European imports are deforestation-free;
  • promoting heathy and sustainable diets through catalysing leadership from Chinese e-commerce, retailers, and consumers;
  • reducing use of pesticides in Europe and Brazil;
  • reducing antibiotics in industrial-level animal husbandry in Europe;
  • ending extraction of offshore oil/gas; and
  • promoting bottom-trawling bans

In addition, there are two other Oak supported campaigns that should be mentioned in the scope of this request for proposals. The first is The Okavango Delta campaign which will challenge the exploration for oil in a protected area home to the largest herd of Africa elephants – in both Botswana and Namibia.  The second is the Healthy Food, Healthy Planet campaign which will catalyse a powerful inter sectoral movement starting in Europe to transform the food system so it’s healthier for people, the planet, and animals.

At this stage, these two campaigns have a different scope and timeframe than those listed above.  Nonetheless, they are included in the scope of this work because of the potential contributions they can make to the learning about campaign models and tactics. The main difference from the other campaigns is that the involvement of the developmental evaluator(s) will be mostly indirect, mainly to harvest insights and observations about how the campaigns are being designed and deployed,
but without engaging directly on their design and deployment.


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