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The current iteration of the Global Executive Leadership Programme (GELI) is a 12-month learning journey, with a focus on personal leadership, leadership in teams, and leading into the future. The programme includes three, five-day residencies complemented by virtual learning and executive coaching opportunities between each residency.

The content is centred on specific leadership topics, identified through extensive consultations and informed by emerging research applicable to the humanitarian/development sector and beyond. Cross-cutting themes are introduced and carried across the interactive and experiential curriculum, such as contextual intelligence, systems leadership, and responsible negotiation. The course is grounded in the principle that learning must be practical and applicable to real-life operational complexities.

In order to deliver this programme effectively, ODI is seeking support from organisations which are able to compliment ODI’s existing expertise in delivering high quality research outputs with significant experience in revising/creating, delivering and refining high quality curricula; delivering curricula in hybrid settings; assembling and managing a cadre of coaches and faculty to deliver a ‘learning journey’ which is appropriate to the learner’s needs. During project delivery, ODI will also require support from partners including, but not limited to, the facilitation of the processes of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning; financial reporting to the donor; narrative reporting to the donor; inputs to audits as required.

Global Executive Leadership Initiative – Executive Leadership Programme

Within the framework of the Cooperative Agreement (No. 720BHA22CA00031) between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and ODI, ODI has obtained funding to facilitate and implement the “Global Executive Leadership Initiative – Executive Leadership Programme” aimed at ensuring “that senior leaders working at the field level of some of the world’s most difficult humanitarian crises can come together to convene, learn and reflect on the leadership challenges faced in their work, build a community of leadership practice through reflection, and enable these leaders to be better equipped to respond to these challenges for an emergent tomorrow.”

The programme will run for 30 months. Total funds available to be contracted amount to $2,483,250 (USD), which is approximately £2,000,000 (GBP). ODI has an opportunity to take lessons learned from the first cohort of the GELI Executive Leadership Programme and adapt aspects of the learning journey to better meet today’s leadership demands. Further, the terms of the grant require ODI to prepare for the future sustainability of GELI, requiring an analysis into the ways in which the organisation can continue to run a leadership development programme for individuals in the humanitarian sector without grant funding.

The Bidder will need to address two needs:

  • Evaluate the existing GELI Executive Leadership Programme curriculum and complementary executive coaching to determine if fit for purpose and ambition.
  • Support ODI with the development of processes, including potentially the introduction of technologies and systems, to maintain and expand the GELI Executive Leadership Programme for sustainability over the long term.

How to submit a proposal

Download and read the Request for Proposal document below.

Deadline: Wednesday 7 December, 17:00 GMT

Background of project

Project’s title: Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and unsustainable behaviour of Distant Water Fishing Fleets

This project will address a fundamental data gap related to distant water fishing (DWF) fleets to help inform sustainable fisheries policies in five developing economies (Senegal, Ghana, Peru, Ecuador, and the Philippines), which are some of the most vulnerable fisheries in the world where the impacts of unsustainable fishing affect people’s income, employment, and food security the hardest. Using a replicable and scalable approach, the project will:

  • visualise, define, and investigate the scale, form, and behaviour of the international and national DWF fleets operating within the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and surrounding waters of each country;
  • study and compare illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and unsustainable behaviour of the DWF fleets in these EEZs to identify patterns and commonalities, as well as concrete vessels (including the companies behind them); and
  • estimate the economic losses derived from this activity to build a business case for policy and enforcement reform.

Purpose and role

ODI is seeking a case study researcher for the Philippines case study as part of the above project. They will work with the Economist and the Technical Lead in generating the country case studies, offering local insights and support with local stakeholders.

Submission details

Please submit your Expression of Interest (EoI) to Ilayda Nijhar ([email protected]).

The EoI should include:

  • Profile of the researcher(s) / organisation (0.5 page)
  • Your interest in the project themes and questions (0.5 page)
  • Proposed budget including all fees in USD
  • ODI will review expressions of interest on a rolling basis.

Following conclusion of any required negotiations, a contract will be put in place with ODI.