Research Consultant

Contract duration:                                        10-20 Working days over 3-4 months

Project completion deadline:                  31 January 2022

Reports to:                                                         The Alliance's Deputy Chief Executive and a small steering group made up of Alliance members

Application deadline:                                   5pm 22 October 2021

Contract type:                                                  Short-term freelance

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Ahead of the Scottish Election 2021, Scotland’s International Development Alliance, and a number of member agencies, called for political parties to bring forward a Wellbeing and Sustainable Development (Scotland) Bill (WSD Bill) to the Scottish Parliament.

Such a bill would aim to ensure actions in Scotland contribute to the betterment of wellbeing, both here in Scotland and elsewhere. 

The rationale for this call comes from our longstanding commitment to enhancing policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD). For us, PCSD is about ensuring actions in Scotland have a positive impact globally, on people and the planet.

The SNP, Labour and the Lib Dems all committed to such a bill in their respective Election Manifestos. 

The Alliance wants to see this legislation become a tool for accountability and action on global impact that adds to and links what already exists in this sphere, including Scotland’s existing Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019, The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 (including the National Performance Framework and the National Outcome ‘We are open, connected and make a positive contribution internationally’) and existing commitments to enhance PCSD, as well as to the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Conduct a review of existing national legislation and policies that promote/encourage assessment of Scotland’s global impact, across different sustainable development outcomes
  • Conduct a review and analysis of the Welsh experience with the Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, through speaking with key stakeholders in Wales
  • Identify and review similar legislation internationally, identifying relevant key learning
  • Identify key stakeholders with expertise in this area and, through targeted semi-structured interviews, secure their views on what the WSD Bill should contain.
  • Liaise with a small steering group made up of Alliance staff and member organisations throughout the project, sharing updates and responding to suggestions
  • Develop well-evidenced recommendations for what the WSD Bill should include
  • Develop well-evidenced positions on what legal duties would be needed in the WSD Bill to ensure global impact considerations and actions by public bodies and local authorities
  • Produce a concise discussion paper addressing the research questions that is evidence-based, policy-oriented, and publication-quality


  1. A concise, structured, and clear discussion paper* written to publishable standard that addresses all key research questions.
  2. A Presentation of the findings of the report to members of the steering group and invited stakeholders.

Consultant person spec

  • Demonstrable experience in conducting public policy research 
  • A broad understanding of the principles of sustainable development, policy coherence issues and systems thinking
  • Ability to write about complex issues in a clear and accessible way
  • Knowledge of legislation processes in the Scottish Parliament
  • Experience managing complex projects and deadlines involving different partners
  • Working knowledge of legal issues in the legislative process, law making and existing legal duties, such as the public sector Equality Duty
  • Knowledge and understanding of the complexities of measuring global impact in a holistic way


The tenderer should include their proposed daily rate, which should include all costs. No budget extensions will be available for this work.

Tender methodology

Please submit your CV and your tender to under the following headings: 

  1. Contact Information 
  2. Relevant Experience – including 2 -3 extracts of research papers from previous work 
  3. Proposed methodology 
  4. Work plan including timeframe for research, including the time for writing the report and liaising with steering group 
  5. Budget - including daily rate of consultant. 
  6. Two references (including telephone numbers) and web links to your previous work (if available)

Deadline to apply:

5pm Friday 22nd October 2021.

All applications should be sent to


Please contact if you have any questions or would like to discuss any details.

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