Consultant climate and environmental sustainability

Plan International Netherlands is part of Plan International, an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan strives for a just world, working together with children, young people, supporters and partners.

Plan International and Plan International Netherlands have recently completed their new strategy (2022-2025) in which the organizations have committed to try and embed climate adaptation and mitigation within Plan International’s activities. In the coming years, Plan (NL and International) will be taking steps to increase its efforts on climate adaptation and mitigation: both as a programming priority and on operational level: “putting our own house in order” by reducing our operations’ carbon footprint and environmental effects. In order to do so Plan International Netherlands has set up a climate group that consists of representatives of the different departments within Plan International Netherlands: International Programmes, Communications, Operational Management & ICT.

Plan International Netherlands is looking for a consultant(s) for the development and operationalization of:

  1. A climate and environmental sustainability policy aligned with the global Environmental Policy of Plan International.
  2. Key climate and environmental indicators and monitoring&reporting procedures (what, how and when to measure & report) for Plan International Netherlands office and in its thematic working areas, using Plan International’s tools being developed to help implement this policy (full reference list to be provided).

Background to the Assignment

The changes to our environment due to climate change has had severe impact to the context in where Plan International implements its programmes. In the last 20 years, there have been on average 218 million people annually affected by natural disasters. With more frequent and extreme weather events associated with climate change, and the impact of rising sea levels, the numbers of people affected are expected to rise.

Climate change and environmental degradation are intergenerational and amplify gender injustices. There is increasing recognition of their disproportionate impact on women and girls, who bear the brunt of natural resource depletion and degradation and are underrepresented in the debate on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Climate change magnifies the inequalities girls suffer and their unequal access to natural resources (such as water), health care (especially sexual reproductive health), quality education, decent work, political participation and protection. Adaptation is an increasingly important issue and involves addressing the negative effects of climate change and environmental degradation through actions that prevent or minimize their impact. Taking early action on climate-related natural hazards and conditions pays off in the long run. Both financially as well as in terms of mitigating human losses.

Plan International believes all children and young people should enjoy full and equal access to their rights, and this should not be hindered by the threat of climate change. Climate change is the greatest global, intergenerational, gender and social injustice of our time. Upholding girls’ rights and strengthening their meaningful participation in climate decisions and action must therefore be a priority. For the strategy Plan International has conducted  interviews and collected relevant research on this theme. Plan International has also done research on how climate has affected girls and women (see reference here Effects of climate change on girls’ rights | Plan International (

Scope of the assignment

The Assignment consists of the following 2 components:

  1. Development of a climate and environmental sustainability policy for Plan International Netherlands: Plan International has already developed a Global Environmental Policy that mandates compliance for all parts of the organisation, including Plan International Netherlands. Plan International Netherlands Climate & Environmental policy should therefore contextualize this Global policy document to the local context of the Netherlands’ office. The policy to be developed should also be aligned with commitments to international initiatives (i.e. Global Compact) and requirements of key donors . Within this framework, the main purpose of this assignment is providing support to defining the level of ambition and the formulation of concrete actions and commitments. The policy will also integrate insights gained during the development of the Plan International Netherlands Strategy (2021-2025). The outline of the policy is expected to include the following general chapters: Purpose, Ambition, Commitments and Areas of intervention, which can be adapted during the assignment.
  2. Development of key indicators and reporting procedures:
  1. Developing key indicators on climate and the environment within programmes of Plan International Netherlands in its outcome areas and thematic fields of focus. For this assignment the consultant will work closely with the Programme Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) team and the International Programme team (PBO).
  2. To develop concrete processes and guidelines to monitor the performance on climate on the operational side of Plan International Netherlands. Working closely with the Internal Operations Department of Plan and with the Management Team.


  • Kick-off meeting with climate working group, PME team and Plan International Management Team to present working plan, activities and planning
  • Desk research of documentation available in Plan International and from other (I)NGOs
  • Interviews with key stakeholders inside and outside of Plan
  • 1 – 2 internal discussion sessions to discuss draft deliverables
  • Presentation of final results to Plan international NL

Key Deliverables

  • Plan International Netherlands Climate & Environmental policy document (in English-draft and final version)
  • Final KPIs and monitoring &reporting framework document (in English)
  • Slide deck/PowerPoint presentation (English and Dutch) in which the sustainability policy and the PME framework are summarized.

The assignment will need to be approved/ endorsed by the management team of Plan International Netherlands.

Expected competences and experience required

The consultant(s) to conduct this assignment need to have the following competences and experiences:

  • At least 4-6 years of experience developing sustainability policies and/or similar assignment;
  • At least 4-6 years of experience developing PME Frameworks for sustainability and/or similar assignment;
  • Relevant technical qualifications and professional background: in Environmental Science and technology, PME, Climate change, and/or other relevant disciplines;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of skills development in areas such as youth economic empowerment, environmental and climate education, natural resource management, and gender equality is an advantage;
  • Experience in working with INGOs in similar assignments. Knowledge of Plan International (Netherlands) and its work (desirable);
  • Demonstrated experience in participatory consultations processes;
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English and Dutch;
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to children’s rights, gender equality and development issues and relation with climate change.

Duration of the assignment

October until December 2022

Disclosure of information

It is understood and agreed that the Consultant shall, during and after the effective period of the contract, treat as confidential and not divulge, unless authorized in writing by Plan, any information obtained in the course of the performance of the Contract. Information will be made available for the consultants on a need to know basis.

Proposal Submission

Plan International Netherlands will coordinate the application and hiring process. Individual or team of consultants with relevant expertise and portfolio are invited to apply for the assignment by sending:

  • A cover letter outlining how you meet the ToR, including relevant previous experiences
  • Detailed response to the Terms of Reference, including proposed methodology, workplan, planning and any other relevant intervention.
  • CVs of the consultant(s) who will carry out the work and their specific role in the assignment.
  • Budget estimation, including daily fee rates, expenses, etc.

Note that all research activities will be conducted remotely so no travel is expected to the countries to be analyzed. The above documents should be sent electronically through the email to Caroline van den Ende, and Ana Maria Peña,, mentioning Climate as subject. Submissions are received until 12 September 2022.



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