Request for Proposal – Consulting Services – Advisor, Gender and Plastic Pollution Action



The Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) is a bold platform at the World Economic Forum working to free the world from plastic waste and pollution. Co-founded by partners across the public and private sectors, GPAP harnesses its unique convening power to bring together governments, businesses and civil society to translate commitments into meaningful action at both the global and national levels.

Through assembling a diverse and influential coalition of allies dedicated to addressing plastic waste and pollution, GPAP is forging a powerful multistakeholder collaboration platform to accelerate impact globally and in countries. It drives change through three strategic pillars: 1) convening stakeholder communities; 2) generating insights and roadmaps for action; and 3) catalyzing high-potential solutions with financial resources. GPAP’s work is underpinned by the principle of the circular economy, which directly replaces the conventional “take-use-disposal” model with a closed-loop approach that prevents plastics from becoming mismanaged waste in the first place.

GPAP has partnered with the Governments of Indonesia, Ghana and Viet Nam to launch three national-level partnerships, with plans for rapid expansion in the near future.



Recognizing and supporting the leadership role that women play in combatting plastic waste and pollution is key to advancing global progress on this front, as well as related Sustainable Development Goals such as marine biodiversity, public health, water and sanitation, and sustainable communities. At the same time, the unique perspectives and needs of women and marginalized communities, many of whom derive their livelihoods from waste collection in the informal labor sector, must also be taken into consideration as governments, businesses and civil society work together to champion the shift to a circular economy.

GPAP and its members have identified a critical knowledge gap globally in how gender equality and gender considerations can and must be mainstreamed across the plastics value chain (from material design to consumption to recycling and waste management), as well as integrated into programmes and strategies to tackle plastic waste and plastic pollution. To address this, GPAP is committed to developing an articulated gender-responsive approach to plastic pollution action that can not only inform its work but also that of other stakeholders in the global plastics ecosystem.

As such, GPAP is looking to retain the services of a global gender advisor who can work with its global secretariat based in Geneva and its national secretariats in Indonesia, Ghana and Viet Nam to deliver several key pieces of insight, analysis and recommended approaches to supporting a gender-responsive approach to addressing plastic pollution.


Key deliverables

·       Craft a Gender Strategy with applications for policymakers, businesses and investors, intergovernmental organizations, development banks, embassies, and NGOs working at different points across the plastic pollution action space (global scope)

·       Support National Gender Advisors (Indonesia, Ghana, Viet Nam) in developing country-level gender analyses and strategies (translation of the global strategy to the country-specific context)

·       Review and provide feedback on GPAP’s strategic work plan from a gender lens, working with the global secretariat to identify opportunities to support women’s leadership in areas including innovation, policy, consumer education, and others.

·       Support the development of gender inclusive global and national KPIs and a monitoring framework to measure progress and impact

·       Support the recruitment of National Gender Advisors as needed

·       General ad-hoc advisory services related to gender strategy


Duty station and any travel

·       Home-based with potential travel to Geneva or NPAP project country


Required skills and expertise

·       Minimum 8 years of experience in gender and sustainability-related issues

·       Master’s degree or equivalent preferred

·       Demonstrated ability to work across the public, private, and civil society sectors

·       Experience working in sustainable supply chain issues

·       Experience working and conducting research in varied geographical and cultural contexts, particularly in the Global South

·       Strong professional network related to gender and SDG/sustainability

·       Excellent organizational, facilitation and communication skills

·       Entrepreneurial mind-set with strong self-starter


This consultancy position will operate on a part-time basis, with the consultant working with the GPAP global secretariat to determine specific deliverables, hours and days of work. Interested applicants are requested to send their cover letter, CV, and consulting rates to plasticaction@weforum.org.