April 23, 2022

Call for Submissions to the RLS International Climate Justice Program

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung International Climate Justice Program announces a call for submissions for the following–

Contract awards for fee-based services:

Study on “Entry points for RLS project work on climate change adaptation, with a focus on marginalized communities in cities across the Global South.”

(Deadline for submissions 22 May 2022.)

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS) intends to award a contract for fee-based services to carry out the study “Entry points for RLS project work on climate change adaptation, with a focus on marginalized communities in cities across the Global South.” The study shall consist of the following elements:

  • Analysis of the main climate change adaptation challenges facing marginalized communities in cities across the Global South, with a focus on issues that could be advocated for on the international level;
  • Identification of entry points for asserting the needs and rights of marginalized urban communities at key international governance and decision-making processes related to climate change (e.g., UNFCCC, etc.);
  • Review of potential partner organizations, as well as of other regional and international actors from progressive social movements, civil society and academia, that are active and effective in the above areas with a view to possible RLS collaboration.

About the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung and the International Climate Justice Program

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is one of the six political foundations that constitute the main institutes of political education in the Federal Republic of Germany. It is part of the political current of democratic socialism, and has its origins in the association “Social Analysis and Political Education,” founded in 1990 in Berlin. It has evolved into a nationwide political education organization, a discussion forum for critical thought and political alternatives, and a research facility for progressive social analysis. Within the foundation, the International Climate Justice Program has recently been established in New York City to focus on supporting movements to influence climate-relevant dialogue and decision making at the UN and other relevant multilateral spaces.

Aim of the study

The study “Entry points for RLS project work on climate change adaptation, with a focus on marginalized communities in cities across the Global South” aims to develop possibilities and visions for RLS project work in the area of urban equality and climate justice, formed around the following questions:

  • Which climate change risks faced by marginalized urban communities should RLS focus on in order to maximize impact?
  • Which key processes and/or mechanisms should RLS focus on in order to maximize impact (UNFCCC, Nairobi Framework, UN Habitat, GCF, etc.)?
  • Based on the identified risks and processes/mechanisms, which organizations from the global climate justice movement would be most effective to work with in these spaces to help achieve those impacts?
  • What are the key entry points that exist for RLS to support and collaborate with organizations from the global climate justice movement in critically monitoring identified processes and/or mechanisms?

The study should also provide information on the following aspects:

  • Identification of potential partners whose profile fit well into the context of global urban projects, a shared commitment to international climate policies, analyses and advocacy [note: profile, geographical scope and contact details of the partners should be included];
  • Identification of relevant global and regional networks/platforms for the development of international political strategies, critical discussion regarding relevant international decision-making processes, and the strengthening of the international climate justice movement;
  • Identification of potential risks to the foundation’s work and possible cautionary steps or strategies.


With funds provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the RLS is active in the area of international climate policies and promotes local projects on climate protection and climate justice with the work of its foreign offices all over the world. In light of the recent IPCC report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, in which marginalized urban communities were identified as one of the key groups disproportionately affected by climate change impacts, the foundation would like to strengthen its commitment in advocating for urban climate justice. The study to be awarded is a first step toward this commitment. The study’s content is one of the priorities of the foundation’s international climate programs, which focuses on the following areas:

  • climate justice (justice in responding to the impacts of climate change and global warming, developing socially cohesive climate policies, participating in political decision-making and policy planning processes, advocating for marginalized groups);
  • transforming the energy sector (developing just transition strategies to achieve a phase-out of fossil fuels and nuclear energy, democratizing the energy sector);
  • finding alternatives to the existing development model (post-extractivism, Degrowth, Buen Vivir);
  • fostering a socially, environmentally, and ecologically just use of natural resources and land (water, mining, land/resource grabbing, biodiversity);
  • cooperating with the global climate justice movement and critically monitoring UNFCCC processes.

Within the framework of its international climate programs, the RLS wants to build on its expertise regarding climate change adaptation and loss & damage. Cities in coastal regions across the Global South are growing rapidly, leading to an increase in size and number of informal settlements situated in environmentally precarious areas. In combination with increased climate change impacts, particularly in coastal regions, we believe this issue to be of significant importance in terms of access to municipal resources, urban equality and climate justice, both now and in the future. Where RLS can play a pivotal role is understanding the key issues and political demands of this constituency and helping representative groups to advocate for their rights and needs at the most strategic international fora.

Expected qualification of the Contractor:

  • proven expertise in international climate policies, left-wing approaches to climate policies, urban marginalization in the countries of the Global South, climate justice;
  • knowledge of relevant local, regional and/or international actors;
  • knowledge of relevant decision-making and/or policy planning processes;
  • proven experience in the production of comparable studies;
  • ability and experience in working across different cultures and national contexts;
  • proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods;
  • familiarity and understanding of RLS is preferred;
  • familiarity with the left-wing spectrum in Germany is welcomed.

Requirements and tasks / expected scope of work

Regarding intermediate stages:

The Contractor

  • produces a table of contents and amends it once or twice according to the requirements of the Contracting Authority (first draft by 12 June 2022, second draft by 26 June 2022, final version by 03 July 2022);
  • provides the Contracting Authority with an initial list with brief description of relevant actors and decision-making and policy planning processes by 10 July 2022;
  • provides the Contracting Authority with a draft of the final study and reviews this draft (first draft on 28 August 2022, second draft by 18 September, third draft by 02 October 2022).

Regarding the final product:

The Contractor

  • summarizes the key aspects of the study in English (submission of final version on 16 October 2022);
  • produces the final study in English within the range of 40-60 pages (submission of final version on 16 October 2022).


Applicants should submit a proposal (no more than 1,000 words) based on their understanding of the study’s content and challenges and explain their proposed study method. We also ask applicants to submit a CV, at least two reference contacts, and a comparable reference study.

We further ask applicant to propose their fee according to the table below.

Fee for
[position within the study] in Euros
1 hour
3 hours
1 day
1 month

If applicants are subject to VAT, this information must be included in the application. VAT is paid in addition to the fee. If we do not receive any information, the fee is the gross amount.

The budget available for the overall study, including any taxes and ancillary costs, amounts to EUR 12,000. This budget must not be exceeded.

Please send your written application to David Williams, Director of the International Climate Justice Program, New York City (david.williams@rosalux.org), by 22 May 2022.

Receipt of applications will not be confirmed. Selected applicants will be interviewed in the week from 23 May to 29 May 2022. The contract will be awarded on 29 May 2022.