Request for Quotation – AgriFutures™ Climate Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CRSPI) Program Manager

Provision of CRSPI secretariat services on behalf of AgriFutures Australia

This Request for Quotation (RFQ) is seeking a Manager to oversee and drive the delivery of CRSPI Phase 3 as part of the AgriFutures™ CRSPI program.

Individuals or organisations making a submission will ideally have an understanding of CRSPI, previous management and program/project evaluation experience.

The CRSPI RFQ closes 5pm (AEDT) Tuesday, 8 January 2019.

Background

The Climate Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CRSPI) is the third phase of the Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CCRSPI) which has been an eight year partnership between industry, governments and research providers to prepare our primary industries for the challenges of adapting to our changing climate, and to assist Australia to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction obligations.

In this third phase, the strategy title has been changed to Climate Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CRSPI), with specific reference to ‘Change’ removed. This has been done to reflect industry views that referring to climate provides a more encompassing view of the research, development and extension (RD&E) activities that will occur under this strategy. Climate is also a more meaningful term to industry stakeholders, with many industry stakeholders focusing on long, medium and short term strategies and innovation to manage climate risk, adapt to variability and change, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

CRSPI is a joint initiative of the Rural Research and Development Corporations, the State and Northern Territory governments, the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and CSIRO. The Bureau of Meteorology, the Council of Research and Development Corporations, and the National Farmers’ Federation are supporters of the cross-industry collaboration that is facilitated by the CRSPI strategy and the network that supports its implementation.

The scope of RD&E issues considered by CRSPI are broad, cross-sectoral and relate to climate and climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation – short, medium and long term.

There are three focus areas under CRSPI:

  • Focus Area 1: Adaptation to a changing and variable climate
  • Focus Area 2: Emissions intensity and markets
  • Focus Area 3: Climate change in business and policy

This strategy covers the period from 2017 to 2020. The scope of RD&E identified in the strategy requires involvement from a range of primary industries and regions, and demands coordination and cooperation because the resources required are beyond the capacity of any one organisation to fund or implement.

The principles underpinning CRSPI Phase 3 are:

  1. The strategy will focus on industry adoption and application of current and new research outcomes that build industry preparedness
  2. Research will demonstrate relevance to industry and policy
  3. Collaboration will leverage national and international science capability and enable the most effective application of limited resources
  4. Communication and information will be shared among partners on industry, government policy and research developments
  5. Collaborative funding opportunities will be proactively identified and communicated to partners
  6. New knowledge will be interpreted in the business context of primary industries
  7. CRSPI will be streamlined, managed efficiently and will meet partner needs.

Project requirements 

AgriFutures Australia seeks a Manager to oversee and drive the delivery of CRSPI Phase 3. The Manager will work on behalf of AgriFutures Australia and provide secretariat services for all CRSPI partners, and will take a responsive leadership role to facilitate and convene activities across the CRSPI network, to stimulate opportunities for collaborative RD&E.

The CRSPI Manager will be part-time with an expectation of up to a maximum of 60 days (negotiable) over the 17-month project period.

Project deliverables

  • Finalisation of the three-year operational plan, including monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement (MERI) framework
  • Development of annual operating plans, including a MERI framework
  • Assist the Chair with managing the Coordination Group that consists of representatives from RDC’s, State and Territory governments and CSIRO.
  • Planning, coordination and evaluation of the CRSPI conference scheduled for late 2019.
  • Management of CRSPI contributions from partnering organisations such as, coordinating and sharing RD&E activities and contributions across CRSPI partners; developing joint positions on climate-related matters, as required.

AgriFutures Australia will provide:

  • Access to program management systems for the CRSPI program
  • Administration/program support within the AgriFutures Australia Research and Innovation team
  • A work area within the AgriFutures Australia office (if required)

Timeline

Date Activity
3 December 2018 RFQ applications open
8 January 2019 RFQ applications close
31 January 2019 Expected execution of contract or issue of agreement
30 June 2020 Expected project completion date

AgriFutures Australia believes that the project should be completed within 17 months. If a longer timeframe is required, the Tenderer should explain why that is the case.

Terms of reference 

By submitting an application, respondents acknowledge that they are willing to accept the terms and conditions set out in the Provider Agreement.

The Respondent agrees that AgriFutures Australia may accept or decline to accept the Respondent’s Quotation in its discretion. No commitments or contract exists until a contract in the form of the Provider Agreement is executed by both parties. The Respondent agrees that AgriFutures Australia is not required to enter into any contract in connection with the RFQ.

The Respondent agrees that participation in any stage of the RFQ process is at the Respondent’s sole risk and cost.

Acceptance of a Quotation will occur only when an Agreement is issued or a contract is executed.

AgriFutures Australia, at its discretion, may discontinue this RFQ, decline to accept any Quotation, decline to issue any contract or satisfy it requirement separately from this RFQ process.

Submissions

Applicants must complete the RFQ application form outlining skills and experience relating to the project requirements and project deliverables and submit their response via email to programs@agrifutures.com.au

Submissions close 5pm (AEDT) Tuesday, 8 January 2019.

Contact

If you have any questions about the RFQ process or requirements of the management services, please contact:

John Smith
Program Manager, Research & Innovation
0437 179 359
john.smith@agrifutures.com.au