Request for Proposal for Stakeholder Mapping and Feasibility Report for the Creation of a New VPI ICWG in Brazil

Deadline for Submission: January 26, 2022


The complete RFP and instructions for submitting are available here.


Created in 2000, the Voluntary Principles Initiative (VPI) is a multi-stakeholder initiative conformed by Governments, NGOs, and Companies that promotes the implementation of a set of principles – The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) – which guide companies on providing security for their operations while respecting human rights.

The VPI provides a platform for members to engage in dialogue and discussion related to best practice and lessons learned regarding security and human rights, especially in the natural resources sector. The VPI is governed by a Steering Committee composed of representatives from the three membership Pillars: Governments, NGOs, and Companies.

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The Voluntary Principles Association (VPA), with whom the successful bidder will formally enter into a contract, is the formal not-for-profit legal entity, domiciled in the Netherlands, designed to address the basic administrative and financial needs of the Voluntary Principles Initiative (VPI). The VPA is governed by the Articles of Association and the Board of Directors.

The Secretariat, located in Ottawa, Canada, is responsible for the day-to-day business of both the VPI and the VPA and as such will act as a regular point of contact for the Corporate Services provider. The Secretariat services are currently contracted out to Compass Consulting International Ltd. The Secretariat will be administering this request for proposal on behalf of VPA. The successful bidder will implement this project under the supervision of the Secretariat.



The purpose of this consultancy is to:

  • Identify the appropriate national, state and local Brazilian stakeholders from all levels of government, to form part of a new working group on security and human rights in the natural resource sector, including the organizational information such as Ministry, line department, section, position and responsibilities;
  • Identify the appropriate national and international corporations in the industries of extracting, harvesting, developing natural resources, or energy, potentially interested in addressing security and human rights issues in business operations in Brazil; including the organizational information such as department, section, position and responsibilities;
  • Identify the appropriate civil society organizations including NGOs, business associations, and academia, to form part of a new working group on security and human rights in the natural resource sector, including the organizational information such as section, position and responsibilities;
  • Identify strong and reputable local Brazilian civil society organizations with the expertise, organizational capacity, activities and mandate to potentially participate in a new ICWG and/or act as Secretariat;
  • Identify other likeminded multi-stakeholder initiatives operating in Brazil relating to business and human rights or the extractive sector;
  • Research the state of human rights in Brazil with special emphasis in recent human rights incidents and systemic problems relating to the provision of private and public security;
  • Provide an initial scoping of potential activities for a working group and/or opportunities for collective problem-solving; and
  • Provide recommendations for the creation of a new VPI In-Country working group in Brazil, including potential format, topics to consider, scope of work, potential stakeholder, and suggested geographical locations.


Eligibility Requirements 

  1. Resident of Brazil (with residence in Brazil during the time of the consultancy);
  2. High degree of fluency in Portuguese;
  3. Proven ability to draft documents and communicate in English with a very high degree of proficiency.