Consultant: Transit Financial Planning Consultant

Data Analysis & Technical Research Washington, DC, United States


Job Summary:

Summary of Procurement WRI (World Resources Institute) intends to award a consultant an eight-month fixed-price contract to assist the TUMI E-bus Mission. The consultant will provide technical assistance on financial planning for e-buses to cities that are part of the TUMI E-Bus Mission. The consultant will work closely with our teams in Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Africa, and Washington, D.C., local governments, and other TUMI organizational partners to assess the cities’ technical needs and build the technical assistance plans. The consultant(s) will work with WRI to collect basic information and data needed for the research and provide inputs to the reports. Applications need to be submitted by April 8 at 6PM ET (Washington, DC). We welcome proposals both from small teams at organizations, and from individual consultants.

Job Responsibilities:


Scope of Work and Deliverables This subcontractor will support WRI’s teams and deep dive cities in providing trainings and tools for the financial planning for procurement of e-buses, this includes conducting cost assessments (Total Cost of Ownership) and conducting financial analyses with different business models.

  • Capacity-building trainings in Indonesia, and East Africa (30 percent): The subcontractor will produce and deliver a module for capacity building workshops and visits in Jakarta, Indonesia and in Nairobi, Kenya organized by WRI or any of other TUMI partners and assist the cities with any follow up. Trainings will be conducted in-person where feasible, depending upon project costs and staff availability.
  • Online trainings for the other cities in other TUMI regions (50 percent): The subcontractor will produce and deliver a module for online trainings for the following regions in various languages. They will work with the country teams to update the context to each region. They will also assist the cities with any follow up after the online training.
  • Latin America – Colombia and Mexico (in Spanish)
  • Latin America – Brazil (in Portuguese)
  • India (in English)

Financial Modeling Support for Colombian Cities (20 percent):

The subcontractor will support ongoing financial analysis for several mid-size cities in Colombia, building on the work developed in the country with WRI staff and contractors. The analysis will include a cost assessment and different scenarios for e-bus procurement feasibility for these cities engaging with municipal, utility, and financial institutions in the country. The subcontractor will provide a high-level oversight and lend expertise for the work that will be completed with the TUMI team in Colombia and their contractors.

Job Qualifications:


Consultant Qualifications:

  • Strong history of engaging with city and regional stakeholders in international settings
  • Experience with public transport and transit systems, with a focus on alternative fuel technologies and electrification
  • Expertise on financial systems for the adoption of new technologies into fleets with limited resources
  • Should have extensive research experience that has been tailored to support local and regional stakeholders
  • High level or fluency in English, with additional language capacity preferred (Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian)
  • Experience in GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) projects will be an asset
  • Ability to join calls with global colleagues beyond normal business hours

Potential Salary:

This is a fixed-price contract. Bids are not to exceed 60,000 Euros. Please consider breaking down expected team members, respective day rates, estimated travel costs to and from the consultant(s) location of origin, and anticipated days on the project in the proposal. Please note that WRI is an IRS-registered 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization. WRI is not VAT exempt. All prices or quotes should include VAT and tax, as applicable.

Evaluation and Selection The following elements will be the primary considerations in evaluating all applications submitted in response to this posting:

  • The extent to which the applicant’s proposal fulfills WRI’s stated requirements in this Request for Proposals
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience with similar projects
  • Background on transportation, e-mobility, and financial systems
  • Overall cost of the applicant’s proposal
  • Sustainability – WRI values sustainability and all other factors being equal, will favor a proposal to more sustainably perform the work
  • Technical requirements will constitute 90% of the evaluation, with 10% financial

The consultant offering the best overall value will be selected.

For this position, non-price aspects are considered to be more important than price. Compliance Requirements: WRI receives funding from a variety of sources, including governments and other non-governmental organizations. In addition to WRI’s standard contract terms, certain funder conditions may apply.

How to Apply:

Please include your CV, proposed pricing by deliverable, and a brief description of your approach to the work (2 page maximum) through the WRI Careers Portal. Proposals must be submitted no later than Friday, April 8 at 5:00pm eastern daylight time.

Program Overview:


About the TUMI E-Bus Mission Project The TUMI E-Bus Mission supports 20 deep dive cities in their transition towards electric bus deployment. National and regional core groups will coordinate city staff and government leaders to provide peer-to-peer exchange to 100 mentee cities through 2022 and 500 cities through 2025. Through engagement, technical assistance, and scaling through city-to-city mentorship, the project goal is the procurement of more than 100,000 e- buses, resulting in a reduction of more than 15 megatons of CO2 emissions. The increased demand for e-buses worldwide will accelerate technology maturation and mass roll-out of the technology. The ambitious project was developed out of the Action towards Climate-friendly Transport (ACT)-Initiative, launched at the 2019 UN (United Nations) Climate Action Summit in September 2019, is coordinated by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit). TUMI E-Bus Mission project partners include C40, ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives), ITDP (Institute for Transportation and Development Policy), UITP (The International Associate of Public Transport) and ICCT (International Council on Clean Transportation).

WRI Overview:

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years, and our operating budget is nearing $200 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of over 1,600 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.  

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.