Invitation To Tender - Political research

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Amnesty International UK wishes to engage a consultant to prepare a short Research Paper on political decision makers, informers and future leaders.


As a global movement of more than 10 million people, Amnesty International is the world's largest grassroots human rights organisation. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work. Amnesty International UK is a national section of this global movement. We have around half a million supporters, members and activists in the UK.



As we move into 2024 and a likely General Election year, we need to increase our detailed political knowledge and understanding, to better hone our analysis and target our resources in the right direction. We are looking to engage with various actors involved in and commenting on the election in order to building relations with the next government and newly elected MPs. This piece of research will inform and support our Organisational Strategy, our political projects and theories of change both in terms of our advocacy work but also wider communications engagement with the UK political discourse.


The briefing will aim to provide recommendations that will assist Amnesty UK in our preparation for the next UK General Election. We want to identify MPs and PPCs as well as “political thinkers”, who we should be reaching out to and building relationships with over the coming period. Specifically we want to identify:

  • 100 highly likely “safe constituency seats” for Westminster, cross referenced with sympathetic (to Amnesty’s aims) and up and coming MPs and PPCs, resulting in a list of 50 (sympathetic/rising star) PPCs predicted to win and 50 (sympathetic/rising star) backbench MPs in predicted safe seats. The briefing should provide some short background/analysis/potential points of entry on each. 
  •  50 “political thinkers” i.e. individuals at think tanks (10), media personalities (10) and influential Parliamentarians again in safe seats (established rather than rising stars) (30) – some short analysis on each, what they’re interested in and how we might engage with them. 



We are flexible around the proposed methodology but we would expect an early meeting with the consultant to agree scope and approach. 

The budget is between £1-2k. This covers staff costs and expenses, including any necessary travel and accommodation. 



We would like the work to begin as early in 2024 as possible with the final report provided by end of February 2024.

If this is you, and you are interested in submitting a CV and short proposal for this work (no longer than 2 pages), please contact:

Karla McLaren, Head of Government and Political Relations: no later than Monday 15th January 2024. 

Candidates are requested to provide a CV as well as a written proposal no longer than 2 pages which includes the following:

  • An outline of the methodology proposed, timescale (including any risk analysis and resourcing required)
  • A cost (or cost options) for the project. 

We will invite potential candidates for an informal meeting to talk through your tender response and ask any questions we have about your proposal. This will be an online meeting arranged at a convenient time within 2 weeks after the closing date.

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