Request for Proposals: Facilitator for update to the Council’s position on use of oil spill dispersants

The Council is inviting proposals for a project to support its Board of Directors to make an informed decision regarding updating or possibly changing its 2006 position on the use of chemical dispersants, and to generate supporting documents. An experienced expert in facilitating the translation of science into organizational position is sought. The final work product of this effort is a report documenting the Council’s position on the use of chemical dispersants and a document listing supporting talking points.

This work includes:

  • An initial report that incorporates science and policy review and presents possible positions the Council could adopt regarding the use of dispersants in our region.
  • Strategically facilitate conversations, presentations, learning opportunities, and discussions about the data and possible positions.
  • Guide the Board of Directors to adopting a formal position on dispersant use in the Council’s region.
  • A final report that incorporates the initial report and expands on why the final position was adopted by the Council.
  • Supporting materials for the adopted position that facilitate interactions with legislators and regulators in long-term policy decisions and with spill response teams, such as Unified Command, in the case of an incident.

Submittal Deadline: July 19, 2021
Award Announcement: August 30, 2021

For more information about this RFP, including background information, a detailed scope of work and timeline, and instructions on how to submit your proposal, please download the full RFP:

Request For Proposals - Facilitating The Dispersants Use Position Update (0.3 MB)


Q: Do you have a ball-park budget for this effort?
A: Yes and no. We have $30,000 already approved in the budget, but we recognize the scope as presented in the RFP is complex and so there is possibility of either reducing the scope or increasing the budget based on the proposals we receive.

Q: Should the contractor expect to play an administrative role for coordinating meetings?
A: PWSRCAC staff will take lead on polling for meeting times, inviting participants, distributing materials, hosting videoconferences, preparing minutes, and other similar administrative roles for all meetings or workshops related to this contract.

Additional inquiries regarding this request for proposals should be directed via email to Betsi Oliver.

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