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The British Council invites requests for proposals from experts from the UK with specialisms on smart cities and urban planning for a consultancy engagement on a local research project.


About the Project

The British Council in the Philippines has been working with the South Manila Educational Consortium (SMEC), a group of 12 universities located in Metro Manila. In 2016, the British Council launched the Internationalisation with SMEC programme that seeks to expand the SMEC’s global collaboration by building their capacities in internationalisation and linking them with UK universities.

One of the projects identified in the Internationalisation with SMEC programme is Smart Cities: Liveable Philippines, which aims to develop smart and innovative solutions, with the use of technology, to address local traffic problems and promote wellbeing of Filipino citizens.

By drawing on its expertise and significant experience working on similar projects, the UK consultant will support the Smart Cities initiative by providing subject area and research expertise to the local team, developing a comprehensive strategic plan and crafting an engagement roadmap for the research project.

Consultant requirements

The British Council requires a UK consultant with extensive research experience in smart and sustainable cities and urban planning. Given the scope of the local research, this includes expertise in transportation and mobility, environment, big data, internet of things and governance.

The following essential and desirable criteria for the role are as follows:

  • The consultant must have extensive research experience in smart and sustainable cities and urban planning. (Essential)
  • The consultant must be able to provide evidence of similar work and engagement conducted previously, preferably with overseas partner. (Essential)
  • The consultant must demonstrate experience working with diverse, multicultural research teams. (Essential)
  • The consultant must be able to deliver the entire programme remotely. (Essential)


How to apply

For full details, please download the procurement documentation on the downloads section. To submit a proposal, please submit all documents required to Pierre.Pecson@britishcouncil.org.ph by the response deadline below.

Response deadline

Deadline for clarification questions 05 January 2022, Wednesday
Deadline for submission of proposals 31 January 2022, Monday
Final decision 02 February 2022, Wednesday
Contract start date 02 March 2022, Wednesday

Further information 

Please send any questions or queries regarding any aspect of the procurement or documentation to Pierre.Pecson@britishcouncil.org.ph by the clarification deadline.


About Going Global Partnerships

The Internationalisation of SMEC is part of the Going Global Partnerships programme. Going Global Partnerships connects universities, colleges, education policy makers and other partners in the UK and around the world. The programme offers you vital international opportunities - the chance to build relationships, to share ideas and good practice, to access grant funding for collaborative partnerships and more. Find out more and apply now for our funding calls and opportunities.


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