Call for tenders: Scriptwriting of a short animated video

Laure Brillaud
11 June, 2020

Fighting kleptocrats & dirty money: What role for the EU?

Call for tenders

Application deadline: 29 June 2020

Purpose of Assignment

Produce a script for a 3-min animated video on grand corruption and kleptocracy. The objective of the video is to follow the trail of illicit money stolen from the public purse by kleptocrats in third countries (Ben Ali, Mubarak, Yanukovych, dos Santos, Gulnara Karimova) and channelled through European banks to the EU / offshore jurisdictions. The video aims at raising public awareness around the need for the EU to step up for the confiscation and responsible return of these assets to third countries.

The consultant(-s) will be expected to:

  • participate in brainstorming sessions with the team in charge of the project
  • produce a voiceover script for a 3-min animated video
  • participate in regular briefings and calls to present, adjust and revise the script as needed


  1. Background: What do you mean by asset recovery?

If you have a pot of money of dubious origin, Europe could appear a safe place to launder and hide it. For example, it is believed that former Tunisian President Ben Ali and his family have hidden as much as US$17 billion in bank accounts across the world, equivalent to more than a third of Tunisia’s average Gross Domestic Product (GDP)1. A big chunk of this money ended up in the coffers of European banks.

According to EUROPOL estimates, a small 2.2% of the proceeds of crime are frozen and an even tinier 1.1% is actually confiscated, meaning very little is ever returned to victim populations.

  1. Objectives

This video is part of a broader initiative which aims to explore the role the EU can play in facilitating the responsible return of stolen assets to victim populations in third countries.

With the present project, TI EU aims to increase awareness and understanding of the issue of grand corruption and demonstrate how and why the EU appears as a favourite destination for dirty money. 

The video will call for the EU to act upon this and ensure the responsible repatriation of stolen assets to victim populations.

  1. Outputs / deliverables

The primary output will be a voiceover script of 3 mins.       

  1. Timeline & Reporting

The consultant will complete the tasks according to the following timeline. The timeline is indicative, and the exact timing of the different activities can be agreed with the consultant(-s) at the start of work.


Role of Consultant


Sign contract


29 June 2020

Organise briefing call


1st July 2020

Pitch ideas (organise several rounds if necessary)

Brainstorm and pitch the idea(-s) / an initial draft

6 – 10 July 2020

Produce first draft


17-22 July 2020

TI provides feedback

None – review period for TI

22-24 July

Finalise the script

Revise draft integrating comments and feedback from TI EU

31 July 2020


  1. Tendering process

Tenders should be submitted, along with a recent sample of comparable work and the CVs of the consultants, at and by 12.00 midday (CET) Monday 29 June 2020.

Offers in the range of 2,000 – 3,000 EUR will be considered (inclusive of VAT)

Tenders will be reviewed by a panel of TI officers according to the following criteria:

  • Experience and track record of consultant
  • Experience working on EU issues and / or in the EU context
  • Preferably based in Brussels
  • English native speaker
  • Independence
  • Value for money
  • Quality of offer

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Want to know more? Get in touch

Laure Brillaud

Senior Policy Officer – Anti-Money Laundering