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Youth Consultancy

Location:Baltimore, MD
Employment Type:Other


Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1945 to respond to the needs of communities devastated by World War II. Today LWR works with local implementing partners in Asia, Africa and Latin America to respond to emergencies and seek lasting solutions to rural poverty. LWR works in three core thematic areas of agriculture, climate change and emergency operations. Within agriculture LWR focuses on creating strong local economies and resilient communities through work on the core program areas of agriculture value chain, food security, rural financing, cooperative strengthening, climate smart agriculture, and water. Along with resilience and gender, LWR recognizes youth as an important cross-cutting theme in its programming. In response LWR has undertaken a variety of approaches to engage youth, primarily through its agriculture work, with hopes of supporting them to contribute and benefit from more vibrant rural economies. As LWR deepens its work in youth programming, it is imperative that the organization has a global understanding of its various youth interventions and build a comprehensive strategy to create the most impact in the communities LWR serves.
LWR seeks an expert consultant in youth agriculture programming who will support the organization in formalizing its youth strategy, consolidate the knowledge and lessons from previous and current youth programming and provide technical advice to improve current youth projects.

1. Provide LWR with a comprehensive assessment of its youth portfolio, including an assessment of strengths and weaknesses in current youth programming compared with current sector best practices, donor trends and peer agency approaches to youth and agriculture, and recommendations for creating an organizational youth strategy to guide future programming.

a. Deliverable(s):
i. Written assessment report
ii. A summary slide deck that will act as the executive summary
iii. A summary oral presentation to LWR's International Programs Department on the assessment report findings
2. Provide LWR projects with specific technical advice on how to improve their youth agriculture interventions.

a. Deliverable(s):
i. As part of the assessment provide technical feedback to 3-4 of LWR's youth and agriculture projects
3. Engage with LWR's youth learning initiative group to provide technical support on learning questions and best practices in youth programming.

a. Deliverable(s):
i. Creation of a list of recommended youth learning agenda questions
ii. Participation in and support of at least one youth learning group reflection meeting (2-3 hours) per quarter through Sept. 2018.

4. A comprehensive review of LWR internal documentation related to its youth programming. There are between 10-15 on-going projects, of which 3-4 will be selected for additional technical advising.
5. Interviews with key LWR headquarters and field staff engaged in youth programming. This will likely require communication in English, Spanish, and French.
6. A review of peer agency youth projects and approaches, with emphasis on youth in rural agriculture.
7. A review of donor policies and approaches on youth, with a focus on USAID, USDA, EU, and major foundations.
8. No travel to LWR's projects is expected for this consultancy.


1. At least 10 years of experience with youth programming with major INGOs or donors in Asia, Africa and/or Latin America.

2. Experience with agriculture programming preferred.

3. Experience with and familiarity of USG and other major donor approaches and priorities for youth programming.

4. Experience conducting sectoral meta-reviews at an organizational level with a focus on consolidating and improving approaches and strategies.

5. Experience providing direct technical advice to projects

6. Ability to efficiently review large quantities of information and identify trends, themes, and common approaches.

7. Ability to understand target audience preferences and create reports and presentations that communicate key information clearly and concisely.

8. Both Spanish and French language competencies preferred. At least one language required.
The consultancy will start Dec. 8, 2017 and run through Sept. 31, 2018. Objectives 1 and 2 are expected to be completed by Feb. 28, 2018.

A concrete deliverable schedule will be created and agreed on by the consultant and the consultant management team before the initiation of the consultancy activities.

Proposal should include:
1. Qualifications
2. Experience
3. Examples of previous similar work (reports, etc.)
4. References
5. Budget proposal including loaded daily rates and expected number of days to complete the deliverables

All proposals are due Dec. 11, 2017 and should be sent directly to Garrett Schiche ( and Leah Hoffman (


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