Consultancy: Youth Consultations – Methodology and Process - MY SAY Initiative

from Plan International
Closing date: 30 Oct 2019

Terms of Reference

Consultancy : Youth Consultations – Methodology and Process - MY SAY Initiative


In 2020, the Commission on the Status of Women will undertake a review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA) and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly, including an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Plan International with the MY SAY Initiative wants to ensure that young women and girls are meaningfully engaged in this global review process and that their priorities, challenges and solutions are considered when the international community is meeting in New York in March and Paris in June 2020. The consultant is expected to develop a youth led and inclusive methodology which will be applied when youth consultations about BPfA+25 are undertaken at country level (rural and urban).1

Objectives of the assignment

The main objective of the assignment is to develop a youth led, inclusive methodology which will be applied during the youth consultations with a focus of reviewing the BPfA from a young women and girls perspective. Furthermore, the consultations should highlight issues that are of particular concern for young women and girls, such as norm change and implementation of existing laws and law enforcement. The expected outcome document is a global report based on the consultation which would include the major issues raised as well as recommendations and solutions moving forward. The consultations will take place in 5 selected countries, each in a rural as well as an urban setting.

Additionally, the Consultant is expected to test the methodology in one of the countries (Germany) and if need be, revise the tools and methodology depending on the result of the testing. This might also include a contextualization of the tools depending on the country contexts. It is also expected that the consultant will overview the country consultations and prepare the draft and final reports – therefore, collect the results and findings. The consultant will work with Plan International Germany with close links to the 5 Plan International Country Offices.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the overall guidance of a MY SAY Coordinator (based in Germany) the consultant will work in close cooperation with the 5 Plan International Country Offices in the 5 participating countries.

The Consultant will report to the MY SAY Coordinator. Liaison with country offices will also be facilitated by the MY SAY Coordinator, including travel arrangements etc. The consultant is expected to work with focal points in the country office to develop criteria for the selection of location and participants in the consultations. The logistics of travels and the consultations will be supported by the country offices.


  • Methodology for the young women and girls consultations in the 5 countries (each to be carried out in one urban and one rural setting) in regards to progress and challenges of the implementation of the BPfA and its alignment with the 2030 Agenda;

  • Methodological guideline considering safeguarding concerns as well as diversity and aspects of inclusiveness to ensure that a diverse group of young women and girls is consulted and their voices reflected in the reports.

  • Method to capture results from Young women and girls consultations

  • 5 individual Country reports including main findings and recommendations as well as one global report. The country reports and global report will capture the main findings from the consultations including priorities, achievements, challenges and setbacks in regards to the BPfA and its six overarching dimensions (tbc). The Report will conclude with emerging priorities in terms of opportunities and challenges in implementing the BPfA and recommendations to strengthen young women’s priorities and concerns in the SDGs.

  • Identify key messages on priorities emerging from the country-level consultations in a summary.


30 October 2019

Submission of technical and financial proposal to Plan Germany

5 November 2019

Selection of contractor and contract signature between Contractor and Plan International Germany

22 November 2019

Submission of an inception report including the draft methodology and tools

1st week of December 2019

Testing of tools and methodology as well as capturing results in Germany

2nd week of December 2019

Finalization of tools and methodology

December 2019 to 15 February 2020

Conduct country consultations

28 February 2020

Submission of draft reports (global and national)

9- 20 March 2020

Validation Meeting at CSW, New York USA

15 April 2020

Submission of Final Report


  • At least 10 years of experience in women’s rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment or any related field, including at a senior level;

  • At least 5 years of experience of analytical and/or advocacy related work with gender equality and women’s empowerment as well as girls empowerment issues;

  • Knowledge of different youth consultations methods and particle experience conducting youth consultations

  • At least 7 years of experience in BPfA and key concerns related to positioning various GEWE aspects in inter-governmental processes and discussions related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals considered as an asset;

  • At least 10 years of research/analytical experience;

  • Previous professional experience with development agencies and/or the United Nations is an asset.

Languages and other skills:

  • Proficient in written and oral English;

  • Experience in qualitative data analysis (QDA)

  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use computers, including advance skills in analytical qualitative software (such as Atlas.ti, MaxQDA, Nvivo, HyperTRANSCRIBE) and standard applications for concise communication and development of complex written documentation;

  • Excellent analytical skills;

  • Strong writing and editing skills, and experience in writing synthesis reports;1. The 1995 Fouth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing represented a critical turning point in the world's focus on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted in Beijing, represents a global commitment to achieving equality, development and peace for women worldwide. It builds upon consensus and progress made at earlier UN conferences, particularly the Conference on Women in Nairobi in 1985. The regional economic commissions in partnership with UN Women are encouraged to undertake regional reviews based on comprenhensive national-level reviews of the progress made and challeges encountered in the implementtation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and the opportunities to strenghten gender equality and the empowerement of women in the SDGs. The outcomes of intergovernmental processes at the regional level will feed into the March 2020 global review to be undertaken by the Commission of the Status of Women at its sixty-fourth session. In line with these recommendations the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has planned a regional intergovernmental meeting on the 25-year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and its alignment with the 2030 to take place in Geneva, on 29-30 October 2019.

How to apply:

Application Process

The application should include:

Technical Proposal:

a) Overall methodology as well as methods and tools to be used for the girls consultations in country

b) Treatment of data (including capturing and possibly transcribing and translating, cleaning, labelling and coding

c) Type of analysis envisaged

d) Proposal for method/ approach to prepare and communicate results

e) Draft structure and format of the report and communication of results materials

f) Proposed draft timeline

g) Agenda for in county consultation sessions

h) Proposal for internal project communication structure

Financial Proposal: Specify a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this Terms of Reference. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (fees per deliverable, all travel costs, per diem any other possible costs as relevant such as software licences etc.);

Candidates should have the ability to quickly produce degree certificates and medical certification (of good health) should they be short-listed in consideration of the consultancy post. They should also share three references and if possible work examples.

The contractor will report to and work under direct supervision of the MY SAY Coordinator.

The technical and financial proposal should be send to, subject: MY SAY Methodology by no later than 30 October 2019.


Payment will be disbursed in four installments upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by Plan International Germany that the services have been satisfactorily performed as specified below:

Deliverable 1 (Submission of Methodology and inception report) – 25% of contract amount

Deliverable 2 (Submission of country finding summary from the in country consultations) – 25% of contract amount

Deliverable 3 (Draft global report) – 25% of contract amount

Deliverable 4 (Final global report) – 25% of contract amount

Evaluation process

Consultants will be evaluated using a cumulative analysis method taking into consideration the combination of qualifications and financial proposal.