Call for Consultant of Mapping Youth Civil Society for Climate Resilience

Location:Jakarta/Indonesia
Application Deadline:20 March 2021
Contract Type:Professional Service Contract
Working Language:                                      Bahasa Indonesia and English
Expected Starting Date:

March 2021
Contract Period:    1 month (March – April 2021)  
  1. Background

Climate change is the most significant intergenerational equity issue of our time. Children and future generations are bearing, or will come to bear, the brunt of its impact on a polluted, degraded planet. The social and regional impacts of climate change are not distributed equally or evenly. Instead, inequality – whether economic, social, or gender-based – increases vulnerability. When vulnerabilities intersect, it is girls and young women, especially those from marginalised communities in the least developed countries, who will suffer the most.

As international policy makers and national governments struggle to combat the climate crisis, the human rights of those most at risk and largely unrepresented, are easily ignored. From a gender and age perspective, it is quite clear that national climate policies are responding inadequately to the issues faced by those most vulnerable to climate change. Ignoring girls’ rights in a changing climate also leads to ignoring their agency and capacity to contribute to mitigation and adaptation strategies. Overall, governments are consistently failing to include young people in general, and girls in particular, in their climate strategies, despite plenty of evidence internationally of their concern and competence. Those countries that do attend to issues of future generations tend to be “young” countries – those with a large under-15 population – and climate-vulnerable countries.[1] However, only seven Nationally Determined Contributions reference children/youth as stakeholders who should be included as decision makers or in climate action.[2]Recent COVID-19 outbreak might have also reduced a space for political action of youth groups. Young activists have shared concerns that their governments are using COVID-19 as a distraction while attempting to pass laws which further restrict civic space and persecute human rights activists.[3]

Civil society organisations frequently perceive young people’s organisations as target groups rather than partners and if they want to partner, they face substantial challenges because their structures and rules are hardly compatible with to the often less formal and organised forms of young people’s groups and initiatives. Economic hardship, time poverty and lack of information and communication resources can limit young peoples’ political empowerment, particularly for girls. Young peoples’ organisations including those led by girls and young women often face substantial challenges in accessing financial and other resources to support their work.

Girls may be vulnerable to the climate crisis in particular ways but they are also capable and keen to help their communities. Youth civil society is enormously diverse, composed of groups, organisations and movements that are very different from each other in different countries and in different contexts. This diversity is precisely its value and richness, and what has helped inform the ways youth groups, organisations and movements have gone about responding to the problems that are most urgent. Greater participation of girls and young people in climate change adaptation decision-making and risk reduction activities is critical for enabling their potential to build democratic and peaceful societies capable of addressing the challenges of changing climate.

II. Objectives of the Assignment

For the upcoming youth-led climate change adaptation project, Plan Indonesia is proposing a project to empower young people to engage in climate action through education and awareness raising, youth-led activism and leadership, and youth-led advocacy on climate resilience. To design the project further, evidence and analysis of the current context of the target areas need to be examined, therefore a research about current policies, strategies or action for climate change adaptation in Indonesia is essential for the upcoming project.

This research will be a part of a joint desk review of climate change policy and mapping of existing youth led (or youth focused) organisations, groups and movements for climate change adaptation and climate resilience in seven programme countries of Plan International, organized by Plan International Finland. The analysis will be used by Plan International and partners to inform programme design and planning for more targeted actions and approaches in strengthening agency and capacity of young people, particularly girls and young women, in all their diversity to act as drivers of change and participate in shaping their communities and societies. The analysis will review the opportunities and challenges in linking the partners and stakeholders with existing youth civil society in the target countries of the programme.

III. Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities

A team of seven young researchers from Ethiopia, Uganda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Laos, Myanmar, and Indonesia will conduct the analysis in coordination with the management group, including Plan International Finland and a focal point from each country. Each consultant will prepare an individual research/work plan and detailed list of deliverables to be submitted as a result of their individual contribution to the task, while Climate Resilience Specialist from Plan International Finland will facilitate communication between the members of the team and coordinate the compilation of the final research output. Annex 1 outlines the proposed research questions and initial methodology.

The consultancy is expected to draw together findings, learnings and recommendations from previous studies, policies, and youth civil society organizations and movements in the target countries. While the emphasis will be on analysis of existing documents, the information can be complemented by online key informant interviews, online surveys etc. as needed. Plan International Finland will provide a set of documents (baseline assessments, evaluations, monitoring data, etc.) for review but the consultant is expected to complement the information with other documents, policies and reach out to key informants through personal contacts as needed.

Consultants applying for this task are expected to suggest ways to collect and compile data and to reach out to representatives of youth organisations and movements in their country. However, the team selected to conduct the research will discuss and agree on the final methodology through a collaborative process and in coordination with Plan International Finland at the start of the consultancy.

The consultant is expected to take an iterative approach to the assignment: draft findings and recommendations will be shared and discussed regularly in a team of consultants and with Plan International Finland throughout the process. This will inform decision-making and planning for the next programme period already under way and ensure the best possible deliverables.

IV. Key Deliverables and Level of Effort

  • Country level research/work plan with timeline, specific methods and deliverables.
  • Deliverables as agreed in the research/work plan.
  • One-page summary of the general research findings in a local language.
  • One-page summary of the country specific findings in a local language.

V. Duration of the Assignment

This is an approximately 25-30 days working assignment/per country scheduled to start ideally in February and to be completed in the end of April 2021. Final timelines will be agreed between the consultant and Plan International Finland at the start of the consultancy.

VI. Inputs

[specify whether there are inputs that should be provided by the consultant such as laptops, camera/multimedia recording tools, etc as per the scope of assignment as well as inputs/support provided by Plan Indonesia, for example, work station, internet connection and landline phone, according to the needs and context of the assignment, in cases where travels arranged by Plan Indonesia, this, too needs to be specified].

VII. Key Principles, Approach and Ethical Consideration

Plan Indonesia Staff and consultant must adhere to Plan International Child and Youth Safeguarding and Protection. The consultant must follow Ethical Principles for involving human subjects in a research and obtain written/ verbal consent from the human subjects. Permission from elder must be sought if the children under 18 years are involved as subjects. Signed informed consent of each child and his/her parents need to take after explaining purpose of the study and its usage. Training on this will be part of the training provided for the team.

All the projects managed by Plan Indonesia and is partners, should also aligned with Plan International global ambition to reach 100 million girls, using gender transformative approach in delivering its tasks.  In this assignment, the Consultant is expected to apply gender transformative approach through addressing gender norms, strengthening girls’ and young women’s agency, advancing girls’ and women’s condition and position, working with boys and men to embrace gender equality, responding to the needs and interest of girls and boys in all their diversity, and fostering an environment that enables gender equality and girls’ rights.

VIII. Required experience and qualifications

We are looking for one individual consultant (young early career researchers with an estimated age range from 20 to 28 years are especially encouraged to apply [4]) with experience and skills required to collect and analyse information from several sources, engage with a variety of actors, work in a team and present information in clear and concise format that supports evidence-based decision-making, including: 

  • Demonstrated skills in conducting analysis on climate change adaptation actions in Indonesia.
  • Practical experience in youth led civil society organisations and movements and youth engagement in climate change policy and practise in Indonesia.
  • Experience in designing, planning and implementing qualitative research.
  • Good analytical skills and ability to produce concise and triangulated research evidence.
  • Ability to build rapport with various stakeholders, ask the right questions, map needs and pinpoint key issues and opportunities to address. 
  • Experience in working in international development. 
  • Excellent spoken and written English and fluency in the official language of Indonesia.

IX. Application Procedure

Yayasan Plan International Indonesia (Plan Indonesia) invites firms/teams of consultan with relevant expertise and portfolio to apply for the assignment by sending:

  1. A cover letter
  2. All-inclusive budget
  3. CV with three references and example of previous research/analysis/working paper responding to the TOR
  4. Proposal must be submitted in English

The above documents can be sent electronically through the email: yayasan.procurement@plan-international.org; mentioning the code [Proposal MYCSCR] in the email subject.

Or send in hardcopy in a sealed envelope with the code [Proposal MYCSCR] in the left corner of the envelope to

Yayasan Plan International Indonesia

Komplek Buncit Utama No. 16

Jl. Warung Jati Barat Kav. 34

Kel. Jati Padang, Kec. Pasar Minggu

Jakarta Selatan 12540, Indonesia


[1] The Brookings Institute, Plan International and UNICEF – Girls’ education in climate strategies https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Girls-ed-in-climate-strategies-working-paper-FINAL.pdf (weblink accessed in December 2020)

[2] Plan International – Girls’ Rights in Climate Strategies https://plan-international.org/publications/girls-rights-climate-strategies (weblink accessed December 2020)

[3] Restless Development & RECREAR & Development Alternative, funded by UK aid: Resilient Realities – How the youth civil society is experiencing and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic https://restlessdevelopment.org/projects/resilient-realities/ (weblink accessed December 2020)

[4] including women, girls, and persons with disabilities

All submissions to be treated confidentially. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and invited for interviews.