Call for Consultant: Youth Adult Partnerships

Call for Consultant: Youth Adult Partnerships

Call for Consultant: Youth Adult Partnerships


CHOICE for Youth & Sexuality is seeking a qualified

candidate to conduct research into Youth Adult Partnerships (YAPs)


Deadline: August 9, 2019

Location: Flexible

Application Deadline: August 9, 2019

Expected number of days:  To be defined together with the consultant

Expected travel: none



  1. Background


CHOICE’s vision is for all young people to have the power to make decisions about their sexual, reproductive & love lives![1]   CHOICE advocates for young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights and for their meaningful participation in the decisions made about their lives. We strengthen the capacity of young people and youth-led organizations,  enabling them to become leaders and change-makers in their communities. 

CHOICE is currently part of major SRHR alliances that works towards young people’ sexual and reproductive health and rights, such as Get Up Speak Out (GUSO), and Yes I do. Get Up Speak Out (GUSO) is a five-year program (2016-2020) developed by a consortium consisting of Rutgers, Aidsfonds, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, Dance4life, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Simavi. Yes I do (YID) is also a five year program (2016-2020) developed by a consortium consisting of Plan International, Amref flying doctors, Rutgers, KIT royal tropical institute, and CHOICE for youth and sexuality. Both programs are financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Partnership Fund.

During the years of implementation of our programs, one of the best practices of the alliances has been a form of Youth-Adult Partnership (YAP). A Youth-Adult partnership is one type of partnership in which, both young people and adults are equally involved and share power. They enjoy voice, define the aims of the program or activity together, and share decision-making power. A YAP involves mutual learnings, as adults can strengthen the capacity of young people and vice versa.

On the GUSO midterm evaluation report from last year, however, one of the findings was that “young people do not always feel trusted by adults, and are sometimes hesitant to ask questions to adults. It was also highlighted that more can be done to ensure that youth engagement goes beyond implementation and advocacy, to include (financial) planning and Monitoring & Evaluation”. This has been accompanied by recommendations about revising the YAP that currently works under the program. As a Youth-led organization, we, as CHOICE, want to learn about what kinds of exist out there in the international development sector - with a specific focus on SRHR, as well as what are their main challenges and best practices. Therefore, we can translate this into a tool kit that can benefit, not only the GUSO and YID programs, but also future programs involving young people and working under the YAPs scheme.



  1. Objectives and Key Deliverables


CHOICE is looking for a consultant to conduct research into the youth-adult partnerships (YAPs) to identify (i) what types of YAPs exist in the international development sector - with a specific focus on SRHR . (ii) What are the enabling factors for a YAP to be an equal partnership and not a hierarchical relation? (iii) What are the main challenges for a successful YAP? (iv) How are adults and young people looking at YAP and what do they think it could be improved? (iv) Selection of best practices, and (v) concrete recommendations on how SRHR organizations and alliances can strengthen YAPs.

The consultancy is planned for the third quarter, starting September 1, of 2019.

By the end of the consultancy period, it is expected to have a detailed mapping and overview of Youth-Adult Partnerships working on SRHR, and should include:


  1. What kind of YAPs exists
  2. What are enabling factors for a YAP to encompass all core elements of MYP?
  3. How do the preconditions of MYP (as defined in the Flower of participation) contribute to successful YAPs?
  4. What are YAPs main challenges, in general, and for young people and adults, specifically?
  5. Best practice examples
  6. Key recommendations for future YAPs



  1. Intended users and uses of the


Internal: the research on YAPs landscape will be used to feed into CHOICE’s organizational strategies, partners, and programmes.


External: the materials produced will be shared with YLOs and young people. In addition, the findings will also be used to improve YAPs work within the alliances CHOICE is currently working on, and future alliances.



  1. Profile and qualification requirements 

Interested candidates are invited to submit a short proposal outlining their proposed timeline, methodologies, and budget based on the ToR, as well as a CV detailing their qualifications to with the subject line “consultancy youth-adult partnerships research CHOICE” before the deadline of August 9, 2019.


The consultant must meet the following criteria and qualifications: 


  • Proven experience in research;
  • Strong writing skills with ability to present in a style that is accessible to readers, and youth-friendly
  • Proficiency in English;
  • Experience working with youth-led organizations and young people is preferred;
  • Experience working on the concept of meaningful youth participation is preferred;
  • Experience working in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) is preferred;
  • Works from a Human Rights Based approach;
  • Has a progressive stance on sexual and reproductive health and rights, specifically young

     people’s sexual rights and diversity;

  • Is youth-friendly and has non-discriminatory attitudes towards working with young


  • Candidates under the age of 30 are especially encouraged to apply.



Application Deadline: August 9, 2019. If you have questions you can reach out to Juliana Jaramillo at

Kindly note that while we cannot give feedback on individual applications, we expect to send out a notification of further invitation or rejection by the end of August– Thank you for your interest.


































All young people worldwide should be able to explore, experience and express their sexualities in healthy, pleasurable and safe ways.