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Climate Change Consultant (Education)

Objectives and Scope of the Consultancy

To Development of Educate!s Climate Change Action Plan

In the process of ensuring that Educate!’s product offering is cognizant of an ever-changing climate, we are committed to developing a comprehensive climate change strategy. Educate! is seeking the services of a consultant to support this process. This Terms of Reference (TOR) sets out the first formal step in the process, which is mainly an analysis of:

  • Where are we now?: a) An assessment of Educate!’s current approach to climate change in relation to its i. Strategic plan ii. 3 solution lines (School Solution, Education Systems Solution, and Out-of-School Youth Solution) iii. Theory of change (how youth climate action/resilience etc. fits into our theory of change)

Output: A SWOT analysis of where E! is regarding climate change opportunities, threats, weaknesses, and strengths. What is the broader research link between education and climate and the tangible/direct claims that can be made related to E!’s climate impact within our messaging? Analysis of how Climate action fits into our Theory Of Change and articulate pathways for youth to use the key skills developed through the Educate! Programs to achieve climate change and gender-related outcomes.

  • Where is the market?:
  • A global and regional benchmark analysis of up to 10 (to be agreed upon) youth-/education-focused institutions and their approach to climate change.

Output i: A matrix table that answers the following questions:

  • Which 10 youth-/education-implementing organizations are recognized as leaders in this space, and what are their approaches to climate change programming?
  • Who are their funders?
  • What are their impact numbers, strategy, and incentives to climate action or youth programming?

Output ii: 2-3 Case studies of innovative organizations and their approach to integrating climate change education into their programming.

  • An analysis of global, regional and national climate change education-related policies, including national and/or regional climate change strategies, plans and priorities (to be agreed upon).
  • A mapping of climate change funding and funding trends that are youth-/education-focused, leading to a proposal of up to 5 top funders. A benchmark analysis of up to 5 (to be agreed upon) funding organizations focused on funding climate change education initiatives.

Output: A matrix table that answers the following questions:

  • What are the opportunities and entry points for programming on climate change education and/or youth climate action (i.e gender)?
  • What are the priorities for policymakers, funding/strategic partners, and influencers in the education, livelihoods, and entrepreneurship space?
  • What are the climate change funding and funding trends, specifically for bi-lateral/multi-lateral funders and who are these funders?
  • Which climate initiatives carry the most value for funders (for instance, is it getting youth into green jobs, building advocacy and problem-solving skills, climate change education, climate change/green economy-focused projects, or a combination)?
  • What do funders and practitioners consider “climate change” focused businesses to be? How broad is the range and how much does it vary by funder (or org/practitioner)?
  • What are the messages, trends, and priority areas in climate change education for youth climate action for key funders and influencers of interest to Educate! (such as girls and climate change)?
  • How do climate change education and youth climate action priorities influence funding opportunities (e.g. are there youth climate change-specific funding opportunities or are they mostly mainstreamed)?
  • In which ways are youth engaged and incentivised to strengthen their adaptation and resilience to identified risks?
  • What are past, ongoing, and planned climate change education and youth climate action initiatives and programmes from public, private and social sectors?
  • What can we do next?:
  • A proposed climate change action plan/strategy with 5-10 concrete/practical steps to further integrate climate change as a fundamental pillar for the organization. What are our low-hanging fruits? What would it take for us to have a product/boot camp that is climate change focused?

Policy Research Specialist

The right person for this role will:

  • Be an ultra-organized and self-motivated planner and project manager — capable of keeping multiple balls in the air 
  • Someone passionate about figuring out what makes policies work and why- equally excited about diving deep into policy documents, scanning existing literature, and generating new data, when necessary
  • Someone who is curious at heart, willing to find and try new methodologies to generate answers to novel policy questions
  • A nimble and flexible researcher: willing to adapt research plans to meet the needs of key stakeholders.

Performance Objectives 

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Conduct primary research with government partners

  • Support the design of research projects to answer pressing program and policy questions, including user needs assessment, scoping, formative and summative evaluations, drawing on various qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Work closely with Product and Expansion staff to design research projects that meet the needs of internal and external audiences and users.
  • Coordinate with Tech, Performance metrics and Evaluation functions to integrate monitoring/evaluation data into research
  • Oversee planning and execution of Educations System Support-related research projects
  • Manage internal teams, teams of government representatives, and external consultants to execute data collection and analysis
  • Ensure research collects high quality data and accurate
  • Lead analysis of data from primary research to generate conclusions and recommendation to inform advocacy strategy and meet needs of intended users

Generate insight from primary data and existing literature

  • Conduct literature reviews of current evidence on best practices in education policy and system change
  • Write policy briefs and benchmarking reports summarizing key policy lessons from current literature.
  • Lead process of using program data to generate insights on what works, helping teams determine the “so what” from data
  • Conduct deep dives to into primary program data to respond rapidly to strategic program performance questions

Policy analysis for advocacy

  • Conduct desk research to understand national policy objectives, priorities, and inform Educate! Strategy
  • Monitor the policy landscape in priority countries and gather information, providing recommendations on advocacy opportunities and risks.
  • Create briefs and concept notes geared towards policy makers that share Educate!’s work in innovations, so that the government is informed and brought along on our learning journey.
  • Create government partnership proposals (aligned to national educational policy frameworks and using government language)
  • Write thought leadership and insight pieces

Collaborative with Policy and Partnerships staff to build government (research) partnerships

  • Oversee research-focused interactions with government partners, including scoping meetings, workshops, and dissemination activities
  • In process of setting research objectives and designing research, ensure the buy-in of government partners by including them in each step of research process
  • Support government partners’ professional development by bringing them opportunities to participate in research.
  • Work on a cross functional team with that strategically solves problems related to government partnership and advocacy


  • Excited about translating research into action and work with government partners in multiple countries as we grow
  • Experience working in a company or organization that has experienced high growth – adopting new systems and structures as part of the growth.
  • Strong orientation to team culture and cross-functional work
  • Master’s degree or equivalent work experience in a field like policy research, research methods, or public policy.
  • Ability to effectively multi-task; keen attention to detail and commitment to a quality work product.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication abilities; good writing skills and ability to distill technical research for a policy audience in written and Powerpoint form.
  • Able to take  several viewpoints and include them in research.

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