Adolescent & Youth Savings Group Interview Consultant

United States
Apply by 3 April 2017
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 20 March 2017

Job Description



The purpose of this Scope of Work is to describe the responsibilities and deliverables of a consultant to support CRS to conduct key informant interviews (KII) concerning adolescent and youth savings groups (AYSG). Findings from the KIIs will be organized and synthesized by the consultant and will be used to inform a ASYSG technical guidance manual for use by donors and President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) implementing partners.


Increasingly, programs implemented under PEPFAR are tasked to ensure that households – and youth living in those households –are resilient and able to successfully graduate from PEPFAR-supported orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) programs. Further, equipping youth, especially adolescent girls and young women, with the economic resources and life skills to remain HIV-negative or adherent to HIV treatment (for those youth who are HIV-positive) is critical. As sub-Saharan Africa’s youth population grows, limited government investment in health and education services means that vulnerable youth, including those who have participated in PEPFAR programs, may need additional skills to meet the challenges of adulthood.

There is evidence suggesting that expanding access to economic strengthening interventions, including community-managed savings groups (CSG), combined with complementary interventions, may help youth to achieve both long-term and short-term economic and developmental objectives, as well as reduce HIV-risk behaviors and, for HIV-positive youth, encourage treatment adherence. However, there has been insufficient technical guidance to support PEPFAR technical leadership and staff on how to incorporate adolescent and youth savings groups (AYSG) into funding opportunities or to monitor the quality of these interventions. Similarly, PEPFAR implementing partners (IP) lack clear guidance on how to design, implement, and monitor quality AYSG interventions.

As part of the ASPIRES program, managed by FHI360, CRS will create a technical guidance manual that supports the design, implementation, and monitoring of high quality AYSG interventions in the context of a PEPFAR-supported program, which will then be field tested in Nigeria. A literature review and key informant interviews will inform the development of this manual. Both the literature review and KII consultants will participate in a five-day meeting to provide input into the technical guidance structure and outline.

Period of Performance:

The period of performance for this consultancy expected to be 11.5 days between April 10 and June 2, 2017.

Place of Performance:

The place of performance is open. The consultant must have access to email, a computer, and Skype regularly during the consultancy and be able to provide regular updates to CRS staff.
Terms of Payment: 25% of the consultant fee will be paid as an advance upon signature of the contract and submission of an invoice; the remainder of the consultant fee will be paid upon submission and approval of the deliverables and submission of a final invoice. Incidental expenses, with receipts, including Skype airtime up to a maximum of $75 are reimbursable. Payment for up to 11.5 days or $TBD will be remitted to consultant upon receipt and approval of deliverables and an invoice detailing the work performed. All materials produced in relation to this consultancy remain the exclusive property of CRS.

Key Working Relationships:

The consultant is expected to work with the following individuals internal and external to CRS.

  • Literature review consultant
  • Microfinance Senior Technical Advisor and two Technical Advisors
  • Acting Director of Social Services Department
  • ASPIRES/FHI360 staff
  • SME and key stakeholders


  • Master’s degree or PhD in economics, international development, sociology, or another related discipline
  • Strong background in PEPFAR OVC programming and savings groups/microfinance, particularly with adolescents and youth
  • Experience in conducting semi-structured key informant interviews
  • Experience analyzing qualitative data
  • Access to appropriate qualitative software preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and compile findings in partnership with colleagues
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to synthesize information and present it succinctly
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Experience using file management tools such as Dropbox and OneDrive

About the Organization

About CRS:

CRS is a leading international relief and development agency with over 70 years of experience and programs in over 100 countries. CRS is committed to addressing root causes of poverty regardless of race, religion or creed and ensures our values inform our approach to programs, operations and human resource management. CRS is always looking for dedicated professionals who are values led and results driven.

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