Adolescent & Youth Savings Group Literature Review Consultant

United States
Apply by 31 March 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 develop a methodology and complete a literature review that will be used to inform key informant interview (KII) guides and a technical guidance manual on adolescent and youth savings groups (AYSG) for use by donors and President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) implementing partners (IPs).


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 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 (SG), 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 IPs 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, which will ensure that the evidence base is included, and series of key informant interviews will inform the development of this manual.

Period of Performance:

The period of performance for this consultancy expected to be 16.5 days
between April 3 and June 9, 2017.

Place of Performance:

The consultant will work remotely. The consultant must have access to email, a computer, and Skype during the consultancy, and be able to provide regular updates to CRS staff on work progress and challenges.

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 16.5 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.

  • Microfinance Senior Technical Advisor and two Technical Advisors
  • Acting Director of the Social Services Department
  • ASPIRES/FHI360 staff
  • Interview consultant and Instructional Designer
  • SMEs and critical stakeholders (e.g., experts on savings groups, OVC programming, youth, gender, child protection, education, financial literacy, capacity strengthening, and program monitoring and evaluation, USG)


  • PhD or Master’s degree in international development, economics, public health, sociology, or another related discipline
  • Strong background in PEPFAR OVC programming and savings groups/microfinance, preferably in relation to adolescents and youth
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct systematic literature reviews (sample requested as part of the expression of interest)
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research, analyze and synthesize findings
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to collaborate with others
  • Excellent synthesis and writing skills
  • Experience using file management tools such as Dropbox and OneDrive
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Access to journal articles

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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