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Climate Programs Facilitator Consultant: Scope of Work - Youth Challenge International

May 14, 2021
Toronto, Ontario

Climate Programs Facilitator Consultant: Scope of Work

Background

Youth Challenge International (YCI) invites proposals from experienced consultants or firms to support the YCI team in creating integrated training experiences for youth volunteers in YCI’s climate action programs, specifically the Innovate MY Future program and the Youth Climate Leadership program. The consultant will have experience in youth engagement, design thinking, and designing/ delivering participatory trainings in a virtual setting, and developing engaging training materials.

Responsibilities will include co-designing youth-facing programming with YCI staff, supporting training and coordination of facilitator staff, supporting event planning, direct coaching of youth in the “design thinking” phase of programming and supporting the delivery of virtual training events for 100+ youth.

About YCI

Youth Challenge International (YCI) is a leading global youth development organization that promotes youth innovation to drive positive change. Together with our partners, we create market-ready solutions that catapult youth around the world to succeed and prosper; we are driven by youth and their potential to affect positive change in the world. Our solutions are focused – always keeping the young people we are designing for and with at the centre of the conversation. Our approach is rooted in creativity and constantly evolving to respond to changing needs and market realities.  YCI is an organization where diversity and talent come together to shape a better future for youth around the world.

YCI currently runs two programs for Canadian youth to get involved in local climate action. The Innovate MY Future program offers Canadian youth, ages 16 to 24, the opportunity to take action on local climate issues alongside a team of peers, engage with their local communities and jumpstart their careers. The Youth Climate Leadership Program offers Canadian youth 19-25 the opportunity to mobilize youth, lead a team, design a climate action project, and gain personalized mentorship and leadership coaching.

Scope of Work:

YCI seeks a consultant or firm to support the design and delivery of the training component of the Innovate MY Future program, and to support the delivery of the Design Thinking Phase of the Youth Climate Leadership Program.

The Innovate MY Future program (IMF) aims to support youth (Climate Action Catalysts) ages 16-24 to learn about local climate issues and work in a team to design and run local climate action projects, with the support of a Local Partner. The IMF program has run for two cycles and is entering its third program cycle. The consultant will leverage assets developed from previous years and adapt materials in collaboration with YCI staff to achieve an integrated training experience, which strategically involves Local Partners, prepares youth teams to design and implement well-scoped community climate action projects, and incorporates personal and professional development of youth ages 16-24. The consultant will co-lead the virtual facilitation of the series of training events for participants and Partners with the support of YCI staff and will support the training and coordination of YCI’s network of facilitators to support training events.

The Youth Climate Leadership program aims to support the leadership and professional development of youth ages 19-25 in the GTHA and provides training for Climate Leaders to recruit a team of peers and design a project that addresses a climate issue. The program design, including training materials and programming calendar, are confirmed and prepared and the consultant will be responsible for delivering the training modules in the design phase of the program, which will also include supporting the training and coordination of YCI facilitation support staff, and holding office hours to provide tailored advice to youth participants as they design their projects.

Specific deliverables include:

 Innovate MY Future

  • Co-design supporting materials, leveraging existing materials, for the Mighty Networks platform
  • Support delivery of welcome events for delivery of virtual training sessions accompanying Design Jam sessions supporting materials for Innovate My Future program participants
    • Including collaboratively setting agendas in conjunction with YCI, developing detailed run-of-shows, managing support facilitators, and co-delivering interactive sessions virtually
  • Hosting design-thinking “office hours” during the design thinking phase of the Youth Climate Leadership Program
  • Collaboratively plan the Climate Action Catalyst Summit including setting the agenda, planning event logistics, and co-facilitating programming.

Youth Climate Leadership Program

  • Facilitation and co-delivery of the Design Thinking (Phase 2) phase of the Youth Climate Leadership Program for two Cohorts
    • Including collaboratively setting agendas in conjunction with YCI, developing detailed run-of-shows, managing support facilitators in collaboration with Training and Programs Lead, and co-delivering interactive sessions virtually
  • Hosting design-thinking “office hours” during the design thinking phase of the Youth Climate Leadership Program
  • Collaboratively plan the Final Pitch Nights including setting the agenda, planning event logistics, and co-facilitating programming.

Consultant Profile:

Consultants or firms should have demonstrable experience designing and delivering participatory and high-impact training for youth, including in virtual settings. The consultant/firm will have strong knowledge of and experience with design thinking, supporting the design and delivery of impact-oriented projects and initiatives, and personal and leadership development of youth with specific knowledge/experience in climate action context preferred and ability to foster collaboration across sectors. Note that trainings will be delivered primarily outside of 9-5 hours in evenings and/or on weekends to meet the needs of youth. Consultants will need to provide flexible availability to accommodate these schedules.

Schedule of Activities:

Timeline:  June 1st, 2021- February 28th, 2022

Innovate MY Future

  • Planning and materials development June 2021-July 2021
  • Training Activities July 2021 - February 2022

Youth Climate Leadership Program

  • Delivery of design thinking training for Cohort 3: June 2021
  • Delivery of design thinking training for Cohort 4:  December/January 2021
  • Design Consultation Office Hours: June 2021 & December/January 2021

Budget:

  • Daily rate: $600/ day + HST
  • Maximum number of days: 72

Location: This role will predominantly be virtual, but preference will be given to those in Toronto or the GTHA

Application Process:

Please submit your proposal in a single PDF attachment here by May 14th

  • Your approach to completing the work including any specific methods or tools you would propose (max 1 page)
  • Your experience, including past examples of similar work, and fit for this opportunity (max 1 page)
  • CV of consultant(s) involved
  • Contact information for 2 previous clients to serve as a recommendation

Proposals will be assessed for alignment with the scope of work and approach. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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