Consultancy: Sector consultation on overseas education programs

Terms of Reference


Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is seeking a consultant to design, plan and lead a short-term consultation process with members of Canada’s international development sector focused on education programs, and specifically Charlevoix Education Initiative funding recipients. By producing a status report for a sector and governmental audience, our aim is to facilitate a dialogue surrounding the lessons learned in overseas education programs with a focus on contexts affected by fragility, crisis, and conflict and to encourage continued support for the sector.

Background and Context

Aga Khan Foundation Canada is an international development organization and registered charity. AKFC partners with Canadians and communities, businesses, and governments across Africa and Asia to promote inclusive development. Since 1980, AKFC has helped millions of women and men to unlock their own potential to build a better life.

At the 2018 G7 Summit, the Government of Canada introduced the Charlevoix Declaration. This included a $400-million commitment to women and girls’ education in fragile, conflict and crisis situations. In 2019, Global Affairs Canada announced that 26 projects would be supported by this funding, with projects coming to a close between March 2022 and March 2024. While each project conducts its own monitoring and evaluation, there is an opportunity to deepen this cohort’s collective understanding of each other’s work.


The purpose of this consultancy is to inform the wider Canadian international development sector involved in the delivery of education programs, particularly in contexts affected by fragility, crisis, and conflict. This consultancy will convene and survey relevant organizations to shared learning and results to date, best practices, lessons learned, and gaps moving forward and produce a report based on the gathered information. Key participants would include members of the Canadian International Education Policy Working Group (CIEPWG) who can use the resulting report as a resource in advancing policy discussions within the sector and with other audiences as well as Charlevoix funding recipients.

It is important to note that the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is currently working with GAC to develop an interactive dashboard visualizing funding committed and disbursed as a result of the 2018 Charlevoix commitments, as well as the implementation of those funds. This dashboard will be made public on the INEE website. The report resulting from this consultancy should complement INEE’s work.

Specific Objectives

The specific objectives of this consultancy are to:

  1. Develop, execute and analyze data from a survey of program leads representing all Charlevoix funding recipients and CIEPWG membership to provide updates on project results to date, lessons learned, best practices, and gaps.
  2. Facilitate a workshop following the survey to create a space for participants to deepen their contributions, share data, stories, impact numbers and identify key lessons learned, best practices and gaps for strengthened programming.
  3. Use the findings from the survey and the workshop to produce a report that will be shared with key stakeholders at GAC, program leads representing all Charlevoix recipients, CIEPWG and INEE that articulates key findings related to the above objectives, as well as the long-term need for continued support.

Process and Deliverables

This consultancy will include the following tasks and deliverables:

  • Consultancy launch meeting with AKFC and relevant stakeholders
  • Workplan development
  • Background research
  • Survey development and delivery following AKFC approval
  • Workshop development and delivery following AKFC approval
  • Preparation of the draft report for one round of reviews from AKFC and relevant stakeholders
  • Refinements to report and delivery of the final report to AKFC


The consultant(s) should have:

  • 5-10 years of experience in sector consultations and report development for external audiences, including:
    • Knowledge and experience of best practices in consultative approaches;
    • Commitment to upholding gender equality, diversity, equity and inclusion practices;
    • Expertise in the global education sector, particularly in contexts affected by fragility, crisis, and conflict, is an asset;
    • Outstanding written and interpersonal communication skills in English.

Duration of the activity

The assignment is expected to be for a maximum of 30 days. Deadlines for all deliverables will be confirmed upon the signing of the contract.

How to apply

Interested candidates are to submit a letter of interest, outlining their relevant experience and their proposed approach to the assignment, accompanied by a proposed budget to [email protected].  A recent CV and/or organizational profile should also be provided.

Deadline to apply: July 31, 2022

If there are any questions related to this consultancy, please direct them to [email protected]. Please use the subject line “Sector consultation on overseas education programs” in all correspondence with AKFC regarding this opportunity.

AKFC is committed to advancing gender equality and inclusion through our programming and operations in Canada and overseas. AKFC requires all employees and consultants to review and abide by the AKFC Gender Equality Policy

AKFC recognizes the importance of safeguarding and is committed to ensuring it manages a wide range of risks such that beneficiaries, staff, other associates, and the organization are kept safe from harm. All employees and consultants must respect the AKF Code of Conduct and Safeguarding Policy

AKFC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.