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Research in youth inclusion

The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization working at the intersection of business, agriculture, and forests to make responsible business the new normal. We are an alliance of companies, farmers, foresters, communities, and consumers committed to creating a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.

By bringing diverse allies together, we are making deep-rooted change on some of our most pressing social and environmental issues. Together, we amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and help people mitigate and adapt to climate change in bold and effective ways.

As farmers globally are getting older, the future of sustainable landscapes depends on the participation of the next generation. However, in many rural communities, young women and men have limited opportunities for employment, education training, as well as participation in community decision-making and activities. The Rainforest Alliance is preparing youth, for a meaningful and financially viable future within their communities. By building capacity for leadership opportunities, increased civic engagement, and technical training, we can help youth become more personally invested in their communities and in creating a future there.

For background information, refer to Rainforest Alliance publication “A Reason to Stay: Strategies to Combat Out-Migration of Youth in Rural Mexico’s Sustainable Forest Communities” (

Objectives of the Consultancy 

This consultancy seeks to conduct research that will inform the development of the Rainforest Alliance’s global youth strategy and identify the biggest needs/opportunities for rural youth in the coffee and cocoa sectors. The Rainforest Alliance has pilot tested a variety of interventions in Latin America to increase youth capacity and inclusion, including technical training, entrepreneurial business development, experiential learning opportunities and development of leadership and social emotional skills. The organization is now in the process of designing a global strategy that will make recommendations on interventions in the coffee and cocoa sectors and consider ways to replicate and scale interventions piloted in the forestry sector to other regions.

Activities of the consultancy

The following are the activities required to meet the objectives of the consultancy:

  1. Research existing strategies and tools for youth engagement, with a specific focus on coffee and cocoa: The consultant will conduct desk research to identify the major intervention points for youth inclusion, with a specific focus on increasing meaningful work opportunities for young farmers in the coffee and cocoa sectors.
  2. Research existing global stakeholders working on issues of youth inclusion: The consultant will conduct desk research to identify the key global actors in the coffee and cocoa sectors working on interventions for youth and agriculture, including NGOs, government and private institutions. The focus of the research will be those working with rural youth in coffee and cocoa growing communities.
  3. Provide general recommendations and input into global youth strategy: Based on results of research, the consultant will provide recommendations or considerations to be included in the strategy, including priority countries to replicate work, needs/opportunities in the identified landscapes and specific input on key interventions as needed.
  4. The consultant will coordinate directly with the RA global theme lead for youth inclusion during this process.

Products and deliverables

Report with research findings. The result of this consultancy will be a report which summarized the findings of the activities mentioned above with a focus on challenges and opportunities in the coffee and cocoa sectors, including references sources, and key recommendations.

Direct Supervision

The consultant will be supervised by the global theme lead for youth inclusion and will meet periodically to review advances.

Time and budget

This consultancy is valid the date of the signing of the contract, with results being presented no later than December 30th, 2019. The consultant will receive a maximum of 5,000 Euros upon completion of the deliverables to the satisfaction of the Rainforest Alliance.

Presentation of CV and requirements

The consultant must submit an updated CV, including resent experience in research and project development. Required qualifications include:

  • Experience working with youth, including formal and informal education, rural youth, preferably related to the agriculture and forestry sectors.
  • Experience in research, preferably on topics of sustainable development, education, coffee and cocoa.
  • Knowledge of topics such as training, pedagogy, sustainability, management of natural resources and social inclusion.
  • Field experience with rural youth and farmers is a plus.


Candidates are asked to submit a technical and financial proposal, which will be evaluated based on quality and cost-efficiency. The proposal must include a) workplan for completing deliverables; b) calendar of activities.

The proposal must be accompanied by a CV and any other documents relevant for the selection.

Proposals must be submitted to Maria Ghiso (