Call for Consultancy Services – DREEM Project Policy Consultant


Position Title: DREEM Policy Consultant(s)

Position Location: Remote

Reports to: WUSC DREEM Project Director and Policy Manager

Contract term: April 1  –  December 31, 2022 (renewable based on performance)

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) – is a leading Canadian non-profit organization in international development, committed to providing education, economic opportunities and empowerment opportunities that improve the lives of millions of disadvantaged youth around the world. 

Project Overview – Displaced and Refugee youth Enabling Environment Mechanism (DREEM) project

The DREEM project is a new collaboration between WUSC and the Mastercard Foundation to help fulfill the Foundation’s commitment to meaningfully include refugee and displaced young people across the Foundation’s work.  DREEM is a 5-year project that is working towards greater inclusion of refugees and displaced young people across the Foundation’s programming, especially the Scholars Program and Young Africa Works. 

Through DREEM, WUSC will contribute to the Mastercard Foundation’s thinking and strategy development for its new refugee and displaced youth strategy and in creating a network of transformative leaders – inclusive of refugees and displaced youth, especially women – driving equitable socio-economic transformation in Africa

The project is implemented through three key pillars;

  1. Support Scholars Program (SP) partners and staff with the knowledge, capacity and networks to meaningfully recruit and serve refugees and displaced youth worldwide in higher education and transition to work and to work towards more inclusive societies;
  2. Support Young Africa Works (YAW) country partners and staff in Kenya to gain the knowledge, capacity and networks to meaningfully include and develop programming that meets the unique training and employment needs, opportunities and aspirations of refugee and displaced youth, especially young women;
  3. Strengthening Economic Opportunities for Refugees (SEOR) will complement WUSC’s existing Learning through Education and Access to Employment Pathways (LEAP) program and provide refugee entrepreneurs, especially young women (who will comprise 70% of beneficiaries), with improved access to market-oriented business support services that improve business and employment outcomes in Kenya, namely in Kakuma and Kalobeyei settlements.

Scope of Work and Purpose

East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia) hosts a significant number of refugees and is a region where WUSC has a strong presence and history of engaging with various stakeholders on education and economic opportunities for and with refugees. While the countries are signatories to CRRF and there has been some progress in terms of movement and right to work, refugees still experience highly restrictive policies — including mobility and right to work — and there is limited political will in some contexts to meaningfully move towards refugee self-reliance. 

The DREEM project is working to facilitate an enabling environment for the inclusion of refugee and displaced youth, especially young women, to fully participate in society. Through building more inclusive institutions and systems for refugee and displaced youth, as well as providing refugee and displaced youth with opportunities to activate their leadership and grow their businesses, more refugees and displaced youth can access dignified and fulfilling economic opportunities. While DREEM is targeted towards changes that will positively impact the lives of refugee and displaced youth, there may be a significant ripple effect for other young Africans, especially those at the margins of society.

Evidence on inclusion shows that policies, practices and attitudes to build systems and societies that are more inclusive for one group ultimately result in ecosystems that are also better for other marginalized groups. 

Through the DREEM project, Scholars Program partners, Young Africa Works partners in Kenya and the Mastercard Foundation will strengthen their understanding of youth displacement and refugee issues in their local contexts, as well as their connections with other stakeholders and refugee and displaced youth leaders working in this space. The project,  through the Strengthening Economic Opportunities for Refugees pillar,  will also work at the policy level and with an understanding of systems that  impact refugees, as refugee youth in particular, are often legally or systemically barred from accessing opportunities for education and meaningful and dignified employment. 

Through the DREEM project, WUSC will engage with national and local government representatives, academic institutions, private sector actors, refugee led organizations, local and international NGOs and refugee youth to share knowledge, identify opportunities across the three pillars to engage in policy dialogue and identify ways to work collaboratively and elevate best practices and practical solutions to advance the inclusion of refugee youth in national, local and institutional priorities. 

Based on the above, the DREEM project wishes to engage a policy expert to develop an ambitious and comprehensive policy strategy and accompanying action plan to advance the socio-economic inclusion of young displaced people at the institutional, regional and national levels. The assignment will involve:

  • The identification of key policy barriers (relevant to each pillar of DREEM) and points of resistance surrounding refugee and displaced youth at institutional, regional and national levels (i.e. identification, mobility, education, employment, financial inclusion, infrastructure, etc.)
    • Namely, what specific policy issues offer the greatest opportunities for policy influence and impact (specifically with the digital skills sector)?
  • Identification and analysis of the regional political economy, key local and international stakeholders and influencers, as well as organizations/collective efforts that are already engaging in this space, and how DREEM can leverage on their efforts/work in programming, research and policy (i.e. ILO, Norwegian Refugee Council, etc.)
  • Identification of informational gaps, where policies and procedures may already be inclusive of and friendly towards refugees but prevailing norms, practices and awareness are bottlenecks to full enjoyment of these rights
    • In particular, are policies and practices constructed in a way that may be exclusionary to certain groups of refugees (e.g. women and girls, women with families, LGBTQI, those with disabilities, etc.)
    • How can WUSC and the Foundation work with Young Africa Works partners to ensure that they are well positioned to ensure inclusion in their operations and programming? 
  • Identification of challenges and areas of risk and development of a corresponding mitigation strategy
  • Identification of how inclusive pathways can be built within higher education institutions inEast Africa 
  • Development of a gender responsive strategy and action plan for implementation over the course of the project
  • Provision of technical support to the DREEM project team

The Specific Task and Deliverables

  1. Develop a comprehensive gender responsive policy analysis, strategy, action plan, and map of stakeholders in collaboration with the DREEM and WUSC Kenya teams
  2. Development and delivery of training to the DREEM project team on the policy analysis and strategy 
  3. Presentation of the policy strategy to the DREEM and Mastercard Foundation teams (a slide deck)
  4. Development of an action plan for WUSC to convene policy fora for various stakeholders over the course of the project


The individual or team of individuals is expected to possess the following: 

  • Degree in Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, Law or related field
  • Excellent presentation and written communication skills 
  • Knowledge of and experience with refugee and displaced or other marginalized populations in East Africa is a distinct advantage
  • Experience in developing and implementing policy strategies and actions plans for a variety of donors, academic institutions, other multilateral or UN agencies, namely in the contexts of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda
  • Demonstrated experience in gender-responsive policy formulation in refugee and remote contexts, including Do No Harm principles and working with forcibly displaced populations, particularly youth
  • Lived experience as a displaced person 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

Interested candidates should apply here by February 21, 2022. Candidates should submit a CV, 2 samples of relevant previous work, and a cover letter which details: 1) why they are an ideal candidate (qualifications and experience); 2) how they would approach the assignment; and 3) their rate.

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please. 

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