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Posted 23 April 2024 in EMpower News, Careers   |   Share

Consultancy – Peru-based | Terms of Reference

About EMpower

EMpower, a global philanthropic organisation, is dedicated to improving the lives and horizons of marginalised young people ages 10-24 in 15 emerging market countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Turkey. Through grants and other support (learning exchanges, technical assistance, thought partnering etc.), EMpower partners with 150+ local organisations working to strengthen education and livelihoods of young people, and to build their resilience, self-confidence, and well-being. EMpower has offices in Hong Kong, Delhi, Singapore, London, and New York, as well as programme staff in Ghana, Istanbul Mexico, Argentina, and South Africa. EMpower is at an exciting time in our evolution and organisational strengthening. In the past few years, we have grown in staff size and global footprint, with a deliberate focus on fostering a workplace that ensures diverse perspectives, opportunities for contribution, and belonging. 

Our Vision

We are building a world where all young people at the margins, especially girls, have the skills, opportunities, and power to live their full potential.

Our Mission

We partner with local organisations in emerging market countries, and other change-makers, to enable marginalised young people to transform their lives and communities.

Our Values

• We experience and build a trusting connection with each other.

• Our commitment is sustained by our integrity.

• Together we drive flexible innovation.

Position Title: Consultant

Reports to: Director of Programmes, Latin America

Team: Programmes, Latin America

Location: Peru; Home-based

Working hours: Full-time, 40 hours a week

Type of Employment: Fixed term 1 year; 1st July 2024 – 30th June 2025; could be renewed subject to successful delivery and availability of funding.

Purpose of Consultancy

EMpower seeks a Peru-based consultant to:

  • Support the implementation of our grantmaking and capacity strengthening strategy in Peru, incorporating a mental health lens into our grantmaking.
  • Conduct a comprehensive mapping exercise to identify key stakeholders, ascertain needs, pinpoint barriers to access, and identify mental health services available for marginalised young people.
  • Launch and coordinate a Peru-based community of practice to share knowledge and expertise, as well as promote collaboration among EMpower grantee partners in Peru, with a strong focus on mental health matters.
  • Serve as primary liaison for current and prospective grantee partners in Peru, in coordination with EMpower’s Programme Director for Latin America.
  • Represent EMpower and engage with local donors as appropriate.


In collaboration with, and under the supervision of EMpower’s Programme Director for Latin America, the consultant will be responsible for:

Direct management of grants (45%)

  • Manage EMpower’s portfolio in Peru, with direct supervision and support from EMpower’s Programme Director for Latin America. 
  • Identify and vet two new organisations in Arequipa, Peru that meet EMpower’s grant-making priorities and criteria.
  • Review, screen and make recommendations on incoming letters of inquiry and grant proposals. Conduct due diligence process and negotiate proposals and budgets with prospective and current grantee partners, involving donors as appropriate.
  • Prepare written grant summaries and present recommendations to grants committees (up to 3 times a year).
  • Join quarterly call with donors.
  • Monitor grants through review of reports, meetings, site visits and correspondence. Review and prepare analyses of grantee partners’ progress and final reports; providing feedback to grantee partners and incorporating highlights into EMpower materials.
  • Network with other organisations to explore collaborative grant-making opportunities and share useful information.

Learning, Convening and Knowledge sharing (40%)

  • Conduct a comprehensive mapping exercise to identify key stakeholders (organisations or otherwise) and the wider mental health ecosystem in Peru, ascertain needs, pinpoint barriers to access, and identify mental health services available for marginalised young people, in coordination with grantee partners.
  • Develop an influencing strategy and engagement plan to address the most pressing challenges identified in the mapping exercise, in coordination with grantee partners.
  • Launch and coordinate a Peru-based community of practice to share knowledge and expertise, as well as promote collaboration among EMpower grantee partners in Peru, with a strong focus on mental health matters.
  • Assist in planning opportunities for facilitating capacity building while taking a lead in identifying and organising such opportunities in Peru.
  • Draft reports (or key sections) for programmatic grants to EMpower, and occasional proposals as they relate to EMpower’s grant-making in Peru.
  • Provide content for e-communications, annual reports and other materials as they relate to the Peru portfolio.
  • Promote meaningful youth engagement practices among grantee partners. 

General (15%)

  • Liaise with local donors as needed.
  • Contribute to planning, fundraising and marketing processes as required.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Specific requirements


  • University degree in a field related to youth development, such as international development, public policy or administration, psychology, social anthropology, or gender studies is strongly preferred. 

Professional experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in working in a grant-making organisation and/or within youth development organisations
  • Experience with mental health programmes and advocacy are strongly preferred.
  • Experience in thinking creatively and strategically about how to direct limited resources to leverage change for young people and their communities.

Skills and knowledge:

  • The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate strong understanding of related approaches to mental health and youth development.
  • Strong understanding gender equitable/girl-centred programming.
  • Proficiency in English and Spanish is essential. 
  • Highly organised, with skills and experience in programme management or grants administration. 
  • Ability to work with and analyse budgets and quantitative information in Excel spreadsheets or in databases.
  • Critical analytical capacities; interest and ability to see and report on trends and results, and to compile lessons learned.
  • Flexible with ability to juggle tasks and shift priorities as required.  Strong initiative and ability to anticipate, prioritise, complete multiple projects and meet deadlines, with consistent attention to detail. 
  • Strong interpersonal and written communications skills, demonstrating cultural sensitivity/awareness 
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of judgement and professionalism, as well as virtually with a team across multiple time zones; sense of humour and perspective.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; alignment with EMpower’s values.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications, including databases.  Comfortable with learning new database technology; experience using Salesforce a plus.
  • Ability to live and work in Peru. EMpower is unable to consider candidates who do not already hold the legal right to live and work in Peru.


In-country travel only, on a need basis. Travel will be funded separately.


Remuneration in line with experience. Our range for this role is USD 27,000 to 32,000 per annum final offer will be made based on experience and skills. 

Apply here:

Closing date for submissions

Interested candidates should apply by Friday 17th May 2024. Please include cover letter as part of the application. LinkedIn accepts just one attachment so please be sure to add the cover letter and CV into one attachment. 

Equal Opportunity Employer 

EMpower is a global funder that makes grants globally to benefit marginalised young people, especially adolescent girls and young women. We strive to attract, develop, motivate and retain exceptional talent. We are committed to a team work environment that recognises contribution, fosters respect, facilitates strong performance, and prizes inclusion. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, recognising that diversity enriches all staff and our work globally. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or faith, or physical ability. 


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