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Call for consultants: Developing a Youth Parliament


The CPA Headquarters, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is issuing a call for consultants to work on its handbook on 'Developing a Youth Parliament.'

The call is for applicants to fill two consultant positions to develop the above handbook and to produce resources to accompany the handbook for use by Commonwealth national and subnational Legislatures.

About the Handbook

In line with SDG16 – “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels” - the CPA has a mandate to develop a project to support our member Branches in strengthening their engagement, education and outreach work. It is with this in mind that the CPA, in partnership with UNDP, is developing this project to support Commonwealth Parliaments in their development of national, or subnational, Youth Parliaments.

According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union in 2021, the average proportion of Parliamentarians under 30 in national Parliaments across the globe was 2.6%, an increase of 0.4% from 2018. Out of the 18 Legislatures which have conducted a CPA Democratic Benchmarks self-assessment, the majority have highlighted the need to improve their public engagement performance. Convening national and subnational Youth Parliaments, among other measures of youth engagement, are a key measure for improving the representation and engagement of young people in their democratic institutions. It is hoped that this project will foster development in both areas of inclusion for young Commonwealth citizens.

The CPA and UNDP are commissioning a handbook for parliamentary institutions to develop Youth Parliaments as a way to enhance public engagement. The handbook will provide guide on the reasoning behind establishing or connecting with Youth Parliaments, for the contribution that they have to engaging young citizens in the processes of their representative institutions.

This publication will offer a practical plan for Parliaments to adopt, resources for them to use, and feature examples and methods that can be applied to engagement efforts. Although intended for the key stakeholders in Parliament that manage public engagement initiatives, it will also incorporate perspectives from civil society, academia and the media to provide a diverse range of viewpoints and ensure the approaches outlined in the handbook are effective and realistic.

The handbook will take into account resource limitations when recommending Youth Parliaments, as events for external stakeholders, in understanding the budget constraints currently facing many Parliaments for such endeavours. The guidance, suggestions, case studies and methods presented will not be a universal solution but will be adaptable for both large, well-funded Parliaments and smaller ones with limited capacity and geographically dispersed populations.

The handbook, once published, will form the template for bilateral Technical Assistance Programmes (TAP) with specific Legislatures who want to pursue further work. The publication will be disseminated to all CPA Branches both electronically and in the medium to long term in hardcopy. The publication will be designed in an engaging and readable format, with a plain text version available for use by persons with visual impairments.

Role Requirements

■ To be considered for one of the two contracts, you must be available between 20 February and 2 June 2023.

■ To be considered for the post, applicants should have at least five years’ experience working in either a parliamentary or related academic setting and have a good understanding of youth engagement approaches taken by Parliaments.

■ Applicants should also be fluent in English.

Contract and how to apply

Both contracts will be for £5,000 GBP (inclusive of taxes).

If you would like to be considered for either position, please submit your interest by sending a CV and covering letter by Friday 10th February (23:59 GMT) to

For further information on the project, please contact Clive Barker, Youth Engagement Coordinator at the CPA Secretariat at

Webpage updated 18/01/2023