Consultancy and technical assistance

Programme objectives:

To provide quality consultancy services on adolescent and youth and participatory development as a whole to organizations and individuals working with young people.

To offer technical support to youth organizations and networks to ensure that young people are benefiting from their programmes and their programmes are becoming sustainable and stand on its own while earning support from community and other partners including youth serving NGOs and government.

Programme activities (includes):

  • Development of youth strategies.
  • Development of materials.
  • Provide a base for large scale youth activities and festivals.
  • Training/facilitation.
  • Assessment/audit of youth programmes.

Such consultancy completed includes:

UNICEF Somalia.

Contract one.

Develop a programming guide for UNICEF Somalia for participation of the most marginalised and disadvantaged youth by training young people to research among their fellow youth.

Contract Two.

Develop training materials and train 180 peer educators followed by a TOT for the most effective peer educators.

UNICEF Lesotho.

Development of an operational framework for BCC for young people in Lesotho, together with life skills training manuals for young people 10-14, young people 15-24 and parents, as well as communication materials.

UNICEF Liberia.

Work with the government of Liberia, UNICEF Liberia and the UN as a whole to develop a youth programme, with particular attention to the most vulnerable and marginalised and ensure that young people, and their issues are included in the national Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Consultation with children in developing children’s law in Liberia.

UNICEF Ethiopia.

2 national trainings on human rights based approach to programming and on life skills for Ministry of Education.

UNICEF Eritrea.

Carry out a national survey of life skills education in schools, run an updated TOT and revise and update national TOT manual and development of national framework.

UNICEF Kenya and Ministry of Youth.

Train young facilitators in Kenya and work with them to carry out a qualitative, participatory youth situation analysis in all provinces leading to a national workshop of 160 young people to develop the situation analysis. The final draft has been handed over to the Ministry of Youth and Sports and UNICEF Kenya.

UNICEF Madagascar.

Evaluate national life skills programme and materials, and lead workshop to revise and expand materials Support to write Global Fund proposal with a youth perspective.

Facilitate a national TOT to develop a national life skills team.

Economic Commission for Africa – ECA.

Write a chapter on Youth Health from a rights based perspective for the African Youth Report produced by UNECA.

RIATT (Save the Children, Plan, UNICEF, REPPSI, World Vision).

Develop a paper on child participation in meetings and facilitate and supervise national children’s consultations in eight countries leading up to children’s participation in an international meeting on Children Affected by AIDS for Eastern and Southern Africa (for Regional Inter-Agency Task Team).

Facilitate their participation in the international meeting held in Dar es Salaam in September 2008 and the participation of two child representatives from that group in the Donors Consultative Forum in Dublin in October 2008.

Aga Khan Development Network – AKDN.

Study on Quality of Life in Cabo Delgado Province – Mozambique and Kilwa district in Tanzania.

UNICEF Burundi.

Development of training manuals on life skills, participation, vulnerable groups.

Together with presentations at international forums in USA, Ireland, Zambia, and facilitation of African Youth Forum in Uganda.

Technical assistance.

Organizing and hosting conferences, dealing with all logistic issues, facilitation and documentation – digital and report writing.

  • Child rights stakeholders’ conference for Tanzania Child Rights Forum - TCRF.
  • International Conference for Children Affected By AIDS for RIATT.

Africa Facilitation Conference with International Association of Facilitators.



Programme objectives.

To provide an opportunity to young volunteers and interns to work with adolescent and youth in participatory development and gain in field experience of their work while contributing to the development of local communities.

Programme activities.

  • Cultural exchange and eco-tourisms camps.

What we do: We seek partnership with other organizations in specific cultural exchange programmes and organize work camps for volunteers to live and work with local communities in development projects.

  • Internship and volunteer placement.

What we do: We provide internship opportunities for local college students, graduates and people who work with adolescent and youth to work in youth projects implemented by TAMASHA for a learning purpose and human resource support to the project activities.   

Accessing volunteers from various organizations with particular expertise to come and work with TAMASHA directly or in placement with youth networks where necessary. Volunteers will be working in capacity development of the institution and youth networks and also like managing websites, development of publications, prepare documentaries etc.   

  • Community voluntary work.

What we do: TAMASHA organizes short term activities and events for advocacy and community engagement in various issues related to young people and development.




Formation and development of youth structures, organisations and networks.

Programme Objectives.

To foster the development of district youth networks linked together and interacting with one another and reaching out to the most marginalised groups of young people in their districts and elsewhere.

Programme Activities.

  • Development of youth networks and centres.

What we do:  TAMASHA trains a cadre of community volunteers in animation skills to follow up on youth issues at the village and community level and work together with community members to identify and find their own solutions from the challenges they are facing. The guardians selected by young people themselves are also trained so that they can support the young people and also develop parenting programmes for adults in the community.

Where possible TAMASHA also provides some basic equipment, training materials and sports and recreational equipment.

Depending on the choices of its members, and opportunities available, the trained resourceful youth through their centres will provide:

  • Trainings in adolescent development including sexual and reproductive health, life skills and peer education.
  • Entrepreneurship and livelihoods, with particular emphasis on adolescent girls.
  • Recreational activities decided upon by club members.
  • Counselling and support to adolescents (self-awareness and personal development, health, legal etc.).
  • Training of young people in different areas to give them access to social entrepreneurship opportunities as peer educators, paralegals, counsellors, environmental activists, health auxiliaries, researchers/surveyors, sports coaches, etc.
  • Being consulted by other organizations to carry on various projects targeting young people in their areas.
  • Reaching out to the most marginalised groups.

What we do: We train the groups of marginalized youth in participatory action research so as to reach out their peers and feedback to local (and national) leaders and actors.  

Development of a training and support programme with the group including entrepreneurship.

Training (refresher) of youth centre members and members of the marginalized group in sexual and reproductive health and rights, life skills, HIV&AIDS, peer education etc.

TAMASHA also build capacities of the marginalized youth, promote and support participation in national and international events.

  • Research on youth

What we do: TAMASHA carries out research on youth quality of life, youth situation analysis, vulnerabilities and availability and accessibility of social services both for our own programme design and for consultancy services using participatory action research and theatre for development.

  • Training and courses.

What we do: Foundation Course on Youth and Development based on participatory development and human rights based approaches is offered for free for young people working in youth programmes and also for charged fees for NGOs implementing youth programmes. 

TAMASHA is strongly recognized in creative and participatory facilitation techniques which uses a lot of interactive methods both on process and content facilitation. Training in facilitation is offered to build a base of young facilitators at TAMASHA using a team of experienced facilitators who are also members of International Association of Facilitators. 

For consultancy and programme purposes TAMASHA design and conduct graded courses/curricula in life skills, Sexual and Reproductive Health, participatory development, participatory research. Environment (and eco-tourism), facilitation, governance, participation and leadership for young people, communication for social change (including lobbying and advocacy), tailor made courses – in response to demand.

TAMASHA has also supported build ups of training teams in facilitation and participatory development in other countries - Kenya, Lesotho, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia.

  • Materials development on youth

What we do: We engage in creative writing developing materials with a youth perspective basically in citizens’ engagement using comic cartoons story writing to provoke community members to take action and engage in development processes and to represent research findings.