Consultancy: Education Sector Mapping

Terms of Reference

Business Investment for Education Impact Research Consultancy


The new era of Environmental Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices underscore an opportunity for the education sector to be at the forefront of the new way of working with companies to align their internal activities to create systemic, strategic and scalable change.

The Global Business Coalition for Education is launching a new multi-year “Business Investment for Education Impact” initiative.  The initiative aims to build a stronger, more informed and impactful network of businesses with the potential to transform education outcomes through more strategic and coordinated investment.  Using a quasi-design approach, the initiative will conduct a consolidated mapping of the global education landscape and evidence, including major actors, regulatory frameworks, guiding principles, strategic efforts and initiatives; provide a series of design options for solutions for business and non-corporate stakeholders; test and prototype the solutions and develop a refined product for companies and non-corporate stakeholders; and develop a business model to implement, deliver and scale the use of the solutions to improve corporate investment in global education.

The Project & Scope of Work

We are currently seeking proposals from a consultancy firm or independent consultancy team to support the achievement of one or all of the following tasks in Phase 1 – Scoping, Listening and Designing— of the project. 

During this phase we are seeking a consultant to develop a consolidated mapping of the global education landscape and evidence, including major actors, regulatory frameworks, guiding principles, strategic efforts and initiatives.  The outcome will be a comprehensive overview of points for engagement at the local, national, regional and global level through governmental, non-governmental, international organizations (e.g. United Nations agencies and Multilateral Development Banks) and global funds/coordination mechanisms) in both lower-income, higher-income and humanitarian settings.

Expected deliverables

The deliverables associated with each of the following points in the scope of work include:

  1. A copy-edited, fact-checked report detailing the global education landscape, with an internal version and external summary version for publication
  2. Notes from conversations with stakeholders for use in ongoing conversations and subsequent project phases.

Please note, this is a subset of a larger consultancy also posted on the GBC-Education website. Potential candidates can provide a proposal for this project or for the full consultancy (“Consultancy: Business Investment and Impact” posted on

Skills and experience required

  • Knowledge of corporate social responsibility, social impact, shared value, international education, and/or a related field
  • Excellent experience of researching and writing policy documents and reports
  • Passion and good understanding of the issues related to the global education crisis, corporate philanthropy, or international organizations.  International development experience a plus
  • Positive, can-do attitude, creative approach and ability to meet tight deadlines but still maintain a high-quality of work

To submit your proposal

Please submit a 1-2-page application to by 20 February 2020, with the name of the consultancy in the subject line, outlining:

  • Steps you would take to complete this project (including proposed activities and timeframes for each task).
  • Overview/links demonstrating relevant skills and experience (e.g. examples of similar projects/work completed).
  • Day rate, total number of days, and breakdown of number of days for each task OR an itemized budget (with an itemized fee per deliverable) and estimated timeline for completion
  • Email and phone number of a referee from recent employment or project.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

About Us

The Global Business Coalition for Education is a movement of businesses committed to ending the global education crisis and unleashing the potential of the next generation. Our mission is to ensure that every child has the best start in life, a safe place to learn, and skills for the future.

Established as an initiative of the global children’s charity Theirworld in 2012, the Global Business Coalition for Education is committed to bringing together the expertise and resources of the business community with the campaign for global education and Sustainable Development Goal 4. We serve as the business community’s social impact advisor, combining the expertise of education and business to develop customized programs and identify investments, partnerships, and opportunities that will have the greatest impact.