Background & Description

Indus Consortium in partnership with VSO Pakistan is implementing ‘Empowering Youth for Employment and Entrepreneurship’.  The current project will serve as way forward to design future interventions for youth employability and entrepreneurship initiatives according to need have youth as primary actors.

The project interventions mainly consists of researches being conducted by international and national volunteer and consultation with primary actors and key stake holders.


Indus Consortium and VSO Pakistan are jointly organizing a policy Dialogue on youth employability. The purpose of the Policy Dialogue is to bring the major stakeholders together to initiate the discussion on the real time challenges faced by youth with regards to employments and entrepreneurship and the how the provincial youth policy is addressing those challenges.  The dialogue will provide a platform to primary actor (youth) and stakeholder including  donors, government officials, UN agencies, TVET providers, private sector representatives and member of NGO/CSOs to discuss and recommend innovative ideas and solution for livelihoods enhancement of youth.

The Policy Dialogue design is based on people first principle which assures that its people centric with more focus on evidence to enable different stakeholders to collaborate by sharing their knowledge to address youth needs (primary actors) and a more devolved frame work for accountability of government resources at right place for deserving marginalized segment of society.  The dialogue will use different approaches for to include the voices of primary actor and stake holder which will include, panel discussions, experience sharing and questions and answers sessions. The representative of already launched and capacitated youth Employability Network under EYEE project will present the issues, challenges and youth’s expectations and needs , whereas the representative of VSO will talk about the policy recommendations formulated by EYEE- YEN to present to the house and policy makers.



Tentative Program Schedule:

            Date:   Thursday 15 March 2017

            Time:  11:00am – 02:00pm

            Venue: Faletti’s Hotel, Lahore





15th March 2018



10:00 am – 11:00 AM

Registration of participants and morning tea



11:00 am

Recitation of Holy Quran




Welcome note & introduction of VSO


Representative VSO

11:15 – 11:25

Youth Employability Issues and Challenges and Highlighting Policy Recommendations

YEN Representative

11:30- 12:10




Session-1: Panel Discussion with 4 Universities  representatives


Issues, challenges and Pathways of youth Employability, Role of Universities/ Academia   for the Employability of fresh graduates in Pakistan


Consultative discussion by youth and participants

1. Representative of Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi

2. Representative of Punjab University, Lahore

3. Representative of BZU, Multan

4. Representative of GC University, Lahore


12:10 – 12:15

Presenting Shields to the guests of the panel



12:15 – 12:55




Issues, challenges and Pathways of youth Employability and Role of Private sector in Pakistan


Consultative discussion by youth and participants

Moderator :


Three representatives of Private Sector & Chair by Ms. Aisha Khan, CD Hashoo Foundation



12:55 -13:00

Presenting Shields to the guests of the panel




13:00 – 13:45

Youth policy of Punjab, issues, challenges, pathways for youth employability and role of policy makers.


Consultative discussion by youth and participants




Three policy makers & chair by Youth Minister


Presenting set of Recommendations to the Ministry and parliamentarians by YEN



Presenting Shields to the guests of the panel





Vote of Thanks

Jamshad Farid, Chairman Indus Consortium





Media mobilization will be an important component for this campaign activity. All three types of media, print, electronic and social media will be mobilized. Two to three TV talk shows on main stream TV channels will be arranged. In addition, TV packages and the boosting of the event on social media will be managed.

Consultancy details:


Indus Consortium is seeking Media consultant to ensure following things of the event.

  • Two TV talk shows will be organized on mainstream TV channels including PTV and others within one week of the event.
  • Develop Press Release in English, get sign off from Indus Consortium VSO and circulate it to all newspapers
  • Translation of English version of press release in Urdu and releases it to Urdu newspapers
  • Invite mainstream electronic media of Lahore for event coverage in mainstream English and Urdu newspapers,
  • Ensure 05 media packages on mainstream TV channels are developed and on-aired as well. Consultant will share the clips and media coverage with Indus Consortium.
  • Radio messages will be on-aired.
  • Collect all the records of TV talk shows, packages on-aired and newspaper covered the event.
  • Consultant should be based in Lahore and he should be available on event day.
How to Apply

The suitable and experience firms and individuals having relevant experience of Media management of approximately 5 years are eligible to apply for the assignment.

Interested candidate and firms should apply for the consultancy via submitting technical and financial proposal with breakup, CVs of lead consultant and co- consultants, not later than 7 March 2018 close to COB on

About Organization

Indus Consortium is a collaborative platform of three rights-based development organizations i.e. Laar Humanitarian Development Program (LHDP), Doaba Foundation and HELP Foundation. These three organizations have been active since long time mainly responding to natural disasters and other development needs of their respective operational areas along River Indus. These organization adopted an innovative approach to create a joint platform for learning, synergy, evidence based advocacy to address macro level structure causes of development problem on the basis of their field experience and create solidarity among communities living around river Indus and are vulnerable to natural and manmade disasters.

The joint platform is a manifestation of a joint force of the people living around Sindhu (Indus River) basin in Pakistan. The Consortium represents the unity among various groups of different ethnic, linguistic and geographic features and their determination to struggle for the development of the people around Indus River.

The concept of a joint forum of various organizations for the holistic socio-economic development of these least served rural, riverine, disaster-prone and marginalized communities was visualized by Doaba Foundation district Muzaffargarh and shared with LHDP in District Badin. This pragmatic and innovate idea got acceptance and proved a step towards joint thinking in 2004. . In 2005 another likeminded organization - HELP Foundation - from povertystricken district of Rajanpur in Punjab, joined the two organizations i. With the association of these three based organizations the thinking firmed up to create a development consortium for improved research and coordination.. For this transitional purpose, another prominent research & development actor - Rural Development Policy Institute (RDPI) based in Islamabad – became part of the consortium in 2008.

The idea was materialized in the form of establishment of Indus Consortium in 2008. The consortium being a joint platform form aimed to carry out socio-economic, environmental, DRR-centric and rights-based development initiatives primarily in proximity of the banks of historical River Indus in the districts like Thatta, Qambar-Shahdadkot, Ghotki and Kashmor in Sindh province, and Layyah, Jhang, Bhakkar, Muzaffargarh, D.G.Khan, Rajanpur and Rahimyar Khan in Punjab province. The consortium devised the Terms of Reference (TORs) with the consultation of the three founding organizations at field level work, and with the RDPI for research, collaboration and coordination.

Source: Strategic Planning Document of Indus Consortium (2014-2018)