Global civil society alliance,CIVICUS, is seeking a team of two consultants (or two individual consultants) to review current CIVICUS’ diversity and inclusion programming and data and create a digital interactive tool for civil society organisations to use to help diagnose where and how they can improve their commitment to diversity and inclusion.The Terms of Reference that follows contains all the necessary information pertaining to proposal requirements for those interested in applying for this opportunity.
Interested candidates are welcome to submittheir proposal in writing to Suhani Bhushansuhani.email@example.com May 2020**.
CIVICUS is a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. We were established in 1993 and since 2002 have been proudly headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with additional hubs across the globe, with a membership alliance with more than 9000 members in more than 190 countries. Our definition of civil society is broad and covers non-governmental organisations, activists, civil society coalitions and networks, protest and social movements, voluntary bodies, campaigning organisations, charities, faith-based groups, trade unions and philanthropic foundations. Our membership is diverse, spanning a wide range of issues, sizes and organisation types. Our staff is based across the globe in over 20 countries. CIVICUS is diverse in nature and has been searching for practical ways to implement diverse and inclusive principles within civil society.
Diversity and Inclusion has become a hot topic within civil society in recent years. Knowing there is no ‘people power’ without true principles of diversity and inclusion, many in the sector are taking a step back and evaluating how this core principle is being integrated into programmes and operations. Recent scandals in civil society have posed troubling questions about how strongly we adhere to our values in practice.The CIVICUS alliance has gone on a journeyto discuss the major obstacles and barriers that civil society is facing that prevent the sector from practicing what it preaches. Civil society must lead by example. We need to experiment and model workplace diversity and inclusion and change our leadership styles to do so.
CIVICUS is currently in the middle ofa pilot programmethat aims to identify the unique issues that are faced by civil society organizations and how to approach change looking at the short term fixes and long term deep structural transformations. CIVICUS also helps facilitate theDiversity and Inclusion Group for Networking and Action (DIGNA)– a group where civil society organisations can learn from and share with each other. Through both of these initiatives CIVICUS hopes to shed some light on both enablers of diversity and inclusion, and the types of behaviours and policies that can create a harmful environment. Through these learnings CIVICUS would like to create an online interactive tool where civil society organisations can answer questions about their context and can be given a diagnosis on where their gaps are, and which resources are available to help fill those gaps.
Scope and Purpose
The diversity and inclusion diagnostic tool will be looking at policies and practices around sexual harassment, power structures, work culture, recruitment and benefits, accessibility and accountability. This tool will hopefully address prevalent shortcomings within civil society.
CIVICUS seeks to hire a consultancy team to create an online interactive diagnostic tool related to diversity and inclusion within civil society. Key deliverables will include:
- Content: the collection and curation of content for the tool through desk reviews and interviews.
- Digital: the creation of an online interactive tool by researching different existing platforms to find what will work best for our purposes and creating the code for the tool to work well.
- Utilising co-design methodologies in the development of both the content and the platform.
The consultants will work closely with the CIVICUS Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator.
CIVICUS will provide background information on the above to help provide initial direction.
Drawing on co-design methodologies and approaches that ensure inclusion of the target stakeholders in the design of the D&I Diagnostic Tool, consultants will undertake the following indicative activities:
- Engagement with CIVICUS Diversity & Inclusion team to develop work plan and finalise roadmap
- Desk review of internal and external resources
- Stakeholder engagement through interviews, focus group discussions, co-design workshops, etc.
- Development of persona- and context-specific questionnaires, resources, etc.
- Creation of cost-effective interactive tool in 3 languages (drawing on existing technology/platforms, if possible)
- User-friendly, engaging platform that is also accessible to members in low-tech environments
- Recommendations regarding platform engagement and sustainability
- Training of CIVICUS colleagues for ongoing maintenance and updates of the platform
Timelines and Deliverables
- Multi-methodology research completed 31 July 2020
- Sign-off on content and development plan 31 August 2020
- Digital Tool ready for testing 10 October 2020
- Digital Tool ready for launch 10 November 2020
Experience and Skills
- Demonstrable experience working on diversity and inclusion concepts
- Demonstrable experience with co-design methodologies and approaches
- Experience in blended and adaptive learning approaches advantageous
- Ability to convey evaluative concepts in digestible, user-friendly and aesthetically please formats
- Experience in web development and coding
- Ability to use creative design to ensure usability, visual appeal and accessibility
- Strong understanding of digital inclusion and security risks
- Experience in international development with a focus on civil society
- Familiarity and experience working with a diversity of types of organisations in different regions and contexts
- Fluency in English and French or Spanish is preferred
- Ability to meet deadlines provided
How to apply
Interested candidates are welcome to submit their proposal in writing to Suhani Bhushan firstname.lastname@example.org by11th May 2020. Proposals must include the following:
- Proposal describing your personal and professional approach to this assignment and how you hope to accomplish the objectives (3 page maximum)
- Full CV outlining relevant expertise in relation to the requirements of this assignment with examples of previous relevant capacity development products or annexes (2-3 page maximum)
- A financial proposal including daily rates and estimated days for completion of this project.
- “D&I Resource Consultant Application” must be included in the subject line of the email. If applying as a team please identify the specific roles and responsibilities of each member.
The deadline for applications is11th May 2020. Please contact Suhani Bhushan at email@example.com if you have any questions. We can only provide clarifications to the terms of reference. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. References may be requested for shortlisted candidates.