Timeframe: Summer 2019-Fall 2020
Location: New York City
The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) is seeking a consultant/consultant team to support a program of work to advance IWHC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) internally. Working with a staff and board task force, the consultant will support IWHC to assess the current state of its DEI internally; help define objectives for the next two years; and design and execute a series of workshops, trainings, and other exercises to include all staff and board.
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in New York with offices in Washington, DC and San Francisco, IWHC seeks to advance women’s sexual and reproductive rights in the Global South. Through its policy advocacy, grantmaking, monitoring and evaluation, and women’s movement building, the International Women’s Health Coalition fuels progress for women and girls in partnership with feminist leaders, global advocates, and supportive governments. Together, we are building stronger women’s movements and achieving important victories for women’s lives. IWHC currently has an annual budget of 8.6 million USD, and gives away approximately 2.5 million USD in grants every year.
The International Women’s Health Coalition envisions a world in which women and girls:
- Have access to the information and services they need to enhance and protect their health and achieve their full potential;
- Can make informed choices about their sexuality, relationships, pregnancy, child-bearing, and marriage, free of discrimination, coercion, and violence;
- Are equally and effectively engaged in decisions that affect their sexual and reproductive rights and health; and
- Lead movements working to advance sexual and reproductive rights and health.
The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) promotes and protects the sexual and reproductive rights and health of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. IWHC advances this agenda by supporting and strengthening local leaders and organizations working within their communities and at the national and regional levels; by advocating for international policies, programs, and funding; and, by seeking to influence US policy on these matters. IWHC builds bridges between local realities and global policymaking by connecting women and youth leaders in the Global South to key decision-makers. In doing so, IWHC brings local voices to global debates and in turn, makes global processes and policies more understandable and actionable at the local level.
In 2018, the staff and board of IWHC decided to explicitly name the values of the organization. We consulted grantee partners, sister organizations, and donors to understand how they experience us and our work. We reflected intensively and collectively on IWHC’s 34-year history as an advocacy, grantmaking, and intellectual leadership organization, our role in global and national women’s movements, our track record of achievement, the challenges we face, and our ongoing aspirations. We agreed on seven values: excellence; feminism; diversity, equity, and inclusion; generosity of spirit; trust; autonomy; and, movement building. A full explanation of these values can be found here: https://iwhc.org/about-us/values/
About the Project
Over the next two years, IWHC has chosen to prioritize work on the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion, which reads: IWHC “amplifie[s] and celebrate[s] the voices and realities of people with less power and place[s] them at the center of our work. We commit to creating an environment of inclusion, support, and belonging.” This value applies to IWHC’s work internally and externally, but in this effort, the focus will be internal.
Staff have expressed a desire to establish a shared vocabulary, and ground ourselves in shared meaning on topics such as racial equity, intersectionality, unconscious bias, white fragility, and dismantling structural and organizational racism and oppression. Because IWHC is committed to ensuring all its staff have the same opportunities to thrive and succeed, IWHC needs to make progress along the three dimensions of diversity, equity, and inclusion. While IWHC recognizes that DEI is never “done,” it wants staff and board to have a shared understanding and agreement about what progress will look like.
Specifically, working with the staff and board task force, the consultant will, over the next two years:
- Review the analysis and recommendations on DEI in the IWHC values report and from the IWHC organizational task force;
- Support IWHC to assess the current state of its DEI internally;
- Help define objectives for the next two years, and a plan for meeting these objectives;
- Design and execute a series of workshops, trainings, and exercises to include all staff, in different groups (all staff, management only, women of color, etc.), as well as the board;
- Advise IWHC on possible changes to internal policies and processes to improve DEI;
- In consultation with IWHC’s LME staff, measure progress at the mid- and end-points; and
- Help develop a plan for ongoing learning and growth that includes developing tools, suggesting materials, and identifying resources for continued outreach, learning and growth.
Qualifications and Expertise
The consultant will have:
- Significant experience designing and facilitating successful organizational change to strengthen DEI, including trainings for staff and board;
- Experience working with international non-profit organizations and in multicultural and multigenerational settings;
- Excellent listening and facilitation skills;
- Experience designing participatory processes that effectively engage diverse stakeholders across the organizational hierarchy and respond to different learning styles;
- Strong emotional intelligence and ability to give clear directions, read the room, and make sure boundaries are clear and difficult situations/conversations are managed with tact and confidence; and
- Flexibility and ability to incorporate learnings as we move through the program;
How to Apply:
Please apply by Monday, June 3, by submitting a cover letter, outlining a vision for the scope of work and proposed timeline, along with a CV, examples of previous work, references, and rates to [email protected].
IWHC is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. IWHC does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, HIV status, or disability. This policy applies to all of IWHC’s activities including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline, and discharge. We are committed to seeking qualified candidates who contribute to the diversity of the working environment.