Astraea seeks to develop a grantee partner accompaniment strategy aligned with our Social Change Opportunity Fund, which supports LGBTQI organizations in the Global South and East to pursue legal, policy and institutional changes. Applications for this consultancy are due November 30, 2018.
Founded in 1977, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. We support brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. We work for racial, economic, social, and gender justice because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.
The first grantmaker to hundreds of organizations, Astraea plays a catalytic role for LGBTQI groups across the globe. Our grantmaking, capacity building & leadership development, media & communications, and philanthropic advocacy programs promote and support the work of lesbian, trans, intersex and LGBTQI organizations to challenge oppression and claim rights.
About the Social Change Opportunity Fund
Astraea has always recognized the complex interplay of laws, policies and cultural norms that stand as barriers to the achievement of lived equality for LGBTQI people. As such, we support groups using multiple strategies to realize the rights and dignity of LGBTQI communities, from arts and cultural activism to legal and policy advocacy.
A pillar of our international grantmaking since its creation in 2002, Astraea’s Social Change Opportunity Fund (SCOF) strategically supports LGBTQI organizations in the Global South and East that are well-positioned to win policy and advocacy victories. SCOF grants are multi-year funding commitments that support groups to advance and sustain campaigns for legal, policy and institutional change that are critical components of achieving justice for all LGBTQI people. Through SCOF, Astraea supports campaigns to achieve: anti-discrimination protections, gender identity laws, and end criminalization. As well as build equal access to rights and services, including family protections, health and education. Astraea’s SCOF grantmaking prioritizes support for lesbian, trans- and intersex-led campaigns. It aims to support advocacy that will change conditions for the most marginalized members of LGBTQI communities.
Astraea seeks a consultant to refine, deepen and systematize Astraea’s grantee partner accompaniment strategy under the Social Change Opportunity Fund. In 2017, Astraea commissioned an external evaluation of SCOF over the time period of 2012-2016, which focused on learning how SCOF has contributed to national level changes that advance LGBTQI rights, and how Astraea can maximize the potential of SCOF to strengthen organizational and movement achievements and how SCOF can adjust and leverage opportunities for LGBTQI organizing in light of a changing political and funding environments. This project addresses two recommendations that came out of this evaluation: deepening Astraea’s non-financial and accompaniment support to grantee partners and implementing a strong organizational and peer learning framework through which SCOF can document lessons and share strategies across Astraea’s grantees and peer communities.
- Interviews with SCOF grantee partners and Astraea program officers to understand grantee accompaniment needs, assess PO capacities and map out the current practice
- Strategic recommendations for Astraea to maximize impact of SCOF accompaniment activities that respond to grantee partner priorities and opportunities identified through the 2017 program evaluation of SCOF and subsequent implementation activities
- Formalization of mechanism to support peer-to-peer learning, skill-sharing and strategizing across grantee partners, including implementation of a pilot set of grantee partner webinars
- Development of a repository of training and capacity-strengthening tools available to partners
- Working with Program Team to document and evaluate this system of non-financial support in alignment with Astraea’s broader learning and evaluation program
Proposals are due by November 30, 2018. Astraea will review proposals and conduct interviews with selected candidates by December 15, 2018. Work on the consultancy should begin on or around January 7, 2019 and be completed by June 2019.
Interested consultants should submit a CV including language proficiency, a cover letter outlining proposed methodology for accompaniment, a proposed budget. Fluency in English and Spanish prefered. Proposals should be directed to Namita Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 30, 2018.