Call for Proposals – Internal Policies and Procedures for Meaningful Teenage Girl and LGBTQA Youth Engagement
Duration: 3 month contract
Application Deadline – July 7, 2019
Founded in 2010, FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund is the only youth-led fund focused exclusively on supporting young feminist activism to advance social justice movements and agendas across the globe. We believe in thecollective power, expertise, and innovation of young feminist organizers to address root causes and structures of inequality in order to create lasting change in their communities. To this end, FRIDA:
Provides small flexible grants to fund initiatives led by girls, young women, trans* and intersex youth under 30 years old with small flexible grants for core support, selected through an annual participatory review process.
Offers opportunities for capacity development that are accessible and responsive to the needs of young feminist organizers, and based on linking and learning relationships that strengthen networks of young feminist activists within multigenerational movements;
Mobilizes resources from both traditional and non-traditional sources, with new and modern methods, to enhance the quality and quantity of funding for women’s human rights; and
Builds knowledge for advocacy to ensure financial and non-financial policies are inclusive and responsive to the priorities articulated by girls, young women, trans* and intersex youth.
Since the very first grantmaking cycle, FRIDA has been funding and supporting young feminist groups led by or centered on teenage girl groups representing different identities and backgrounds. Overall FRIDA funded and supported around 95 girl-led, teenage LGBTQA or girls-centered groups.
At FRIDA we believe in the transforming power of girls and LGBTQA youth activists to fully participate in social justice movements. FRIDA promotes meaningful teenage girl and LGBTQA engagement in its governance and it ensures a representation of girl and LGBTQA expertise in the Advisory Committee. Advisors represented by teenage girls and LGBTQA youth bring their expertise and perspectives to shape FRIDA’s support to girl led, LGBTQA youth and girl focused groups. They play a key role in advising on girl, LGBTQA issues, supporting with specific outreach in each region, participate in projects and represent FRIDA at advocacy and philanthropy events.
FRIDA is requesting proposals for a consultant who would support in reviewing existing meaningful teenage girl and LGBTQA engagement practices at FRIDA, especially from legal standpoints for safeguarding and recommend what gaps needs to be addressed.
MAIN ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Work closely with key staff members girl advisors, grantee partners and board members address any institutional risks, particularly safeguarding and other legal gaps. This will include development of relevant policies, protocols that might include child protection, ethical and labour code working with activists under 18 years old
Document and improve existing strategies and approaches to girl engagement, child participation, and child protection
Potentially develop girl and queer friendly information that is accessible and relevant to their contexts
Organize and deliver online webinars and if needed in-person trainings for FRIDA staff and FRIDA community
Advise on legal aspects of meaningful participation of activists under 18 years old in FRIDA’s governance, including Board, Advisory Committee
Advise on FRIDA’s grantmaking and document the actual legal process of awarding grants, transferring funds, and providing tailored support to girl-led groups.
Advise on FRIDA’s monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, advocacy when it comes to supporting teenage girls and LGBTQA youth participation.
1. An organizational audit of current policies and standards at FRIDA
2. Based on the audit, 2-3 most significant or urgent policies (new or revised) for work with teenage girls and LGBTIQ youth, these could include:
- Ethical standards for working with minors
- A whistleblower policy
- A child protection policy
- Safeguarding policy
- Protocol related to labour laws re: to adolescents and how payment regulations look like for activists under 18
3. Train staff, advisors, board and wider FRIDA community in do no harm approaches (child protection policies etc)
REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
- The ideal candidate will have experience in the development of child rights policies and guidelines working with activists under 18 years old.
Knowledge of international and regional child protection mechanisms and guidelines working with activists under 18 years old.
Experience in engaging / being part of girl-led groups or building girl-adult partnerships.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, familiarity with databases, information management systems and ability to maintain well organized and documented files.
Good interpersonal skills, with ability to network, liaise in a multicultural environment; and work remotely.
Demonstrated commitment to supporting young feminist-led organizing, girls, women’s and LGBTQAI+ rights, youth issues.
Knowledge of community training, evaluation and documentation
- Fluency in reading and writing in English.
DESIRABLE SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
Knowledge of Canadian laws (where FRIDA is legally registered) to ensure compliance and consistency of developed procedures
Experience in the Global South, at least in one of the five regions where FRIDA operates
Experience in building and maintaining participatory, inclusive and meaningful engagement with girl activists, groups and their communities, including parents.
- Fluency in any of the following languages* (i.e. French, Arabic and Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese are desirable).
INITIAL BUDGET AND COMPENSATION
FRIDA has budgeted approximately 2000 USD for a three-month consultancy, but envisions that this could be a multi-phase project with additional budget. We appreciate hearing from the proposals’ thoughts on this.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit your application on BambooHR. Link shared on FRIDA website.
1) Please send your Proposal, including estimated costs and timeline
2) Resume or CV
3) Two references
To learn more about FRIDA, please visit our website at http://youngfeministfund.org/.
To apply, please visit this website.
FRIDA encourages, promotes and supports diversity in all aspects of its work. Young women and trans youth under the age of 30 from the Global South are strongly encouraged to apply.