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Feminist Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultant FRIDA’s Strategic Plan (2020-2025) Mid-Term Review

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contract . February 8, 2024

Description

Feminist Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Consultant 
for the mid-term review of FRIDA’s Strategic Plan (2020-2025)

FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund

Location Flexible, remote. Preferably from the Global South
Type Contract - fix term
Timeframe April - November 2024
Deadline to apply March 1, 2023


FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund seeks a consultant to lead a participatory mid-term review of FRIDA’s Strategic Plan (2020-2025) and facilitate creative process to help us learn from the last 3 years so that we can remain guided by critical questions as we deepen our work in this phase of our collective journey.

ABOUT FRIDA

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 the collective 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 participatory flexible grants to fund initiatives led by young women, girls, and trans and intersex youth under 30 years old. Small grants for core support, selected through an annual participatory review process to transform power imbalances in social justice movements and the philanthropic community, to spark more creative and intergenerational movements. 
  • 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 young women, girls and trans and intersex youth.
SCOPE OF WORK 

In recent years, FRIDA has been fortunate to experience rapid growth in staff size, due to a growing budget, increasing grantmaking, and other activities. As we navigate the Strategic Plan 2020-2025 and implement its Strategic MEL Framework, a rising priority is to ensure that our internal systems and structures stay relevant and adequate to FRIDA’s increasing size, that cross-team collaboration flows and adapts to change, and that all staff members can thrive, grow and feel supported within FRIDA. 

The Feminist MEL Consultant will work with FRIDA’s MEL team to plan and execute a mid-term review of FRIDA's Strategic Plan. FRIDA’s current Strategic Plan and Strategic MEL Framework reached its midpoint in 2023. In keeping with our commitment to embrace a learning-focused lens and foster a more empathetic, creative, participatory MEL, which reflects the values and politics of FRIDA, we are embarking on a mid-term review of FRIDA’s Strategic Plan.

The review is expected to help us understand FRIDA’s progress towards our ‘Dreams’ that are anchored in five strategic areas, so we can continue deepening and enriching our learnings, assess challenges and opportunities, growth, organizational development and adjust our path for the remaining duration for the strategic plan. The review will enable the team to make hidden connections within FRIDA’s cross-team work visible, towards the continued support of young feminist organizers and activists across the FRIDAverse. The mid-term review will be guided by the following values:

  • Participatory: create safe spaces for dialogue and participation where all voices are valued equally, promoting a culture of collective learning and inclusion of knowledge systems in all aspects of the learning process for FRIDA staff and the community.
  • Creativity: propose and implement innovative, crafty proposals that look beyond traditional MEL practices to collect, analyze, and systematize information.
  • Decolonizing learning: challenging hierarchical structures within learning environments and decision-making processes. We look for approaches that reduce the extractivist legacy of MEL practices in international development and philanthropy.
  • Intersectionality: recognizing the interconnected nature of various forms of oppression, including racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and others. We look for intersectional approaches that acknowledge and address the unique experiences and challenges faced by individuals with multiple marginalized identities.
BACKGROUND 

FRIDA’s first strategic plan (2015-2018) was developed through an informal, iterative process involving various staff members and consultants. The first draft was developed by FRIDA’s Co-Directors in 2014, outlining 5 strategic goals for the 2015 - 2018 period. In 2015, the Strategic Plan was revised to include a narrative from FRIDA’s first Theory of Change (ToC), itself developed through a process with FRIDA’s grantee partners, advisors, Board, and Staff. The participatory process was also used to develop collective indicators, organized according to the three outcome areas identified in the Theory of Change (with links to the 5 goals stipulated in the strategic plan). 

As part of strengthening FRIDA’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning system, the FRIDA team has consistently reviewed whether the overall vision and messaging presented in the ToC fully captures the work and impact of the organization. At the end of the 2015-2018 period, FRIDA underwent an external evaluation process led by a consultant and received several recommendations and lessons from the review which have been incorporated into its new strategic plan. 

After almost two years of a participatory strategic planning process led by a Change Team comprised of FRIDA staff, Board, advisors, and grantees, FRIDA completed its new Strategic Framework (2020 - 2025). This Strategic Framework defines a new era in FRIDA’s growth and reflects on our communities’ strategic priorities. It also requires us to strengthen our approach to MEL, to become more effective and maximize our impact. 

JOB SUMMARY/DELIVERABLES

The following deliverables will be expected from the consultant:

  • A detailed plan and timeline for the mid-term evaluation of FRIDA’s strategic plan (2020-2025) 
  • A comprehensive desk review of internal documents, reports, publications, and existing data from FRIDA teams. 
  • Design, and facilitate consultative and participatory reflections with FRIDA staff and other members of the FRIDA community.
  • Systematization of data collection and analysis to be handed over to FRIDA’s MEL team
  • A tailored report based on the findings gathered during the review process. The report, content, and design need to reflect the values and politics of FRIDA.

CRITERIA 

The successful candidate will meet the following criteria:

  • Have knowledge, skill, and experience working with women’s movements, feminist organizing, women’s funds and/or issues affecting young people in the Global South. 
  • Have a proven track record of experience in using feminist and/or decolonial approaches
  • Knowledge and experience in using Emergent Learning will be preferred.
  • Have a deep understanding of social justice work and the movements that lead this work
  • Have an understanding of the current political, economic, and social context of the Global South, the geopolitical landscape, and organizing in hostile contexts
  • Have experience in complex, non-linear social change processes 
  • Have demonstrated experience of using participatory, creative, non-traditional approaches (experience in using methodologies such as art-based methods for facilitation or other similar methods that invite participation and collective meaning-making are strongly preferred) 
FRIDA encourages, promotes, and supports diversity in all aspects of its work. Young women and trans youth under 35 years old are strongly encouraged to apply. LGBTQIA+ youth, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), and youth from the following regions: Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central and North Asia (CEECCNA), West, East, Southern, and Central Africa (WESCA), South West Asia and North Africa (SWANA), Latin America, Caribbean, and South, South- East, East Asia and the Pacific (SSEEAP), are strongly encouraged to apply.
HOW TO APPLY

Deadline to apply: 1st March 2024

Applicants may apply via FRIDA's Job Board (link here) and must include the following in their application:

  1. A Letter of Interest: 1-2 pages addressing how you meet the necessary qualifications, a brief outline of your approach, and why you want to work with FRIDA. 
  2. Resume
  3. List of two references, at least one of which should be relevant to this work
  4. An existing sample of your work (website, report, blog, etc) or a list of links to projects, deliverables, and/or consultant work.
  5. Your preferred hourly/daily rate or summary of total proposed consultancy fees/budget. 

If you have questions about the role or the application process, please email clara@youngfeministfund.org and akanksha@youngfeministfund.org and include “Mid-term review of Strategic Plan” in the subject line. 

To learn more about FRIDA, please visit our website at http://youngfeministfund.org/

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