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The Global Development Incubator (GDI) is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) workforce, culture, and approach to our work. We feel we have achieved some aspects of this but recognize there is room for growth and improvement. We seek an objective, experienced consultant(s) to lead our US-based team through a process of aligning on priority DEI goals for GDI in the near and longer-term, and a shared understanding and appreciation of the rationale and value of these priorities.
GDI is an incubator of transformational global impact initiatives. We partner with subject matter experts and social entrepreneurs to turn good ideas into great solutions. You can read more about our work here. In addition to our US-based team, we have regional entities in Kenya and Hong Kong, for local perspective and know-how in the Africa and Asia regions respectively. This engagement will focus on the GDI-US entity; our regional entities will define and lead their own DEI priorities and work given significant differences in local contexts. The GDI-US entity employs roughly 20 core employees, primarily based on the East Coast.
Scope and Approach
Building on our previous DEI work, GDI seeks an experienced consultant (or firm) who can serve as an objective guide and facilitator to help GDI answer the following questions, in order to align on the first principles necessary to inform more concrete action planning and change management.
● What do diversity, equity, and inclusion mean for GDI and why do they matter to our work?
● How should these principles show up in our organization? What “targets” (objectives, indicators, or otherwise) should we set to ensure we can assess whether they do?
● In what areas are we farthest from our desired state? Why is this so?
● How do we get started? Including, how do we build consensus on these goals and priorities, and specific workstreams we take on down the road?
The ideal output of this work would be a high-level “blueprint” that outlines a set of principles and rationale to serve as the internal touchstone for more tactical discussions around specific workstreams and activities, as well as guidance around how best to involve and engage the organization in this work longer-term. We’d expect the consultant / firm’s approach to involve both individual consultation and facilitated discussion. The full scope of work would include participating in a presentation of the blueprint to our Board.
Timeline & Budget
We are a nonprofit with a lean operating budget looking to begin this work imminently. We do not have a firm timeline or budget, because we recognize high-quality resources are in high-demand but will need to balance our assessment of the right partner across experience, approach, availability, and cost.
Prospective Partners- Process and what we’re looking for:
We hope to identify a handful of strong potential partners through an initial proposal screening, but expect to learn more and make final determinations through follow-up interviews and scoping refinements with top applicants. If you are interested in supporting GDI in this work, please send an expression of interest to Alexandra Greig-Duarte (firstname.lastname@example.org) by end of day June 28, 2021 addressing the following:
1. What are your particular qualifications for this work?
2. Estimated cost range and timeline, including feasible start dates (approximate)
3. If invited to submit a proposal, what additional information would you need from GDI?
4. Any other information you’d want us to know at this stage.
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