Community learning and engagement Platform Consultant

FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund – Community learning platform consultant

Time commitment:  15-20 hours per week (April 2021 – December 2021) with possibility of extension

Compensation: $1500-$2000 USD per month

Location: ​Flexible but preferably in Global South

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 small flexible grants to fund initiatives led by young women and trans 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 young women, girls and trans youth.

JOB SUMMARY

The online learning and Engagement program at FRIDA is centered on providing accessible and useful learning opportunities to the community. Every year, FRIDA identifies the needs of its community and ensures that they are addressed through a series of webinars, workshops and online open discussions.

Ever since it’s inception FRIDA has contributed in multitude of ways in supporting and nourishing young feminist organizing throughout different settings and contexts. Although this support has primarily been financial through core sustainable funding, FRIDA worked relentlessly to create programs that would address additional needs that have risen along the way. 

Some of the needs that have continually been identified are centered around networking, learning and sharing. Whereas FRIDA’s own existence is rooted in the need to design spaces for co-creation, networking, learning and bridging, and while these needs have been met on multiple occasions, the lack of structure and sustainability in the different former and current generated spaces did not meet the necessities of the community.

While some platforms such as the Hub and Slack offered an opportunity for grantee partners and other FRIDA community members to partake in different discussions, receive updates about opportunities and exchange thoughts and opinions, they were not intuitive and user friendly platforms, or they were too slow, or unsafe for all or some community members. Furthermore, community members did not always have access to crucial information such as group names, topics they focus on and contact information. These platforms also lacked integrations of the opportunities that FRIDA offered , notably the online learning spaces or notifications about main FRIDA events. The latter, have been exclusively shared through emails and took place on third party platforms such as zoom, jitsi…

For the past couple of years, we have been discussing possibilities of centralizing FRIDA’s learning opportunities,networking and collaborative innovation in one online platform which would allow grantee partners to have direct access to previous and future learning opportunities, resources, events, and discussions while also creating their own safe spaces of connection, engagement and exchange.

The Community learning and engagement Platform Consultant will support FRIDA in selecting a community learning and engagement platform that will meet the needs of its community. 

The scope of work for the Consultant will include but not limited to:

  • Support FRIDA to clearly articulate needs for a community learning and engagement platform by conducting research among FRIDA community members (surveys, focus groups and consultations) and producing a detailed report.
  • Gather information and options on functional requirements that are aligned with the community needs for the community learningand engagement platform and make recommendations for 5 vendors.
  • Coordinate 3 demos with software vendors and support FRIDA to facilitate a participatory decision-making process within the community on final selection of the community learning and engagement platform.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

Area 1:  Inter and cross team work

  • Work collaboratively with FRIDA’s Online learning and Engagement officer and the Co-manager for capacity strengthening and Special Grantmaking
  • Be available for orientation and weekly calls with key community members
  • Maintain consistent communication with the Capacity Strengthening team
  • Maintain an organized and detailed work plan of the activities carried out during this consultancy
  • Participate in key meetings related to holistic security

Area 2: Research phase

  • Support FRIDA articulate specific needs for the community learning and engagement platform
  • Design surveys for the community to identify their needs for the Community learning  and engagement platform
  • Hold group and one-on-one consultations with different FRIDA community members (Grantee Partners, Advisors, Staff and Board)
  • Prepare a detailed report based on the data collected from the community needs and make recommendations based on the findings.
  • Gather functional requirements for the community learning and engagement platform and make recommendation for 3 shortlisted vendors
  • Coordinate up to 3 demos with software vendors and facilitate decision-making on final selection of the community learning and engagement platform
  • Provide a road map on implementation.

Required expertise and skills

  • Understanding of software development
  • Knowledgeable  on digital security needs for community platforms 
  • Experience and/or strong understanding of a feminist perspective regarding technology and data management. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to the promotion of women, girl and tran’s human rights, youth issues and supporting young feminist-led organizing
  • Good interpersonal skills, with ability to network and liaise in a multicultural environment; demonstrated relationship management skills
  • Ability to work efficiently under pressure both independently and as a team member
  • Very good written and oral communication skills, including proficient command of English language. Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin and/or Russian would be considered an asset
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to handle multi-tasking, problem solving and planning skills.
  • Ability to work efficiently under pressure both independently and as a team member
  • Ability to work on tight timelines
  • Ability to write elaborate reports

Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications which should include the following:

  • CV 
  • Cover letter
  • Three reference contacts

Please include “Community learning and engagement platform” in the subject line.

Applications should be emailed to Senda Ben Jebara and Maria Diaz Ezquerro at senda@youngfeministfund.org and maria@youngfeministfund.org  by March 17th. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.