Due Date: 10/30/20
Funder: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
About the Hewlett Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. For more than 50 years, the Foundation has supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities, and make the philanthropy sector more effective. The foundation’s assets are more than $9 billion, with annual awards of grants and gifts totaling over $400 million. A 14-member board of directors provides overall direction for the Foundation.
About the Effective Philanthropy Group
The Effective Philanthropy Group (EPG), launched in 2012, is designed to work collaboratively with all programs and administrative departments on issues across the Foundation, providing support in the areas of strategy, evaluation, organizational learning, organizational effectiveness grantmaking, and philanthropy grantmaking. It is a hybrid team that includes both internal functions and external grantmaking functions.
About the Opportunity
The Research and Evaluation Project Consultant(s) will provide key supports to and collaborate with an internal team of Hewlett staff (Amy Arbreton, Jasmine Sudarkasa, Sarah Yun) who are conducting an assessment of three of the Hewlett Foundation’s participatory grantmaking efforts. Information about the assessment is included in the full announcement under Appendix A.
The consultant(s) will be a key member of the assessment team and will partner on driving project management, coordinating and conducting research, and creating project deliverables.
The consultant(s) will report to the EPG Program Fellow and assessment project owner, Jasmine Sudarkasa with close partnership with Amy Arbreton and Sarah Yun.
Scope of Work
The consultant(s) will provide approximately 10 to 20 hours of work each week on the following tasks to be approved on an ongoing basis by the project manager, Jasmine Sudarkasa. The anticipated start date is January 2021 for a six month period, with the potential to extend longer.
- Co-creation and management of a project plan for the assessment, created in close partnership with Jasmine
- Scheduling, coordination, and facilitation of approximately 30 interviews (45 minutes to 1.5 hours in length), 6 focus group meetings, 3 advisory group meetings, and 3-6 cross-stakeholder meaning-making sessions including reminders and follow-up notifications and tracking respondents in the study.
- Budget management such as recording and tracking honoraria for study participants
- Transcription and/or transcription support for zoom interviews that are recorded (e.g., to ensure the auto transcript correctly captured the conversations)
- Qualitative & quantitative research and analysis of interview and focus group data, as needed
- Create drafts of portions of final assessment in close partnership with the assessment team
- Provide input on and review documents and products developed for and shared from the assessment in the form of thought partnership/healthy skeptic
- Coordinate and participate in weekly meetings with the project manager, team meetings, and broader conversations for meaning-making
- Solid research and critical thinking skills; the ability to frame issues, think creatively, and conduct rigorous analysis.
- Primary research (interview and focus group) facilitation, transcription, and analysis experience
- Excellent organizational and project management skills, with a track record of consistently meeting deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to create strong research deliverables in multiple mediums (blog posts, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, long-form reports, and memos).
- Strong oral and written communication skills and demonstrated capability to present information in a clear, concise, and compelling manner both orally and in writing. Independent initiative and ability to self-manage.
- Proficiency with technology tools and applications including Microsoft Office.
- Personal integrity, excellent judgment, and flexibility.
- A sense of humor, and a collegial spirit in sharing ideas and being willing to receive constructive feedback.
- An understanding and application of equitable and anti-racist principles.
- Experience with participatory grantmaking research and evaluation a plus.
- Facility with virtual interviews and meeting facilitation.
Maximum of $50,000
How To Apply
Please send the following to Amy Arbreton, firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline.
- Resume of consultant(s)
- Description of experience with participatory approaches in the social sector in a brief cover letter (only if this is not reflected in the resume)
- Estimated engagement budget and hours broken down by month. If submitting a partnership, please list who will be responsible for which aspects of the project work
Shortlisted applicants will be notified by Friday, November 13, 2020, for an interview.
Proposals are due October 30, 2020.