Anti-Racism Conversation Navigator Consultant (12 Months contract for TIC Anti-Racism Project) Job at Médecins Sans Frontierès – in South Africa
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) seeks proposals from consultants or agencies interested in producing multimedia content (e.g., videos, infographics, etc.) for a transformational anti-racism project.
MSF aims to identify a consultant or agency to help design and produce multimedia materials that can convey concepts surrounding anti-racism in a compelling and dynamic way. This includes producing short videos that will be used for organization-wide e-learning modules; infographics that can summarize anti-racism principles, guidelines and best practices for multiple internal audiences; and other multimedia materials as requested – to ultimately help improve organization-wide long-term awareness, understanding and action on anti-racism.
I. ABOUT MSFAND THE ANTI-RACISM TRANSFORMATIONAL INVESTMENT CAPACITY (TIC) PROJECT
MSF is an international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency medical care to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters or who are excluded from healthcare. Our organization works independently from governments to offer assistance to people based on their needs, irrespective of their race, religion, gender or political affiliation. We are a federation of 30+ national offices, with medical projects in more than 70 countries that employ over 60,000 staff worldwide.
About the Transformational Investment Capacity (TIC)
The TIC is an exciting new international initiative that aims to transform how MSF supports people, builds in robust operational processes and technologies and takes MSF to the cutting edge of medical innovation. The TIC funds large scale projects and smaller incubator ideas that can scale across MSF – with a substantial investment over 3.5 years in improving the way MSF does its work. Projects and ideas can come from Operating Centers, Partner Sections, and each and every MSFer and will be evaluated by a world-class Selection Committee. The sum of TIC projects and ideas can help MSF better fulfill the present and evolving medical-humanitarian needs of people living in crisis by investing money, intellectual capital and human resources to implement transformational, game-changing and radical initiatives.
About the Anti-Racism TIC Project
Addressing structural racism has been identified as a priority for MSF, highlighted over the years in the La Mancha agreement, the People, People, People statement, the People Respect and Value Rome/Dakar workshop, the International Board’s Call for Change statement and more recently, with movement-wide discussions related to the Black Lives Matter protests (June/July 2020). According to the recent various exchanges and discussions on various platforms across MSF, there appears to be a widespread lack of knowledge and understanding of racism. There also appears to be internal misalignment on what racism is, and how it manifests in MSF. Several entities across MSF have recognized a gap in being able to hold conversations on racism, which certainly inhibits MSF’s ability to take action to address racism. Furthermore, discussions at MSF are often anchored in a debate paradigm, an approach that is neither suitable to discussing racism or encouraging anti-racism practices.
The Anti-Racism: Building Awareness and Changing Practices TIC project is articulated around 3 objectives:
Facilitate an anti-racism journey to increase anti-racism awareness and change practices
Create a conversation space to discuss racism and anti-racism practices
Build internal capacity for conversation hosting
The project targets the conscious unskilled (i.e. staff, association members in MSF that have identified a need to better understand racism and address it).
II. ANTI-RACISM TIC PROJECT: PROGRESS TO DATE & NEXT STEPS REQUIRING AUDIO-VISUAL SUPPORT
In 2020, several MSF offices – including MSF Canada, MSF East Africa, MSF Southern Africa, MSF Western and Central Africa, among others – submitted a proposal to co-sponsor a new TIC project that aims to create spaces and capacity for deeper conversations about anti-racism at MSF. Specifically, this TIC project seeks to design a staff journey (with different entry points) into anti-racism awareness and practices; create a conversational framework to discuss racism, and build/strengthen capacity to host conversations about racism across the MSF movement. The project was submitted to the TIC and conditionally approved for half of the project funds in February 2021.
Since that time, the Anti-Racism TIC project laid a strong foundation to lay the groundwork for continued success. Over the past four months, we have established a Project Steering Committee and Content Team with representatives across offices and disciplines at MSF. We are also in the process of finalizing the recruitment for the Project Lead, who will serve as a full-time focal to help lead and implement this project. In addition to this progress on staffing, the Content Team also finalized a curriculum to be piloted in every participating entity with identified ‘users’ (i.e. specific staff and association members to engage with in the 8 co-sponsoring MSF entities, as a start). The curriculum will guide the project’s learning content for conversation spaces, articulating key messages for anti-racism awareness and competencies.
Through this process, it has been revealed that while offices across MSF have increased their initiatives related to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)
and at times explicitly to anti-racism, those initiatives remain confined to specific departments or pockets of an MSF office and don’t translate into tangible change in the organizational culture.
As a result, anti-racism work is perceived as performative and doesn’t align with an overall ambition to rethink and challenge elements of the organizational culture at large.
As part of the Anti-Racism TIC project, we aim to use a framework articulated around the axes of “head – heart- hand”. Within this framework, we want to encourage participants to become more familiar with anti-racism concepts at an intellectual level, develop the pertaining self-awareness and social awareness allowing them to relate to these concepts on a personal level and finally use their intellectual and emotional understanding to take action.
Specifically, the pillar of action would aim to embed anti-racism praxis into MSF practices (see appendix I) and would benefit from the expertise of an organizational change consultant.
We want to encourage participants not to compartmentalize conversations about anti-racism as independent from their day-to-day. Instead, we want to develop and pilot practices and workstream in which anti-racism considerations would be consistently taken in any of the participating MSF entities.
Furthermore, considering organizational culture and organizational change is critical to ensure anti-racism efforts are sustained on the long term and not temporary.
III. PROPOSAL GUIDELINES
As part of the annual project plan for the TIC Anti-Racism project, we aim to begin rolling out our e-learning curriculum and conversation spaces by the fall of 2021. Established skills to engage with, navigate and make decisions informed by an understanding of race and racism, Whiteness and White privilege, and racism and colonialism in the aid sector will be key to achieving the cultural transformation envisioned in this project.
We are seeking a consultant or a group of consultants to 1. Identify and map out the most promising avenues to encourage (or sustain) an organizational commitment to anti-racism in participating MSF entities; 2. Provide some guidance, tools and feedback to the content team, steering committee, project lead and any other relevant actors to encourage (or sustain) the organizational change toward becoming an anti-racist organization.
The consultant(s) will play a critical role in contributing to mainstreaming anti-racism learnings and practices by defining strategic and impactful actions required for a cultural change in participating MSF entities.
The new partner(s) will have a proven familiarity with cultural change, specifically with respect to confronting topics such as racism and colonialism that stem from societal and historical phenomena. They will be able to make transformative strategic recommendations to a variety of actors in an informed, respectful and sensitive way while remaining focused on the broader objective of embedding anti-racism into the organizational culture.
Outline of Expectations
The successful consultant(s) will have a strong understanding of anti-racism principles and how they ought to be cultivated and embedded into organizational culture. They will also have an understanding of dynamics commonly observed in humanitarian organizations and will be equipped to address them, challenge them or work along with them as required.
The consultant(s) will identify critical steps and actions for a long-term organizational anti-racism commitment and a tangible effect on organizational culture. The consultant(s) proposed plan should align with the overall TIC Anti-Racism project framework of “head-heart-hand” and the anti-racism concepts identified in the curriculum (see Appendix II).
The consultant(s) will also contribute to the formulation of indicators to assess the impact of the TIC Anti-Racism project on participating MSF entities’ organizational culture. Consideration for existing relevant indicators will be taken to not duplicate any indicator and ensure some level of integration between the TIC anti-racism project and existing indicators in participating MSF entities.
If you are interested in preparing a proposal, please review the following guidelines. All interested candidates are expected to present with:
Solid understanding of the manifestations of structural racism and white supremacy culture in organizations
Proven experience formulating strategies to embed anti-racism into organizational processes with staff with varying degrees of anti-racism awareness
Experience engaging with a wide range of interlocutors to discuss anti-racism and organizational culture change
Experience developing impact indicators related to anti-racism
Experience in unpacking and analyzing colonialism and racism in the aid sector is a strong asset
Prior experience with organizational culture change with a specific focus on anti-racism for a global audience is a strong asset
In addition to addressing how you can help MSF with this initiative, please include the following information in your proposal:
Description: Include your philosophy, strengths, approach to organizational culture change and anti-racism and notable achievements
Sample of Client Roster: Please share some examples of representative clients you worked with. Please include size and scope of the organizational culture change work with an explicit focus on anti-racism you executed with them. Please also include two contacts within those organizations to serve as references.
Fee Structure: Provide sample fee structures used with other clients and estimate all fees that would be involved with this project, including all fees. Indicate any services that you intend to outsource or subcontract.
Values: A description of how you or your organization approaches anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion in your work.
Any other relevant information about you or your agency that would help in our evaluation.
V. PROPOSAL REVIEW
MSF will use the following criteria to evaluate proposals:
Criteria & Weight
Relevant anti-racism awareness and experience embedding anti-racism principles into organizational culture – In-depth knowledge of anti-racism principles and demonstrated excellence in embedding it in anti-racism organizational culture change – 45%
Methodology and approach – Ability to use innovative methodologies to create organizational culture change to challenge the status quo and embed anti-racism principles – 25%
Cultural fit and process – Commitment to MSF values, to anti-racism principles as well as consultants’ qualifications – 10%
Cost – providing transparency into pricing, estimating, and maintains/shares hours worked to help manage and allocate budget among multiple projects and initiatives – 20%
RFP sent by MSF to respective consultants or agencies: 13 October 2021
Full proposals due to MSF: 20 October 2021
Meetings with finalists: Week of 24 October 2021
Final partner selection: Week of 1 November 2021
Work starts immediately.
VII. CONTACT INFORMATION
Please send all proposals by email to: [email protected]
Closing date: 20 October 2021
- Kindly note: If you have not heard from us within 14 days, please consider your application unsuccessful*
Company: Médecins Sans Frontierès –
Company Location: South Africa