Contractor Opportunity

IRAP is currently accepting applications for the following:

Anti-Oppression Consultant - Request for Proposal

We will begin reviewing applications on April 1, 2019.

PURPOSE:
The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit proposals from consultants experienced in anti-oppression work, particularly with international, legal aid, and/or nonprofit organizations, to assist the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) with creating and expanding equity for all identities within our community.

BACKGROUND:
IRAP is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation of refugees through the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. We are a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons around the world.

IRAP believes in action, accountability, innovation, and candor. We are nimble, collaborative, and nonpartisan, and believe in the power of individuals to change their own circumstances. IRAP was founded in 2008 by a group of law students with a vision to change the status quo of global refugee processing to assist the most vulnerable refugees. IRAP was previously a project of the Urban Justice Center (UJC), an umbrella legal non-profit. IRAP separated from UJC in December 2018 and is now an independent 501(c)3 non-profit. IRAP is currently preparing to enter a strategic planning process (currently scheduled to begin in Fall 2019).

IRAP’s legal aid work has been at the center of its mission since its inception; however, due to the global shift in attitudes toward migrants and refugees, IRAP’s work has recently expanded greatly by piloting programming in Europe, opening an in-house litigation department, and engaging in creative advocacy strategies to continue to highlight the plight of our clients in an increasingly saturated news environment. Our offices in New York, Jordan, and Lebanon, are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multinational corporations, as well as law students who have created IRAP chapters at 29 universities in the United States and Canada.

Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries. Our clients include survivors of trauma, gender-based violence, armed conflict, and persecution on the basis of religion or LGBTI identity. Our clients are from all over the world, although many are from the Middle East / Northern Africa region.

As with many U.S.-based international human rights organizations, we struggle with creating equity and identifying patterns of oppression within our community. The anti-oppression training facilitated at our 2018 staff retreat brought to light existing marginalization and exclusion of identities within our community, which we hope to address with the guidance of an anti-oppression consultant. We hope to create equity for our staff, clients, and community, and in our broader strategic impact.

SCOPE OF WORK:
IRAP is seeking expert guidance to evaluate and improve our diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in several broad areas, including:

  • Hiring, promotion, retention, and compensation practices;
  • Mental health support and resiliency;
  • Micro- and macro-aggressions in the workplace;
  • External messaging and client relationships;
  • Outreach and coalition-building; and
  • Impacted community engagement.

We recognize that this list is not exhaustive. We hope that the consultant will identify and prioritize, in communication with and through feedback from our multiple constituencies, other impact areas.

Specifically, IRAP is seeking the anti-oppression consultant to do the following:

  1. Recommend new procedures, protocols, practices, staff organization, and staff development with an aim towards minimizing oppression within the organization and our work.
  2. Create a plan and timeline for implementation of the recommendations, including the need for periodic and long-term monitoring, evaluation, and revisions to the implemented changes.
  3. Assist the management of each department with implementing, evaluating, and revising the recommendations.
  4. Prepare the organization to center anti-oppression goals in its strategic plan.

Regarding the timeline, we have begun laying the groundwork for our strategic planning to begin in the fall of this year and hope that this consultancy will help inform that process.

APPLICATION PROCESS & PROCEDURES:

Please email a complete written response to this RFP to antioppression@refugeerights.org, including the following:

  1. A brief Executive Summary;
  2. A description of the consultant’s general methodology, perspective, and philosophy regarding anti-oppression principles;
  3. Brief case studies or examples of similar work;
  4. A clear explanation of how the consultant will address the issues outlined above taking into consideration IRAP’s unique model of operating in several countries and working with clients from various backgrounds;
  5. A list of project deliverables to be created with a detailed timeline for each deliverable and overall project completion; and
  6. A detailed budget that breaks down expenses.