Request for Proposals: Researcher to Develop an Anti-Oppression Framework

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Request for Proposals (RFP)
Researcher to Develop an Anti-Oppression Framework
June 21, 2017

Formed in 1984, METRAC is an award-winning not-for-profit agency devoted to ending gender-based violence across communities, through education, research, and policy. We work with people of all ethnicities, races, classes, faiths, abilities, ages, sexual orientations, and gender expressions/identities affected by violence. Our vision is “A Safe Ontario for Women. A Safe World for All”. METRAC works with individuals, communities, and institutions to change ideas, actions and policies towards the achievement of our mission. Our programs focus on public education and outreach, legal information resources, youth violence prevention and mentorship, and community safety. We produce and distribute print and online materials in multiple languages and accessible formats; and we lead community-based research and social policy initiatives to improve systemic responses to gendered violence. Our work is driven by values of: Equity, Respect, Safety, Excellence, Innovation, Feminisms and Collaboration.
For more information, please visit our website at metrac.org.

Project Background

Through a Strategic Planning process, involving more than sixty-five (65) community members, METRAC has prioritized the development of a progressive Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression (ARAO) Framework to help achieve equity, safety, and access to justice for a diversity of women and youth.

Purpose of the RFP

METRAC is seeking a qualified Researcher to assist the Board of Directors and staff in developing a contemporary Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Framework based on the latest knowledge about equity and access in preventing and addressing gender-based violence. The research will promote transformative strategies for change to strengthen METRAC’s practices in governance, operations (administration and programs), community leadership, research/education and training, and evaluation.

Activities and Deliverables

The ARAO Framework development process will be carried out collaboratively between the Researcher, and members of METRAC’s board, staff and communities. The voices of equity- seeking individuals and groups will inform the research. Representatives from organizations with experiences implementing and evaluating ARAO frameworks will also inform the research. The successful candidate will:

• participate in an orientation to the organization and to the project;
• develop and implement a 5-months work plan and milestones;
• prepare progress reports for the ARAO Advisory Group, Planning & Evaluation Committee;
• attend monthly meetings, for reporting purposes;
• conduct literature reviews; prepare and present summaries of ARAO theories, concepts and practices;
• design and administer a small sample survey;
• organize and coordinate conversations with individuals or groups and representatives from organizations, with attention to intersectional experiences;
• conduct semi-structured interviews and online surveys with a diversity of stakeholders;
• analyze qualitative and quantitative data to identify best practices;
• gather relevant data from many sources, including METRAC staff, volunteers, students, and community agency partners;
• draft and validate the new ARAO Framework with relevant stakeholders.

Timelines

• The Project will begin in July 2017.
• The Project will be completed in December 2017.
• The successful candidate will provide monthly updates to an Advisory Committee.

Qualifications

In an excellent, easy-to-read proposal, the successful candidate will demonstrate:
• minimum Master’s Degree in equity studies or related field;
• minimum of 5 years of experience in research;
• experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods utilizing community-based, participatory action and collaborative processes, with specific interviewing and survey design skills;
• familiarity with current AR/AO principles and theories (i.e. decolonizing analysis, critical race theory, intersectionality, and gender-based plus analysis) is an asset;
• strong research and written communication skills;
• experience working with community groups/organizations using equity frameworks and a solid understanding of equity, social justice, and gender-based violence against women and related youth issues;
• experience working with diverse women and youth, with a strong mind toward inclusion and involvement of those who experience marginalization;
• applied knowledge of community-based research methodologies and group processes;
• Strong analytical thinking, as well as data interpretation and presentation.

Project Budget

The total budget for this project, inclusive of all applicable taxes and fees, is $5,000.

Responding to the RFP

If you are responding to this RFP, your proposal must include:

• a detailed work plan and information about your methodology;
• how you plan to engage diverse stakeholders;
• a budget;
• a detailed resume;
• demonstrated understanding of an anti-racism, anti-oppression feminist perspective, and relevant human rights issues/policies/legislation, and familiarity with accessibility issues/barriers experienced by people from communities who experience marginalization;
• two references; and
• a relevant sample of your previous work.

Deadline for proposals: Friday August 31, 2017

Send proposals to:

The Planning and Evaluation Committee, METRAC
Email (preferred method): jobs@metrac.org
Mail: 158 Spadina Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 2T8
Fax: 416-392-3136

For METRAC, the word “women” includes any persons who may identify, or may have once identified, as Two-Spirit, feminine, female, cis or trans. METRAC recognizes that gender-based violence impacts a broad spectrum of genders.

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