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ITF is looking for a consultant to conduct an impact evaluation of the International Trans Fund (ITF)

 

Location: Remote 
Application Deadline: 4th March 2022 (Midnight Toronto, Canada)
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Position Level: International Consultant
Languages Required: English  
Starting Date: 20th March 2022
Duration of Contract: Up to 30 working days over a period of 5 months 

from 20 March 2020 till 31 August 2022

 

BACKGROUND
The International Trans Fund (ITF) is a participatory grantmaking fund consisting of trans activists and donors. The ITF aims to increase the capacity of trans movements to self-organize and effectively advocate for trans people’s freedom from violence and discrimination, social inclusion, access to justice, self-determination, and well-being. The ITF’s long-term goals include:

  1. Build & Sustain the Fund | Build and sustain a mechanism to support trans-led groups of different sizes working on a range of issues at the international, regional, country, and local levels, with a particular emphasis on groups with access to fewer resources.
  2. Resource Trans Movements | Increase resources and enhance access to resources to support trans movements, including:
    • Access to financial resources dedicated to trans-led organizations and networks, through grant making.
    • Access to non-financial resources for trans organizations, such as skills building, organizational strengthening, leadership development and activist support.
    • Access to other and new donors for trans organizations, beyond the ITF’s direct support.
  3. Educate Philanthropic Community | Educate peers in the philanthropic community on trans issues and influence other funders and strategic allies in trans-related commitments and strategies.

The ITF is the only global participatory grant maker that is exclusively dedicated to supporting trans-led groups to secure rights for trans people and improve the lived realities of trans individuals. The ITF is led by well-established and respected trans activists that have strong links to trans-led groups in all regions. Since its founding in 2015, the ITF has leveraged more than $10 million for the global trans movement. Resourcing trans movements means supporting, sustaining, and amplifying the work its leaders are already accomplishing. Over five grant cycles, the ITF has allocated $3.877M to 134 trans-led groups in 80 countries. The Fund continues to engage funders and bolster our long-term sustainability.

The ITF is currently in its 6th year of implementation and seeks to conduct an impact evaluation study of the organization and its past 5 grant making cycles.

OBJECTIVE
The objective of this project is to enable the International Trans Fund (ITF) assess its impact over the past 5 years bearing in mind its expanded areas of intervention with a view to strengthen and enhance the ITF’s impact in delivering on its mandate.

SCOPE OF THE CONSULTANCY

The Consultant will be required to utilize appropriate quantitative and qualitative tools and methods to achieve the objectives of the consultancy services. The scope of the consultancy will include:

  • Review the structure, activities and working methods of the ITF and its governing structures. 
  • Conduct an assessment of the impact of the work, activities and working methods of the ITF vis a vis its mandate including a review of its grantee portfolio. 
  • Produce a report of its findings and recommendations on the Assignment.
  • Dissemination meeting for the Fund’s secretariat and Steering Committee.
  • Develop a Plan of Action for the implementation of the recommendations in the Impact Assessment Report.

KEY DELIVERABLES

  1. A detailed Report that highlights the impact that the ITF and our grantee partners have had from 2017 – 2022.
  2. Availability of a scientific basis upon which the structure and working methods of the Fund can be reviewed and revamped to enable the ITF to deliver better.
  3. Information generated on the ITF’s areas of strength, best practices, and areas for improvement.
  4. A Plan of Action with time frames for Implementation of the Recommendations.

The consultant shall:

  • Work remotely 
  • Submit to the ITF the methodology to be used to conduct the consultancy as well as the work plan indicating timeframes for the assignment.
  • Prepare and submit a draft report for review and validation by the ITF.
  • Organise a validation workshop in collaboration with the ITF’s Secretariat to review and validate the report of its findings and recommendations and plan of action. 
  • Act as a resource person in the validation workshop for the staff of the secretariat and the Fund’s Steering Committee.
  • Prepare a final report which incorporates the observations and comments made to the draft report and plan of action and submit them to the ITF’s secretariat.
  • The report shall be validated only if it is satisfactory and meets the requirements of the ITF. Thus, the Consultant may be required to improve on the document until it meets the requirements of the ITF. 

METHODOLOGY

The methodology of the consultant will be guided (but not limited to) by the following assessment questions and criteria: 

Grantmaking 

  • How has the funding that the ITF has disbursed through grants and other means to trans-led groups made (or not) tangible, positive change in communities?
  • Is the ITF funding reaching groups with limited resources that are engaged in movement building activities?
  • Has the ITF contributed to strengthening trans movement building across the globe over the 5 grant cycles?
  • How effective and efficient is the ITF’s grant making mechanism and processes and has it registered any improvements across the % grant cycles?
  • To what extent is the ITF’s participatory grant making model an effective and an efficient use of its resources?

Institutional Strengthening

  • How has the ITF grown as an organization over the 5 years? 
  • How effective has the ITF been in stewarding and mobilizing resources? 
  • What has the investment in trans leadership and decision-making meant to the organization?
  • What role has the ITF played in developing the skills/capacities of its governing bodies (e.g., Steering Committee and Grant Making Panel)? 

Capacity-Building/Accompaniment

  • Have the activities designed and implemented by the ITF addressed the identified capacity needs and improved the skills of participants? 
  • Has the ITF provided meaningful support/accompaniment to grantee partners? What could be expanded and improved?
  • To what extent has the ITF played a meaningful role in ensuring that trans-led groups are able to access other funding/funders or leveraging new (non-ITF) funding?

Philanthropic Advocacy

    • Has the ITF played a positive role (or any role) in shifting how donors fund trans movements? What, if anything, has changed since the ITF’s inception in philanthropy, specifically the LGBTQI philanthropic space?
  • What is the unique role that the ITF has played within philanthropy as the only international trans participatory grant maker?

Assessment questions and criteria will be fully developed and finalised by the consultant(s) together with the ITF. 

The Consultant(s) will work under the supervision of the ITF Deputy Director.

DURATION OF THE CONSULTANCY

The duration of the consultancy is a maximum of 30 working days between 20th March and 30th August 2022.

PROPOSED BROAD TIMELINE

  • Publication of Call: 5th February 2022
  • Expression of interest close: 4th March 2022
  • Appointment of consulting partner: 20th March 2022
  • Evaluation study: 20th March to 1st August 2022
  • Publication of the study by ITF 1st September 2022

TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Technical and professional experience 

  • Proven experience in working with marginalised and excluded populations. Experience in conducting research with trans people and communities will be an added advantage. 
  • Proven experience and expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. 
  • Proven experience of successfully undertaking project/program baseline, midline or endline evaluations.
  • Proven experience of conducting surveys of similar set-up, size, and scope on a regional or international scale. 
  • Knowledge and experience of participatory assessment / development approaches will be required
  • Broad experience in conducting large surveys (data collection, validation, entry, analysis, and report writing) using multiple mediums and approaches. 
  • Experience of working in complex donor/funder settings. 

LANGUAGES

Proficiency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of Spanish and other ITF working languages would be an added advantage

DESIRED EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

  • Consultant should have experience and knowledge of the funding challenges that exist within the trans community, especially the funding gaps experienced by trans groups and movements. 
  • Consultant must have international experience in assessing the impacts of grants and knowledge of the grant making and the philanthropic sector.
  • Consultant must have experience and knowledge on gender analysis and integrating questions of gender and diversity in their evaluation and analysis (and ideally have experience in feminist research and analysis).

SELECTION CRITERIA

This Call for Expression of Interest will lead to the preparation of a Short List of consultants. For evaluation of the expressions of interest the following criteria will be applied:

Quality of proposed evaluation design and methodology
-Demonstrating a strong understanding of the analytical / contextual / logistical issues relevant for a study of this type and the objectives of the impact evaluation
40%
Quality of knowledge & expertise
– Relevant expertise, experience, understanding of the issues and ability to collaborate productively in an international setting
25%
Quality of the consultant’s previous related work  15%
Daily rate/Budget  
-Cost and value for money
20%

HOW TO APPLY 

To apply e-mail one document containing:

  • Cover letter including daily rate 
  • CV/Resume including three contactable references 
  • Proposed approach to assignment (2 pages max)
  • Two samples of previous related work 

To [email protected]  on or before the 5th March 2022

 

The ITF is Hiring a Communications Associate

Reports to: Director Location: Remote Closing Date: September 20, 2021

The International Trans Fund (ITF) is the only trans-led, global funder focused on safety, dignity, and justice for trans people. We aim to increase the capacity of trans movements globally to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self- determination, and wellbeing. The ITF works to mobilize sustainable resources to help build strong, trans-led movements and collective action, and to address and eliminate funding gaps impacting trans groups across the globe. The ITF is currently hosted at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice but intends to become an autonomous, registered organization by 2022.

We are looking for a colleague to support our communications, with the goal of deepening our relationships with our grantee and funding partners and building support for global trans movements. The ITF is a fast-paced environment where details matter because, ultimately, our daily decisions and actions must serve and meet the needs of trans-led movements across different global contexts. As a team, we value exchange and the instinct to seek help and input. We also value curiosity and a willingness to experiment with new practices to improve our work. 

Please read through the following details to see if you’d like to complete the application form for this vacancy.

Qualities (personality traits, interests and preferences that describe you)

  • Deeply connected and committed to trans movement building.
  • Great at connecting with others and getting your message across in spoken, written and visual forms of communication.
  • Interested in (learning and applying) inclusion and accessibility in digital communications.
  • Good at organizing your own time and planning to meet your responsibilities.
  • Creative in solving problems and bringing fresh thinking to obstacles.
  • Invested in nurturing a positive work environment rooted in shared purpose and shared wellbeing.
  • Open to discussing and exchanging on work with colleagues.

Knowledge (specialist expertise, experience, or access to networks that you bring to the role)

  • Direct and in-depth understanding of the different issues that can face trans movements in different contexts.
  • In-depth knowledge of digital communications such as websites, email, social media, digital publications; its value, its potential and its limits.
  • Extensive knowledge of the functionalities of different social media platforms.
  • Understanding of how to build and expand networks and audiences using digital communications.
  • Proficiency using platforms such as Microsoft Office Programs, Canva, Mailchimp, etc.
  • Working knowledge of computers, databases and other technology, including troubleshooting.

Skills 

1. Things you can do independently and effectively

  • Communicate in a clear, authentic, and engaging way in English.
  • Develop engaging and accessible written and visual content with thought, care, and integrity.
  • Write, copy edit, and manage content for online and offline platforms.
  • Prioritize which tasks and/or messages will help achieve short-term and long-term goals.

2. Things that would be highly valued

  • Experience creating audiovisual materials is an asset.
  • Ability to develop engaging and accessible content in Spanish
  • Existing knowledge of inclusion and accessibility tools and guidance for digital communications.

Communications Associate Accountabilities (what colleagues can rely on you to do)

Communications Strategy & Planning (40%)

  • Support the Director to deliver on the ITF’s Communication Strategy and participate in the development and roll-out of quarterly action plan.
  • Ensure that communications opportunities and considerations are integrated into the ITF’s work through the co-creation of workplans.
  • Periodically assess the ITF’s communications channels (social media, email, website, and publications) and propose ideas and approaches to improve its effectiveness.
  • Seek platforms, opportunities, and partnerships to promote the work and purpose of the ITF in support of fundraising.
  • Serve as a communications thought partner to ITF colleagues; assist the Director with communications-related decision-making.

Communications Implementation (30%)

  • Create infographics, print materials and other graphics to amplify opportunities for current and future grantee partners.
  • Develop materials/publications that showcase the work and resourcing needs of the trans-led organizations we support.
  • Manage and grow the ITF’s presence and networks on social media platforms and the email listserv.
  • Manage and develop written, visual, audio and video content for the ITF website.
  • Develop templates and guidance for communications and outreach materials like statements, press briefings etc. with due attention to inclusion, reach and accessibility.
  • Regularly report and monitor metrics to assess the effectiveness of our communications strategy.
  • Manage the redevelopment and relaunch of the ITF’s website (e.g., work with web designer, develop content, etc.).

Programmatic Communications Support (20%)

  • Provide communications support to the Director and program team, including developing slide decks, fact sheets, infographics, etc.
  • Support the Director in producing organizational documents, e.g., quarterly reports, Annual Reports, impact assessments, etc.
  • Coordinate the communications aspects of ITF events (webinars, fundraising events, etc.)

Additional Duties and Expectations (10%)

  • Attend and participate in relevant webinars, conferences, and other professional development opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional Considerations

  • This position is remote and does not require a work visa.
  • The salary range is $55,000 – 60,000 USD/year.
  • As one of the few trans-led funders in the philanthropic space, we are committed to expanding the circle of trans people active in this sector. Trans people are encouraged to apply.
  • We are committed to representing the diversity that exists across the trans community. We especially welcome applicants who are typically underrepresented in funded civic action positions, including trans women and feminine people, people of color, black folks, sex workers, people with disabilities and who were born or who originate from a Global South country are encouraged to apply.

We continue to strive to make our workplace accessible and look for ways to challenge white supremacist culture. We acknowledge that we aren’t there yet, we recognize this is ongoing work for the organization, and we know that this will require us to demonstrate – rather than describe – our commitment in the practices of the organization.

How to Apply

Please complete the application form by September 20, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] (we are not accepting CVs or cover letters for this position).

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The ITF is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, collaborative, and sustainable work environment. For more information visit www.transfund.org

The ITF is Hiring a Deputy Director

DEPUTY DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL TRANS FUND

Reports to: Director ⬫ Location: Remote ⬫ Closing Date: June 14, 2021

The International Trans Fund (ITF) is the only trans-led, global funder focused on safety, dignity and justice for trans people. We aim to increase the capacity of trans movements globally to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self- determination, and wellbeing. The ITF works to mobilize sustainable resources to help build strong, trans-led movements and collective action, and to address and eliminate funding gaps impacting trans groups across the globe. The ITF is currently hosted at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice but intends to become an autonomous, registered organization by 2022.

We are looking for a colleague to work in a fast-paced environment where details matter because ultimately, our daily decisions and actions have to serve and meet the needs of trans-led movements across different global contexts. As a team, we value exchange and the instinct to seek help and input. We also value curiosity and a willingness to experiment with new practices to improve our work. 

Please read through the following details to see if you’d like to complete the initial expression of interest for this vacancy.

Personal Qualities (personality traits, interests and preferences that describe you)

Knowledge (specialist expertise, experience, or access to networks that you bring to the role)

Skills 

1. Things you can do independently and effectively

2. Things that would be highly valued



Deputy Director Accountabilities
(what colleagues can rely on you to do)

  • Contribute reflective, political, and practical input to leadership decisions on ITF’s strategy, goals, team management and practices, e.g. advice and support for the ITF Director role.
  • Represent the ITF externally, with key philanthropic networks and alliances, donors, LGBTQI and other relevant organizations and networks, and media, e.g. networking, speaking engagements.
  • Ensure that the priorities and aspirations of trans movements globally are voiced, heard and understood in philanthropic and institutional settings, e.g. help to build ITF’s core messaging.
  • Ensure that ITF’s day-to-day programing models nimble, flexible and responsive grantmaking, e.g. leading on learning processes, building pathways into the sector for people in the trans community who are under-represented in paid / leadership roles.
  • Maintain effective channels of communication between and among the ITF team (including management) and the Steering Committee, e.g. managing internal communications, convening.
  • Play an active role in developing ITF’s fundraising strategy and a practical role in implementing the strategy, e.g. co-writing funding proposals, reports, and meeting with potential donors.
  • Step in, if necessary, to support colleagues or complete activities to ensure that the ITF meets its commitments to grantees, funders or other ITF stakeholders.

Additional Considerations

  • This position is remote. The ITF is not able to offer visa sponsorship for this position.
  • The salary range is $90,000 – 100,000 USD/year commensurate with experience.
  • As one of the few trans-led funders in the philanthropic space, we are committed to expanding the circle of trans people active in this sector. Trans people are encouraged to apply.
  • We are committed to representing the diversity that exists across the trans community. We especially welcome applicants who are typically underrepresented in leadership positions, including trans women and feminine people, people of color, black folks, sex workers, people with disabilities, people born or who originate from a Global South country are encouraged to apply.

We continue to strive to make our workplace accessible and look for ways to challenge white supremacist culture. We acknowledge that we aren’t there yet, we recognize this is ongoing work for the organization, and we know that this will require us to demonstrate – rather than describe – our commitment in the practices of the organization.

Application Steps

    • Expression of Interest – an online questionnaire to understand your connection to our vision, mission and your understanding of the Deputy Director role
    • Applications (selected by invitation) – an application form to match your experience to the key requirements for the Deputy Director role at the ITF
    • Interview with tasks linked to the role (selected by invitation) – Zoom interviews, which provide an opportunity to demonstrate how you’d approach the role, for us to get to know your working process and for you to hear more about the day-to-day work environment at the ITF. 

We will inform candidates of the outcome of their application at each step.

How to Apply

Please complete the expression of interest questionnaire by June 14.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] (we are not accepting CVs or cover letters for this position).

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The ITF is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, collaborative and sustainable work environment. For more information visit www.transfund.org

Terms of Reference for Recruitment Consultant

The International Trans Fund seeks a consultant to design and implement a hiring process with particular attention to addressing underlying bias and structural inequalities for trans people in accessing employment in a global setting and create a written organizational policy that includes findings and recommendations.

Overview of the International Trans Fund 

The International Trans Fund (ITF) is a participatory grantmaking fund. The staff manages the daily operations of the fund and, along with the Steering Committee which is made up of trans activists and donors, leads the strategic development processes of the fund. The Grant Making Panel, composed entirely of trans activists, is in charge of assessing proposals and awarding grants. Currently the ITF is fiscally hosted by Astraea Foundation and plans to become incorporated as an independent entity in the coming years.

The mission of the ITF is to mobilize and facilitate sustainable resources for strong, trans-led movements, and collective action, and to address and eliminate funding gaps impacting trans groups across the globe. We strive to be a dynamic, responsive and intersectional organization. Collectively, we come from multiple places, histories, experiences, politics, and identities. We value the diversity of trans movements (including gender identity, gender expression, sex characteristics, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, geography, language, age, disability, religion, class/socioeconomic status), and respect each other, acknowledging we have different levels of power and privilege. We work together with integrity and hold ourselves accountable to trans movements. We strive to be transparent in our work. We are aware of the unique role we play as a trans-led funder both in terms of global resource dynamics and in terms of enabling trans movements across the world. 

Background to this Work

In spite of having already disbursed $2.677 million to trans-led groups across the globe since our first grantmaking cycle in 2017, the ITF is still a young organization, deep in the process of learning, forming and institutionalizing. We have a long way to go to become a sustainable funder, including increasing our available resources, staff capacities, internal policies and controls. Our first Strategic Plan (2021-2025) will direct our further development. In our growth we are committed to thoughtful progress and putting our values into practice with each step taken. As our grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy work expands, so will our staff structure. Currently we have four staff members and will soon be opening another position. At this point in time we wish to focus efforts on ensuring that our hiring processes are fit for purpose, sustainable and robust, and that they do not reproduce colonial, racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic power structures present in our societies. With the support of a Consultant, we aim to design a hiring process that operationalizes these principles and allows the ITF to build a solid foundation for future development of staff structures and employment policies.

Role of the Consultant

The consultant(s) will be tasked with:

  • Working with the Executive Director and Co-Chairs to design and develop the recruitment process  for an upcoming Deputy Director job opening, utilizing an intersectional approach and anti-oppressive framework (e.g. support with the development of the job description and application package, support with dissemination and outreach, etc.).
  • Participating in the application review and interview process (including support with designing the interview process and questions).  
  • Developing an organizational policy and actionable recommendations for the ITF on hiring and recruitment processes based on this process and good practice.

The Consultant is expected to act in an advisory capacity, and to utilize their expertise to guide the work. The Executive Director and Co-Chairs will lead on these processes and hold decision-making powers in terms of the recruitment itself. The Steering Committee will be charged with final review and approvals of any policy.

Expected Deliverables

A written organizational policy that includes findings and recommendations to the ITF (March 2021). 

Role Requirements 

The consultant should have working experience in areas described in this Terms of Reference, and in particular should: 

  • Have a proven track record in cooperation with civil society on organizational development, especially in the scope of development of practical policies which support the implementation of organizational objectives and adhere to values.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply an intersectional lens and anti-oppression framework to employment and human resources, in particular understand the effects that a history of colonialism and imperialism, structural inequalities, power and privilege have on trans and other marginalized communities, and in a global setting.
  • Demonstrate an ability to question and systemically counter (unconscious) bias in the context of human resources. 
  • Be able to carry out the work and communicate in written and spoken English.
  • Track record of working with and knowledge of trans movements would be an advantage.
  • Given that the other stake-holders of this process may be located across up to 20 different time zones, have flexibility of conducting online meetings outside of standard working hours. The times of meetings will be set up with accessibility and justice in mind. 

Timeline and Length of Engagement

The engagement should start towards the end of March 2021 and finish by end of June 2021. The estimated time investment is 7-10 working days.

The consultant will work under ITF’s supervision. The ITF’s management will provide support and guidance as needed throughout the different phases of the consultancy.  

Application Process

Interested parties should submit a 2-3 page proposal to [email protected] by March 21st, 2021. This proposal should include:

  • Details of the Consultant’s skills and experience relevant to the outlined role and requirements.
  • Detailed description of the envisaged approach and deliverables.
  • Outline of principles and considerations that would guide the Consultant’s work.
  • Financial offer including a daily rate and number of days of work planned.
  • One relevant, recent reference.  

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The ITF intends to make a decision by March 26th, 2021. All candidates will receive a response.

Come Work with the ITF!

The ITF is a trans activist and funder-led initiative that aims to increase the capacity of trans movements globally to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination, and wellbeing. We are the only international participatory fund that is led by and for trans people. Our grantmaking is intersectional and we support trans-led groups whose work contributes to social justice, movement building and the liberation of trans people.

We are a small, collaborative and dynamic staff team that is passionate about trans movement building and ensuring funding flows to trans-led groups working across the globe. We are looking to hire a Program Officer and Program Associate to join us.

1. Program Officer (Full-time, remote position)
We are seeking someone who is dedicated, passionate and collaborative to join our team as a Program Officer. This is a full-time, remote position (candidates can be based in any part of the world). The Program Officer manages relationships with grantee partners, provides support and accompaniment, develops capacity-building initiatives, participates in learning and evaluation of ITF’s programs and engages in philanthropic advocacy.

Learn more about what we are looking for here.

The deadline to apply has been extended to July 3, 2020. Please complete the ITF Program Officer Application Pack and submit to [email protected] (we are not accepting CVs or cover letters for this position).

2. Program Associate (Full-time, based in New York City)
The ITF also seeks a committed, collaborative and organized person to join our team as a Program Associate. This is a full-time position based in the offices of our fiscal host, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, in New York City. US work authorization is required.

The Program Associate supports the overall day-to-day activities of the ITF team. This includes supporting ITF’s annual grantmaking cycle, providing logistical support and ensuring overall smooth operations of the team.

Learn more about what we are looking for here.

The deadline to apply is July 17, 2020. Please send resume/CV and cover letter to [email protected]

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The ITF is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, collaborative and sustainable work environment. For more information visit www.transfund.org

The ITF is Hiring a Program Associate

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Program Associate

Reports to: ITF Director
Location: New York
Closing Date: July 17, 2020

About the Organization
The International Trans Fund (ITF) is a trans activist and funder-led initiative that aims to increase the capacity of trans movements globally to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self- determination, and wellbeing. The ITF works to mobilize sustainable resources to help build strong, trans-led movements and collective action, and to address and eliminate funding gaps impacting trans groups across the globe. The ITF is hosted at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

About the Position
The ITF seeks a committed, collaborative and organized person to join our team as a Program Associate.

The Program Associate is a full-time position that will support the overall day-to-day activities of the ITF team. This includes supporting ITF’s annual grantmaking cycle, providing logistical support and ensuring overall smooth operations of the team. The position is based in Astraea’s office in New York City.

Core Responsibilities

  • Conduct intake of applications, including data entry, file management and communication with applicants.
  • Maintain all grantee application and grant information in our grants database; generate grants documents from the database.
  • Coordinate translation of applications, which will be received in English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian.
  • Provide initial screening of applications to determine eligibility for ITF support.
  • Prepare materials for the ITF’s Grant Making Panel, a body of trans activists who review and assess funding applications.
  • Communicate with applicants, including responding to inquiries and sending grant notifications.
  • Prepare award packages for grantee partners.
  • Confirm payment details, manage the dissemination process and work with Astraea’s Fiscal Department to prepare, process, and track grants payments.
  • Coordinate Grant Making Panel and Steering Committee Meetings, including handling logistics (travel, venues, lodging, catering, AV), and producing/organizing meeting materials.
  • Respond to general organizational queries.
  • Provide general administrative support to the Director and Program Officers.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned from time-to-time.

Qualifications

  • Minimum two years of programmatic experience in trans, LGBTQI, feminist, human rights and/or social justice movements.
  • Commitment to and knowledge of issues facing global trans movements.
  • Superb organizational and project management skills, with the ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines while maintaining consistent attention to detail.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with a proven track record in developing creative solutions.
  • High level of proficiency with computers, databases and other technology.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work and communicate with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a supportive team player.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English. Candidates able to communicate in English and Spanish will be given preference.

Additional Considerations

  • This position is based in Astraea’s office in New York City. US work authorization is required. The ITF is not able to offer visa sponsorship for this position.
  • Trans people are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants born or who originate from a Global South country are encouraged to apply.

Compensation
The salary range for this position is $55,000 – $60,000 USD/year commensurate with experience.

How to Apply
Please send resume/CV and cover letter to [email protected] in .pdf, doc, or .docx format by July 17, 2020.

The ITF is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, collaborative and sustainable work environment. For more information visit www.transfund.org.

Invitation to bid for Consultancy Services for the Development of ITF’s Strategic Plan

The Steering Committee of the International Trans Fund (ITF) invites bids from consultants to develop and produce our first Strategic Plan (2020-2025).

Terms of Reference

1. Background

The ITF is a trans activist and funder-led initiative that aims to increase the capacity of trans movements globally to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination and wellbeing. The ITF works to mobilize sustainable resources to help build strong, trans-led movements and collective action, and to address and eliminate funding gaps impacting trans groups across the globe. The ITF is fiscally hosted at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

As a participatory grantmaker, our strategic planning process seeks to ensure that the ITF is connected and responsive to the needs of global trans movements.

2. Objectives

The overall objective of this consultancy is to develop a Strategic Plan (2020-2025) to ensure that ITF fulfils its mandate and continues to develop as a robust and sustainable organization.

3. Scope of Work

The consultant will write a Strategic Plan for 2020-2025, outlining ITF’s goals, priorities, and guiding principles for the organization’s work. The Strategic Plan should include high level goals, activities and indicators of progress and should be accompanied by a realistic budget projection in terms of income (including concrete sources of funding) and expenditures.

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

  • Analysis of existing ITF documents (reports, Steering Committee minutes, grant applications and reports to donors, etc.).
  • Consultation with members of ITF’s Steering Committee, Grant Making Panel and staff.
  • Stakeholder consultation with activists and current and former ITF grantee partners.
  • Identifying focus areas, developing strategic objectives and key results through a consultative process and application of an appropriate tool of analysis.
  • Proposing a strategy for achieving the strategic objectives and key results.
  • Developing a Results and Resources Framework for the plan period.
  • Holding a meeting with the ITF Steering Committee to validate the draft Strategic Plan.
  • Finalizing the Strategic Plan.

4. Deliverables

The consultant will deliver:

  • A Strategic Plan including a results, capacity building, and resources framework.  
  • Report on the process including stakeholder consultations.

5. Timeframe

A draft Strategic Plan must be presented to the Steering Committee in September 2019. The final Strategic Plan must be completed by November 2019.

6. Institutional Arrangements

The consultant will report directly to the ITF Director. The ITF Working Group will provide relevant background documents necessary for the assignment and shall be responsible for the coordination of meetings and other activities under the consultancy.

7. Experience

  • At least five years professional experience in strategic planning and management.
  • Knowledge of human rights, especially as they relate to the human rights of trans people.
  • Knowledge of participatory grantmaking is an added advantage.

8. Skills and Competencies

  • High level written and oral communications skills in English or Spanish (the ITF’s two official languages).
  • High capability in translating complex data into written reports.
  • Must be result-oriented, a team player, exhibiting high levels of enthusiasm, tact, diplomacy and integrity.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Experience and competency working with trans communities and in international contexts.
  • Excellent interpersonal and professional skills in interacting across cultures and diverse communities with humility, integrity and respect.

9. Additional Considerations

  • Trans people are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants born or who originate from a Global South country are encouraged to apply.

10. Application Process

In order to be considered for this role:

  • Submit a CV/resume, a letter highlighting your relevant qualifications and two references.
  • Attach a short plan for this work, including a proposed timeline and a budget up to a maximum of $30,000 USD. The bid should contain a description of how the development and production of the new Strategic Plan would be carried out, a time plan, estimated number of hours required and cost per hour. Please estimate the time needed for each phase of your proposed consultancy plan.
  • One relevant work sample.

Applications should be emailed to [email protected] by February 22, 2019.

The ITF is Hiring a Capacity Building Officer

Organizational Description

The ITF is a trans activist and funder-led initiative that aims to increase the capacity of trans movements globally to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination, and wellbeing. The ITF works to mobilize sustainable resources to help build strong, trans-led movements and collective action, and to address and eliminate funding gaps impacting trans groups across the globe. The ITF is hosted at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

Due to the chronic and long-term underfunding of the trans movement, many trans groups lack capacity within their organizations. A survey of 455 trans organizations conducted in 2016 by AJWS (American Jewish World Service), GATE (Global Action for Trans Equality) and Astraea found that capacity-building needs of trans groups were highest in the area of organizational development, including fundraising and grant writing, budgeting and financial management, monitoring and evaluation and developing effective programs and services. There is an urgent need to provide these groups with non-financial resources in the form of capacity-building to ensure long-term impact and support the development of strong, trans-led movements.

Position Description

The ITF seeks a committed, collaborative and organized person to join our team as a Capacity Building Officer. This is a full-time, remote position. The Capacity Building Officer will be tasked with supporting the development of ITF’s capacity-building strategy and will work directly with grantee partners and the broader trans movement on capacity-building initiatives. This position reports to the Director and will work closely with the Program Officer.

We seek someone who can be creative with how to best provide capacity-building for trans-led organizations around the world. The position requires the ability to:

  • Assess what common needs are and provide both broad and tailored approaches to capacity-building.
  • Understand the many capacity needs that may exist, including security, infrastructure strengthening, leadership burnout, etc.
  • Work across multiple cultures, communities and languages.

Responsibilities

The main responsibilities of this position

  • Provision of capacity-building to ITF grantee partners through direct support (e.g. through approaches such as peer exchanges, webinars, mentorship programs, advice on organizational development and strategic thinking, etc.).
  • Design and deliver targeted webinars to ITF grantee partners (e.g. strategy development, financial management, resource mobilization and organization and member safety and security).
  • Develop and deliver a proposal review service for trans-led groups in order to build groups’ organizational development and grantwriting skills.
  • Support the development of resources to enable groups to apply for ITF funding, targeting groups in the Global South.
  • Support the Program Officer to deliver interactive funding webinars.
  • Establish relationships and strategy with trans networks in the Global South in order to build the capacity of local trans-led groups.
  • Work with Strategic Planning consultant to further develop ITF’s capacity-building strategy.

Qualifications

  • Minimum three years of work experience related to capacity-building actions with concrete involvement in the design/delivery of capacity-building activities.
  • Commitment to and knowledge of issues facing global trans movements.
  • Excellent presentation skills and significant experience with training delivery.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines, and work well with others in a fast-paced environment. Should be able to organize and prioritize own work with limited supervision.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with a proven track record in developing creative solutions.
  • Ability to work and communicate with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  • Intermediate to expert level experience in computer applications like MS Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access) and must be internet/web savvy.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English. Competence in Spanish is a strong asset.

Additional Considerations

  • This is a remote position and candidates can be based in any part of the world. US work authorization is not required. The ITF is not able to offer visa sponsorship for this position.
  • Trans people are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants born or who originate from a Global South country are strongly encouraged to apply for this role.

Compensation

The salary range for this position is $60,000-70,000 USD/year commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please send resume/CV and cover letter to [email protected] in .pdf, doc, or .docx format by Feb 1, 2019. Only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.

ITF is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, collaborative and sustainable work environment. For more information visit www.transfund.org.

ITF Seeks Program Intern

The ITF seeks an organized, creative and flexible person to join our team as a Program Intern. You must be experienced and passionate about global trans movements. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2018.

Organizational Description
The ITF is an activist and funder-led initiative that aims to increase the capacity of trans movements globally to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination, and wellbeing. The ITF works to mobilize sustainable resources to help build strong, trans-led movements and collective action, and to address and eliminate funding gaps impacting trans groups across the globe. The ITF is hosted at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

Program Internship
Under the supervision of the Program Associate and/or the Executive Director of ITF, the Program Intern will provide program assistance and administrative functions to the organization. This position provides an intern with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in nonprofit settings and with global trans movements, with potential opportunities for special projects depending on the intern’s skills. Orientation and training is required and provided. Program Interns work closely with ITF’s Program Associate to learn about, and contribute to, our support of over 30 trans-led groups around the world. In addition to learning about ITF’s history and values, Program Interns receive training and guidance on our progressive grantmaking model and learn about trans, feminist and social justice movements globally. Interns can expect to be involved in a variety of aspects of ITF’s grantmaking, including:

  • Proposal Intake.
  • Responding to inquiries from applicants and grantees.
  • Reference checks for groups going to panel.
  • Translation of eligible proposals for review.
  • Translating key documents to facilitate outreach and communication with grantee partners.

ITF particularly seeks interns with Spanish, or other language proficiency, in addition to English.

Additional Considerations

  • This position is based in Astraea’s NY office with an immediate start date, US work authorization is required. ITF is not able to offer visa sponsorship for this position.
  • Trans people are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants born or who originate from a global south country are strongly encouraged to apply for this role.

Requirements

  • Detail-oriented, able to follow directions, and take initiative when needed.
  • Outgoing and friendly personality, professional demeanor.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and work well under time constraints.
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel.

Time & Remuneration
$13/hour increasing to $15/hour effective January 1, 2019.

The Intern will be required to work at minimum 2 full days per week, or 3 partial days per week, and no more than 21 hours per week. Internships have a maximum commitment of 6 months.

Our internships offer you the opportunity to:

  • Explore career opportunities – by working in philanthropy, you can receive an inside look at your potential career path.
  • Network – meet a variety of people involved in philanthropy through your internship, allowing you to form relationships you can build on in the future.
  • Find mentors – we value all of our interns and go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals.

Who we are looking for:

  • Organized, creative and flexible person to join our team.
  • Experienced and passionate about global trans movements.

How to Apply
Please send resume/CV and cover letter to [email protected] in .pdf, doc, or .docx format by October 31, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.

The ITF is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, collaborative and sustainable work environment. For more information visit www.transfund.org.

JOB: Program Associate

The International Trans Fund (ITF) seeks a committed, collaborative and organized person to join our team as a Program Associate. The Program Associate is a full-time position that will support the day-to-day activities of the ITF team. This includes supporting ITF’s annual grantmaking cycle, providing logistical support for international meetings and other activities, and ensuring overall smooth operations of the team. The position is based in the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice office in New York City.

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

The ITF is an activist and funder-led initiative that aims to increase the capacity of trans movements globally to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination, and wellbeing. The ITF works to mobilize sustainable resources to help build strong, trans-led movements and collective action, and to address and eliminate funding gaps impacting trans groups across the globe. The ITF is hosted at Astraea.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support outreach to potential applicants during grantmaking cycles, including through webinars and social media in multiple languages.
  • Conduct intake of grant applications, including data entry, file management and communication with applicants.
  • Coordinate translation of applications, which are received in English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian.
  • Provide initial screening of applications to determine eligibility for ITF support.
  • Prepare materials for the ITF’s Grant Making Panel, a body of trans activists who make the funding decisions.
  • Communicate with applicants, including responding to inquiries and sending grant notifications.
  • Prepare award packages for grantee partners via the grants management database.
  • Confirm payment details with grantee partners and work with the Astraea Senior Grants Manager and Fiscal Department to prepare, process, and track grants payments.
  • Coordinate Grant Making Panel and Steering Committee Meetings, including handling logistics (travel, venues, lodging, catering, AV) and producing/organizing meeting materials.
  • Support programmatic learning and pilot evaluation.
  • Aid with budget tracking.
  • Respond to general organizational queries.
  • Provide general administrative support to the Director and Program Officer.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned from time to time.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum two years of programmatic experience in trans, LGBTQI, feminist, human rights and/or social justice movements.
  • Commitment to and knowledge of issues facing global trans movements.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, with the ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines while maintaining consistent attention to detail.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with a proven track record in developing creative solutions.
  • High level of proficiency with computers, databases and other technology.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work and communicate with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a supportive team player.
  • Proficiency in English required; proficiency in Spanish preferred.
  • Intermediate to expert level experience in computer applications like MS Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access), emails, and must be internet/web savvy.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

  • This position is based in Astraea’s NY office with an immediate start date, US work authorization is required. ITF is not able to offer visa sponsorship for this position.
  • Trans people are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants born or who originate from a global south country are strongly encouraged to apply for this role.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send resume/CV, cover letter, and salary requirements to [email protected] in .pdf, doc, or .docx format by January 15, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.

ITF is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, collaborative and sustainable work environment. For more information visit www.transfund.org.