Established in 1977, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea) is one of the first women’s funds in the world and the only solely dedicated to LBTQI rights globally. We support brilliant and brave grantee partners across the globe who challenge oppression and seed change. We work for racial, economic, social and gender justice because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.
As a LBTQI women’s fund, Astraea uniquely fuels groups at the nexus of feminist and LBTQI movements. We shift power and resources to LBTQI and feminist activists so that they can build strong, intersectional movements that combat violence and discrimination, counter structural economic and social inequalities and drive transformational cultural change. The first grantmaker to hundreds of organizations, Astraea plays a catalytic role for LBTQI groups – particularly those led by lesbian, bisexual and queer women, trans and gender nonconforming folks, intersex people, and Black, Indigenous and people of color. Our grantmaking, capacity building, media and communications, and philanthropic advocacy programs support their work to build powerful movements for justice. In our 44-year history we have granted over $49 million to LBTQI activists and artists.
In partnership with our activist partners and allies, Astraea will be deepening our work to strengthen LBTQI feminist organizing on the African continent and facilitate connections with wider feminist movements. Through activist-led research and convenings, we will build a deeper analysis of backlash and anti-rights mobilization on LGBTQI and sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) issues, how LBTQI groups are responding, and how to support stronger cross-movement collaboration and resistance strategies.
- In partnership with an activist advisory committee that includes representatives from LBTQI, feminist and SRHR groups, we will develop a participatory research agenda that we approach in an iterative way, with a focus on learning and exchanges to reinforce linkages to feminist and SRHR movements, including as it relates to generating insights on backlash and anti-rights mobilization on LGBTI and SRHR issues.
- Grounded in the research insights, we will hold a series of sub-regional and regional convenings, bringing together LBTQI feminist and mainstream feminist and SRHR allies to share learning and identify effective strategies to combat the opposition. These convenings may be virtual or physical depending on the context of COVID, at the time. In partnership with peer feminist funders and movement-building partners, we will use these spaces to support groups to develop tools and strengthen capacities for resistance, resilience, shared analysis and solidarity.
- Finally, we will seek opportunities to bring these insights into philanthropic spaces. We aim to leverage this research and movement-building initiative to foster learning about how to support cross-movement work in an activist-led way and to support efforts to improve funding flows to LBTQI and feminist movements on the continent.
Consultant Roles and Responsibilities
We seek to engage an Africa Movement-Building Coordinator to lead the design and implementation of this exciting new project, working in close collaboration with the Astraea programs team. The ideal candidate would be an activist with commitment to and knowledge of queer and feminist movements; possesses and applies feminist leadership principles to movement building and is curious about how we can strengthen creative resistance strategies and build resilience within our movements.
- Lead the strategy development process for the project, identifying and bringing together relevant movement partners, including activist advisers, peer donors and technical advisers. Based on this process, develop a workplan for the remainder of the project.
- Coordinate the implementation of the project. This includes but is not limited to the following action items:
- Identify and engage research partners, supporting them to ensure smooth implementation of the research work plan.
- Identify and engage an activist advisory group to inform priorities of the project
- Plan all aspects of activist convenings, from agenda development to logistical coordination
- Work closely with the Astraea team to document and share learnings emerging from the project with communities of funders, grantee partners and other stakeholders.
- Timeline and commitment: We envision the consultant to work on this project from April 2021 to December 2023. While days worked will shift throughout the course of the project, we estimate an average of 15 days per month.
Qualifications and Experience
- Experience being part of African LGBTQI, feminist, human rights and/or social justice movements
- Deep knowledge of the needs and issues affecting feminist and LGBTQI communities and activists facing multiple oppressions in Africa
- Experience in programs including designing, managing and evaluating strategic programs and budgets
- Ability to work flexible hours (including early mornings and late evenings) as required, to accommodate time differences with grantees, funders, etc.
- Ability to work and communicate with diverse audiences and stakeholders, including activists, donors and community members
- Based on the African continent
- Language competency in English is required; French competency is preferred
How to Apply
Please submit a resume and a cover letter to [email protected], including a cost proposal and/or daily rate for the scope of work, by March 19, 2021.
Astraea is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse (multi-gender, cross-class and multi-racial), collaborative and sustainable work environment. We strongly encourage all to apply, especially Black, Indigenous and People of Color; lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans and gender non-conforming people; intersex people; and people with disabilities.