The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice works for social, racial, and economic justice globally. Our grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy programs support and enable LGBTQ and Intersex organizations to challenge oppression and claim their human rights. In pursuing our mission, Astraea engages in grantmaking by raising and distributing funds to social change programs, capacity building and leadership development through strategic programmatic support, philanthropic advocacy by expanding the community of donors that support LGBTQ and Intersex issues, and media and communications to increase the visibility and break the isolation of our constituencies.
Since 2013, Astraea has grown significantly, and the Foundation is now laying the groundwork to invest in commensurate strengthening of its technology operating environment. With this RFP, Astraea seeks a collaborative partner to assess and document current information technology systems and environment needs and gaps and develop recommendations and a roadmap to build organization-wide integrated knowledge and information management system. The ideal partner will help the Foundation to gain a better understanding of how to strategically apply IT to achieve its mission.
Areas of focus include:
The assessment will be critical in helping the Foundation to make informed and accountable decisions about: capital investment in technology; decisions about an acquisition strategy for technology; and decisions regarding whether new technology is compatible with current Foundation infrastructure.
The assessment should effectively evaluate key aspects of Astraea’s information systems, policies, and practices to create an actionable report that:
Outcomes and Approach
Anticipated outcomes from this significant infrastructure investment will include:
The ideal approach will be collaborative, participatory, and inclusive. Systems needs should be primarily defined and determined by those most impacted by each system and clearly defined performance metrics. The Foundation values inclusion over speed and anticipates that the scale and scope of this work will require several years to implement deliberately and sustainably. A successful roadmap will also need to rigorously assess priority order for each aspect of this systems upgrade.
The final report should include:
Anticipated Project Timeline
○ List of resources/references and relevant evaluative tools
○ List of key informants
Profile of the Consultant or Consultancy Firm
Application Process and Requirements:
Please submit an organizational profile that includes your qualifications to undertake this work and a 3-5 page proposal including key personnel, a summary of how you will approach the work, timeline (including the number of days you will need to complete the work), and a budget which includes your daily rate and any expenses you will likely incur. Additionally, we will require two references and a work sample relevant to this project.
Please submit your proposal and accompanying documents by March 29, 2021, to [email protected] with “Astraea IT Assessment and Roadmap Proposal” in the subject line. Unfortunately, we will only be able to respond to shortlisted candidates. Kindly email with ‘QUESTION: Astraea IT Assessment and Roadmap Proposal’ included in the subject line if you have any questions about any aspect of this request for proposals.
Thank you in advance for your interest!