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Job Title: Research Consultant
Contract Type: Individual short-term (approximately 26 days spread out between May to September 2019
Job Description: Documentation and analysis of Urgent Action Fund's Sister Fund philanthrophy model
Application Deadline: EOB (Melbourne Time) April 25, 2019






To apply

Please send your CV (include links to previous similar work and three references)  with the subject line Research Consultant to on or before April 25, 2019. Applications will be reviewed, and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis, so please submit your application as soon as possible. We hope to hire the consultant before the 1st week of May.

Please note that shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit a 2-page proposal (methodology and lump sum project fee). Also, we highly encourage shortlisted candidates to create a Proton Mail (free) account and install Signal (free) for communications regarding this position. This is in line with our digital security protocols.


Urgent Action Fund (UAF) was founded in 1997 in the United States as a rapid response fund for women’s rights movements globally. Since then, the organization devolved and expanded into Urgent Action Funds in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Asia and the Pacific. While each Sister Fund has its own board, staff, and budget, all are built upon a shared history and set of values, as well as a commitment to sustaining activism and providing rapid response funds. This network of Urgent Action Funds builds global visibility through a shared brand, provides a supportive peer network, and enables all Sister Funds to speak with one megaphone on shared advocacy issues.

UAF’s model of philanthropy – the Sister Funds – is grounded on the belief that women’s rights activists themselves know best what is needed in their movements and how to guide their own philanthropic resources. The assumption is that by shifting philanthropy more into the hands of women in the Global South, outcomes would improve.

But how do we know our assumptions are correct? Does grantmaking to women’s groups in Colombia really shift and strengthen when the decision-making is done in the global  instead of ithe global north? As grantmaking becomes contextualized within a region, do each Sister Fund’s networks with WHRDs expand and diversify? Does the quality of contextual analysis improve? Is grantmaking more responsive to the expressed needs of local movements? And if so, how? Urgent Action Fund seeks to test these assumptions by carrying out a multi-year assessment of the Sister Fund model. The analytical case study will be instrumental for our own learning on what works and what can be improved, as well as to the broader field of international philanthropy in which other international organizations are also exploring the transfer to and/or strengthening of leadership in the “global south.”  


  • Strong commitment to feminism, women’s rights and social justice
  • Strong working knowledge of international relations, women’s human rights and social justice
  • Capacity for direct, open and caring communication practices
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity and appreciation for diversity
  • Strict attention to detail
  • Strong ability to work both independently and as a member of a project team
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and produce high quality work
  • Safeguards ethics and integrity



  • A minimum of 5 years’ demonstrated experience of carrying out research on gender equality or women’s rights
  • Degree in communications, gender/women’s studies, international development, or development studies with a strong focus on gender issues
  • Experience working with partners from the South
  • Excellent writing, research and analytical skills
  • Excellent command of English (oral and written)



The Consultant must be available to travel to Vancouver, Canada between May 22nd – June 1, 2019 (final date to be confirmed).

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of UAF Asia & Pacific’s Co-lead (who is leading the project on behalf of the Sister Funds),  the Research Consultant will primarily be responsible for developing the case study analysis. The Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Develop the methodology and analytical framework
  • Lead the data gathering, which includes focus group discussions and interviews with key stakeholders and review of relevant documents
  • Coordinate with an assigned working group for feedback on emerging findings
  • Draft and finalize the report
  • Discussion (either online or face-to-face) with project officers on research highlights
Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia and Pacific (UAF A&P)
Philippines | Australia