ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
CPI is an analysis and advisory organization with deep expertise in finance and policy. Our mission is to help governments, businesses, and financial institutions drive economic growth while addressing climate change. CPI has six offices around the world in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Kenya, the United Kingdom, and the United States. CPI is known as a leader in tracking sustainable investment trends, identifying innovative business models, and supporting the solutions that can drive a transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. We are unique in our focus on finance, our ability to get the right people to the table, and our analytical rigor.
CPI was founded with the intention to apply a diversity of experiences and perspectives to the evaluation of climate and energy policy. We have over 50 team members located in emerging economies, bringing an important and generally underrepresented voice to global platforms, including the financial and energy sectors. We work hard to maintain an idea-driven, collaborative environment across all our teams.
We feel now is the time to actively embed Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) best practices in all aspects of our operations and organization. We also acknowledge this is a particularly important time for this review, with the ongoing conversations in the U.S. and beyond driven by the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements around dismantling institutionalized racism and sexism, which intersect squarely with economic equity and environmental justice. While these are not new issues, they build momentum among our team to advance our organization’s own journey.
The ultimate objective of this role is to guide best practice in DEI in our everyday operations. We are seeking a qualified and experienced DEI Consultant (firm or independent contractor) who will support CPI by completing a benchmarking assessment of our organization; provide training; and facilitate goal setting, as well as plan for the implementation of specific best practices identified through the assessment. You will communicate regularly with members of our leadership and operations team, and have the skills and experience to navigate CPI’s organizational culture, systems, and practices.
SCOPE OF WORK
1. Objective: Conduct DEI benchmarking assessment
Conduct an assessment of CPI’s diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and how these compare to best practice. The assessment will include reviewing our DEI data, reviewing our policies, conducting an anonymous survey of all staff, and conducting interviews with 5-10 staff including from operations, communications, and leadership. The assessment will identify our strengths and needs for further training, data retention, and program development.
2. Present assessment to leadership, and set DEI goal & vision statements
Review assessment results with leadership and share highlights with the whole organization, using this information to facilitate a more common understanding of where CPI is on its DEI journey and embed a goal or vision statement into organizational policy that will drive procedural improvements.
3. Conduct training on DEI
Design a 1-day training and planning program for our senior leadership staff. This might include the following types of modules or others. Priorities for training will be identified using the assessment:
- High-level presentation of assessment and goal
- Bias training
- Cultural competence training with a view toward creating space for inclusive dialogue
- Incorporating DEI practices in hiring
- Facilitated planning session for further HR, systems, and process improvements for DEI
- Recorded module setting out goal, policies, and raising awareness that can be used for all staff and future onboarding
4. Written plan for future DEI improvements
Learnings from the assessment, goal-setting, and training program will be used to inform a written plan for future improvements in CPI’s DEI practices.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
- Deep understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion in organizations, particularly INGOs
- Experience navigating race, gender, and equity dynamics across multiple national contexts; experience in CPI’s country locations highly desired including Brazil, India, Indonesia, Kenya, the UK/Europe, and the US
- Experience creating and implementing valid assessment tools for organizations to assess their culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion
- A proven track record of providing accurate and professional deliverables in a timely manner
- Able and willing to work across multiple time zones with the majority of communication taking place with team members based in the UK and US
- Fluent in English – both written and spoken; Portuguese skills would be an advantage
Please submit a cover letter or short proposal outlining:
- your experience relevant to the scope of work
- examples of previous, relevant work
- an estimate of the time and fees required to perform the listed activities in the scope of work. For fees, you may provide either the hourly rate for proposed staff; a day rate; or an estimate of the total cost
- CV or links to online profiles of the lead contractor and any other significant team members proposed to work on this project
Proposals are due by Friday 25 September 2020 via this link. Following assessment of all applications we hope to award and start the contract in November 2020.
Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.