Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant

Location: Remote

*** This position will remain open until filled ***

The Asia Foundation is taking steps to examine its organizational frameworks, structures, and policies and create a more equitable and inclusive organizational culture with increased representation at all levels. To this end, the Foundation formed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Steering Committee (DEISC) in September 2020 to align and further deepen its core organizational values, in particular, the inclusion of differing views contributes to organizational change and enhancement.

The DEISC is working together to identify a DEI consultant to conduct a DEI audit across the Foundation’s country offices in the U.S., Asia, and Pacific in ways that recognize variations in local cultural and historical context. The committee is tasked with developing a plan outlining the first phase with key action items and a timeline of DEI recommendations to be presented to the senior leadership team and to all staff in February 2021. The data will also inform the development of a comprehensive framework to launch, facilitate, and implement DEI initiatives and learning engagements across the organization. The DEI consultant will report to the DEI Steering Committee Chair and will work virtually. Specific responsibilities and qualifications are listed below.

Responsibilities to Conduct Research & Collect Data

The Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment team is currently in the process of designing and implementing a gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) audit to understand attitudes, perceptions, beliefs, capacity, and processes around GESI issues within the Foundation structures, policies, programming, culture, and budget. The first phase in this process is to implement a Foundation-wide survey. Instead of developing a separate survey, the DEI consultant will work closely with the GESI consultant and DEISC to expand on the existing draft GESI survey to incorporate a DEI lens in the assessment framework. The consultant will also critically assess programs, policies, procedures, and practices across the Foundation through qualitative methods of data collection, including focus groups and in-depth interviews, to inform a holistic review of the Foundation’s current state of DEI. The Foundation is open to suggestions from the DEI consultant regarding strategies and methodologies as part of the first phase of our approach in the following key organizational areas but not limited to:

  • Organizational mission, culture, and values
  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Accountability
  • Finance and Fund Development
  • Hiring and Recruitment
  • Policies
  • External Communications

Deliverables for Phase I Research

  • Develop and present draft expanded survey to DEISC
  • Coordinate with GESI Consultant and DEISC to deploy the survey to all Foundation staff
  • Submit comprehensive report on data collection, analysis, and findings
  • Present on findings to all the Foundation staff, including in-depth discussion with the Foundation leadership and DEISC
  • Outline of strategy recommendations and suggested goals for the Foundation’s second phase of DEI implementation


  • Strong command of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion concepts, theories, and practices
  • Strong understanding of the Asian context and experience working in an international organization
  • Experience in gender analysis
  • Experience in policy and program analysis
  • Proven track record in implementing equity and justice initiatives within their communities, including experience creating collaborative and productive working relationships in multi-contextual or multicultural settings
  • Demonstrated ability to design, implement, and evaluate DEI strategies and programming
  • Ability to navigate tough conversations with varied audiences and demonstrate influential skills at all levels, along with the ability to connect, communicate and facilitate within a matrixed/complex environment
  • Demonstrated understanding of the development sector and its ingrained hierarchies and history of colonialism and patriarchy
  • Knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and experience using them to build capacity and power through education, activism, and engagement
  • Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written) in English
  • 5+ years of experience in developing and implementing DEI initiatives, including in complex organizational (ideally global and/or nonprofit/social justice/or corporate organizations) preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field, and demonstrated ability to lead initiatives that have resulted in systems change, radical communities of care, and/or the advancement of equity within diverse communities preferred
  • Demonstrated skills in influencing and leading groups, problem-solving, organizational development
  • Ability to connect with and relate to a broad spectrum of people; ability to meet people where they are
  • Ability to work effectively across all levels of an organization
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity



Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV to [email protected] with the position title listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.