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.
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: