Farmworker Advocacy Network Consultant: Request for Proposals
First-round deadline to submit proposals: Friday, July 7th
Location: Remote, with potential for occasional travel to the Triangle region of North Carolina
The North Carolina Farmworker Advocacy Network (FAN) is a coalition of grassroots and statewide groups from a variety of fields that seek to improve the living and working conditions of farmworkers and poultry processing workers. Although FAN began in 2003, its rapid response to COVID-19 has led to the emergence of new questions and challenges. Since the start of the pandemic, FAN has met weekly instead of quarterly, has needed to target some of its own members within its advocacy work, and has observed the disadvantages of a consensus-based decision-making model under circumstances that demand rapid action. FAN now seeks a consultant to assist the coalition in answering some pressing strategic planning questions around its mission, structure, and processes, with hopes of strengthening our bonds as a team and gaining clarity on our mission going forward.
Through individual and group sessions with representatives of FAN member organizations over a six-month period, the consultant will develop and present recommendations around:
-Membership: What are the criteria for becoming a FAN member organization? Can current member organizations remain FAN members when potential conflicts of interest with advocacy exist? What does active participation in FAN look like?
-Status: Is it time for FAN to incorporate?
-Mission: What does FAN’s current mission mean to its members? Does it capture what brings us together and where we want to focus our collective energy moving forward? What mission changes or clarifications are needed in order to unite us as a team and move forward with strategic planning? What does “advocacy” mean to FAN within its mission?
-Processes: How often should FAN meet and who should be included in those meetings? How can the coalition center, value, and support farmworkers and their ideas within this work?
-Additional desired outcomes:
-Through conversations with farmworkers and organizations that work closely with them, a consultant will assist FAN in making explicit our values around farmworker leadership and lived experience in the coalition, and helping FAN created a structure to support the direct participation and leadership of farmworkers in the coalition.
-The consultant will facilitate a power analysis for coalition members to guide its advocacy work.
FAN seeks proposals from candidates who:
-Are bilingual (English/Spanish) and bicultural
-Have previous coalition experience with similar communities
-Examine structural challenges through an equity-based / anti-oppression lens
To submit a proposal or receive additional information, please contact Emily Spangenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org .