GPP Seeks Research Consultant

Proposed Consultancy:

GPP seeks to engage a research consultant (or team) who will work with the GPP Staff and a group of grantmaking stakeholders to develop and implement research and documentation on the global impact of the rise of the religious right, and the instrumentalization of faith and religious institutions toward an anti-LGBTI social and political agenda, affecting global LGBTI communities and individuals.

The research will be used to inform a convening of key concerned grantmakers and thought leaders in early Spring 2018 in Southern Africa. The report is intended to function as a foundational contribution to an emerging set of analyses and approaches among grantmakers and the LGBTI movements supported by these resources. The research is intended as a tool for those aiming to confront anti-LGBTI efforts from faith-based institutions who aim to influence or derail social, political, and legal gains of LGBTI communities around the globe. Although not a primary audience, a broad Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights (SHRR) audience of grantmakers will utilize this research.

Research Goals:

  • Summarize the global impact of the rise of the religious right affecting global LGBTI communities and individuals, including the mechanics of instrumentalization of faith and religious institutions toward an anti-LGBTI social and political agenda.
  • Summarize the scale of foundation funding to address anti-LGBTI religious efforts and the rise of the religious right, as well as support for LGBTI-affirming faith work, during calendar years 2013-2016.
    • Draw upon funding data tracking current funding levels and regional breakdowns of grantmaking in this area of work. This will include data collected and analyzed with the GPP Global Resources Report for 2013-2014 and 2015-2016, as well as data tracking anti-LGBTI funding.
  • Conduct interviews with key grantmakers whose funding areas intersect with the rise of the right (globally or regionally).  [List of/introductions to key grantmakers will be provided]
    • Within these interviews, identify barriers that grantmakers may have for not participating in this area (i.e. lack of experience or expertise, mission alignment questions, etc.)

Contract Deliverables:

A research paper including the following elements:

  • An Executive Summary of the global impact of the rise of the religious right  affecting global LGBTI communities and individuals, including:
    • Documentation of the mechanics of instrumentalization of faith and religious institutions toward an anti-LGBTI social and political agenda.
    • An evaluation of current funding of SOGI related faith strategies, based on Global Resource Report data.
  • An assessment of findings based on grantmaker interviews, including:
    • Best practices for grantmakers in the field.
    • Key challenges and question emerging from current and potential funders in this issue area.
    • Opportunities for further collaboration or coordination.
    • Identify potential funding intermediaries with ability to regrant to faith advocates.
  • Powerpoint presentation documenting the key findings of the research.


Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) is a collaboration of funders and philanthropic advisors working to expand global philanthropic support to advance the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in the Global South and East.

Established in 2009, GPP’s 18 member organizations include many of the leading global funders and philanthropic advisors for LGBTI rights.  As the first international cohort of LGBTI funders, GPP is internationally recognized as the primary thought leader and go-to partner for donor coordination around global LGBTI work.

Global Philanthropy Project is organized through a core Executive Committee and three member working groups, which are focused on Government/Multilateral Funding, Individual Donor Funding, and Trans* Funding. GPP is a key source of strategic research and analysis for global LGBTI funders. GPP also plays a central role in convening philanthropists and human rights activists for opportunities to increase knowledge, skills and capacity towards expanding global LGBTI funding. These convening spaces includes donor pre-conferences during regional LGBTI convenings, funder webinars, and report release events.



GPP will pay up to US $20,000 for the completion of the consultancy. GPP will not consider office materials or travel as a part of this consultancy. The Consultant(s) will be supervised by the GPP Director and will report to a stakeholder circle of GPP member representatives.

To Apply:

Interested consultants should submit their CV along with a cover letter including overview of relevant previous research experience and knowledge of the issue area. Please also provide a brief writing sample (no more than 3 pages) and proposed budget.

Please submit proposals to GPP by no later than December 4, 2017.


  • Project start date: January 4
  • Research Strategy Proposal/Feedback/Agreement: January 4-January 19 (2 weeks)
  • Research Strategy Implementation: January 22-April 2, 2018 (10 weeks)
  • Completion of First Draft Report: April 2
  • Completion of Second Draft Report: April 27
  • Completion of Final Report: May 9
  • Design Process: May 10-18 (GPP will coordinate design, consultant will review product)
  • Report distributed in advance of Southern Africa convening: May 21
  • Convening dates: May 28-30th