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Strategic Plan Development Consultant

Department: International Programs
Location: Remote, RM

POSITION SUMMARY: 

HIAS’ International Programs department, which oversees 13 country offices (“CO”) is seeking a Strategic Plan Development Consultant to draft and edit for each CO a 2-year approximately 10-page Strategic Plan, which will reflect the priorities and frameworks set out in the recently developed International Programs Strategic Plan (covering 2022-23). Reporting to the Vice President, International Programs, the consultant will synthesize responses from an already developed strategic plan questionnaire completed by COs and input this information into a strategic plan template. The consultant will then conduct a document review and facilitate discussions with key stakeholders to further edit/refine each CO Strategic Plan. 

International Programs (IP) recently finalized an overarching IP Strategic Plan for 2022-23 that aligns with 5-year goals across the organization and reflects both regional and country-level priorities. A CO Strategic Plan process was started in 2020 and a preliminary pilot was conducted in Costa Rica. Due to the outbreak of COIVD-19, this process was halted. To effectively re-launch this process, IP is seeking a consultant to edit content developed by COs, ensuring consistency of language across all CO Strategic Plans. Content will be input into a developed template. The Strategic Plans will primarily be outward-facing documents, outlining HIAS values and goals, the displacement context in each country where HIAS is present, and CO strategic priorities as they relate to programs, locations, populations of concern, advocacy, diversification of funding and communications. 

Note, this is a remote engagement that begins ASAP and ends on January 31, 2022. 

OBJECTIVES & DELIVERABLES: 

  • Based on input provided, develops a first, second and final draft of 13 Country Office Strategic Plans, including sections focused on: 

    • Context for Refugees & Vulnerable Migrants 
    • Programs 

    • Coordination 

    • Operational Support for Programs 

    • Donor & Development Strategy

    • Communications, Policy & Advocacy 

  • Here is the suggested timeframe for completion of the project deliverables: 

    • Early November: Receipt of questionnaire responses from Cos for use as substantive basis for CO Strategic Plans. 

    • Mid November: First draft of CO Strategic Plan completed and sent to COs for input. 

    • Early December: Second draft of CO Strategic Plans with CO input integrated shared with HQ stakeholders for input. 

    • Mid December: Final draft of CO Strategic Plans with HQ input integrated. 

    • Mid January: CO Strategic Plans finalized and ready for external roll-out at CO level. 

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Undergraduate degree required; graduate degree preferred. 

  • Professional experience with strategic planning. 

  • Understanding of international displacement issues, humanitarian assistance and/or refugee programming. 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with proven track-record of editing social science content. 

  • High level of organization and attention to detail. 

  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills. 

  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural, geographically dispersed team environment. 

SAMPLE HIRING PROCESS: 

We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process for consultancies: 

Step 1: Submit your application! 

Step 2: Video interview with the hiring manager. 

Step 3: Offer, consultancy agreement and background check. 

Step 4: Start your professional journey with HIAS! 

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step. 

ABOUT US: 

Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts, and history of the Jewish people – a history of oppression, displacement, and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history, and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.  

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission, and values. 

VISION: 

HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity. 

MISSION: 

Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives. 

VALUES: 

Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • Hachnasat Orchim

We Welcome the Stranger 

Justice • Justicia • Justice • Tzedek

We Pursue Justice 

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • Chesed

We Approach our Clients with Empathy 

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • Chevruta

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership 

Courage • Coraje • Courage • Ometz

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World 

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • Ruach

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience 

DIVERSITY: 

HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation, or other legally protected status. 

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