HEEL Initiative Consultant

Global Fund for Children
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April 2, 2024

Mexico or Central America

Company Description

Global Fund for Children (GFC) invests in bold and committed community-based organizations that advance children's rights around the world. We are the only global nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying, funding, and supporting local organizations that advocate for the rights and empowerment of children and adolescents.
In 2022, we will partner with 300 local organizations in 50 countries, helping them deepen their impact and build their capacity to drive social change. We support community-based organizations to transform social norms, policies, and practices to create lasting change in the lives of children and youth, and we recognize the role of young people as leaders and agents of change.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, GFC has invested $56 million in more than 1,000 local organizations since 1997, benefiting more than 11 million children and youth around the world. We develop strong relationships with our partners. In a survey conducted by the Center for Effective Philanthropy that included anonymous feedback from our partners, GFC ranked among the highest in a database of 300 funders in terms of accessibility, responsiveness, and understanding of our partners' work.

About the HEEL Initiative

Launched in 2022, the HEEL (Mayan for transformation) initiative is the result of a collaboration between Summit Foundation, Kendeda Fund, and GFC. It builds on the progress made over the six years of GFC's Changing Gender Attitudes, Empowering Girls initiative, also a partnership with the Summit Foundation, with additional support from the Hawk Rock Foundation and the Girls Rights Project.
The main goal of the initiative is to promote effective and sustainable individual and social change for gender justice in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua by:

  • Support the efforts of youth groups, movements or organizations interested in promoting healthy masculinities, advocating for the gender justice movement, and strengthening the leadership skills of boys and young men to act as community promoters of healthy masculinities within their families and communities.
  • Promote artistic creation and dignified storytelling to inspire dialogue and reflection, challenge dominant notions of masculinity, and encourage young men's contributions to gender justice narratives.
  • Create safe spaces for boys and young men to challenge stigmas, attitudes and laws that undermine gender equality.
  • Strengthen networking for advocacy and sharing of experiences and learning, connecting youth-led organizations and movements that promote healthy masculinities in Central America.

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Job Description

Location: Remote work, for a person primarily based in Mexico or Central America.
Type of contract: Temporary service contract
Contract start date: May 1, 2024
Contract end date: April 30, 2025
Application Deadline: April 15th, 2024 (midnight Mexico Central Standard Time)

The objective of this consultancy is to develop an operational and methodological manual that will strengthen efforts to promote healthy masculinities with boys and young men, while synthesizing the experiences and lessons learned from the seven partners of the GFC HEEL Initiative in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, as well as other partners in the region. The handbook will specifically target community and grassroots organizations interested in integrating a focus on promoting healthy masculinities with boys and young men into their work.

Specific Objectives

To develop a technical operational manual that will

  • Strengthen the understanding of the gender and masculinities approach in identifying and designing programs and policies for boys and young men in the Americas.
  • Capture the progress and lessons learned in efforts to promote healthy masculinities developed by HEEL Initiative partners over the course of the Initiative.
  • Promote tangible changes in attitudes and behaviors at the individual and collective levels that enable boys and young men to adopt patterns of masculinity based on caring, responsibility and respect.
  • Dynamize processes for promoting healthy masculinities, incorporating a process perspective and including impact and outcome indicators.
  • Promote the participation and leadership of boys and young men in all phases of the work, and challenge adult-centered positions and perspectives in identifying possible activities.
  • Contribute to the development and sharing of methodologies and playful, artistic and creative perspectives that frame healthy masculinities work as transformative and liberating work.

Under the supervision of the GFC Regional Co-Director for the Americas, the selected consultant will develop a playful operational and methodological manual that includes at least the following components:

  1. Conceptual framework.
  2. International and regional normative frameworks on gender justice and masculinities.
  3. Introduction and explanation of the importance of actively involving boys and young men in the struggle for gender justice.
  4. Brief introduction to GFC's efforts to promote gender justice at the global and regional levels, with special emphasis on the HEEL Initiative for the Americas.
  5. Progress and lessons learned from the HEEL Initiative.
  6. Systematizing and organizing partners' methodologies and approaches to work, recovering playful and creative perspectives that promote youth leadership.
  7. Participatory techniques to accompany processes of non-hegemonic masculinities. Some proposals for contributions that summarize important elements of the handbook to be interwoven with the networks of the Caring for Us Makes Us Well campaign and to be shared with partner organizations.
  8. Practical recommendations for using the handbook
  9. Tips on how to develop gender impact indicators to measure and monitor the progress of the handbook.


  • Preparation of a technical proposal with an annotated table of contents and a methodological proposal for the preparation of all components of the handbook.
    • Deliver a aocument containing the technical methodological proposal (together with the financial proposal) of the person or consulting group before April 15th, 2024
  • Draft a preliminary version of the handbook with room for adjustments and recommendations from the GFC team and its partners.
    • Deliver a preliminary   version   of   the handbook by February 1, 2025
  • Preparation of a final document of no more than 40 pages that incorporates the inputs and changes requested by GFC, as well as supporting materials and inputs generated during the consultation process.
    • Deliver a final version of the handbook by April 30th, 2025
  • Develop a creative product with the results of the handbook for dissemination and use in GFC workshops and other venues of influence.
    • Deliver creative communications product, including proposed posts for distribution on networks (such as Instagram) by April 30th, 2025


Integrity: The selected person is expected to respect GFC's organizational values at all times.
Collaboration: This manual is the result of reflection, dialogue and collective effort. It is expected to be designed from a co-creation and sharing approach.
Creativity: We expect the handbook to be a novel and creative product. We welcome out-of-the-box "ideas" that challenge the way we understand gender justice advocacy work.
Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expertise in your field of work.

Skills and Experience

Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in humanities, social sciences, or related field.
  • Strong knowledge of the socio-political context of Mexico and Central America.
  • 3-5 years of experience implementing projects with a gender and/or healthy masculinities approach.
  • 3-5 years of experience working with community and grassroots organizations in Mexico and/or Central America.
  • Experience in the development of manuals and/or creative products for dissemination and awareness- raising on gender justice issues.
  • Ability to speak and write Spanish.

Additional requirements will be evaluated:

  • Oral and written proficiency in English.
  • University degree in social sciences, gender studies or related field.
  • Experience working with youth organizations and/or movements in Mexico and/or Central America.
  • Experience working with philanthropic sector organizations in the region.


GFC will pay a maximum of US$12,000 for this consultation. This amount includes travel and any other requirements the consultant may have to complete this manual.

An internal GFC team will evaluate the proposals and communicate the results to the selected individual no later than April 25th, 2025. The selection committee's decision is final. The selected individual is expected to begin work on May 1, 2025.

Global Fund for Children

HEEL Initiative Consultant



Mexico or Central America





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