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Strategic Planning Consultant


The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), an applied research and advocacy organization, works to improve humanitarian and displacement response to make it more effective and responsive, especially for the most marginalized populations and individuals, including women, adolescents, youth, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ persons displaced by conflict and crises.

WRC is undertaking a year-long planning process (Sept 2022 – Aug 2023) to develop its next five-year strategic plan. The strategic plan is envisioned to both revisit and move forward the organization’s mission and vision, capture the collective impacts of WRC’s various programmatic, advocacy, and communication efforts, situate our work to align with a changing humanitarian, displacement, and domestic and global political landscape, and lay out a clear strategy for organization readiness to achieve the objectives identified. To help guide and facilitate this process, WRC seeks to engage a strategic planning consultant to undertake the following:

Key activities

  • Review staff brainstorm input. (1/2 day)
  • Share knowledge on best practice for developing effective strategic plans. (1/2 day)
  • Lead an external stakeholder analysis on WRC’s value-add and impact. (5 days)
  • Facilitate a series of cross-team/staff/leadership workshops to conduct a landscape analysis, define strategic plan objectives, priorities and core areas for impact, key activities, and organization implications. (2 days; 3 days prep; 1 day synthesis/write-up/follow-up)
  • Help identify and Interview key staff and internal and external DEI working groups to solicit input. (1 day)
  • Facilitate an all-staff retreat to present input, sharpen and narrow the focus, and delineate roadmap forward.  (1 – 2 days as needed; 3 days prep; 1 day write-up/follow-up)
  • Co-lead with staff a landscape analysis on how the humanitarian and displacement landscapes are changing and implications for WRC. (5 days)
  • Present strategic plan development process and external stakeholder input to WRC’s Board. (1 day)
  • Review and sharpen strategic plan zero draft. (1 day)


  • Vast knowledge of the global landscape surrounding displacement, humanitarian response, migrant rights, gender equality, social and transformative change, and US domestic and global political landscape on these issues.
  • Deep understanding of WRC’s core functions, including research, advocacy (including US government, Congressional, and UN advocacy), and communications; previous experience as a practitioner of any/all of these functions preferred.
  • Previous experience facilitating strategic planning processes.
  • Excellent facilitation skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.


Time frame for consultant: 25 – 30 days between Nov. 2022 and May 2023

How to apply

SUBMIT a brief proposal (3‒4 pages) inclusive of a work plan detailing how the aforementioned would be taken forward including the consultant’s role and staff support needs, along with a proposed budget.


The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, or disability. All qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.