Apply By: November 29, 2023

RFP: Gender and Organizational Change Consultant for Project in Singapore, Vietnam, and Philippines

Position Overview

Title: RFP: Gender and Organizational Change Consultant for Project in Singapore, Vietnam, and Philippines
Classification: RFP
Location and Duration: Field research will take place in multiple locations throughout Southeast Asia. The company is headquartered in Singapore and additionally this project will focus on their field offices and products in Vietnam and the Philippines. Firms may apply if they have substantial research experience in those geographic regions and current ability to work in those geographic regions.
Duration of Consultancy: The expectation is that this project will be completed within a 6-month timeframe. The research firm selected will be offered a 12-month retainer contract should additional projects become available during that time. The retainer contract will be in addition to the six-month project contract. Research activities are estimated to begin in December 2023.

Roles and Responsibilities

ABOUT WWB Asset Management (“WAM”)

WAM is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Women’s World Banking, Inc., headquartered in New York City. It manages the Women’s World Banking impact investment program, including a co-managed USD 50M private equity fund, WWB Capital Partners, LP, and a solely-managed USD 103M private equity fund, WWB Capital Partners II (“WWBCP II” or “the Fund”). The latter fund is a Mauritius-based blended finance limited partnership, with a dedicated, grant-funded, side-car technical assistance program. WWBCP II makes direct minority equity investments in high-performing, women-focused inclusive finance institutions worldwide and provides technical assistance to improve client and staff gender diversity, in accordance with the impact investment program established by Women’s World Banking.

OBJECTIVES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

WAM is working on a technical assistance (TA) project with an insur-tech headquartered in Singapore. The TA program consists of a Gender Performance Study which examines the following dynamics in its market and workplace:

  • Market assessment:
    • How can the company reach more women with its insurance products and services that meet their needs and preferences?
    • How can the company better leverage its intermediary clients to achieve greater outreach to women?
    • How can the company better leverage its agents to achieve greater outreach towomen?
    • How can the company better collect data on women reached?
  • Workplace assessment:
    • How can the company create a workplace environment that attracts, retains, promotes andpays women employees and leaders at the same rate as men?
    • How can the company better unlock the potential of all its employees, but particularlywomen?

This engagement is to lead the Workplace Assessment aspects of the study, and to work in collaboration with the Market Assessment aspects lead where there is overlap in content and stakeholders. The study itself involves in-depth qualitative and quantitative market analysis and competitive landscape research. Project management will be supported by WAM. The main activities and components that we expect from this consulting partnership are listed below.

Research Goals

The objective of this consultancy is to work closely with the insur-tech company to design a gender diversity strategy to ensure continued diversity of the organization’s leadership and workforce. The consultant will participate in the collection and analysis of primary data from the institution to identify recommendations for the design of a gender diversity strategy, and an institution-specific roll-out plan. The consultant need not have a background in insur-tech, though it will be critical to have experience working in Singapore, Vietnam, and Philippines.

 Qualitative Research

  • Understand key strategic priorities of the company management, as well the concerns and challenges for implementing those, especially with regard to Women staff
  • Understand first-hand experiences of Women staff through individual interviews and focus groups with existing customers.
  • Gather and review secondary research on labor and employment trends, cultural norms, education, and legal context.
  • Review preparatory research on the target institution and gender dynamics in the labor force of the project geographies.
  • Partner with the External Facing assessment lead to conduct approximately 12 senior management interviews in Singapore and country offices and with approximately 30 interviews customer-facing staff divided between Singapore and Vietnam.

Quantitative Research

  • Analyze staff demographic data to identify trends and behavior patterns by gender.
  • Identify areas for additional data collection and data collection methods.

Strategic recommendations and development of Gender Action Plan

  • Create a set of recommendations on how the company can improve the hiring, promotion, and retention of women staff. The recommendations should include priority actions, key performance indicators and accountability mechanisms.
  • The recommendations should be:
    • Aligned with organizational business priorities and culture
    • Locally relevant
    • Integrative, building on work that is underway
    • Informed by diverse perspectives including level, gender identity, role, and tenure
    • Outcome-driven and financially sustainable
    • Actively supported by the leadership team
    • Built on strengths and focused on closing gaps

Logistics

  • Work with the External Facing team to coordinate all logistics related to the interviews (securing space, refreshments, recruitment of participants, any necessary local permissions, and provision of participant compensation/incentives). Some of these activities are listed below in more detail.
  • Venues: Identify and secure research venues for sessions. Venues should be neutral, quiet locations that offer privacy, are easily accessible by participants, and acceptable for cultural norms for women; Two-way mirrors are not required; and audio recording of sessions may be required.
  • Refreshments: Arrange for light refreshments (snack and drink)
  • Incentives: Arrange for financial compensation (travel reimbursement) for all participants.

Participant Recruitment

  • Work with the External Facing team to successfully recruit participants for group sessions and/or individual interviews.
  • Arrange for a convenient time and location with the participant to participate in the research and follow up with this person to ensure availability.
  • Arrange for a private place where participants can discuss sensitive topics without fear of being overheard by family, co-workers, or workplace supervisors.
  • Number of participants and method of participant selection will be determined at time of qualitative research and may be informed by quantitative surveys or other inputs.

Facilitation, transcription and coding

  • Conduct focus group sessions and interviews with women and men, using a semi-structured or structured discussion guide. WAM will provide sample guides for interviews that should be customized.
  • Pilot questions on the interview guide and share results from the pilot with WAM.
  • Audio record each interview and share English transcripts with WAM. Transcripts should ideally be shared within 48 hours of the completion of each research day to ensure that the content is aligned with the expectations of the WAM team.
  • Provide all raw notes from the interviews, including any audio or video recordings.
  • Participate in regular discussions with the WAM team to discuss emerging themes and reflect on the research approach.
  • Identify and hire one or two interpreters for simultaneous translation to participate in all research sessions, as needed.

Analysis

  • Analyze session transcripts through inductive themes analysis.
  • Develop PowerPoint deck detailing key themes and findings, including breakdown by any relevant segments and geographies. Provide in-depth analytic content from the analysis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with insur-tech projects or in Southeast Asia, preferably Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
  • Experience conducting qualitative and large-scale quantitative research related to access and usage of insurance, with a special focus on women customers.
  • Experience managing remote qualitative research activities, including remote recruitment, conducting virtual individual in-depth interviews/survey and focus group discussions with low-income women via phone, video chat, or other medium.
  • Deep understanding of issues around women’s financial inclusion as well as broader issues that women specifically face.
  • Experience conducting qualitative research in the form of interviews and focus groups with low-income women.
    • Proactive project management skills with strong attention to detail.
    • Experience working in tight timelines and rigorous schedule of data collection.
    • Flexibility and ability to adapt to changes in project timelines and needs.
    • Experience working in a multilateral and cross-time-zone team to meet. deliverables.
    • Commitment to delivering excellent quality results that can have a meaningful impact for women.
    • Fluency in English required.
    • Availability to attend regular calls with WAM staff. Meeting hours need to be flexible sometime between 8 am – 6 pm EST.

How to Apply

Please submit your application, including the following components, by November 29, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST at the latest.

*** Only firms with ability to work in Singapore, Vietnam, and Philippines will be selected for this consultancy ***

  • Cover letter
    • Description of remote research methods the firm has conducted or has the capacity to conduct.
    • Three references
  • A document that shows previous experiences of the firm in conducting relevant projects.
  • Filling out the fee breakdown template (please report all costs in USD  and submit the form in Excel sheet format using this Do not save the template as pdf, spreadsheet is required)
  • Filling out the research activity breakdown template showing recent projects (please fill out and submit the form in Excel sheet format using this Do not save the template as pdf, spreadsheet is required)
  • Resume or CV of the main people who will be involved in the project.

*** Applications should be submitted in English ***

If you have any questions:

  • Please send your question(s) in English no later than November 27, 2023 to km@womensworldbanking.org
  • Please include in the e-mail subject line “RFQ: Consulting Firm for Gender and Organizational Change in Singapore, Vietnam, and Philippines.”

This RFP does not guarantee or commit Women’s World Banking to proceeding with the above described work. Due to the overwhelming responses not all candidates will be contacted.

Women’s World Banking is an equal opportunity employer for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.

Women’s World Banking will be unable to contract with any individual who is US citizen or resident without an LLC or LP or similar structure.

 

About Women's World Banking

We believe in being a force for the greater good, devoted to accelerating and growing the financial inclusion of women. With rapidly changing markets, influenced by technology and social behavioral expectations, we are embarking on a new chapter to transform the way we design and implement solutions.

For over 40 years, Women’s World Banking has partnered with financial institutions, showing them the benefit of investing in women as customers. We equip these institutions with in-depth research and data driven insights to develop financial products and educational programs. While our clients are financial service providers, our mission is to engage consumers – women who are marginalized by financial systems.

Women’s World Banking and WWB Asset Management is an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.