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Equity Diversity Inclusion Consultant – Applicant Questions

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Q: I was wondering if you could tell me how many hours of work do you anticipate over the six months?

A: The budget for this role was set based on 10-15 hours a week.

Q: What type of data do you want the consultant to collect?

A: We are not going to be prescriptive about the specific methodology (survey, environmental scan, interviews etc.), but would be looking to collect data that helps to support upstream action to increase diversity within the field and/or to identify the structures and barriers in place that need to be addressed.

Q: Can you tell me more about the granting program you would like to set up?

A: We have a funding program that has been dormant for several years. We are in the process of revamping this and looking to link the granting program to reducing barriers that we have identified through the data collection. (for example; we would look to the consultant to answer whether tuition grants would effectively increase diversity in teacher candidates, or what criteria should be put in place to guide the committee in decision making around funding new programs and resources)

Q: Did you want the consultant to review your programs from an EDI lens and provide recommendations?

A: As PHE Canada produced new resources we engage EDI consultants. This position would require a higher-level scan of these (not review/editing) and produce over arching recommendations – these recommendations would go into the final report.

The consultant would do the review/editing and provide the EDI lens to our knowledge mobilization products and strategic planning documents instead - national curriculum competencies, health school standards, our strategic plan etc. We would share them as drafts and the consultant would edit/add as needed.

Q: I appreciate that you are seeking an Individual who is Black, Racialized or Indigenous, but I wanted to touch base because I am working with collaborators in the development of various pieces of work, and wanted to see if PHE would be open to a proposal which has a few voices as part of a consultancy to do this work.

A: While we see that you would bring valuable perspectives together, we are firm that the primary applicant would be Black, Indigenous or Racialized. I would suggest you consider who your primary applicant would be. If they meet our criteria then your application would we very welcome.

Q: I was wondering if I am still eligible to apply for this RFP or if you particularly are only interested to hear from BIPOC which I do also understand.

A: We are firm that the primary applicant would be Black, Indigenous or Racialized.

Q: Is it possible to get more information on the background and scope of the work (in terms of what you're hoping to use the data being collected for, whether or not the classroom activities being created are for a particular age subset of your population and the length of the final report)?

A: As PHE Canada produced new classroom resources we engage a variety of consultants. This position would require the consultant to use the evidence ( from the data collection and scan stage) to do a higher-level scan of these (not review/editing) and produce over arching recommendations for how they can be improved from an equity, diversity, inclusion lens – these recommendations would go into the final report.

The consultant would also use the evidence to actively contribute to national guiding documents and strategic planning documents - national curriculum competencies, health school standards, our strategic plan etc. The consultant would receive the current drafts and then join the working groups to edit/add as needed. These products/plans would be directed towards educators and school system leaders and administrators.

Q: Are there any desired approaches that you are hoping for a consultant to implement?

A: we are looking for the consultant to bring the approaches forward. We are not going to be prescriptive about the specific methodology (survey, environmental scan, interviews etc.), but would be looking to collect data that helps to support upstream action to increase diversity within the field and/or to identify the structures and barriers in place that need to be addressed.

Q: How do you see a consultant's work on this project fitting in with your organizational values?

A: PHE Canada’s values are listed on the 2017 – 2020 strategic plan.

As part of the EDI Consultants role will be to work with us to develop the 2021-24 strategic plan, these will be reviewed. As for how these translate into our organizational culture – we believe in bringing people together to roll up their sleeves and dig in to co-create – we believe in dialogue, debate and double loop thinking.

Q: What level of collaboration are you looking for between internal and external partners when it comes to the creation of the granting program (e.g. advisory role to inform higher level processes vs. full partnership where they are involved in all aspects of the program)?

A: We have a committee of 5 and we would be looking for the consultant to connect with that group to review of the granting program and bring forward the results of the environmental scan and data to ensure the granting program is responsive.