Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant

We are currently seeking a diversity, equity, and inclusion subject matter expert to provide guidance and support to the DEI working group in delivering a DEI strategy, goals, activities, and implementing measurements for success.

About Orbis

Orbis is a leading global non-governmental organization that has been a pioneer in the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness for nearly four decades. Orbis transforms lives by delivering the skills, resources and knowledge needed to deliver accessible quality eye care. Working in collaboration with local partners, including hospitals, universities, government agencies and ministries of health, Orbis provides hands-on ophthalmology training, strengthens healthcare infrastructure and advocates for the prioritization of eye health on public health agendas. Orbis operates the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital, a fully accredited ophthalmic teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft, and an award-winning telemedicine platform, Cybersight. For the past nine consecutive years, Orbis has achieved Charity Navigator’s coveted four-star rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency, placing Orbis in the top 3% of U.S. charities. To learn more, please visit orbis.org.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Orbis

Orbis commenced its diversity, equity, and inclusion journey in 2020. The national conversation within the U.S. on race highlighted by the Black Lives Matter compelled Orbis to engage in the following:

  1. Issued a public and internal solidarity statement condemning racism and affirming solidarity with Black employees
  2. Staff in U.S. headquarters engaged in educational awareness building via an online webinar series offered by the Adaway Group in July 2020, titled “Whiteness at Work.”
  3. Two open forum discussion meetings were held with HQ U.S. staff and the executive leadership team from which it was decided to establish a working group of staff to bring forth recommendations to increase diversity and inclusion in Orbis’s workplace.
  4. A diversity, equity, and inclusion working group was established in October 2020 to identify strategies, activities and measurements to increase diversity and inclusion in Orbis’s workplace.
  5. Presented to the Orbis International Board on the importance of addressing DEI for Orbis.

We are currently seeking a diversity, equity, and inclusion subject matter expert to provide guidance and support to the DEI working group and delivering a strategy, goals, activities, and implementing measurements for success.

Scope of Work


  1. Provide subject matter expertise to the DEI working group with ongoing advice, direction, and support.
  2. Collaborate with the DEI working group to design a DEI strategy, set clear and measurable DEI goals for Orbis, delivering a report summarizing the goals, supported by action plans, specific work activities to be implemented within Orbis to promote DEI, timelines, and measurements for success.
  3. Actionable recommendations for projects, programs, and initiatives with measurable outcomes that can be implemented to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion at Orbis.
  4. Conduct a needs assessment survey of employees and deliver report summarizing findings and recommendations.
  5. Additional deliverable, based on timeline and budget: Conduct an analysis of current system, processes, policies and deliver report summarizing findings and recommendations for policy and process development to foster DEI.

The DEI Consultant will report to the chair of DEI working group, which includes the support and engagement of the CEO.

Minimum hours commitment: 5 hours per month

Timeline: This engagement will be for the duration of 2021 with a possibility of renewal for 2022, contingent on need and budget.

Criteria for Selection

The criteria immediately below will be used as minimum requirements to assess proposals and build a pool of appropriate candidates.

  • The consultant has experience in creating and implementing a DEI strategy, workplan, and implementation structure.
  • The consultant has experience in delivering work products and conducting interactive sessions that incorporate U.S. and international perspectives of DEI. As an organization with global impact and with staff based around the world, a wide-ranging perspective is critical for Orbis.
  • The consultant has experience in the following areas:
  • Leading discussions about race, inequality, and discrimination in multicultural organizations
  • Leading discussion about bias and building capacity to recognize and reduce bias

The preferred criteria below will be used to assess the pool of appropriate candidates for the best-fit consultant.

  • The consultant represents a Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC) owned business
  • The consultant embraces an active approach toward achieving equity for all people, considering systemic issues and how these impact individuals
  • The consultant has a demonstrated focus in the NGO/nonprofit sector and/or with an international audience, and preferably with international development organizations
  • The consultant has experience facilitating workshops with participants of all professional levels, from junior staff to board members

How to Apply: Interest parties should send proposals to Amita Rao, Associate Director, Talent Management at [email protected]