GBA+ Project Policy Researcher - Request for Proposals
Request for Proposal
Metro Vancouver Area
Posting Period
Job Description

In Metro Vancouver, women make up more than half the population, but experience higher rates of poverty, have lower incomes, less housing security and experience higher rates of gender-based violence. These systemic inequalities have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and disproportionately impact women facing intersecting forms of oppression related to race, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, (dis)ability and immigration status.

Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) is a critical tool for correcting systemic inequities and advancing gender equality as it ensures that gender and other identity factors are fully considered in all government decision-making processes. On a municipal level, GBA+ analysis includes everything from how a city conducts consultations, to infrastructure decisions to government procurement practices.

Through the course of our 2.5-year project, Leveraging GBA+ to Advance Women’s Participation and Prosperity (GBA+ Project), the YWCA will collaborate with diverse stakeholders to ensure GBA+ is endorsed and practiced consistently in municipal policies, programs and spending across a number of cities in Metro Vancouver.

By doing so, we aim to make Metro Vancouver a more equitable, prosperous and just region and support Canada’s capacity to achieve an equitable, feminist recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

About YWCA Metro Vancouver

Founded in 1897, YWCA Metro Vancouver’s vision is to achieve women’s equality. This includes the full realization of equality for women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people. Our mission is to touch lives and build bright futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities. Our advocacy work is grounded in front-line experience, and informed by current research and evidence.

We conduct targeted engagement of business, community and government leaders to change policies and practices and partner with diverse organizations to build momentum for gender equality. Our advocacy priorities include promoting universal early learning and child care, advocating for safe, affordable housing for women-led families, ending gender-based violence, supporting women’s personal and economic stability, increasing legal supports for women and advancing Truth and Reconciliation.

The YWCA operates 72 holistic, integrated programs in 66 locations across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Our program pillars include safe, affordable housing, early learning and child care, violence prevention and legal education, support for women-led lone parent households, employment and skills-training and youth education and mentorship. 

We are a volunteer and membership-based organization that is part of the global YWCA network, though we operate independently to address specific community needs. While many YWCA programs focus on women-led lone parent households, we work with all members of the community regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Each year we reach more than 47,000 individuals through our programs and services.


The first phase of our project is focused on an environmental scan. The successful researcher will conduct a thorough analysis of a number of Metro Vancouver municipalities to understand where and how cities are using GBA+ and/or similar equity tools in their policies, programs and practices.

The municipalities include: Burnaby, Delta, Langley (City and Township), Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver (City and District), Richmond, Surrey, the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody), Vancouver, West Vancouver and White Rock.   

Part one of the environmental scan will include a comprehensive report with the following:

  1. An analysis of existing municipal equity strategies among the above referenced municipalities.
  2. A review of municipal strategic plans to outline where goals related to equity are noted.
  3. A review of other relevant municipal strategies (e.g., Housing Strategy, Safe City Strategy) to assess whether equity goals are included.
  4. Where they exist, a gap analysis/audit of existing municipal goals related to equity in order to determine how municipalities are tracking against their goals.
  5. Based on the findings above, a summary of recommended “quick wins” for GBA+ across municipalities.
  6. A non-exhaustive summary of national and international municipalities that are using GBA+ and/or are tracking well against equity metrics.
  7. A list of city managers, deputy managers, policy advisors, and other key municipal contacts that we will connect with to conduct key informant interviews (Part two of the environmental scan).
  8. Any other data or information that the researcher deems relevant to this project.


Our budget for part one of the environmental scan is $10,000 - $15,000.

Part two of the environmental scan will involve another bidding process to conduct a series of key informant interviews and/or focus groups among municipal staff and other stakeholders.


Part one of the environmental scan will inform all further phases of this project, which include:

  • Key informant interviews and/or focus groups with municipal staff and stakeholders (part two of our environmental scan)
  • A government relations strategy and stakeholder analysis
  • Public engagement

Upon completion of this environmental scan, the report and all content accompanying it will become the sole property of YWCA Metro Vancouver.

The environmental scan and report must be completed and provided to YWCA Metro Vancouver by no later than February 28, 2021.

Request for Proposal Process

YWCA Metro Vancouver is issuing this RFP to support its objectives as outlined above.

It is the responsibility of the individual/firm to ensure that their offer is complete and meets the organization’s requirements. Failure to comply may lead to the offer being rejected.

We would expect to work closely with any successful individual or firm as this environmental scan and report are created. Additionally, it is our expectation that any successful individual or firm will work cooperatively with our staff and sign any non-disclosure agreements as needed.

A Project Lead will be available if you have any questions or need clarification. It is expected that you will keep the Project Lead apprised of your work throughout the project. 

Selection Criteria  

The key criteria that we will be looking at when considering a proposal are:

  • Understanding of the Metro Vancouver municipal landscape
  • Understanding of Gender Based Analysis Plus and gender equity
  • Previous policy research experience
  • Experience completing environmental scans or other relevant experience
  • Value for money (the work will not necessarily be awarded to the lowest cost bidder)
  • A detailed project timeline, including plans for key status updates to the YWCA
  • Rapport and values alignment between the firm/individual and the YWCA
  • We welcome applications from individuals or firms from equity-seeking groups, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, people with disabilities, women in all their diversity and members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.


Proposals should include the following:

Company and General Information

  • Overview of individual or company organization
  • The number of employees (if applicable)

Overview of Research Approach

  • A summary of how you plan to undertake this work
  • The key components of your report

Additional Considerations

  • Preferred payment schedule

Clients and Portfolio

  • Examples of previous policy research or environmental scans undertaken, ideally of comparable nature/scale to this project
  • Two references from past clients (company name, contact name, phone number or email address) or equivalent

Research and Report plan (please indicate)

  • Main phases of the research project, including the time frame and reporting for each
  • A suggested process for recommending additional information or areas of focus that you feel would be relevant to the environmental scan
  • Details, if any, on the team that would be working on the project
  • All dependencies on the YWCA. Explain in detail the process of how you would work with our in-house staff
  • Your preferred approach and workstyle, including your communication preferences

Key risks

  • An overview of the key risks to the project and how they can best be managed

Any accommodation required

  • The YWCA strongly values proposals from applicants or firms from equity-seeking groups. Please let us know how we can accommodate you through the bidding and interview process.
How to Apply

Any questions concerning the RFP should be submitted by email to Amy Juschka, Director of Communications and Advocacy, at Following receipt of the completed proposal documents, the YWCA will carry out an evaluation to identify those individuals or firms who will be asked to speak further.

Proposals may be sent via email to Amy Juschka:

Electronic responses are preferred.


Please note, proposals submitted after the deadline will not be accepted for consideration.