Call for Applications for Members of ISDAO's Regional Activist Grant Making Panel

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Members of ISDAO's Regional Panel of Grant Activists


Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo

Closing date for applications
July 5, 2024 - 23:59 GMT

What we are looking for

We are recruiting LGBTQI activists from across our focal countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo) to join our Activist Grant Making Panel (AGMP) for a two-year term with the possibility of renewal.

As several of our AGMP members have recently completed their tenure, we are recruiting new members to the panel. As an activist-led fund, we are keen to ensure greater representation and inclusion of the diversity of our communities within the panel.

We especially welcome key players from the following countries, as well as self-identified LGBTIQ rights activists who address geographic and community priorities:

Are you an LGBTQI rights activist in West Africa with a strong background in collaboration on LGBTQI issues? Are you deeply engaged in the struggles of LGBTQI people and the broader movements for sexual and gender minorities in the region? Do you have a passion for human rights, diversity, and equity? If so, we invite you to participate in decision-making about resource allocation for our movements.

This is your opportunity to join ISDAO’s Activist Grantmaking Panel, where you can contribute your skills, experience, and insights to our grantmaking process and decisions.

ISDAO strongly encourages young LGBTQI activists from the focus countries to apply.

ISDAO is an activist-led feminist fund dedicated to building a West African movement for LGBTQI sexual and gender minorities through a flexible approach to grantmaking, capacity support and the strengthening of a culture of philanthropy committed to promoting human rights and social justice. Currently ISDAO works in nine West African countries. We have awarded grants in six annual cycles through our regional grants, and four cycles of country specific grants in Nigeria and Burkina Faso, through our special initiative, Love Alliance.

Mission and Responsibilities

The Activist Grantmaking Panel is an autonomous decision-making body within ISDAO and has the power to review proposals, and to ensure the fairness and transparency of the process of selecting proposals submitted by organizations or groups.

Under the responsibility and direct supervision of the ISDAO team, members of the Activist Grantmaking Panel review eligible proposals received in response to ISDAO’s annual open call for proposals, in accordance with the vision, values and mission of ISDAO.

The panel assesses eligible proposals based on criteria and priorities that are collectively developed by the panel at the start of each review cycle, directly informed by the proposals received in that cycle, as well as the feminist principle that guides ISDAO’s work. The review is also informed by a collective analysis of the region’s context, the collective knowledge of the LGBTQI movements in the different countries and regionally, ISDAO’s feedback on past and current partners, and priorities set by the AGMP. The panel makes collective decisions on funding based on the analysis provided by the principal reviewers, general discussions, and a collective review by the AGMP members at the decision-making meeting.

No single panel member can independently decide on awarding a grant or influence funding decisions. All decisions are made collectively by the entire panel. In accordance with the Conflict-of-Interest Policy, AGMP members with a current or potential conflict of interest are excluded from the review, discussion, and decision-making process for any proposal they are connected to.

  • Participate actively in the review and scoring of the proposals, including participating in virtual and in-person meetings to discuss and make decisions about ISDAO’s grantmaking.
  • Share knowledge about current issues, concerns, opportunities, and priorities within the LGBTQI movements in the focal countries and regionally.
  • Share knowledge and skills with other panel members and ISDAO staff in order to ensure effective decision-making on proposals.
  • Commit time to the proposal review process and provide assistance and special technical advice on a voluntary basis.
  • Commit to and strictly adhere to the conflict of interest and confidentiality agreements governing the panel's activities.
  • Adhere to ISDAO’s principles in all decisions made as a member of the AGMP

More broadly, the AGMP members are essential resource persons for strategic planning and implementing ISDAO's grantmaking activities.

While the AGMP role is voluntary, members receive an honorarium for participating in in-person meetings. Additionally, ISDAO covers all travel and related expenses for these meetings.

IMPORTANT NOTE: During a member's tenure on the AGMP, any group or organization with which the member is directly associated as a staff member or paid volunteer is not eligible to apply for funding from ISDAO’s annual regional call for proposals.

Commitment: AGMP members serve a two-year term and are required to fully participate in both in-person meetings and virtual proposal reviews. Annually, this involves a maximum of 10 days (including travel) for in-person meetings and a four-week period for virtual reviews.

Skills you should have

A member of ISDAO’s AGMP must:

  • Self-identify as one (or more) of the following: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Non-binary, Queer, Intersex
  • Have a great background of collaborating and working with LGBTQI people, groups and communities on community and social programs.
  • Have exposure to diverse fields, approaches, and contexts of LGBTQI activism and organizing.
  • Have relevant knowledge and/or experience on LGBTQI rights and issues in West Africa.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to human rights, diversity, and equality.
  • Be easily accessible by email and telephone;
  • Currently be an activist, based within the West African region, and residing in one of ISDAO’s focal countries.
  • Have and maintain private access to a computer and to the internet, and the ability to work in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and use email systems.
  • Be able to communicate, read proposals and supporting documents, and write in at least one of the languages used by ISDAO (English or French).
  • Be able to work in a team and in a multicultural setting.
  • Be able to work virtually and face-to-face;
  • Be able to adapt to change.
  • Adhere and practice the values of Integrity, transparency, tolerance, and discretion.
  • Agree to make decisions that align with and represent ISDAO's values and principles

Submission of applications

Please ensure the following documents are attached to the application for it to be considered complete:

  1. A completed application form, click here to download the form
  2. A Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume
  3. Reference letters from two individuals, one of whom should be from within your country of residence. Both references must be from within the West African LGBTQI community. The letters should clearly confirm your character, integrity, and involvement within the LGBTIQ community.

Applications should be addressed to the ISDAO team and sent to the following email address: with the subject line "Application to ISDAO's Activist Grant Making Panel".

Click here to access the application form

Interested applicants should submit their applications by July 5, 2024, at 11:59 pm GMT.