Power and Accountability programme evaluation tender


The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) has a long-standing interest in power and accountability issues. In keeping with the Quaker values of the Trust, our vision is a world in which power is more equally shared, and in which powerful institutions are responsive and accountable to wider society and aligned with the long-term public interest, considering those most disadvantaged by the system currently.


In 2014, the Trust established its Power and Accountability programme – with the aims of strengthening democratic accountability, corporate accountability and encouraging a responsible media. We work towards a number of objectives in these three areas as set out in our latest grants policy.


We are seeking a consultant to undertake a six month evaluation of the programme. The purpose of this evaluation is to identify what has been learned over the past six years of grant-making in the Power and Accountability programme, both to consider how well JRCT’s overall approach is enabling us to address the agenda, and to inform our assumptions about change and priorities going forward.


Please click here for the full evaluation brief. 


The study should commence by the end of October 2020, with the final report due by the end of April 2021. 


Proposals should be emailed to Katharine Knox – by Monday 28 September, 9am including the subject line Power and Accountability Programme EvaluationPlease contact Katharine Knox with any queries.


Northern Ireland Committee co-optee vacancy re-advertisement


The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) wishes to appoint two new co-opted members to join its Northern Ireland Committee from February 2021, to provide specialist expertise and advice to support our grantmaking programme in Northern Ireland.


The role of co-opted members is to complement the Committee’s expertise on Northern Ireland, by offering specialist knowledge and experience of one or more of the programme’s areas of focus.


The Northern Ireland grants programme usually supports work in four areas.  These are: 1) strengthening human rights and equality; 2) supporting inclusive, non-sectarian and participatory politics; 3) supporting processes of demilitarisation; 4) dealing with the past. In the challenging context we currently face, all of JRCT’s programme areas have added a temporary additional priority: responding to the dual harms of Covid-19 and systemic racism. 


Please click here for a role description and details of how to apply. 


This is a voluntary role, but all reasonable expenses are paid - including travel, accommodation and childcare if required. We’ll also meet claims towards loss of earnings incurred as a result of working for the Trust. We want to ensure financial concerns aren’t an obstacle to committee membership so if you are interested in the role but have any financial concerns that would deter you, please don't hesitate to speak to us.


These two opportunities were previously advertised with an earlier deadline. We have taken the decision to re-advertise, with a new closing date of Monday 19 October.