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Consultancy Title: Three (3) Country Report Writers for the “Peer-led Study on Rights and Social Experiences of Trans and Gender Diverse People  in Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea”

Location: Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea (open to nationals or those residing in these 3 countries)

Organization: Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) Foundation

Language Required: English

Duration and Length of Contract: 5 working days within January 2019 to February 2019

Application Deadline: 15 December 2018 *Deadline extended to January 20th*

Project and Reference: US-DRL / S-LMAQM-17-GR-1190


The Pacific, particularly Polynesia, has a long history of gender diversity including culturally specific terms such as Fa’afafine (Samoa), Leiti (Tonga), Palopa (Papua New Guinea) and Vakasalewalewa (Fiji). There is no accurate data on the number of transgender people in the Pacific. However, the visibility of trans feminine people, including those culturally-specific identities listed above, suggests the proportion is likely to be at least as high as estimates in other parts of the world. Trans masculine identities are only starting to emerge in the Pacific. There has been very limited research on the experiences of transgender people in the Pacific outside HIV and AIDS behavioral or prevalence studies, or as a very small component of research across the Asia Pacific region more generally. This research gap is widely known. For example, one of the recommendations from the 2015 Blueprint for the Provision of Comprehensive Care for Trans People and Trans Communities in Asia and the Pacific was to “undertake research on under-represented groups, including trans men, indigenous groups, and elderly people across the region and trans people in the Pacific”.

It has always been recognized that there are gaps in information and research available on transgender people’s lived experiences in the Pacific. The call for the participation of transgender people in research advocacy and policy resonates loudly with community organizations and has been emphasized in key regional meetings and guiding documents. Understanding research methodologies and leading research about their own experiences, to address the significant gaps in information on the lived experiences of transgender people amplifies transgender people’s voices, builds community resilience and provides a rich database of knowledge to inform policy, programs and practice.

Over the last seven years, Transgender Europe (TGEU) has been working with transgender partner organisations (including the Asia Pacific Transgender Network) and activists across the globe on groundbreaking research about the human rights situation of transgender and gender diverse people worldwide. Part of this research includes a peer-led survey on the social experiences of transgender and gender diverse people. The project’s title, Transphobia versus Transrespect (TvT) encapsulates its focus on both human rights violations and positive change. This format of peer research aims to combine robust research methods with community empowerment. Globally, seven countries (India, the Philippines, Serbia, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey and Venezuela) have conducted the surveys including Tonga based in the Pacific.

This TvT Project gives transgender communities access to easily understood research data on the communities’ experiences of Transphobia and discrimination in employment, education, access to health services, and family and social environments and Transrespect through cultural and family acceptance, enabling laws and policies and transgender friendly services. This information can be used to develop and inform publications, materials and tools to highlight the current legal and social situation and advocate for policy, legal and program reform.

About the Project:

In 2017, the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) sought support from the US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) for “A Peer-led Study on Trans Rights and Transphobic Violence in Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea” project to ensure transgender persons in Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea have equal protection under the law by participatory research and advocacy activities. One of the key components and objectives of this project is to build applied knowledge and understanding of research skills of national transgender organizations to conduct peer-led research reflecting the lived experiences of their communities and amplifying their voices by building an evidence base for advocacy.

The TvT Social Experiences Study has been adapted by APTN  to the Pacific region to conduct the “Peer-led Study on Rights and Social Experiences of Trans and Gender Diverse People in Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea.” This study done  in collaboration with our Pacific country partners, Haus of Khameleon, Hetura NCD LGBT Group, and My Girls Club, and with the technical support of Transgender Europe (TGEU).

Last September 2018, capacity building workshops on the Social Experiences Study were conducted in the three Pacific countries. In each of the countries, a research team of 10 interviewers (trans women and trans men) and a focal person, were selected and trained to conduct the actual data gathering. To date, the country research teams are on the field conducting interviews to collect a total of 50 respondents per country (minimum), for a total of 150 in the three Pacific countries. Data collection, validation, encoding and cleaning is expected to be completed in mid-December 2018.

Thus, APTN is looking for Three (3) Country Report Writers (one each for Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea) for the “Peer-led Study on Rights and Social Experiences of Trans and Gender Diverse People  in Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea”, to be engaged for five (5) working days within January 2019 to February 2019.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Consultant:

The Consultants will work closely with the Regional Analysis Consultant, APTN team, and country focal persons. The Consultant will be supervised by APTN’s Project Manager (based in Bangkok) and coordination with APTN’s Pacific Project Coordinator (based in Fiji). The position is expected to accommodate the Bangkok and local Pacific timezones in their role.

The Consultant’s responsibilities include:

    1. Review the country report outline and write the first full draft of the country report for the Social Experiences Study, with technical guidance and feedback from the Regional Analysis Consultant;
    1. Incorporate into the report the country-specific study findings’  tables, diagrams, and statistical reports, and provide a narrative description and analysis;
    1. Revise and develop the pre-final draft country report based on the feedback and recommendations from country partners, APTN team, and other peer reviewers;
    1. Prepare a summary PowerPoint presentation on the findings of the country report to be used for advocacy planning meetings;
  1. Participate in skype meetings with the Regional Analysis Consultant, APTN team, and country focal persons.
Required Skills and Qualifications of the Consultant:

    • Bachelor and Master’s degree in communications, journalism, sociology, human rights, public policy, public health, or a related discipline;
    • At least 3 years of relevant experience in writing research reports, technical briefs, narratives based on the analysed research data;
    • In depth knowledge of transgender issues, SOGIESC terminologies, social experiences, human rights, and other relevant  topics;
    • Strong background in quantitative and qualitative research methods;
  • Proficiency in oral and written English is required; written proficiency in local language (Fijian, Samoan, Tok Pisin) is an advantage.
How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit their CV and a cover letter (with proposed daily rate in US Dollars),  and sample written work or publication to with subject header “Country Report Writer (DRL) – (state the country you are applying for)” by 15 December 2018 (23:59 GMT).  Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Transgender and gender diverse people are highly encouraged to apply.


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