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Consultancy Title: DRL Mid-term Project External Evaluator for the “Peer-led Study on Trans Rights and Transphobic Violence in Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea”

Application Deadline: 15 October 2019 (Extended)

Location: Home-based Position (preferably based in Asia and the Pacific region)

Organization: Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) Foundation

Language Required: English

Duration and Length of Contract: Fifteen (15) working days within October to November 2019

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

Background of the Project:

In September 2017, the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) was granted support by the US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) and Global Equality Fund (GEF) 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. This project has two main objectives:

  1. Build applied knowledge and understanding of research skills of national transgender organisations to conduct peer-led research reflecting the lived experiences of their communities and amplifying their voices by building an evidence-based for advocacy. (Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa)
  2. Build legal knowledge and understanding of transgender people to assert their rights in Fiji by better understanding court decisions, laws, policies and regulations that regulate the right to recognition and equal protection before the law in their country, identify possible next steps to improve legal gender recognition (LGR) and protection and use a multi-stakeholder approach to develop strategies based on a Fiji country report and lessons learnt from the region.

To reach these objectives, APTN has worked with trans-led community organisations in the three (3) countries throughout the whole process of research implementation: Haus of Khameleon (Fiji), Hetura NCD LGBT Group (Papua New Guinea), and My Girls Club (Samoa). APTN also worked with technical partners such as UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub (for the LGR project), and Transgender Europe (TGEU) (for the Social Experiences Study).

After almost two (2) years of implementation, APTN plans to assess the project’s mid-term performance and its impact so far, generate good practices, and lessons learned from the program (mid-term covering October 2017 to September 2019), as well as develop recommendations for partners and stakeholders to promote and advocate for sustainability of impact to beneficiaries, as it enters Phase 2 of the program from October 2019 to February 2021. Thus, APTN is looking for a Mid-term Project External Evaluator for the “Peer-led Study on Trans Rights and Transphobic Violence in Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea” to be engaged for fifteen (15) working days within October to November 2019.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Consultant:

The Consultant’s responsibilities include:
Together with APTN team, develop the mid-term project evaluation design/framework (ensuring participatory and gender-sensitive methodologies), assessment tools, and report outline, with reference to the DRL/GEF monitoring and evaluation plan, framework and indicators.Conduct a desk review of relevant project documents (e.g. progress reports, M&E indicators, documentation, etc.), and interview country implementing partners, community beneficiaries, and other regional and national level stakeholders (through online key informant interviews), to gather valuable inputs for the mid-term evaluation/assessment.Develop and submit the first full draft of the mid-term project external evaluation report for feedback of APTN team. The report should cover the following areas:Assess the relevance, quality, impact and sustainability of outputs or contributions of the project to capacity building of trans-led organisations, evidence-based building, strategic advocacy, enabling environment, and recognition and protection of the rights of transgender people, for its mid-term implementation towards the achievement of desired project outcomes and its relevance to APTN’s strategic priorities;Assess the quality of adaptation of tools (i.e. research and assessment tools used for LGR and Social Experiences Study) for country work and their application to the project activities;Assess how well the project has been implemented including promoting accountability and ownership for achievement of the project objectives through assessment of results, effectiveness, processes and performance of the partners involved in project activities;Assess how well the project has been complementing/contributing/synergising with regional and national initiatives that are happening in the three (3) countries and in Pacific region;Generate lessons learned and develop recommendations from the implementation of project’s activities and the outcomes achieved that will be useful for Phase 2 of the program and similar initiatives in the future.Revise and incorporate feedback from APTN team, and develop and submit the second full draft and final mid-term project external evaluation report.Participate in skype meetings with APTN team and country focal persons, as necessary.
The Consultant will work closely with APTN team (based in Bangkok), county focal persons in Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea, and other national/regional partners and stakeholders. The position is expected to accommodate Bangkok and local Pacific timezones (Fiji, Samoa and Papua New Guinea) in their role. This is a home-based position and will not require travel to the Pacific countries.
Required Skills and Qualifications of the Consultant:
Bachelor and/or Master’s degree in communications, social research, sociology, human rights, public policy, public health, or a related discipline;At least seven (7) years of relevant experience in program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and writing assessment reports;Familiarity and experience with M&E framework and performance indicators of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) and Global Equality Fund (GEF);In depth knowledge of transgender issues, SOGIESC terminologies, legal gender recognition, social experiences and human rights in the Pacific region, and other relevant topics;Proficiency in oral and written English is required.
How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit their CV/resume and a cover letter (with proposed daily rate in US Dollars), and sample written work or assessment report to with subject header “DRL Mid-term Project External Evaluator” by 30 September 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and invited for an interview.
Transgender and gender diverse people are highly encouraged to apply.

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