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Position: Consultant
Application Deadline: Tuesday, 21 July 2020
Contract Duration: July-November 2020

About us:

Since it was founded in 2009, the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) has grown to become a credible platform and voice for transgender people in Asia and the Pacific, working to ensure that their needs and rights are represented politically, socially, culturally and economically. APTN addresses trans-specific issues including vulnerability to gender-based violence, stigma and discrimination, risks for HIV infection, and health issues stemming from almost complete lack of access to appropriate health and medical care. The network serves as a platform for trans people to advocate for access to health, legal gender recognition, legislative reform, social justice and human rights and to exchange information and strategies with each other.

APTN has published several key reports, policy and technical briefs that have been used to inform programmes, policy and laws. Legal gender recognition deeply impacts the livelihood of trans and gender diverse people and is critical to ensure their dignity, rights and security. APTN is committed to working to ensure that so long as gender exists as a legal classification, that all people in Asia and the Pacific have access to identity documents that reflect their self-defined gender.

APTN envisions a society that upholds, respects, and protects the diversity, safety, equality, and dignity of trans people; the mission of APTN is to mobilise and advocate for the human rights of trans people in the Asia and the Pacific region.


In September 2017, APTN and the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre (TRCARC) co-hosted the regional conference  “From Barriers to Bridges” on increasing access to HIV and other health services for trans people in Asia. The conference was participated in by more than 150 delegates from 17 countries from Asia Pacific who engaged in evidence-informed discussions on HIV, health, law and human rights issues in regional and national contexts, and also shared their personal stories on accessing health services. This was supported by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), LINKAGES Project implemented by FHI 360, and supported by UNDP and UNAIDS. Based on the data collected from the conference, the Regional Mapping Report on Trans Health, Rights and Development in Asia was developed. The report provided baseline understanding of health models and interventions and gaps in Asia and the Pacific by mapping the regional landscape of the state of health, access, models and monitoring. 

Three years after the regional conference, APTN aims to update the regional mapping report to examine the changes in the overall access to health in Asia and the Pacific and explores issues of rights to health, accessible trans health care, developed models/practice and its effects on the trans communities and strategies. The updated mapping study aims to expand beyond the 17 countries (especially in the Pacific), and the compilation is coordinated through APTN and is supported by Robert Carr Fund (RCF) and Global Equality Fund (GEF).


The regional mapping report will consider the experiences of trans activists and organizations, their health challenges and strategies, health needs and existing sustainable models, and links between the lack of access and monitoring of trans groups and the regional (and international) trend of increasing trans specific services for the communities. After completion of the mapping exercise and targeted outreach, the analysis will be published in an updated report available to trans activists, health providers, advocates, funders and other stakeholders. 

Scope of Work: 

Review and update the baseline tool and prepare an updated mapping assessment guide. Implement the said tool to partners and focal points. Review and analyse the submissions received from the in-country consultations and other materials shared by partners and focal points. Consultant will produce a summary report that can serve as a tool for strategic action planning in the region and can be used for comparative analysis on trans related rights, HIV, and health programming. 

Duration of Assignment: 

As per the objectives of the assignment and the scope of work, the time frame for this contract is for a maximum 20 days work over the period from July to November 2020. 

Tasks and Deliverables: 

The Consultant will be guided and supported by APTN is expected to deliver the these tasks produce the following deliverables:

  1. Develop an inception report.
  2. Conduct desk review and update the baseline assessment tool and guide.
  3. Implement the mapping assessment tools and gather in-country data from partners and focal points.
  4. Review and analyse submission of in-country data from partners and focal points, and develop the first draft of the regional mapping report.
  5. Review report format, structure and data verification (by APTN and partners).
  6. Consolidate comments revise, and submit the final regional mapping report and country snapshots for approval. 
    1. A 15-25 page regional mapping report on trans health, rights and development in Asia and the Pacific, with relevant annexes. This may potentially include a sub-regional summary and analysis.
  7. Develop corresponding Powerpoint presentation and present findings to APTN and partners, including a comparative analysis of the baseline research conducted in 2017.


1Develop inception report4th week of July
2Conduct desk review; Review and update the baseline assessment tool and guide1st to 2nd week of August
3Implement the mapping assessment tools and gather in-country data from partners and focal points3rd week of August to 2nd week of September
4Review and analyse submission of in-country data and other materials from partners and focal points. Follow-up with country partners and focal points where needed Develop the first draft of the regional mapping report.3rd week of September to 1st week of October
5Review report format, structure and data verification (by APTN and partners)2nd to 3rd week of October
6Consolidate comments, revise, and submit the final regional mapping report and country snapshots for approval4th week of October to 2nd week of November
7Develop corresponding Powerpoint presentation and present findings to APTN and partners3rd week of November

Provisions of monitoring and progress updates: 

The Consultant will directly report to the APTN team. The team will communicate and work closely with the Consultant to ensure quality and timely delivery of expected outputs. 


  • Post-graduate degree in a development relevant field for example: Public Health, Health Social Sciences, Community Development, Human Rights and Policy Development, Program Management, or equivalent experience;
  • At least 7 years of professional experience working on HIV, health, human rights, policy and development in the Asia Pacific region; 
  • Good knowledge of research, mapping and assessment methodologies, as well as devising and implementing these tools;
  • Excellent writing skills and research experience in developing analysis and reports on transgender-related issues; 
  • Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities;
  • Previous professional experience with the community organisations and other international development organizations in this or a related field would be considered an asset;
  • Ability to work with people with different genders, sexual orientation, race, nationalities, ages, religions, cultures, etc.;
  • In depth understanding of knowledge and experiences of issues affecting trans communities; 
  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English; 
  • Excellent computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office

APTN is an Equal Opportunities Employer. APTN adheres to a fair recruitment process, regardless of any individual or group characteristics, including gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sex characteristics, race, age, disability, ability, economic status, national origin, religion, ethnicity, and historical, cultural and geographic experiences.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex persons, transgender and gender non-binary persons, and persons from the Global South are especially encouraged to apply.

Remuneration: USD 8,000.00 (lump sum amount)

The Consultant must send a financial proposal based on the lump sum amount. The total amount quoted shall be inclusive of  all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee and any other applicable costs to be incurred by the Consultant in completing the assignment. 

The appointed consultant must complete a conflict of interest and confidentiality declaration.

How to Apply

Interested applicants to submit their expression of interest, inception/financial proposal, CV/resume, and sample written work/publication, to with the header “RE: Trans Health and Rights Regional Mapping Consultant EOI” by 21 July 2020 (Tuesday) – Extended deadline. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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