Location : Home-based
Contract Duration: : August 2022
Contract Type : Consultant
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.
Under APTN’s healthcare pillars in its 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, APTN will build upon the Asia Pacific Trans Health Blueprint (2015) and the recommendations and road maps developed from the From Barriers to Bridges (FB2B) Conference (2017), to improve access to trans-competent HIV and healthcare services for trans people in the Asia and the Pacific region, and to establish mechanisms and enable advocacy holding governments and healthcare providers accountable for meeting their commitments to rights-based trans-competent healthcare.
Under APTN’s “Amplifying regional collaboration towards transformative gender-affirming healthcare and HIV services for transgender people in Asia Pacific” APTN will develop two advocacy toolkits targeted at transgender organisations and activists to be able to advocate for their health needs.
The two advocacy toolkits are:
- Advocacy toolkit on access to HIV services in the context of trans-competent sexual and reproductive health
- Advocacy toolkit on access to trans-competent gender-affirming care
The toolkits will be short; not more than 5000 words each, and feature information such as guidelines and arguments for advocacy, highlighting international standards and practices, and more. Trans activists, organisations, and allies will be able to use the advocacy toolkits for advocacy with policy makers, health care professionals and institutions, donors, and other stakeholders
This project is funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) Project.
Scope of Work:
APTN will hire one technical reviewer to review and provide detailed feedback on both toolkits, thus the consultant should have knowledge and experience in access to HIV services and gender-affirming care in the context of trans competent sexual and reproductive health. The reviewer should also have some experience on advocacy around these issues to able to effectively assess the advocacy component in the toolkits
Given the strict timeline of the project, the technical reviewer is expected to be available for the project between August 1st – 5th to provide quick and timely feedback on the toolkits.
|Review and Provided Feedback on APTN’s Advocacy Toolkits||August 1st – 5th|
Provisions of monitoring and progress updates:
The Consultant(s) 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 or medical relevant field for example: Public Health, Health Social Sciences, Community Development, Human Rights and Policy Development, or equivalent experience;
- At least 7 years of professional experience working on HIV, health, gender-affirming care, human rights, policy and development in the Asia Pacific region;
- Excellent writing skills and developing toolkits, modules and guidelines on transgender-related issues;
- 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
- Experience working with the transgender community is a plus
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: The Technical Reviewer will be provided with a stipend of THB 18,210 (Approx. 600 USD) per toolkit for a total of THB 36,420 (Approx. 1,200USD).
The exchange rate currently used at FHI 360 Asia Pacific Regional Office for FY22 is 30.35 Thai Baht (THB) to 1 US Dollar (USD).
The appointed consultant(s) must complete a conflict of interest and confidentiality declaration.
How to Apply
Interested applicants to submit their expression of interest, CV/resume, and sample written work to email@example.com and cc: firstname.lastname@example.org with the header “RE: Advocacy Toolkit Technical Reviewer EOI” by July 20th. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.