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Position: Consultant
Location:
Remote
Application Deadline: 14th June 3rd July (Extended)
Contract Duration: June-September 2020
Reports to: Program Officer

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.

Background:

Under the EpiC Project “Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control” and with support from Key Population Investment Funds (KPIF), APTN will build upon the Asia Pacific Trans Health Blueprint (2015) and the recommendations and road maps developed from the From Bridges to Barriers (FB2B) Conference (2017), to improve access to trans-competent HIV and healthcare services for trans people in the Asia-Pacific region, and to establish mechanisms and enable advocacy holding governments and healthcare providers accountable for meeting their commitments to trans-competent healthcare.

The specific strategies and activities in this program description are based on country needs mapping conducted by FHI 360 in August 2019 across high-priority countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Results of this exercise indicated a variety of country needs. In Nepal, for example, HIV service providers and antiretroviral therapy (ART) service providers are not adequately trans-sensitive and trans-competent, and perhaps partially as a result of this, mobilization of peers among trans people living with HIV remains a challenge. In Myanmar, there is a need to introduce trans-tailored/specific HIV and associated prevention and care services, including setting-up a trans-specific center/clinic for HIV and health service provision, which requires technical assistance and south-to-south learning. In Thailand, which is at the forefront of providing trans-competent HIV and health care services, there is still a need to upscale and expand these service provision models to a wider range of healthcare providers so that access among members of the trans community is improved. APTN will focus on meeting the identified needs in selected Asia-Pacific countries. These will be chosen in collaboration with USAID and FHI 360 but will likely include Nepal, Indonesia, Burma, and the Philippines.

Scope of Work:

APTN will hire a consultant to develop/adapt a community-administered monitoring tool that measures the intended outcomes under each country to monitor progress annually. The tool will measure quality of care, availability and access to testing, results and treatment. This will be an essential tool that communities will be able to use to advocate for better healthcare systems and services and to hold government and healthcare providers accountable. The tool will not only capture quality of HIV-related information but also provide a benchmark to track trans-competent health care in each country including access to and availability of hormones, gender-affirming surgery, sexual and reproductive health services and barriers to health care.

This process will also include reviewing existing community-based monitoring tools that are being used by community-based organisations and health institutions. CBOs will be involved in the review, finalization and rolling-out of the community-based monitoring tool. Selected healthcare providers and technical advisors will also be involved in the design/review of the monitoring tool to ensure greater involvement and accountability from healthcare providers on responding proactively to the results of the assessment. APTN will capacitate trans advocates/activists in using the tool during the national training of trainers.

The community-based monitoring tool will also be translated into five local languages of Thai, Nepali, Burmese, Tagalog and Bahasa Indonesia in phases.

Tasks and Deliverables include the following:

  1. Desk review of available CBM tools including existing tools used by community-based organisations and healthcare institutions
  2. Development of the Community Based Monitoring Tool alongside selected health care providers to ensure greater accountability from HCPs
    1. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this tool should include components on COVID-19 related care, competency training in mental and trauma related care etc.
    2. Roll-out a review of the tool and implement any feedback from CBOs prior to the finalisation of the tool
  3. Develop training modules and PPT
  4. Submit consultancy report and approved deliverables

Timeline​:

DescriptionTimeline
1Desk review of tools13 July
2Adaptation of tools in consultation with APTN16 July
3Submit for review:-  1st review: APTN and the technical advisors toreview the framework-  2nd review: APTN country partners and selectcommunity health providers (How is the tool, is it easy to understand, is it useful, does it gives you an understanding of the AAAQ, what do you suggest for improvement?)Incorporating feedback-  1st review-  2nd review-  Final version17 July – 25 August
4Submit final version of the tool to APTN26 August
5Submission of training module and PPT for use of tool8 September
6Consultancy report and all approved deliverables8 – 13 September

Prerequisite

●  Post-graduate degree in a development relevant field for example; Public Health, Health Social Sciences, Community Development, Program Management, or equivalent experience

●  At least 7 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation including database management, survey research, responsibility for research methods, program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative statistical sampling, information analysis, research techniques and methodologies, report writing,

●  Good knowledge of community-based monitoring methodologies as well as devising and implementing said tools;

●  Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis

●  Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manageconflicting priorities;

●  Ability to work with people with different genders, sexual orientation, race, nationalities, ages,religions, cultures, etc.;

●  Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter;

●  In depth understanding of knowledge and experiences of issues affecting trans communities

●  Excellent command of both written and spoken English

●  Familiarity with country context and have access/contacts with relevant community members,partners, organisations, stakeholders on the ground

●  Excellent computer skills, proficient in Microsoft OfficeAPTN 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. Only qualified candidates will be notified.

Remuneration:​ USD 5,000.00
Appointed consultant must complete a Conflict of Interest and confidentiality declaration. 

How to Apply

Interested applicants to submit their expression of interest, daily rates and CV/ resume to apply@weareaptn.org​ with the header “RE: CBM Tool Consultant EOI” by 14 June 3rd July . Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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