While there is an ever-growing movement by LGBTQ Kenyans demanding their rights and the chance to enjoy those rights, significant levels of homophobia and transphobia exist. HIAS’ work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) refugees began in Nairobi in 2009 to support those eligible for resettlement to the US and other safe countries around the world. More recently, HIAS’ work has expanded to working with the broader LGBTQ rights movement in Kenya, alongside efforts to empower and build the skills of LGBTQ refugees. After Uganda passed the 2014 Anti-Homosexuality Act, over 500 LGBTQ Ugandans fled into neighboring Kenya to avoid persecution, gender-based violence, sexual torture, blackmail and possible death. Today, Nairobi hosts 692 registered LGBTQ refugees, mostly from Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Somalia, and Rwanda (but also from Burundi, Ethiopia, Yemen, South Sudan, and Eritrea).
HIAS is seeking a consultant to conduct a Process Evaluation focused on how HIAS programming is addressing the challenges facing LGBTQ individuals with a focus on refugees in Nairobi. The selected consultant will be expected to travel to Nairobi for no less than 7 days with the entire consultancy lasting 21.5 days. The evaluation has three key objectives:
(a) Identify and better understand the strengths and particular challenges in implementing programming with LGBTQ refugees and the broader LGBTQ community in Nairobi.
(b) Highlight areas that HIAS can build on to improve the quality of its work and areas where HIAS could consider expanding its work with these populations.
(c) Develop practical recommendations on to address the challenges identified in the program, taking into account international and national best practices.
HIAS will retain a qualified consultant to undertake research for this evaluation. The consultant is expected to use a participatory and rights-based approach that takes into account gender, conflict and contextual factors. The consultant should prioritize participation by key stakeholders from the LGBTQ communities HIAS is serving. The Consultant will work closely with a four-person Steering Committee The role of the Steering Committee is to provide feedback to the consultant to ensure the evaluation yields information and recommendations most useful to HIAS’ continued work with this population and is done in a manner meeting ethical standards for working with vulnerable populations.
The selected consultant is expected to develop the methodology, methods, and tools for data collection and analysis. The first deliverable will be an inception report outlining methodology and data collection plans which will be reviewed and approved by the Steering Committee.
The methodology outlined in the report should speak specifically to how data collection aligns with the three main components of the study listed in the purpose of the process evaluation.
- Inception report outlining detailed methodology and approach information (3-5 pages).
- Draft findings report, distributed to Steering Committee members for comments and feedback.
- Final report, following the structure below and including feedback from stakeholders. Where the comments provided are not included, the justification should be provided (12-15 pages including an Executive Summary. The tools, interview lists, and other relevant material should be placed in the annex)
- Web-based presentation of findings and recommendations to stakeholders.
Proposal and Document Review
Proposal and document review and development of the inception report.
The Inception Report will outline the Consultant’s suggest methodology including tools and approaches to be used.
Interview Guides, FGD guides, other tools finalized.
Data Collection in Kenya
Interview with key stakeholders, focus group discussions, and observational visits as appropriate to scattered shelter locations.
Data Collection outside of Kenya
Interviews with HIAS International Programs staff, including Technical Director, Regional Director, Vice President.
One round of feedback from Steering Committee members.
Feedback incorporated from review of draft report. One round of feedback from Steering Committee.
2.5 hour web-based debrief with key stakeholders on findings and recommendations.
Qualifications and Requirements:
· Demonstrated experience conducting at least three similar Learning Studies, process evaluations, and assessments. Pursuing a graduate degree in Public Health, International Affairs or a related field.
· Prior experience working with diverse LGBTQ communities with prior work in humanitarian settings a plus.
· Demonstrated interest in issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation, migration, services and programs for LGBTQ identified individuals, with prior work with individuals identifying as Lesbian or Trans men a plus.
· Excellent research, communication (oral and written) and presentation skills.
· French language skills a plus.
HIAS is a global Jewish nonprofit organization working across five continents to ensure that refugees and displaced persons are protected. Throughout the United States, we help refugees reunite with families, resettle and become self-sufficient. Guided by our values and history, we help refugees rebuild their lives in safety and security and advocate to ensure that all displaced people are treated with dignity.
How to apply:
Please submit your resume and cover letter to our website, http://www.hias.org/career-and-internship-opportunities