Protection assessment on the needs of LGBTIQ+ Refugees Consultant in Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru


Human Resources

Unspecified KSh Confidential
3 weeks ago

Job Summary


Job Description/Requirements


HIAS Kenya seeks to hire a consultant to conduct a protection assessment on the needs of LGBTIQ+ refugees in Nairobi, Mombasa, and Nakuru to inform programming and improve service provision to this vulnerable population. The assessment will require travel to each location, and the anticipated length of the consultancy is one month.

The assessment aims to:

Identify existing protection services and mechanisms for LGBTIQ+ refugees regarding legal protection, mental health, and psychosocial support (MHPSS), sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response. Identify gaps in interventions and services for LGBTIQ+ refugees, to include protection, livelihood, and security needs. Identify existing refugee-led structuresâ capacities, resources, challenges, and gaps in generating LGBTQI+ led interventions to respond to existing needs.


The assessment will include data and analysis that will inform HIASâ current programming for LGBTIQ+ urban refugees, as well as determine HIASâ added value in new programs and services. The Consultant will work in close coordination with the HIAS Kenya monitoring & evaluation and technical teams (MHPSS, GBV, etc.), with support and guidance from HIAS HQ Regional Technical Advisors, Regional MEAL Advisor, and HIASâ local partners. The specific objectives of the assessment are:

Identify LGBTIQ+ refugee needs and protection trends and gaps, including access to services and rights. Identify other legal protection, MHPSS, SRHR, and GBV gaps affecting LGBTIQ+ refugees. Identify and map the current services available and local responses (including strengths and gaps of existing community structures, networks, and services). Determine immediate programming priorities and recommendations for legal protection, MHPSS, and GBV for LGBTIQ+ refugees. Determine HIASâ value-add responding to the crisis, complementing current services and make an initial determination on whether HIAS can feasibly scale or build on current services to meet the needs.


The geographical scope of the study will be within Nairobi, Mombasa, and Nakuru Counties, with a greater focus in Nairobi. The design and implementation of the needs assessment will align with the ethical and quality standards for protection, MHPSS, and GBV and foreground the voices of affected populations.


The needs assessment methodologies will include:

Secondary Documentation: A desk review of the available literature, contextual information, service provider mapping, relevant documentation from existing programming, and related studies targeting similar groups. Quantitative Approaches: Including survey data collection as required to provide information on the needs, access, and gaps of the target population. Qualitative Approaches: Including focus group discussions (FGDs) and key informant interviews (KIIs), observation as needed.

The Consultant will identify key informants and local representatives of the LGBTIQ+ refugee community, ensuring that their inputs are considered during the identification of gaps in service delivery, emerging needs, as well as proposals to address the lack of access to services and rights for LGBTIQ+ refugees. The needs assessment is to be consistent with the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) Guidance note on Data Collection, through its emphasis on a rights-based and participatory approach; SPHERE standards through its emphasis on a rights-based and participatory approach and according to the âWhen âWe Know Nothingâ Recommendations for Ethical Research and Learning with and for LGBTQI People in Humanitarian Settingsâ.


The expected key outputs and deliverables are:

Inception report : Presenting the detailed methodology, literature review, data collection tools/instruments, and a data analysis plan. The inception report will be discussed with the HIAS prior to data collection. Draft report for stakeholder review : Clearly identifying information relevant to the five objectives of the project framework, as well as data gaps and areas that may require further assessment. Raw and cleaned final dataset(s): Containing all data collected for the baseline, including survey responses and KII/FGD transcriptions. The data should speak to each spectrum of the LGBTIQ+ population (disaggregated). Final report: Including main findings and proposals for direct assistance to LGBTIQ+ refugees to improve access to service and relevant rights. The main body of the report should be a maximum of 40 pages, excluding annexes. PowerPoint presentation : Describing the assessment process, results, and recommendations. The findings will be presented in a validation meeting with key HIAS staff and stakeholders. Summary Report (3-5 pages).



HIAS will provide:

Relevant documentation and background information. Contacts of relevant stakeholders and set up meetings. Consolidated feedback/guidance on draft reports.


The team leader should possess a postgraduate degree in research-oriented social science or a related discipline. At least 5 years of relevant humanitarian and protection experience, including demonstrable expertise and a good understanding of refugee operations in Kenya, refugee protection risks, and relevant international /regional refugee frameworks. Relevant experience in needs assessment and/or evaluation, including analysis and report writing. Commitment to HIAS values and the rights of LGBTIQ+ people. Experience conducting assignments or projects related to LGBTIQ+ populations, issues, and topics of interest; or with a gender analysis lens that includes LGBTIQ considerations. Experience in qualitative & quantitative research methods including participatory approaches data analysis, and reporting focusing on social research and evaluation, preferably in the region. Excellent and demonstrated understanding of ethical issues in research. Experience in developing data collection tools using KOBO, ODK, etc. Excellent verbal and written communication in English and Kiswahili is required.


Letter of interest A detailed technical proposal clearly demonstrating a thorough understanding of this ToR and including but not limited to the following: Consultant/Company Profile Proposed methodology including areas of piloting, sample size determination, and a proposed consultancy work plan. Demonstrated previous experience in similar assignments and qualifications outlined in this ToR (with submission of the most recent report of a similar assignment) Proposed data management plan (collection, processing, and analysis). Team composition and level of effort of each proposed team member (include CVs of each team member). A financial proposal with a detailed breakdown of costs in Kenya Shillings.

Qualified candidates to send their applications by 25th August 2023.


Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts, and history of the Jewish peopleâa history of oppression, displacement, and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history, and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency, and commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission, and values.


HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and opportunity.


Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.


Welcome ⢠Acogimiento ⢠Hospitalité ⢠(Hachnasat Orchim)

We Welcome the Stranger

Justice ⢠Justicia ⢠Justice ⢠(Tzedek)

We Pursue Justice

Empathy ⢠Empatía ⢠Empathie ⢠(Chesed)

We Approach our Clients with Empathy

Partnership ⢠Compañerismo ⢠Coopération ⢠(Chevruta)

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership

Courage ⢠Coraje ⢠Courage ⢠(Ometz)

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World

Resilience ⢠Resiliencia ⢠Résilience ⢠(Ruach)

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience.


HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation or other legally protected status.


HIAS is committed to the protection of children, vulnerable adults and any other person from any harm caused directly or indirectly due to their coming into contact with HIAS. We will not tolerate sexual exploitation, abuse or any form of child abuse or neglect by our staff or associated personnel. Any candidate offered a job with HIAS will be expected to sign and adhere to HIASâ Code of Conduct and Safeguarding policies. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records. HIAS also participates in the . In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicantsâ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. Likewise, HIAS will share this information when other organizations inquire about current and former HIAS staff as part of their recruitment process. By applying, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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