Terms of Reference for Research and Analyses Expert

Kategorija: Lobiranje / Datum: јул 27, 2016

Research and Analysis

INTRODUCTION

 

Labris, one of the oldest lesbian human rights organizations in the region, is an organization that considers the right to different sexual orientation as one of the basic human rights. Labris works on protection, advancement and promotion of gender equality and diversity through: empowerment and social inclusion of LGBT community; creation, monitoring and advocating inclusive politics; advancement of institutional systems of support and networking on national and regional level. Since its foundation Labris has been implementing over 60 projects through its three program components – Community Development, Education and Advocacy Program.

Based on the 20-year experience in supporting the most vulnerable group and the assessment of current situation in regards to position of LGBT community in Republic of Serbia, Labris developed project The Network Change for Serbia’s LGBT Community.

BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE

 

Numerous research and reports continuously demonstrate that LGBT community is one of the most discriminated social groups in Serbia and state institutions have proven to be unable and not willing to ensure full human rights to LGBT person: A comprehensive survey of societal perceptions of homosexuality and attitudes towards LGBT population showed that the share of those who think homosexuality is an illness is extremely high (67%). 56 percent of the population believed homosexuality posed a threat to society and as many as one half of Serbia’s citizens would never reconcile with the fact that someone close to them is a homosexual. 17% of the parents would violently react to the fact that their child is a homosexual. Survey conducted by the Commissioner for Protection of Equality and CESID in November 2012, showed that 30% object to having LGBT neighbors, 32.5% do not want them as colleagues, 40.6% do not want them as a friend, 58.8% do not want them as teachers, and 79.5% do not want LGBT people in their family. Furthermore, the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights report shows that 80% of high school students support discrimination of LGBT people.

Although Serbia has ratified most of the international human rights documents and conventions, and has legal and institutional anti-discrimination framework largely in place, ”…in practice, those most exposed to discrimination are Roma, women, persons with disabilities and the LGBT population. They are frequently victims of intolerance, hate speech and even physical attacks. Public officials have been reluctant to publicly condemn such incidents.” (Commission Opinion on Serbia’s application for membership of the European Union {COM (2011) 668}). From the other hand, due to the extremely low level of trust in government institutions (Centre for public policy research) and lack of knowledge on the rights and existing mechanisms among LGBT population, unreported homophobic violence and discrimination remain at extremely high levels.

LGBT people in Serbia are targeted as victims of hate crime more often than other vulnerable groups such as Roma or people with disabilities. Such violence raised from the deep hatred of the perpetrator toward real and/or perceived sexual orientation and/or gender identity of the victim. Relevant institutions are usually not well sensitized and educated to deal with this issue. Even if the victims report such crimes or incidents, the fact that reason for attack was prejudice, often does not appear in the official statistical reports, because the motives of homophobia and transphobia are often not recognized or not recognized as relevant.

OBJECTIVES AND COURSE OF THE ACTION

 

In order to develop sustainable and innovative initiative which will build on previous Labris’ s successes and create a critical mass of supporters and build new constituencies, this program will be implemented jointly by the network of the most prominent LGBT organizations and the organizations with the extensive experience and expertise in developing sustainable advocacy structures and multiplication of the project results.

The purpose of the action is to advance human rights of LGBT persons in Serbia by stimulating policy dialog and fostering implementation of the existing legislative framework and international standards in the scope of EU-Serbia accession negotiations over Chapter 23. Specific goals of the initiative are:

  • Developing an effective and sustainable network for LGBT inclusion on national and local level and advancing its capacities for long-term policy development and monitoring
  • Raising awareness, activating and mobilizing the LGBT community and new constituencies for sustainable public advocacy
  • Fostering implementation of anti-discrimination standards and policies through strategic policy development and advocacy in the scope of EU-Serbia accession negotiations over Chapter 23

The initiatives target groups will be: LGBT community, community-based and national CSOs, the most relevant institutions, including independent institutions in Serbia and internationally and media. Specific communication strategy will be developed in order to target new audiences and activate them in the project implementation.

Apart from networking and capacity development activities (to be implemented in the year one and two), the initiative will serve as an opportunity for development of the “independent observatory” of LGBT rights through its research, analyses and watchdog components (to be implemented in year one), policy road-maps and advocacy strategies for all future work (to be implemented in year two). In addition, existing gaps and challenges in the implementation of the anti-discrimination regulations will be identified and addressed accordingly throughout the implementation cycle.

OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY AND SCOPE OF WORK

Research and Analyses expert will be in charged for implementation of the research and analyses activities envisioned by the project. Within this group of activities the following information will be gathered: examples of good practices of LGBT policies development processes and advocacy initiatives in the region and internationally; synthesized guide through international and national anti-discrimination regulatory and normative framework and practices; examples of good practices of community involvement and national practices. Specific outputs: best practice examples guides, standards vs. regulatory and normative framework guide, regulatory and normative framework vs. implementation analysis, community involvement good examples and national practices; specific policies road-maps: socio-economic integration, family related and gender based violence, etc.

 

Capacity Development Experts(s) will be responsible for:

  • Continues communication with project staff regarding planning process and implementation;
  • Conducting research on good practices of LGBT policies development processes and advocacy initiatives in the region and internationally;
  • Development of the synthesized guide through international and national anti-discrimination regulatory and normative framework and practices;
  • Conducting analysis of national practices and standards vs. regulatory and normative framework;
  • Conducting analysis of regulatory and normative framework vs. implementation;
  • Conducting research on good practices of community involvement and national practices;
  • Conducting analysis of specific policies road-maps, such as socio-economic integration, family related and gender based violence, or others;

The Consultant will be required to deliver:

  • Publication on examples of the good practises of LGBT policies development initiatives in the region and internationally;
  • Publication on international and national anti-discrimination regulatory and normative framework and practises:
  • Publication on implementation of relevant legislation at local level (5 local communities targeted by the project) and community involvement good examples and national practices;

 

  • Publication on specific policies road-maps such as socio-economic integration, family related and gender based violence, or others which will be agreed.

Required Qualifications and Experience of the Consultant:

  • A minimum of three years of progressive experience in research projects
  • Proven experience in designing and conducting qualitative research in the areas of human rights and social policy/inclusion;
  • Team player able to work well with colleagues from diverse backgrounds
  • Prior experience working with LGBT communities
  • Prior experience with USAID or international donor funded projects
  • Extensive knowledge of the human rights and national social inclusion policies and practices
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English

Application Procedure

Applicants are required to submit the following by CoB August 15, 2016:

  • An explanation of the Applicant(s) qualifications to perform the task (including CVs, past performance information, at least 3 references, sample of the previous research)
  • Brief letter of Interest (1 page);
  • Description of plan and method to complete tasks described herein;
  • A detailed budget

Applicants can send their materials to: labris@labris.org.rs with the subject line: “Application [YOUR NAME]: Research and Analysis Expert”

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