Consultants to research legal protection and recognition for Intersex Persons in South Asia

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Consultants to research legal protection and recognition for Intersex Persons in South Asia

December 18th, 2020

WFD and Kaleidoscope Trust is looking for consultants to produce a research paper aimed at policy makers, parliamentarians, and civil society outlining the existing legislative protections and recognition of Intersex persons and what gaps remain to ensure full recognition of Intersex persons in South Asia

Terms of reference

Research paper: Legislative protection and recognition for Intersex Persons in South Asia

Project location: Remote, home-based

Application deadline: 1 January 2021

Language(s) required: English

Start of contract: ASAP

End of contract: 28 February 2021

Contract value: £10,000 max

Project context

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and Kaleidoscope Trust are implementing a new joint programme that focuses on addressing discrimination against women and girls, LGBT+ people and other intersectionally disadvantaged groups in a selection of Commonwealth countries. More specifically, WFD and Kaleidoscope Trust are working in 13 countries across the Commonwealth that retain laws that discriminate against women and girls, and LGBT+ people.

The programme aims to foster an environment in which local decision-makers and civil society actors are better able to advance equality and ensure that women and girls, and LGBT+ people are included in politics and society. It aims to create space and opportunity for enhanced collaboration and engagement between lawmakers and civil society organisations.

Within this overarching objective, the programme aims at filling gaps in research and evidence when it comes to better outcomes for women and girls, LGBT+ people, and society at large. Through conversations with partners and some initial desk research, an evident lack of research about intersexuality has been identified. Most of the existing research is medical in nature and does not address legislative protection and/or recognition of intersex population. However, there has been progress in some South Asian countries (recognition of Transgender persons in Pakistan and India that also applies to Intersex persons) that this programme is willing to explore/interrogate.

As part of this research initiative, WFD and Kaleidoscope Trust is launching a call for consultants to produce a research paper aimed at policy makers, parliamentarians, and civil society outlining the existing legislative protections and recognition of Intersex persons and what gaps remain to ensure full recognition of Intersex persons.

With a focus on intersectionally disadvantaged groups, the programme works with internationally accepted definitions of SOGIESC (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression and Sex Characteristics).

Scope of work

We are seeking a consultant with expertise in legislative review, analysis and social inclusion to:

a) Hold an inception meeting with WFD and Kaleidoscope Trust to refine the workplan, deliverable timetable and milestones. (Draft workplan and timetable should be included in the technical proposal).

b) Conduct a desk review of legislative provisions that recognise and protect Intersex persons in the South Asia region (India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh).

c) Identify gaps in legislative provisions that recognise and protect Intersex persons in the South Asia region, with a comparative overview of other countries that are leading these efforts.

d) An outline of how countries that have made progress were able to secure legislative and parliamentary support for protection and recognition of Intersex persons; particularly focussing on Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and noting jurisdictions with both civil codes and Islamic codes.

e) Provide recommendations for addressing gaps in legislation and recommendations for advocacy towards parliamentarians and law-makers to address these gaps.

Timeline

The duration of the work is through January 2021 till end of February 2021.

It is expected that a draft of the Report will be circulated for comments by 12 February 2021 and the final Report will be delivered no later than the 28th February

Reporting

The Consultant will report to the Senior Adviser Political Inclusion, WFD. The Consultant will also have an inception meeting with the CEP Director, WFD and CEP Programme Manager, Kaleidoscope Trust as well as provide update briefings to all three persons throughout the consultancy period.

Working arrangements

This consultancy is remote/home-based and will work closely with the Senior Adviser Political Inclusion and may seek interviews or resource materials via WFD’s country offices and Kaleidoscope Trust’s network.

Reference documents

Organisation Intersex International Europe, COVID-19: A report on the situation of intersex people in Europe and Central Asia, https://oiieurope.org/covid-19-survey-report/

Fees

The total amount available for this consultancy is £10,000 with 20% payment upon completion of the inception meeting and report; 50% upon completion of first draft of the paper and final 30% upon satisfactory completion of final paper.

Qualifications and experience

  • Education: The intersectionality expert should possess a post-graduate degree in development related disciplines, human rights, gender, law, policy making, economics, statistics, development or other social science fields OR relevant years of experience in a similar field.
  • Experience undertaking legal analysis, review of legislation, and familiarity with parliamentary and legal processes, particularly associated with sexual and gender equality legislation.
  • Experience working with or providing advice and recommendations to civil society organisations, judiciary or parliaments related to sexual and gender equality.
  • Familiarity with international legal and human rights instruments.
  • Familiarity with equality challenges facing Intersex or LGBT+ persons and familiarity with global discourses on best practice in legal frameworks for equality.
  • Strong communication skills, and ability to liaise with various stakeholders, including government/parliament officials and civil society organisations.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Technical/functional competencies

  • Excellent analytical and research skills;
  • Experience in verifying and tracking unofficial data;
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to gender equality and women’s and LGBT+ empowerment and its policy implications;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • Excellent knowledge and strong experience of using computer office tools and statistical software;
  • Familiarity with results-based programme management and human rights-based programming will be an asset.

Bids

Proposals can come from individuals but also teams of experts, NGOs, consultancy firms, universities, etc. The selected contractor shall demonstrate proven experience in the areas outlined in the terms of reference.

Interested parties are requested to submit the following documentation via email responding to the Terms of Reference:

  • A summary of relevant experience (a brief CV with two relevant references).
  • Technical Proposal (including understanding of the assignment, workplan, draft timeline and milestones).
  • Financial Proposal

The subject line of the email should read ‘Intersex Research Consultancy’ to Sophia Fernandes, Senior Adviser Political Inclusion WFD, by close of business Friday 1 January 2021 to Sophia.Fernandes@wfd.org

For queries, please contact Sophia.Fernandes@wfd.org or Charlotte.Egan@wfd.org

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