Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK public body dedicated to supporting democracy around the world. Operating directly in 33 countries, WFD works with parliaments, political parties, and civil society groups as well as on elections to help make countries’ political systems fairer, more inclusive and accountable.
Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is delivering the Global Equality Project (GEP), in collaboration with the Kaleidoscope Trust (KT). GEP is an eight-month programme funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to work with decision-makers and civic actors towards advancing gender equality and LGBT+ inclusion. The programme will be delivered across 18 countries and territories in Africa, Asia and the Pacific that retain laws or policies that discriminate against women, girls and LGBT+ people, including the criminalisation of same-sex intimacy, non-recognition of marital rape and other forms of gendered violence, discriminatory practices in employment and education, and the use of non-gender-neutral language.
GEP will build on WFD’s and KT’s Commonwealth Equality Project (CEP), delivered between October 2020 and March 2021, to ensure that the momentum created by CEP – to amend and repeal discriminatory policies and laws, to defend human rights and to promote gender equality – leads to positive, sustainable outcomes.
The programme seeks to: 1) create greater evidence, capacities and incentives among government actors and parliamentarians on the social and economic costs of discriminatory regulations and practices; 2) strengthen collaborative relationships between CSOs and political decision-makers, as well as the flow of reliable information and evidence between them; and, 3) deepen civil society’s policy development and policy advocacy capacities with a view to creating a more conducive environment for positive change in laws, policies and their implementation, as well as shifts in social norms.
To support effective delivery of the programme, WFD is seeking a consultant technical expert/adviser with expertise on LGBT+ rights and programming interventions to provide support/guidance on planned activities across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, as well as regional and global programming and research work.
Purpose of the consultancy:
- To support WFD teams in programme design and delivery across GEP countries and territories, ensuring activities are contextually appropriate and Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression, and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC)/LGBT+ sensitive.
- To support WFD teams in the development of regional and global research products, tools and events, ensuring activities are contextually appropriate and SOGIESC/LGBT+ sensitive.
- When relevant, to design and facilitate learning sessions for WFD and partners on specific SOGIESC/LGBT+ issues.
- To work with WFD teams and consultants to develop high-quality, relevant and engaging outputs (e.g. political economy analysis, reports, workshops, events)
- When relevant, to participate in GEP activities, such as workshops and events.
- To assist in developing learning resources and a knowledge-base on best practices on SOGIESC/LGBT+ programming and research to inform current and future WFD programming.
- To inform WFD’s wider approach to LGBT+ programming and support opportunities for business development, where appropriate.
The consultant(s) will:
- Demonstrate a deep understanding of the political, social and cultural issues that affect LGBT+ communities and contribute to their marginalisation, particularly in political participation and decision-making.
- Possess strong experience and knowledge of civil society actors, organisations and dynamics in LGBT+ rights.
- Bring a thorough understanding of LGBT+ and SOGIESC frameworks, conventions and issues within the international development and human rights field.
- Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
- Experience in supporting donor-funded programmes around the world.
- A strong ability to work with others, including from different cultures and backgrounds.
- A strong ability to develop practical solutions to challenging situations and to tackling difficult problems.
- Have at least a Master’s degree in political science, development or related field or equivalent of 7 years’ experience in a related field.
- Be able to demonstrate working professional fluency in English.
Timeframe and Rate:
- Maximum of 14 working days splitting approximately into 2 days per month from September 2021 to March 2022. This may increase subject to funds and agreed deliverables of the consultancy.
- Maximum rate of GBP £450 per day will be applied depending on academic background and experience.
How to apply and Submission of Expression of Interest:
- A cover letter of not more than 2 pages stipulating how the experience, skills and competencies of the consultant meets the above requirement
- Submit curriculum vitae for the consultant
- Expected consultancy fee per day
Closing Date: Monday 27 September 2021
Interviews: Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 October 2021
 The Commonwealth Equality Project (CEP) worked with decision-makers and civic actors to make progress towards advancing gender equality and LGBT+ inclusion in 16 countries (Belize, Eastern Caribbean – Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Gambia, Kiribati, Maldives, Malaysia, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Tonga) and ended on 31 March 2021.