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Subject: Call for Application for Short-term Consultancy on Gender Integration in HIV/TB Program for MSM and TG

Application Deadline: October 18, 2019

Raks Thai Foundation, a Principle Recipient of the “Stop TB and AIDS through RTTR 2018-2020” (“STAR-2”) program funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,Tuberculosis and Malaria, invites qualified and interested parties to submit an application relating to the attached Terms of Reference (ToR) for "Data Collection to Support Gender Integration in MSM-TG". The purpose of this ToR is to hire a data collection team including, facilitator and note taker, to conduct qualitative data collection an analysis on health and gender for the STAR-2 project to support improvement of HIV prevention and treatment interventions by ensuring gender responsiveness and actions against GBV for Key Populations (“KP”) including men who have sex with men (“MSM”), transgender people (“TG”). This gender analysis will serve as a basis for re-design of the existing service package and a pilot initiative to bridge programmatic gaps and to improve gender sensitivity of the STAR-2 program.

Interested and qualified parties (qualitative data collection team of two members) are invited to submit an application by October 18, 2019.

 

Scope of Work (data collection and gender analysis)

  • Work with STAR-2 gender focal points at Raks Thai and International consultants on qualitative data collection, synthesis, and analysis process.  
  • Attend data collection methodology and tool training in Bangkok
  • Develop a work plan for collecting data according to the methodology prescribed by the International Consultant. The work plan includes ethical considerations, Thai version of interview questions and/or detailed focus group session plan (template will be provided) field work schedules and agreed deadlines for each task. The work plan has to be agreed by Raks Thai before conducting any field visits.
  • Visit at least four STAR-2 implementing sites that work with MSM (3 provinces) and TG (1 provinces) populations to collect data by leading at least eight focus group discussion and interviews with service providers on gender issues and barriers relating to HIV for each site. Sampling and criteria for selecting participants will be provided by Raks Thai and International consultant prior to field work. 
  • Transcribe all data and findings and write a field visit report for each implementing province. A field visit reports should include contextual narrative, interviews and/or focus group summary, reflection on field research (eg. what went well, how to improve interview questions and tools) and observation notes.
  • Analyze findings by implementing provinces, age and the MSM and TG populations, and present all data, a report and findings to Raks Thai Foundation and the International Consultant. The analysis report (covering each province and all consolidated data for all sites) includes context analysis, thematic analysis based on analytical framework provided by International Consultant and Raks Thai, cross-analysis of findings from all provinces, and should have an executive summary in both English and Thai.

This gender analysis will serve as a basis for re-design of the service package and a pilot initiative to bridge programmatic gaps and to improve gender sensitivity of the STAR-2 program. 

Raks Thai will be responsible for:

  • Providing the Consultant with all necessary background documentation and a comprehensive methodology training;
  • Providing data collector team with research questions, research design and analytical framework
  • Organizing all logistics and coordinating participants for focus groups during the field visits 

 

Deliverables expected for this consultancy below:

  1. Attendance at data collection methodology and tool training in Bangkok
  2. Data collection work plan in Thai (minimum 1,500 words)
  3. Transcription of interviews and focus groups from each field trip in Thai
  4. Report from each field trip in English (minimum 2,500 words)
  5. Final analysis report in English (approximately 12,500-15,000 words)
  6. Presentation of findings in English in Bangkok.

 

Duration

The period expected for planning, data collection, and data analysis and report is 27 working days (52 days for 2 team members) between 28 October 2019 to 06 December 2019.

Required Qualifications:

The  consultant team (2 members) must have skills and able to demonstrate evidence of experience. Qualifications and expected experience for each team member is listed below:

Lead Data Collector (Facilitator)

  • Advanced degree in gender studies, development studies, or public health;
  • In-depth understanding of the concept of gender norms, agency, gender relations, and structure;
  • At least 5 year-experience on qualitative research on health and gender related issues in Thailand (knowledge of GBV is desirable);
  • Knowledge of ethical considerations for GBV research or research on marginalized groups;
  • Experience working with key populations (men who have sex with men and transgender people)
  • Advanced verbal and written in English and Thai language skills;
  • Ability to write a research report in English and present findings in Thai and English to various stakeholders;
  • Willingness to travel extensively during field visits;
  • Ability to deliver on time and work under pressure

Data Collector (Note Taker)

  • Advanced verbal and written in English and Thai language skills;
  • Excellent note taking skills with attention to detail;
  • Willingness to travel extensively during field visits;
  • Ability to deliver on time and working under pressure

 

Interested Applicatnts should submit a full proposal which contains:

  • Expression of interest detailing suitability and proven experience of qualitative data collection (focus-group discussion and in-depth interview) with key populations (men who have sex with men and transgender people) of no more than 3-page maximum;
  • Confirmation of availability during the contract period to travel to at least 4 provinces for data collection and timeline to meet the deliverables outlined in the ToR.
  • Financial Proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) of two team members;
  • At least 2 references from former employers of lead data collector;
  • A writing sample of team members’ previous works and/or experiences of no more than 5 pages related to health and gender

This consultancy is suitable for a team of junior researchers or academics. The selected team will be working closely with Raks Thai Gender Focal Points and an international consultant from CARE. The shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview with a selection committee to discuss details of their qualifications, availability and budget. 

Should you have any further questions please send by email to Nisanee Chaiprakobwiriya nisanee@raksthai.org and copy Alistair Shaw alistair@raksthai.org.

For inquiries, please contact 02-089-0680 ext. 45.

Contact : nisanee@raksthai.org / alistair@raksthai.org / 02-089-0680 ext. 45


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