Outreach to Key Population in Egypt - Trans and Intersex Persons
For almost ten years, AFE and Bedayaa Organization have been working to support and work closely with LGBTIs; throughout these years the outreach approach has been evolved to positively respond to its beneficiaries’ needs. It is important to note that many trans and intersex people are not visible within the LGBTI community, this is due to the
multifactorial level of oppression they deal with. Thus, we acknowledge that mainstream outreach efforts must include explicit mention of transgender and other marginalized groups. Classification of the challenges in this area is considered, whether 1) access to health services and social support, 2) lack of protective laws, 3) insufficient skills, 4) incomplete knowledge about sexuality or 5) sexual health and high levels of stigma and discrimination, motivate exploring possible program models for effective outreach tools to engage and make contact.
AFE and Bedayaa Organization are currently embarking on an in-depth process to touch base with the trans and intersex communities in Egypt; that will pave the road for a comprehensive data analysis and subsequently enrich our knowledge on these segments among the queer movement in Egypt. It is worth noting that specific components have been targeted most vulnerable and marginalized groups like trans people throughout the last two years. However, issues and needs of trans and intersex persons are still under-represented and need particular attention and recognition.
Role of Consultancy
The proposed activity of this action aims at improving knowledge of this community on their rights and legal contexts and reaching out to more marginalized members in other governorates in Egypt. Also, promoting behavior change by community mobilization tools, including health education workshops, support groups, cultural change which build a population-level commitment to a safer environment.
The ultimate goal of this action is to outreach to this marginalized group (Trans and most specifically Intersex individuals) in order to 1) create awareness on intersex individuals, and 2) make contact. For this proposed activity we plan to apply innovative tools of reaching out and networking, the development of a needs assessment survey would be the first contact to directly assess the basic needs of the trans and intersex communities and indirectly assess the number of active persons who can link us with other inactive ones. The results of the online questionnaires along with in-depth interviews would be a guide for publications and targeted messages through our media platforms. A collaborative approach with key actors who work on linguistic issues for trans and intersex will be another tool of outreach, specific media content with an interactive method to encourage the target audience to participate and make contact.
- Design innovative survey, FGD, and in-depth interview questions tackling the below factors:
Ø Trans and intersex communities in terms of networking/connections among individuals at any levels (local, regional or globally).
Ø Access to services, support, protection, and/or fair social opportunities.
Ø Levels of medical interventions, consent of treatment after birth, and engagement with human rights issues.
Ø Intersex community and LGBT affiliation, in terms of identity and self-expression.
Ø Safe spaces and levels of developmental interventions.
Ø Health and medical care, even after what is called the early-child treatment.
Ø Social, medical, economic, cultural, and socio-economic challenges.
- Provide technical support in navigating methods, tools and techniques in reaching out, networking and campaigning.
- Provide technical assistance for the analysis and the make-contact phases.
Time Frame of Tasks
It is mandatory to deliver the final draft of the survey no later than Mid-October 2021 so the dissemination of the survey can be right after in November. The early findings of the survey will be shared with the consultant so FGD and in-depth interview questions can be delivered by the end of November 2021. Technical support in navigating methods and tools for outreach should be provided by the end of December 2021 in light of delivering technical insights on data analysis to start the make-contact process.
Fees and Remuneration
AFE and Bedayaa Organization will pay an amount of money that shall not exceed 1,600 EUR for the above-mentioned specific tasks.
Security and confidentiality
The consultant recognizes the sensitive nature of the data that AFE and Bedayaa Organization will share with the consultant according to the nature of tasks, the consultant commits to the following:
● Ensure that data and information are kept on password-protected devices.
● Ensure that only staff working on this consultancy will have access to these documents.
● Ensure that names of stakeholders including individuals and organizations will not be used by any means, to maintain confidentiality.
● Ensure that all documents of a sensitive nature will be deleted from devices once this consultancy service is completed.
● Excellent research skills and considerable expertise in designing questionnaires and data analysis.
● Experience in social justice, human rights, LGBTIQ+ rights and queer movement.
● Experience with and knowledge of Egypt context and rooted issues of marginalization, isolation, and vulnerable
● Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
● Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Arabic and English.
To apply please email your Letter of Interest and CV to email@example.com – Title: Outreach to Key Population in Egypt – Trans and Intersex Persons before 13 September 2021.