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Vacancy: Consultancy to Develop a SOGIE-focused CEDAW Tracker

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a critical tool for advancing lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex (LBTI) women’s rights, as it is the only international treaty that is exclusively devoted to the elimination of gender-based discrimination and promoting gender equality – and Kaleidoscope Trust is recruiting a consultant(s) to develop a database for tracking CEDAW concluding observations and lists of issues.

 

Terms of Reference: Consultancy to Develop a SOGIE-focused CEDAW Tracker

 

Background

Founded in 2011, Kaleidoscope Trust (KT) works to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay,  bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people in countries around the world where they are  discriminated against or marginalised due to their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or  gender expression (SOGIE). We work with British and international institutions and partners  to support the work of LGBT+ activists to bring about positive legislative, policy and social  change for LGBT+ people everywhere. 

 

Kaleidoscope Trust is a founding member and host to the Secretariat of The Commonwealth  Equality Network (TCEN), the first civil society network to sustainably advocate on behalf of  LGBT+ people in the Commonwealth. Since its foundation in 2013, TCEN has actively  participated in Commonwealth spaces to raise the profile and mainstream the discussion of  LGBT+ people and their rights and concerns, and to engage with national-level decision makers and policymakers on these topics. A significant result of this work was our  contribution to influencing former UK Prime Minister Theresa May to express her deep regret  for the legacy of discrimination and violence that colonial-era legislation continues to inflict  on people across the Commonwealth at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government  Meeting. The network currently comprises over 60 member organisations representing 47  Commonwealth countries drawn from all regions. It was accredited to the Commonwealth in  2017, the first LGBT+ focused group to ever receive this status which recognises  commitment to the values and principles of the Commonwealth as laid out in its Charter. 

 

Currently, Kaleidoscope Trust and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) are implementing a new joint programme (the ‘Commonwealth Equality Programme’ (CEP)) that focuses on fighting discrimination against women and girls, LGBT+ people and other intersectionality disadvantaged groups in 13 Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Eastern Carribean and the Pacific that retain colonial-era discriminatory laws and policies. It supports local decision-makers and civic actors as they progress towards a more equal and inclusive world. The programme runs from October 2020 through to the end of March 2021. 

 

Scope of consultancy

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a critical tool for advancing lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex (LBTI) women’s rights, as it is the only international treaty that is exclusively devoted to the elimination of gender-based discrimination and promoting gender equality. CEDAW is also binding on all States parties that have ratified it, and requires States parties to undertake legal obligations to respect, protect and promote women’s (including LBTI women’s) human rights. A close review of CEDAW concluding observations and lists of issues in the last decade highlights that the CEDAW Committee is broadening its scope to be inclusive of all women. 

 

In this light, Kaleidoscope Trust is seeking consultant(s) to develop a database for tracking CEDAW concluding observations and lists of issues with respect to sexual orientation and gender identity rights issued during specific CEDAW sessions (to be decided with KT) to States parties from the Commonwealth. 

 

The consultant will work closely with the CEP Programme Manager, CEP Programme Coordinator and Research and Policy Officer at Kaleidoscope Trust. 

 

Objective of the consultancy 

  • To collect CEDAW lists of issues and concluding observations that are specific to LBTI women’s rights and in accordance with other relevant indicators developed in collaboration with Kaleidoscope Trust 

  • To incorporate feedback from the CEP Programme Manager, CEP Programme Coordinator and Research and Policy Officer and revise the tracker and policy brief as necessary.

 

Deliverables

  • Create a tracker (in an Excel spreadsheet) that outlines data as per the objectives 

  • Compile a policy brief that analyses general tendencies and observations based on the collected data.

 

Qualifications and Experience

The consultant/team of consultants should have experience in some or all of these areas: 

  • Demonstrable work experience (3+ years) in the field of human rights, especially LGBT+ rights

  • Knowledge and understanding of the CEDAW reporting process, concluding observations, and list of issues

  • Experience of the challenges associated with international third sector and/or network organising (such as time difference, the rarity of physical meeting  times, etc.)

  • Experience working in international contexts on human rights or development with  partners based in the Global South and Global East.

 

This position is open to suitable candidates, regardless of their current location. Due to current COVID-19 related restrictions, the consultancy is expected to be based remotely (home-based). However, timing for meetings and deadlines will be aligned to UK working hours (GMT). 

 

Expected Timeline

An agreed timeline for deliverables and work plan will be discussed with the selected consultant(s), however Kaleidoscope Trust expects the consultant(s) to complete this assignment by 31st March 2021. The number of days required to complete the deliverables will be based on the agreed work plan. 

 

Budget

The max available budget for this consultancy is £4,000.00. 

 

How to Apply

Kaleidoscope Trust is committed to equality and diversity and we particularly encourage applications from women, all sections of the LGBT+ community and all minorities. 

Please send your CV and a one-page covering letter explaining: 

 

  • your interest in consulting with Kaleidoscope Trust  

  • your relevant experience as per the skills and competencies outlined above. 

 

Please email the above documents to maria.achilleos@kaleidoscopetrust.com, titling your communication:  Vacancy: CEDAW Consultant”. 

 

Closing date

26 February 2021