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Context

Presentation of the project: Although the legal framework in Albania and Kosovo is rather favourable to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community, Albanian authorities do not work on its implementation. This hinders a real change in access to rights for LGBTI people and in the changing attitudes of the general population. Funded by the European Union and the French Agency for Development (AFD), The PRIDE II+ project therefore aims to build the capacity of 4 LGBTI organisations and their allies to effectively promote the acceptance, inclusion and protection of the LGBTI minority in Albania and Kosovo, through an improvement in the access to basic services – especially for transgender people and LGBTI youth at-risk; collaboration with media and journalists to improve the quality of coverage of LGBTI issues; and advocacy and awareness raising campaigns with the authorities and for the general population.

As part of the PRIDE I project funded by the European Union, the partners Aleanca, ProLGBT and Streha have each developed an organizational strategy for 2019-2021 incorporating advocacy objectives. PRIDE II+ represents an opportunity for partners to train and implement these advocacy strategies which, in the long term, could have a real impact on improving the situation of transgender and intersex people in Albania. It could even allow progress towards legislative change in favour of marriage for all. With regard to Kosovo, the advocacy strategy to be developed would focus more on official recognition by the government of partner Streha as an emergency reception structure for the most precarious and vulnerable LGBTI young Kosovars. However, the final advocacy topics will be developed in agreement with all members of the network and are therefore subject to change.

Main issues/challenges to which the project intends to respond: In 2019, out of 49 countries ranked in the ILGA Europe’s “Rainbow Europe Index” for LGBTI legislation, Albania was ranked 23rd and Kosovo 28th. Although the legal framework in Albania and Kosovo is relatively favourable to the LGBTI community, the authorities are showing too little investment in its implementation, hampering a real change in the access to rights of LGBTI people and in the evolution of mentalities of the general population. Only 1% of LGBTI people who visit Aleanca Community Center in Tirana have disclosed their sexual orientation to those around them, because of the risk of being rejected. Young LGBTI people – especially transgender people – live in extreme precariousness: Most of them are obliged to become sex workers because they are expelled from their homes; or forced to flee far from their homes because of physical and psychological violence.

Skills, experiences and expertise: IREX Europe has been working for more than 15 years to promote and defend human rights, independent media and civil society, and to develop critical thinking skills so that everyone is able to make informed decisions and claim their rights. Aleanca, ProLGBT, Streha Center and CEL in Kosovo represent 4 of the most involved CSOs in Albania and Kosovo in supporting and strengthening the LGBTI community. Through PRIDE II+ they wish to continue to effectively promote the acceptance, inclusion and protection of the LGBTI minority.

 

  • Consultant – To lead a training workshop and to develop an Advocacy Strategy for 9 LGBTI NGOs in Albania and Kosovo

    Objective and description of the mission

IREX Europe is working with its 4 partners to identify and develop an advocacy network in which 5 allied Albanian civil society organisations working outside of Tirana will be included. Ideally, the latter will be the beneficiaries of PRIDE II+ subgrants for access to basic services for LGBTI youth living in the regions targeted by the project (Act. 2.2), as well as for the organization of awareness-raising activities (Act. 3.2). Our partner CEL Kosovo will have a key role through his experience in Kosovo where civil society is more organized than in Albania and where advocacy is better structured and more effective.

In line with the needs identified in the 2019-2021 organizational strategies developed by the partners, IREX Europe will organize a 4 to 5 day advocacy training which the Consultant will deliver as well as for the members of the LGBTI advocacy network (9 CSOs in all). Ideally, this training will be conducted by an Albanian and/or regional advocacy expert with a very good knowledge of the legislative context and the situation of LGBTI people in Albania. Pre-existing resources (evaluation, research, etc.) will be used to develop the training program but also to feed the development of the common strategy of the LGBTI network and its advocacy action plan (which will later be implemented by the partners in the framework of the project activity 3.3.).

 

Expected Deliverables

The following deliverables are expected from the expert:

  • A training plan and methodology
  • A workshop is organized in Tirana with the project partners
  • An Advocacy Plan is developed
  • A final report

 

Location, dates and public

Location: Tirana (Albania)

Given the current sanitary situation (COVID-19) in Albania and Kosovo, alternative locations and/or format (online) might be envisioned.

Dates: November 2020 to January 2021

Targeted public: Staff from the identified organisations (8 CSOs in Albania, and 1 in Kosovo)

 

Calendar

Description Responsibility Estimated Deadline
Publication of the ToR IREX-Europe 5 October 2020
Recruitment and signature of contract with the selected Consultant IREX-Europe and partners 28 October 2020
Submission of training plan and methodology Consultant 15 November 2020
Training Organisation by IREX Europe and partners with delivery by Consultant Before mid-December 2020
1st draft of the Advocacy Plan Consultant Before 8 January 2021
Final draft of the Advocacy Plan and final report Consultant Before 29 January 2021

 

Qualifications

We are looking for individual(s) or organisation(s) with proven experience in:

  • Experience in advocacy and/or in drafting advocacy strategy plan.
  • Experience working with LGBTI individuals
  • Experience in delivering training to civil society organisations
  • Very good knowledge of the Albanian legislation and context in relation to the LGBTI community.
  • Experience in Albania and/or Kosovo preferred
  • Proficiency in Albanese and/or English

 

 

  • Expert – To lead a training workshop and to develop a Risk Management Protocol for LGBTIQ Refuges in Albania and Kosovo

    Objective and description of the mission

Streha, Aleanca and CEL provide vital support to the most vulnerable and marginalized LGBTI people in Albania and Kosovo. The various traumas (psychological and physical violence, harassment, rejection, discrimination, etc.) faced by the members of the community who frequent these structures have strong consequences on their emotional and mental well-being. Many of them suffer from severe personality disorders, chronic depression, anxiety, stress, suicidal thoughts. This leads to aggressive behaviour towards themselves or others, or addictive via the abuse of drugs and/or alcoholic drinks, or even destructive by committing suicide attempts, self-harm and/or scarification, etc. The experience of the 3 organizations has shown that they do not always have the capacity to deal with these situations and/or that the employees do not have sufficient knowledge and skills to manage these extreme cases. This is why, during the discussions around the development of the project PRIDE+, the partners expressed the need to be trained on these questions but also to develop a protocol for managing the riskiest situations.

A 4 to 5-day workshop will be organized by the recruited expert in Tirana with partners in order to work with an experienced mentor (Albanian or international) and develop a protocol based on best practices in terms of managing the riskiest situations. The protocol will be adapted to the specific needs and services provided by the different organizations. At the end of this activity, the partners will be able to set up clear instructions and will be able to adapt their operational manual thanks to the protocol. Each organization will also be responsible for training its employees in the use of this protocol, and during the mid-term meeting of the project involving all partners, it will be reviewed to adjust it.

 

Expected Deliverables

The following deliverables are expected from the expert:

  • A training plan and methodology
  • A workshop is organized in Tirana with the project partners
  • A protocol for managing the riskiest situations is developed
  • A final report

 

Location, dates and public

Location: Tirana (Albania)

Given the current sanitary situation (COVID-19) in Albania and Kosovo, alternative locations and/or format (online) might be envisioned.

Dates: November 2020 to January 2021

Targeted public: Staff from the identified organisations (Aleanca LGBT and Streha Shelter in Albania, and CEL Kosovo in Kosovo)

 

Calendar

Description Responsibility Estimated Deadline
Publication of the ToR IREX-Europe 5 October 2020
Recruitment and signature of contract with the selected expert IREX-Europe and partners 28 October 2020
Submission of training plan and methodology Expert 8 November 2020
Training Organisation by IREX Europe and partners with delivery by Expert Before end of November 2020
1st draft of the Risk Management Protocol Expert Before 8 January 2021
Final draft of the Risk Management Protocol and final report Expert Before 29 January 2021

 

Qualifications

We are looking for individual(s) or organisation(s) with proven experience in:

  • Experience in risk Management in places (centers, refuges, etc.) welcoming population at risk of hurting themselves and/or others, and/or in drafting risk management protocols.
  • Experience working with LGBTIQ individuals
  • Experience in delivering training to civil society organisations
  • Experience in Albania and/or Kosovo preferred
  • Proficiency in Albanese and/or English

 

Applications

All interested conultants and experts are invited to submit their technical and financial offer to aleanca.al@gmail.com and pzanetti@irexeurope.eu before 28th October 2020.

 

NB: Application will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we reserve ourselves the right to contract an expert before the aforementioned deadline.

 

ToR Consultant Advocacy – PRIDE II+ – Oct 2020

ToR Expert (Protocol) – PRIDE II+ – Oct 2020