The Asia Foundation- Research Consultants- Women’s Pathways to Services and Justice and Motivators of Change in Attitudes and Behaviour to Violence Against Women – 2 positions – CD 15 de Maio de 2015

The Asia Foundation Timor-Leste

The Asia Foundation Timor-Leste

Position          : Research Consultants- Women’s Pathways to Services and Justice and Motivators of Change in Attitudes and Behaviour to Violence Against Women – 2 positions


Program         : Ending Violence Againts Women (EVAW) Program

Unit                 : Timor-Leste Office

Reports to      : Program Team Leader and the Research and M&E Coordinator

TITLE: Research Project



The Asia Foundation (TAF) is implementing the ending violence against women program in Timor-Leste under a Grant Agreement with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The program goal is to reduce the proportion of women who have experienced violence, and to improve the well-being of women and children affected by violence. The program aims to improve outcomes for women and children in prevention, support services, and access to justice by improving capacity in key ministries, reducing levels of violence, improving services, and strengthening justice processes. The program will focus on five so-called hub districts that have existing services and facilities. These districts are Dili, Baucau, Bobonaro, Covalima, and Oecusse. The program will also work in non-hub pilot districts, Manufahi and Lautem.

The program is informed by research conducted on the underlying causes and opportunities for ending violence against women in Timor-Leste relating to the core pillars of prevention, service provision, and access to justice.  For the prevention pillar, the program seeks to involve the government, in particular the Secretary of State for Support and Socio-economic Promotion of Women (SEM), and civil society in designing, implementing and monitoring research based prevention projects.The program is working with the Ministry of Social Solidarity as the key government implementing agency for services to women and children who experienced violence. The primary mechanisms under this pillar are grants to CSO service providers, and institutional strengthening support to the Directorate of National Social Reinsertion (DNRS) within MSS which is be the program’s primary counterpart.The justice pillar supports the provision of legal assistance to women and children affected by violence. Support to court and case monitoring, and research into alternative sentencing and rehabilitation programs intends to provide pressure for service improvements, while contributing to identifying necessary specific interventions. The program is making strong efforts to develop evidence-based practice across the program and to close the feedback loop between research, activity design, monitoring results and impact and revising design. Research must both inform practice, but also research questions must be developed based on experiences of practitioners and used as a way to strengthen or to reframe practice. The program will need to consider a variety of approaches to research, based on the Theory of Change. In addition, the program will need to consider what would be some of the most appropriate ways to conduct research, including research regarding service provision and research in collaboration with service providers.  The program hopes to identify relevant international experience and link with research both internationally and locally.


TAF is looking to engage twoseparate researchers. One researcher will manage a research piece focusing on women’s pathways to services and justice.The other researcher will manage a research piece focusing onmotivators of change in attitudes and behaviour to violence against women. The consultancieswill befor a period of five months. The potential districts for the research include Oecusse, Dili, Manufahi and Lautem (still under discussion). The project Information outlined below is a summary, interested parties can contact the Foundation directly for a full ToR for each position.


The research consultants will work closely with the Research and M&E Pillar and the EVAW program generally torecruit a local research team to ensure the carrying out and finalization of the research projects including subsequent research outputs. The research consultants will take the lead on project design and appropriate methods, manage the field research, and have responsibility for research outputs.


The six key areas of responsibility for the consultants are;

  • Planning: Developing the research design, including methodology.
  • Management of team of researchers: With program support for recruitment,select, train and manage a team of researchers in Timor-Leste to undertake the field research.
  • Project Implementation: With logistical and other support from TAF, piloting andimplementing the research design, including translation, piloting, and implementing a range of qualitative methods and different forms of data collection.
  • Coordination:Working with TAF staff, partner organizations, and communities, in order to implement the research.
  • Data Collection: Development of appropriate methods, the collection of data, data storage, and preparation for analysis.
  • Analysis and Writing: Development of final research report (as well as status reports), and preparation of research data for other smaller outputs to be used in the research pillars.

  • Women’s pathways research

    This research piece will examine the protective mechanisms that women utilize so as to reduce the risk and experience of violence being perpetrated against them. Questions that will be ask include: What protective strategies do women utilize as part of everyday life so as to mitigate the risk and experience of violence andwhen and how do women decide to ask for help? Where do they look for help, amongst others.

    Motivators of Change

    Primary Question:What factors enable men to change their attitudes and behaviours towards violence against women? This question and the subsequent analysis will need to shed light on the enablers, barriers and motivators to change in both attitudes and behaviour, as well as the role of different individuals, institutions, campaigns, and the impact of personal experiences in contributing to this change.

    Key Selection Criteria for Research Consultants

    • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in researching or working on issues related to VAW.
    • Extensive experience in undertaking field research in Timor-Leste, and have a proven track record in managing complex projects and producing high quality research outputs.
    • A tertiary degree, preferably a PhD in the social sciences and humanities, or relevant industry experience, where a clear capacity for engaging in academic literature and public policy, as well as advanced skills in research, writing and analysis can be demonstrated.
    • Experience coordinating and overseeing data collection in dispersed locations in developing countries and/or post-conflict contexts.
    • Experience training staff, giving presentations and running workshops;
    • Experience addressing risk and safety concerns related to collecting sensitive information (i.e. WHO ethical and safety standards/recommendations, TAF Research Code of Conduct).
    • Exceptional verbal, analytical, and written communication skills, including writing of reports, synthesizing field data with analysis.
    • Language proficiency in English and Tetum and/or Bahasa Indonesia highly desirable.
    • Ability to work effectively under tight deadlines.
    • Ability to work both independently and in teams, demonstrating initiative and responsibility, working with others with varying skill sets.
    • Ability to work with field teams, including mentoring staff and a demonstrated capacity for care for field staff.
    • Strong problem solving abilities.

    Preferred experience and skills

    • Demonstrated experience either in the field or academically working on issues related to violence against women and access to services.
    • Advanced qualitative capabilities, including experience of ethnographic techniques and analysis.
    • Demonstrated experience and capacity related to EVAW programs, including qualitative analysis and research best practices.
    • Capacity for analysis of datacollection methods used in other EVAW projects
    • A developed knowledge of local community life including that of Timorese households, i.e.familiarity with typical patterns of care, customary practices, work, mobility, economy, faith, gender relations.
    • Track record of working with local service providers.


    Expression of interest

    Interested candidatesmust to submit the requirement as follows no later than 15 May 2015 at 5PM to Dian Wahyu Saputri, via email :

    • A written application
    • An updated CV
    • Examples of past work (research contributions).

    Questions regarding this TOR may be directed to Diana Fernandez – Program Manager, The Asia Foundation Timor-Leste via email:


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