The Asia Foundation- Research Consultant – CD 31 de Agosto de 2015

The Asia Foundation Timor-Leste

Improving Lives, Expanding Opportunities




TITLE: Research Consultant

UNIT: Timor-Leste Office

REPORTS TO: EVAW Program Coordinator and Research and M&E Coordinator

DURATION: Six months with possibility of extension

COMMENCING: September, 2015


The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is implementing the Nablian Program which focuses on Ending Violence Against Women Program in Timor-Leste under a Grant Agreement with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The program will run from 15 April 2014 to 30 June 2018 Phase 1) with an option to extend for an additional four years (Phase 2). The Program goal is to reduce the proportion of women who have experienced violence, and to better meet the needs of women and children affected by violence. The objective is to improve outcomes for women in prevention, support services, and access to justice by improving capacity in key ministries, reducing levels of violence, improving services, and strengthening judicial processes serving the needs of women survivors of violence.

The Nabilan program is comprised of four teams, a Prevention Team, a Services Team, an Access to Justice Team and a Research and M&E Team. The Research and M&E Team will be staffed by a Coordinator and two program officers. The team is supported and advised by a consultant Research Adviser who has helped develop the Nabilan research plan and will assist with its implementation. In addition, the Nablian program will also hire a EVAW community based approaches consultant who will work across the program to help design and implement the community based approaches work, which the research activities will feed into.

The Consultant will work with the RM&E team to assist with coordinating and undertaking the research for the Nabilan Research Program Plan (2015-2016). There will be three main projects,  including piloting of research methods, planning and logistics, community liaison, field research including the use of different methods,  some management of staff or support to partner organisations on projects, the organization of research data, and a contribution towards analysis and writing up of research. The following projects will be implemented as part of the Nabilan research programs over 2015-2016:

  • Pathways to Prevention

Primary Research Question:  With regards to preventing the perpetration of violence against women, what factors enable men to change their attitudes and behavior?

The objective of the research project is to understand the enabling factors that lead to changing male behavior in relation to violence against women. This study will have two intersecting areas of research inquiry, with part a) focusing on community conceptions of violence so as to ensure that subsequent program responses for prevalence match with the realities of local understandings, with part b) asking men who and what influences them as individuals, as well as undertake research into the kinds of contexts and environments that help encourage positive change and a reduced use of violence.

Methods:  Interviews, FGDs, Short surveys/ Short structured interviews/SSRs.

Location: Two selected suku

  • Pathways to Support

Primary Question What protective strategies do women utilize as part of everyday life so as to mitigate the risk and experience of violence?

Focusing on positive lessons rather than barriers, this project will concentrate on the different kinds of protective strategies and mechanisms women utilize in order to reduce the risk of violence within communities. This will include those adopted by women who do not seek help from any source, to those who seek support or interventions from family, local leadership and customary justice.

Possible Methods: Semi-Structured interviews, FGDs, short structured interviews, Adapted PRAs

Location: Two selected Suku

  • Pathways to Justice

Primary Question:   What are women’s experiences of institutional/organizational contact and support in cases where violence against women has been reported/occurred?

The key objective of this project is to understand women’s views of support provided to women by external bodies, in particular with regard to support services and access to justice (particularly policing and the court system) for those who have experienced violence.

Possible methods: Interviews, FGDs, Short structured interviews.

Location: Two selected Suku

The EVAW program will develop evidence-based practice across the program and to close the feedback loop between research, activity design, monitoring results and impact and revising design.

Summary of position responsibilities

The Research Consultant will work with the Research and M&E pillar to implement research activities that will serve to inform and guide the program.



Frequent contact with the Research and M&E Coordinator and Research Advisor, and other EVAW staff working in the Research and M&E, Prevention and Services Pillar, particularly the Research Program Officer.


Contact with grantees under the EVAW Program, contact with government officials and agencies in Timor-Leste including bi-lateral and multi-lateral development assistance agencies, national and international NGOs.


Experience and skills

  • Research experience focusing on GBV, VAW, or gender
  • Experience conducting  research in communities in Timor-Leste;
  • Strong understanding of challenges and barriers faced by women in Timor-Leste;
  • Experience working with research institutions and partner organizations in Timor-Leste;
  • Experience in data analysis and contribute to  policy recommendations based on research;
  • Strong English speaking and writing skills.
  • An ability to work as part of team
  • Clear and professional communication skills with a wide range of people.
  • An ability to prioritise work tasks, and to forward plan.
  • A capacity for leadership in research related activities.



  • Advanced degree in a relevant field

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist the RM&E Coordinator and Research Adviser in the identification and hiring process of research teams and research partner organisations under the research projects;
  • Assist the RM&E team to developing an implementation plan for each research piece in collaboration with the Prevention, Services and ATJ teams work on community based approaches to EVAW;
  • Assist the RM&E team in planning and execution of the research plan including community outreach for the research and liaison support to research partner organisations;
  • Assist in field work, including community outreach, development of methodologies, conducting interviews, surveys, focus group discussions, and participatory rural appraisals as needed.
  • Guide logistics and planning for field work;
  • Assistance in management of fieldwork team and partner organizations taking part in the research
  • Close coordination with the Prevention, Services and ATJ Teams in relation to the Nablian program activity  on community approaches to EVAW, in order to select and establish links with selected suku
  • Help to analyze data and produce field reports
  • Provide support to the research teams in developing the final report and associated learning materials, as well as the research uptake activities for each of the research activities for the Nabilan program.
  • Assist with design of and implementation of research uptake of Nabilan Research Program Activities, including outreach.
  • A commitment throughout to learn and uphold the Nabilan approach to ethical conduct, ethics processes, and the TAF Research Code of Conduct.


Expression of interest


Interested candidates must to submit the requirement as follows no later than 31st August 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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