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.
SUMMARY OF POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES
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.