Yayasan Humanis dan Inovasi Sosial

Consultant Researcher for Reforsa Hamutuk

Hivos seeks qualified candidates for the position of Consultant Researcher for Reforsa Hamutuk.


Supported by the European Union, Hivos and co-beneficiaries Forum Komunikasaun Ba Feto Timor-Leste (FOKUPERS) & Assosiasaun Chega! Ba Ita (ACbit) is conducting a 30-month program in Timor-Leste with the overall objective of promoting social inclusion and economic development for women survivors and victims of violence in Timor-Leste. Timor-Leste has reported some of the highest rates of violence against women of any country, with domestic violence being the most common form. Timorese women that are survivors and victims of violence face problems with their mental and physical well-being. Some are not even able to seek support from their families and their communities due to the social stigma and exclusion that arise from being a victim of sexual abuse and domestic violence. And often times, women victims are forced to fend for themselves. Survivors require a range of social services and support structures in order to successfully reintegrate them to the community. Civil society organizations have been working alongside the Government of Timor-Leste, to assist survivors on prevention, access to justice, and advocacy. Under the leadership of the Secretary of State for the Support and Socio-Economic Promotion of Women, the second National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence (2017-2021) was developed as a guide to prevent and respond to GBV in Timor-Leste.

This project was designed to complement ongoing initiatives by the government and CSOs under the pillars of: prevention, service provision, access to justice, and monitoring and coordination. Together with co-beneficiaries Fokupers and ACbit, this project seeks to strengthen local NGOS and community organizations in the provision of support for women survivors and victims of violence in order to promote reintegration and access to economic development. Survivors will be expected to participate in income generating activities and vocational and life skills training. Survivors will be given opportunities to connect and potentially collaborate with the private sector and key stakeholders from the national government in order to advocate for inclusion and economic independence. The action is focused on seven target districts: Ainaro, Baucau, Dili, Ermera, Liquicia, Manufahi and Oecusse. These districts were selected because they are home to significant communities of survivors and victims of violence where our co-beneficiaries work.

Hivos and its partner have designed three mutually supporting outcomes to contribute to the program objectives, as follows:

  • Outcome I: Women survivors and victims of conflict and GBV access technical and management training and support to develop their enterprise activities. We will support women survivors and victims to access technical and management training and support to develop their individual and group enterprise activities.
  • Outcome II: Women survivors and victims of GBV receive support for reintegration through the provision of life skills and vocational training and employment opportunities. We will support the reintegration of women victims of GBV by providing life skills and vocational training and employment opportunities for women living in shelters.
  • Outcome III: Increased recognition and support for the reintegration and social inclusion of women victims and survivors of violence. We seek increased recognition and support for the reintegration and social inclusion of women survivors and victims of violence at both the community level and among key stakeholders in government, businesses, and civil society.

The intervention logic centres on the need to develop targeted support for survivors and victims of violence in both communities and shelters, in order to promote their reintegration and economic development. 


A consultant or a team of consultants are needed to develop several documents prior to the actual commencement of activities. The main objectives of this assignment are:

  • To produce a baseline assessment providing start-point values and data in accordance to the project’s logical framework document, including finalizing the project monitoring and evaluation framework containing the M & E plan, indicator definitions, operational means, and manual.
  • To produce rapid assessments and market scans for women’s micro-enterprise activities in Timor-Leste.

Scope of work

The scope of work of the assignment are:

1. Producing a baseline study or assessment which captures the current context related to the project, through the combination of primary and secondary research. The document should not exceed 20 pages and will act as a point of reference for the beginning of the project.

2. Developing one rapid assessment and market scan for each of the seven targeted districts and one for the national level as an important factor in determining the needs for women microenterprise activities for future trainings to be conducted as part of the project. The assessment should involve:

  • At least 100 women from each district as the respondents for the rapid assessment. Consultant will be assisted by FOKUPERS and ACbit in collecting information from the field.
  • Active and non-active women participating in micro-enterprise activities, with an assessment of the local communities in which the targeted women live, including resources and infrastructure at the local level, an assessment of current micro-enterprise activities, market demands and opportunities, production technology requirements, and needs for licenses and permits.
  • Sorting existing microenterprise activities (by size, type of operation, and sector).

3. The maximum duration to conduct the whole assignment is 30 working days.

4. Data collection for the baseline and the rapid assessment and market scan may overlap and conducted simultaneously. Some data collection can be proposed to be done via phone interview or online upon consultation and approval from Hivos.

5. Final data validation workshop will be facilitated and covered by Hivos

Expected Output

The consultant is expected to:

  • Research Methodology and Design (in English)
  • Baseline report (in English)
  • Finalised M&E framework (in English)
  • Rapid Assessment and Market Scan Report (in English)


The assignment will start from end of July to September 2020.

Qualifications and Experiences

  • An individual/team based in Timor Leste with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in research/study design, conducting qualitative and quantitative research and data analysis, and developing structured and cohesive articles/reports/documents;
  • Fluent in English and Tetum language
  • Proven experience with logical frameworks and other strategic planning and M&E methods and approaches (including quantitative, qualitative and participatory);
  • Knowledge in business, markets, and micro-enterprise landscape, especially in rural areas, with good program design skills, including capacity to prepare logical, coherent and consistent documents. A candidate with a background or understanding gender and human rights issues will be preferred;
  • Familiarity with ILO’s Training for Rural Economic Empowerment (TREE) methodology
  • Capacity to work in a multi-disciplinary team, including coordinating technical input into a framework;
  • Ability to work rapidly, both in person and remotely, with team members in various locations;
  • Ability to travel and work in community-settings.


The chosen consultant is expected to submit a budget along with a brief proposal for the assignment (maximum 30 working days, spread over a 45-day contract period). The budget proposed must not exceed EUR 6,750 . This budget should be all-inclusive and include all expenses including the consultant’s honor fee(s), logistical expenditures such as travel expenses and mobile phone data coverage, and tax as regulated by the law.

Application Submission

Interested applicants should send a CV/resume and a brief proposal (with budget) by 21st of July, 2020 (COB) with “RH Consultant Researcher” as the subject of the email to [email protected].