Consultant to contribute to ILGA-Europe’s work on EU Enlargement
ILGA-Europe is looking for a consultant that can engage with the organisation over a limited period of time to ensure that ILGA-Europe’s work on the EU Enlargement is continued. Deadline of applications: 11 March 2014.
All countries preparing to join the European Union are required to meet the Copenhagen Criteria, namely to preserve democratic governance and human rights, a functioning market economy, and to assume the obligations of EU membership. In addition, the countries are required to transpose the EU legislation into national laws and, more importantly, to implement and enforce them through the appropriate administrative and judicial structures. ILGA-Europe’s main focus of advocacy work in the accession process is to ensure that human rights issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people are raised during accession negotiations with the countries and are reflected in national laws, policies and practices.
Due to maternity leave of the Programmes and Policy officer leading on this dossier, ILGA-Europe is looking for a consultant that can engage with the organisation over a limited period of time to ensure that ILGA-Europe’s work in this area is continued.
Objectives of the consultancy
- Ensure that ILGA-Europe’s advocacy priorities and those of its membership are appropriately reflected in policy documents pertaining to the EU’s enlargement strategy, as well as at relevant meetings;
- Ensure the facilitation of advocacy work in support of the work of ILGA-Europe’s membership.
Activities in relation to this consultancy are expected to take place between April and December of this year (the progress reported are most likely due in May, whilst the dates for the study visit can be decided in consultation with ILGA-Europe staff). Total expected time investment is between 12-14 days.
Role of the consultant
The consultant will under ILGA-Europe’s supervision:
- Take the lead in drafting ILGA-Europe’s annual EU enlargement progress report;
- Consult and coordinate submissions of ILGA-Europe’s members to the annual enlargement review;
- Function as an interlocutor with relevant policy makers at the European Parliament, European Commission, the Council and member states where relevant;
- Provide input to the European Commission in relevant areas of work, and in particular in relation to regional events about human rights of LGBT people in accession countries taking place later this year;
- Organise a study visit of activists in the region to be taking place in the autumn/winter of 2014.
Profile of the consultant
The consultant should:
- Be based in Brussels and have particular working experience in areas described in this Terms of Reference, and in particular:
- Have proven advocacy experience with European institutions, preferably in relation to the EU enlargement process
- Have proven knowledge of the Balkan region
- Have proven experience in addressing human rights issues.
Applications should be sent by the 11th of March 2014 with a CV and 2 pages explaining the consultant’s vision and envisaged approach to organising this event. Applications should include:
- Cover letter including motivation of interest a brief outlining a brief plan of work
- Curriculum Vitae
A lump sum budget of 5.000€ exclusive of VAT will be available for these tasks.