Request for Proposals: Internal Homophobia Study

Terms of References

Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) is soliciting proposals from consultants to conduct the internal homophobia study within the “Right to Health” Regional Program funded by the Global Fund and implemented by ECOM.


Eurasian Coalition on Male Health is an international non-governmental association, located in Tallinn, Estonia. We are a membership-based association, open for non-profits and individuals, acting in the field of sexual health, including HIV issues, for gay men and other men who have sex with men, and trans* people, in the region of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA). Currently, the network is made up of 57 members from 13 countries, ranging from Latvia to Kyrgyzstan.


We aim to create favourable conditions to ensure that men who have sex with men and transgender people have access to evidence based and human rights oriented services in the field of sexual and reproductive health, including HIV prevention and treatment.

Description of Services required and Timelines

ECOM is seeking expert assistance to design and conduct the internal homophobia study among men who have sex with men (MSM), in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Macedonia.

In the region of CEECAC, is lack of systematic and comparable data about levels of internal homophobia and transphobia among gay men and other MSM, and trans* people. Several US and European studies have demonstrated that the high level of an internal homophobia is associated with low readiness of MSM and trans* people to take care of health, to obtain health related (especially HIV) services, to unite for protection of human rights, and to participate in the NGO activities.

The goal for this research is (1) to study prevalence and levels of internal homophobia among MSM and trans* people in project countries, as well as main associated factors; (2) to propose possible social interventions to overcome internal homopobia as a barrier to HIV related social services.

The consultant will (a) summarize existing literature from the CEECA region; (b) develop a protocol and draft a tool; (c) study the possibility of using online dating portals (issues like: distributing questionnaires, system of bonuses for users, available audience, presence of contacts with administrators, etc.) and will suggest 2 best choices; (d) after discussions with the web site administrators, s/he will program the questionnaire or will allow the administrators to do this so themselves; (e) conduct an analysis of the results obtained and write a report.

The consultant will be requested to work in close collaboration with ECOM staff, specifically the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator and Communications Officer to perform the services.


  1. Survey protocol and tool
  2. 2 best choices of MSM / LGBT online dating websites, suitable for field stage of the survey
  3. Database of completed survey
  4. Report with literature overview and survey results.

Budget and Contract

Budget allocation will cover the cost for developing and implementing the web survey within the period from 15 February 2017 until 1 July 2017 (10 working days maximum).

Consultant Qualifications


  • At least Master’s degree in Social Sciences, preferably in Sociology
  • At least 8 years’ experience as an analyst/consultant/project manager in social research
  • Experience of social research in public health
  • Sound skills of multivariate statistical data analysis
  • Advanced skills in SPSS or R statistical software
  • Experience of LGBT topics research in one or more CEECA countries
  • Effective communication skills in Russian and English


  • PhD degree or its equivalent in Social Sciences, preferably in Sociology
  • Experience of scholar level research and publications about stigma, prejudice and discrimination, preferably those concerning LGBT
  • Experience in survey scales development
  • Proficiency in other statistical software is an advantage
  • Previous working experience with NGOs is an advantage as well
  • Fluency in language(s) of CEECA countries (other than Russian)

Requirements from Consultant

This consultancy is a maximum of 10 working days and will be awarded to those submitting a proposal that demonstrates the experience in implementing web-based survey to meet the organization’s needs at a competitive rate and timeline:

  • A summary of experience in the above-mentioned areas;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Samples of published scientific reports and peer-reviewed articles;
  • Estimated timeline and detailed budget.

Application Process

ECOM will consider applications from individuals. Interested people are requested to submit their applications by email with a subject “Consultancy for Homophobia Study” at [email protected]

Deadline for submission: 29 January 2017 at 24:00 EET.

Applications should include:

  1. Cover Letter outlining experience in conducting similar work along with CV
  2. Brief proposal (2 pages max.) outlining methodology, design, timetable and budget
  3. Samples of published scientific reports and peer-reviewed articles.

Application materials are non-returnable, and we thank you in advance for understanding that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the next step in the application process.

For more information, prospective consultants may contact Maxim Kasianczuk at [email protected]