Posted on 26. September 2014 in Jobs

Submission of proposals is open until 6 October and should be directed exclusively to

Background Information on the Project

Transgender Europe (TGEU) envisions a Europe free from all discrimination – especially including discrimination on grounds of gender identity and gender expression – a Europe where transgender people are respected and valued, a Europe where each and every person can freely choose to live in whichever gender they prefer, without interference. TGEU understands ‘gender identity’ to refer to each person’s deeply felt internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex assigned at birth, including the personal sense of the body (which may involve, if freely chosen, modification of bodily appearance or function by medical, surgical or other means) and other expressions of gender, including dress, speech and mannerisms (Yogyakarta Principles 2007).

The mission of TGEU is to improve the living conditions of transgender people all over Europe by
• representing trans people throughout Europe,
• being the primary source for information and advice on transgender issues on a European level,
• having a leading role in raising awareness within European and international institutions on transgender issues,
• supporting a strong transgender movement by developing and implementing networks and training programs to enable transgender persons at all levels of organization,
• working together with academic researchers who study issues relevant to transgender lives and put this research to use for the benefit of transgender people.

More information about Transgender Europe:

Trans people are disproportionally affected by unemployment. EU Gender Equality legislation, namely the Gender Recast Directive (Recital 3) and Gender Goods & Services Directive (by virtue of the minutes of the 2606th meeting of Council and Commission) offer specific protection against discrimination to transgender people. However, implementation in Member States is often insufficient and inconsistent. While other factors, such as discrimination, violence and social exclusion should not be overlooked, accessibility to gender recognition procedures poses a particular watersheed moment for trans people’s ability to retain or access jobs. Thus, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (2008, 2010) identified links between national regulations on change of registered name/ gender for trans people and their hampered access to employment and rights.

TGEU initiated a project, with support of the European Union, to produce tools assisting the European institutions, responsible authorities, equality bodies and trans rights activists to:
1. better monitor the implementation of Gender Equality Directives,
2. identify protection gaps in national legislation,
3. document progress in improving legal protection
4. develop policy solutions
5. learn from examples of other member states (transferring knowledge).

To this effect, TGEU is seeking an external expert to draft a publication (10 – 20 pages) on trans people in employment, containing:
• An analysis on the impact of national level legislation affecting trans persons’ access to employment
• An analytical tool to help assess proper implementation of EU equality directives in regard to transgender persons
• A selection of good practices advancing trans people’s participation in the labour market (legislation, policy, practice)
• Policy recommendations on how to better activate the potential contributions of trans people to the job market


Objectives of the Project

The aim of the undertaking is to identify challenges trans people face when accessing the labour market and how to overcome these. Particular focus of the analysis is the area of gender identity recognition and its national implementations, and contained preconditions and procedures. The product shall be a practical tool guiding and inspiring policy makers, equality bodies, employers, trade unions, trans rights activists and trans people at national level on how to reduce barriers and systematically advance participation of trans people in the labour market.


Required Qualifications:

Successful candidates should have the following qualifications:
• Proven abilities and adequate experience of conducting similar research
• Excellent understanding of relevant EU-law, particularly in the area of employment, non-discrimination (in the labour market); trans-specific non-discrimination law, such as gender recognition procedures;
• In-depth knowledge of challenges faced by trans people in the job market (research)
• Excellent analytical and English writing skills; Additional knowledge of languages is an advantage;
• Ability to portray abstract contents into easy to understand language
• Preferably a university degree (humanities, social sciences, etc.)
• Ability to work independently and meeting deadlines

The Proposal Submission Process

• Details of similar work undertaken including information on the purpose of the research, year when assignment completed, and possibly copies of the final products;
• CVs of persons that will be involved in the assignment;
• The contact information for 1-2 persons who can provide reference of similar work;
• Research plan (max. 2 pages) outlining the approach to such an assessment (demonstrate understanding of the themes addressed, research methodologies proposed, a work plan of key activities and timeframes, identify key challenges and proposed solutions); and,
• Provide a detailed budget which includes: daily fee; and other envisioned costs. Please note that the maximum number of working days for this assignment is 12 (incl. preparatory meeting).
• Indicate availability for an initial discussion (via teleconference) between 10 – 14 October 2014

Proposed Timeframe

• Applications submitted by October 6, 2014;
• Selection process ends by October 8;
• Initial discussion (via teleconference) with project management between 10-14 October;
• Literature review by 20 October;
• Outline of publication by 22 October;
• First Draft of the publication by 4 November;
• Review of draft by 7 November;
• Final draft by 12 November 2014.

TGEU Contribution:

TGEU will support the consultant in form of:
• Making available research on EU legislation, national level legislation, particularly gender recognition legislation,
• Help identification of best practices (contacts)
• Provide access to a Europe-wide network of national activists and experts
• Give guidance and chamber de reflection throughout the drafting process
• Proper recognition of the consultant’s work

Contact Person:

Richard Köhler
Senior Policy Officer
Transgender Europe