While there is an ever-growing movement by LGBTQ Kenyans demanding their rights and the chance to enjoy those rights, significant levels of homophobia and transphobia exist. HIAS’s work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) refugees began in Nairobi in 2009 to support those eligible for resettlement to the US and other safe countries around the world. More recently, HIAS’ work has expanded to working with the broader LGBTQ rights movement in Kenya, alongside efforts to empower and build the skills of LGBTQ refugees. After Uganda passed the 2014 Anti-Homosexuality Act, over 500 LGBTQ Ugandans fled into neighboring Kenya to avoid persecution, gender-based violence, sexual torture, blackmail and possible death. Today, Nairobi hosts 692 registered LGBTQ refugees, mostly from Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Somalia, and Rwanda (but also from Burundi, Ethiopia, Yemen, South Sudan, and Eritrea).
HIAS is seeking a consultant to conduct a Process Evaluation focused on how HIAS programming is addressing the challenges facing LGBTQ individuals with a focus on refugees in Nairobi. The selected consultant will be expected to travel to Nairobi for no less than 7 days with the entire consultancy lasting 21.5 days.