Month: February 2022

Statement from KyivPride

International Trans Fund stands in solidarity with people affected by the war in Ukraine. We are sharing a statement from KyivPride, a Ukrainian LGBT+ organization.
“Today we are facing something that seemed to be impossible in the modern world: a real war. With bombs falling from the sky. With people dying. With soldiers trying to fight back the thoroughly prepared operation of an invasion into Ukraine and turning it into one of the Russian colonies.
As LGBTQI people, we are threatened, and we have no illusion that the Russian government will tolerate us. We need the world to act now.
We need the community around the world, as a political power, to address the government of their country and to call upon them for immediate action. Ukraine needs their help and support right now:
– a no-fly zone over Ukraine to secure Ukrainian airspace and protect civilians from Russian air attacks;
– providing weapons systems to Ukraine immediately;
– providing humanitarian support.
This is a very new way to protect human rights for us. Fighting Russian soldiers today means fighting for freedoms and rights for LGBTQI as well.
Economic sanctions towards Russia must be introduced immediately, including removing Russia from the SWIFT International Payments System. We don’t have time. We are under the threat of bombing and Russians occupying the streets of our cities today.
The Ukrainian LGBTQI community is under huge attack now. This is not only a threat to human rights and freedoms but also a threat to life.
We are scrolling the news not knowing what the next moment will bring. Russians already invaded Ukraine and are coming closer to our houses to take away all we gained after the years and years of our fight for human rights. Please take action. Please call your government to act now.”

ITF is looking for a consultant to conduct an impact evaluation of the International Trans Fund (ITF)


Location: Remote 
Application Deadline: 4th March 2022 (Midnight Toronto, Canada)
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Position Level: International Consultant
Languages Required: English  
Starting Date: 20th March 2022
Duration of Contract: Up to 30 working days over a period of 5 months 

from 20 March 2020 till 31 August 2022


The International Trans Fund (ITF) is a participatory grantmaking fund consisting of trans activists and donors. The ITF aims to increase the capacity of trans movements to self-organize and effectively advocate for trans people’s freedom from violence and discrimination, social inclusion, access to justice, self-determination, and well-being. The ITF’s long-term goals include:

  1. Build & Sustain the Fund | Build and sustain a mechanism to support trans-led groups of different sizes working on a range of issues at the international, regional, country, and local levels, with a particular emphasis on groups with access to fewer resources.
  2. Resource Trans Movements | Increase resources and enhance access to resources to support trans movements, including:
    • Access to financial resources dedicated to trans-led organizations and networks, through grant making.
    • Access to non-financial resources for trans organizations, such as skills building, organizational strengthening, leadership development and activist support.
    • Access to other and new donors for trans organizations, beyond the ITF’s direct support.
  3. Educate Philanthropic Community | Educate peers in the philanthropic community on trans issues and influence other funders and strategic allies in trans-related commitments and strategies.

The ITF is the only global participatory grant maker that is exclusively dedicated to supporting trans-led groups to secure rights for trans people and improve the lived realities of trans individuals. The ITF is led by well-established and respected trans activists that have strong links to trans-led groups in all regions. Since its founding in 2015, the ITF has leveraged more than $10 million for the global trans movement. Resourcing trans movements means supporting, sustaining, and amplifying the work its leaders are already accomplishing. Over five grant cycles, the ITF has allocated $3.877M to 134 trans-led groups in 80 countries. The Fund continues to engage funders and bolster our long-term sustainability.

The ITF is currently in its 6th year of implementation and seeks to conduct an impact evaluation study of the organization and its past 5 grant making cycles.

The objective of this project is to enable the International Trans Fund (ITF) assess its impact over the past 5 years bearing in mind its expanded areas of intervention with a view to strengthen and enhance the ITF’s impact in delivering on its mandate.


The Consultant will be required to utilize appropriate quantitative and qualitative tools and methods to achieve the objectives of the consultancy services. The scope of the consultancy will include:

  • Review the structure, activities and working methods of the ITF and its governing structures. 
  • Conduct an assessment of the impact of the work, activities and working methods of the ITF vis a vis its mandate including a review of its grantee portfolio. 
  • Produce a report of its findings and recommendations on the Assignment.
  • Dissemination meeting for the Fund’s secretariat and Steering Committee.
  • Develop a Plan of Action for the implementation of the recommendations in the Impact Assessment Report.


  1. A detailed Report that highlights the impact that the ITF and our grantee partners have had from 2017 – 2022.
  2. Availability of a scientific basis upon which the structure and working methods of the Fund can be reviewed and revamped to enable the ITF to deliver better.
  3. Information generated on the ITF’s areas of strength, best practices, and areas for improvement.
  4. A Plan of Action with time frames for Implementation of the Recommendations.

The consultant shall:

  • Work remotely 
  • Submit to the ITF the methodology to be used to conduct the consultancy as well as the work plan indicating timeframes for the assignment.
  • Prepare and submit a draft report for review and validation by the ITF.
  • Organise a validation workshop in collaboration with the ITF’s Secretariat to review and validate the report of its findings and recommendations and plan of action. 
  • Act as a resource person in the validation workshop for the staff of the secretariat and the Fund’s Steering Committee.
  • Prepare a final report which incorporates the observations and comments made to the draft report and plan of action and submit them to the ITF’s secretariat.
  • The report shall be validated only if it is satisfactory and meets the requirements of the ITF. Thus, the Consultant may be required to improve on the document until it meets the requirements of the ITF. 


The methodology of the consultant will be guided (but not limited to) by the following assessment questions and criteria: 


  • How has the funding that the ITF has disbursed through grants and other means to trans-led groups made (or not) tangible, positive change in communities?
  • Is the ITF funding reaching groups with limited resources that are engaged in movement building activities?
  • Has the ITF contributed to strengthening trans movement building across the globe over the 5 grant cycles?
  • How effective and efficient is the ITF’s grant making mechanism and processes and has it registered any improvements across the % grant cycles?
  • To what extent is the ITF’s participatory grant making model an effective and an efficient use of its resources?

Institutional Strengthening

  • How has the ITF grown as an organization over the 5 years? 
  • How effective has the ITF been in stewarding and mobilizing resources? 
  • What has the investment in trans leadership and decision-making meant to the organization?
  • What role has the ITF played in developing the skills/capacities of its governing bodies (e.g., Steering Committee and Grant Making Panel)? 


  • Have the activities designed and implemented by the ITF addressed the identified capacity needs and improved the skills of participants? 
  • Has the ITF provided meaningful support/accompaniment to grantee partners? What could be expanded and improved?
  • To what extent has the ITF played a meaningful role in ensuring that trans-led groups are able to access other funding/funders or leveraging new (non-ITF) funding?

Philanthropic Advocacy

    • Has the ITF played a positive role (or any role) in shifting how donors fund trans movements? What, if anything, has changed since the ITF’s inception in philanthropy, specifically the LGBTQI philanthropic space?
  • What is the unique role that the ITF has played within philanthropy as the only international trans participatory grant maker?

Assessment questions and criteria will be fully developed and finalised by the consultant(s) together with the ITF. 

The Consultant(s) will work under the supervision of the ITF Deputy Director.


The duration of the consultancy is a maximum of 30 working days between 20th March and 30th August 2022.


  • Publication of Call: 5th February 2022
  • Expression of interest close: 4th March 2022
  • Appointment of consulting partner: 20th March 2022
  • Evaluation study: 20th March to 1st August 2022
  • Publication of the study by ITF 1st September 2022


Technical and professional experience 

  • Proven experience in working with marginalised and excluded populations. Experience in conducting research with trans people and communities will be an added advantage. 
  • Proven experience and expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. 
  • Proven experience of successfully undertaking project/program baseline, midline or endline evaluations.
  • Proven experience of conducting surveys of similar set-up, size, and scope on a regional or international scale. 
  • Knowledge and experience of participatory assessment / development approaches will be required
  • Broad experience in conducting large surveys (data collection, validation, entry, analysis, and report writing) using multiple mediums and approaches. 
  • Experience of working in complex donor/funder settings. 


Proficiency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of Spanish and other ITF working languages would be an added advantage


  • Consultant should have experience and knowledge of the funding challenges that exist within the trans community, especially the funding gaps experienced by trans groups and movements. 
  • Consultant must have international experience in assessing the impacts of grants and knowledge of the grant making and the philanthropic sector.
  • Consultant must have experience and knowledge on gender analysis and integrating questions of gender and diversity in their evaluation and analysis (and ideally have experience in feminist research and analysis).


This Call for Expression of Interest will lead to the preparation of a Short List of consultants. For evaluation of the expressions of interest the following criteria will be applied:

Quality of proposed evaluation design and methodology
-Demonstrating a strong understanding of the analytical / contextual / logistical issues relevant for a study of this type and the objectives of the impact evaluation
Quality of knowledge & expertise
– Relevant expertise, experience, understanding of the issues and ability to collaborate productively in an international setting
Quality of the consultant’s previous related work  15%
Daily rate/Budget  
-Cost and value for money


To apply e-mail one document containing:

  • Cover letter including daily rate 
  • CV/Resume including three contactable references 
  • Proposed approach to assignment (2 pages max)
  • Two samples of previous related work 

To [email protected]  on or before the 5th March 2022


The ITF Condemns Transphobic Legislation in Guatemala

The ITF strongly condemns a recent transphobic legislative initiative introduced in the Congress of Guatemala. We stand in solidarity with the trans and nonbinary community against a bill that seeks to define trans and non-binary identities as “disorders”, and seeks to criminalize all public debate on trans acceptance and rights. In December 2021, a group of twenty-one lawmakers in Congress’ Commission on Education, Science, and Technology advanced a bill that would stigmatize trans and nonbinary identities and violate children’s and adolescents’ right to education. 

Bill 5940 claims to “protect children from gender identity disorders” when in reality it is a discriminatory attempt to ban the dissemination of any information about trans identity in sex education classes in schools. The bill seeks to impose restrictions on media, requiring programs with gender identity content to be labeled as “not recommended” for minors. Preventing access to science-based information about gender and sexuality for children violates their rights and directly contradicts freedom of speech.

Diversity of gender identity and expression is completely natural for society. Gender is a spectrum and any attempt to demonize gender identity is an attack on human rights. Trans and nonbinary people pose no threat to others and deserve safety, respect and inclusion. 

Pathologizing trans and nonbinary people runs counter to the established international medical consensus. “Gender identity disorder” and “transsexualism” have been removed from the World Health Organization’s latest International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) “Mental and Behavioral Disorders” chapter and are not considered disorders in the medical community. Pathologizing trans identities historically leads to greater violence and motivates hate.

This retrogressive legislative initiative supported by the Congress of Guatemala is unscientific and cruel. It stigmatizes an already vulnerable trans and nonbinary community calling it “a corrupting influence, harmful to children”.  Central America remains among the regions with the highest rates of attacks against trans individuals. Bill 5940 would deepen the stigma and put people’s lives at risk.  Recent reports have shown that the government of Guatemala had failed to adequately protect LGBT people against violence.

We urge the Congress of Guatemala to reject the bill and instead promote respect and equality, focusing on preventing pervasive violence and discrimination that trans and nonbinary people face and uphold children’s right to comprehensive education.

We would like to acknowledge the amazing work done by the trans activist community of Guatemala and our former grantee partner Colectivo Trans-Formacion. You can visit their website: or get in touch with the group’s coordinator Alex Rodrigo Castillo [email protected]