TENI is looking for a researcher for the project “Documenting the transgender and non-binary experience in medical settings in Ireland”.
TENI has received funding from ILGA-Europe to collect evidence and data on institutional violence against transgender and non-binary people in medical settings. This research will document the experiences of transgender and non-binary people in general and gender-affirming healthcare settings in order to improve quality and quantity of care. Ireland was recently ranked lowest in Europe for the provision of gender-affirming healthcare by TGEU, and this research will support calls for the improvement of services nationally and across Europe.
The initial phase of the project will consist of a review of Irish and international policy models and literature on gender-affirming healthcare and best practice guidance. This will include a review of Irish literature, legal precedents, policy and documentation of trans people’s experiences in Irish healthcare settings in general.
The secondary phase will consist of gathering primary data on the experiences of trans and non-binary people in healthcare settings in Ireland in the last three years. We envision that this will be conducted through a blended approach incorporating both qualitative and quantitative methods. The researcher will design and distribute a questionnaire online employing a snowball sampling technique, facilitate 2-3 focus groups, and conduct 8-10 semi-structued one-to-one interviews with transgender individuals and 3-5 interviews with healthcare providers. This will be done with the supervision and support of the TENI CEO, Healthcare and Education Officers who will work closely with the researcher and support with the dissemination of materials and structuring of interviews.
The researcher will classify and analyse the quantitative and qualitative data thematically and will work with the research team to produce reports highlighting cases of discrimination, denial of treatment, mistreatment, and violence and showcase how these contribute to systemic violence and how it affects different parts of the community.
Anticipated Timeline and remuneration
This project runs until December 2023. We envision research design to be completed by April 2023, data collection to run May through August, and analysis and reporting until November. The TENI team will then disseminate the report in December 2023.
We anticipate 30 days of work April-November 2023, and have a stipend of €7,500.
Application and selection process
Applications must be received by 21 March 2023 via email to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Complete applications include: a general statement positioning your vision in regard to the research programme in a word document and your CV(s);
Applications will be acknowledged with a reply of confirmation and all subsequent communication will be sent to the email address used for the application;
Meetings with shortlisted candidates, if needed: 4th week of March;
Completing selection and contracting with one or more candidates: 1st week of April.