Bilingual Welsh-English community interviewers sought for a research project on trans ageing, health and social care in Wales

We’re running a study with members of the trans community aged 50+. Under trans we mean anyone whose gender identity and/or gender expression differ in some way from the gender assumptions made about them at birth and the consequent biological sex assigned to them. The term therefore includes transsexual people, cross-dressers and those who self-define as non-binary, gender variant or gender queer.

Because we’re particularly interested to hear about their experiences when dealing with health- and social-care professionals, we’ll be conducting a series of semi-structured, life-history interviews to hear their stories. Every interview will be conducted by two interviewers – one from the Research Team and a co-interviewer (peer-interviewer) from the trans community. Some interviewees may wish to conduct the interview through the medium of Welsh, and for such cases we are seeking a bilingual Welsh-English interviewer to accompany us.

Is this something you can imagine yourself doing?

These are the qualities we’re looking for:

  • Bilingual in English and Welsh (Genuine Occupational Requirement
  • Good listening skills
  • Research experience and/or experience in conducting interviews
  • The ability to reflect and enthusiasm to learn
  • Evidence of the ability to interpret within the framework of cultural sensitivity
  • A commitment to equality and social justice
  • A keen interest (personally or professionally) in health- and social care issues around the older trans* community in Wales
  • An awareness of the changing social, medical and/or political landscape as experienced by older trans* people in Wales

Payment is £25.16 per hour, plus reimbursement of travel and subsistence. Towards the end of the research, you’ll co-facilitate workshops with members of the trans community and health- and social-care professionals. Because we do not know how many interviewees will choose to be interviewed in Welsh, we are unable to quantify the hours of involvement, but we do not estimate this to be over 40 hours between now and the end of the project (March 2018).

Interested?

If you’d like to apply, please send an email with a CV, as well as a cover letter of no more than two pages addressing the above qualities and why you’d like to be involved to Dr Christine Dobbs (c.dobbs@swansea.ac.uk – 01792 / 60-2952) by Friday, 17th May. Suitable applicants will be asked to attend a short interview with members of the research team (either in person or through Skype).

Should you have any questions in the meantime, please email Christine. For more information on our project, please look at our web-site: http://trans-ageing.swan.ac.uk/

We look forward to hearing from you!


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