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Consultant for Rapid Assessment of Migrant Worker Recruitment in Thailand’s Agriculture, Construction and Fishing Industries: Processes, Practices and Costs

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Organization : Winrock International
Type : Nonprofits / องค์กรไม่แสวงหาผลกำไร
Date : 19 Jul 2019
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Deadline : 15 / August / 2019

POSITION:   

 

Consultant for Rapid Assessment of Migrant Worker Recruitment in Thailand’s Agriculture, Construction and Fishing Industries: Processes, Practices and Costs

DURATION:  

 

August to October (3 months) 2019 

REPORTS TO: 

 

Meghan Mac Bain

Chief of Party,

USAID Thailand Counter Trafficking in Persons

BACKGROUND:

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. Winrock’s five-year Thailand Counter Trafficking-in-Persons Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID Thailand CTIP) has goals to reduce trafficking in persons in Thailand and to better protect rights of trafficked persons.

As a source, transit, and destination country, Thailand faces multiple manifestations of trafficking in persons (TIP), including forced labor. These are fueled by growth and demand for low-skilled labor in sectors such as agriculture and fishing, construction, and food processing. According to the 2016 US Department of State report on trafficking in persons (TIP report) Thailand has 3-4 million migrant workers, many of whom arrived undocumented from neighboring countries to find better paying jobs. More than 53% of unskilled migrant workers are youth. Large populations of ethnic minorities, highland persons, children from rural areas, stateless persons, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) individuals are also at increased risk for trafficking and exploitation due to difficulties they face resulting from discrimination. Forced labor is reported in many sectors, but the number of victims identified remains low because of inadequate screening, combined with hard-to-reach sectors where many migrants work and a lack of self-reporting.

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this TOR is to research, verify and document the current regulations, pathways, practices and costs related to the recruitment of migrant workers into fishing, construction, and agricultural jobs in Thailand from the 3 MOU sending countries (Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia). In addition, Thailand CTIP also seeks to gain knowledge on the documentation needed and the payment structure the migrant worker and employers use to secure labor or employment. Part of the study should also include recommendations on possible platforms and technology that could be used in facilitating more transparent and accountable recruitment and job placement for migrants. This study should look at both long term migrants living in Thailand and short-term migrants crossing over into Thailand from the 3 MOU sending countries.

The rapid assessment will address the following research questions:

1. What are the current recruitment practices and patterns for migrant workers in the said sectors, both from the perspective of workers and employers?

2. What agencies, agents, brokers and other actors are involved in recruitment, provision of documentation, migration and employment placement/administration? This should include agencies that both the employer and potential employee is dealing with.

3. What steps does the recruitment and placement usually involves and what are the official and unofficial fees paid by workers and employers at each step, disaggregated by industry, nationality of workers, and gender?

4. What time does it take to go from recruitment to employment through formal and informal channels?

5. What is the average length of employment in the industries and main reasons for workers to leave?

6. What are the challenges faced by employers in hiring migrant workers?

7. What are the current options for workers to change employer?

8. What deductions do employers place on workers’ wages?

9. What financing mechanisms do the workers use to pay recruitment and employment fees? How do the repay and how long does it usually take?

10. What are the current patterns in providing temporary work permits or other documentation to allow migrants to work in the 3 sectors?

11. What technologies/ platforms could be developed in facilitating more transparent and accountable      recruitment and job placement services/ opportunities for migrants

TASKS:

  1. Develop and approve with Winrock a detailed research design and timeline outlining proposed methodology, research questions and final report structure
  2. Develop and approve with Winrock data collection tools
  3. In collaboration with Winrock, develop a list of informants
  4. Carry out the rapid assessment
  5. Hold weekly status calls with Winrock
  6. Prepare a final report and a power point presentation on the findings, conclusions and recommendations                                                                

DELIVERABLES:

 

Deliverable

Tentative Due date  

1

Develop a detailed research design and timeline outlining proposed methodology, research questions and tools, as well as final report structure

 

5 days after signing a consultant agreement

2

Draft report

By early 3rd month

3

Submit final report and the power point presentation with findings, with resubmission after comments from supervisor

By end of 3rd month

 

PAYMENT AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE: 

Payment will be made upon timely submission of satisfactory deliverables per agreed work plan, and approval of the contractor’s supervisor. The payment will be made in 3 tranches after each deliverable has been met.

The payment schedule is subject to negotiation between Winrock and selected Consultant.

The proposed payment schedule for the review is as follows:

-            20 % upon Winrock’s approval of work plan, timeline, and tools

-            30 % upon Winrock’s approval of draft report.

-            50% upon final approval of the submitted final report

QUALIFICATIONS:

The Ethical Recruitment Specialist is expected to have qualifications as provided below.

  1. Demonstrated understanding of labor rights and migration frameworks
  2. Experience in research of relevant issues
  3. Established relations with migrant groups and/or employers in industries mentioned above
  4. Ability to travel to different provinces within Thailand within the assignment period.

APPLICATION:

Applicants should send the following documents to info.th@winrock.org referring to the subject “Consultant for Rapid Assessment of Migrant Worker Recruitment ” by 15 August 2019

  • Cover letter
  • Current resume with 3 reference contacts
  • Proposed daily consultancy rate (Travel cost will be covered by Winrock International)   

Winrock International would like to thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are shortlisted will be contacted. Winrock is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Contact : info.th@winrock.org

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