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Consultant: Legal and Policy research- Southeast Asia (2 positions)


Organization : ECPAT International
Type : Nonprofits / องค์กรไม่แสวงหาผลกำไร
Date : 25 Jul 2019
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Deadline : 31 / August / 2019

Request for Expression of Interest

Consultant: Legal and Policy research- Southeast Asia (2 positions)

Project: Disrupting Harm “evidence to understand online child sexual exploitation and abuse”



Organisational Context

ECPAT International is a global network of organisations working together for the elimination of the sexual exploitation of children (SEC) in all its manifestations i.e. exploitation of children in prostitution, online child sexual exploitation, sale and trafficking of children for sexual purposes, sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism and some forms of child, early and forced marriage. The ECPAT Network currently consists of 109 members working as independent organisations or coalitions at national and local levels in 96 countries.

The ECPAT International Secretariat coordinates the global work of the organisation and is based in Bangkok, Thailand. The Secretariat designs and implements global and regional level programmes, and undertakes programming, advocacy and research to facilitate a range of network initiatives.

Project background 

ECPAT International recently secured funding for the implementation of the project Disrupting Harm: evidence to understand online child sexual exploitation and abuse (OCSEA), a collaborative project along with Interpol and UNICEF office of Research – Innocenti supported by the Fund to End Violence Against Children. The project will assess the scale, nature and context of the above mentioned issue in 14 countries across Southern and Eastern Africa and Southeast Asia, starting in early 2019 and ending in early 2021.

The three organisations will leverage existing research, conduct primary research and rally key partners and multi-sectoral stakeholders to:

  • Establish context by conducting extensive research to map the policy and legal landscapes;
  • Analyse the threat via the collection and analysis of crime data as well as other types of data;
  • Ensure children’s voices are heard via cross-sectional, nationally-representative household surveys.


The research framework and outputs are envisioned as an important step towards in-depth analysis of online child sexual exploitation and abuse, to produce key findings and identify priority areas for adequate interventions. The project will also pilot new methodologies to determine the context, scale and manifestations of these crimes in 14 countries, with recommendations expected to have relevance for a broader audience. 


The six countries of focus in the Southeast Asian region are Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.



project description 

Within this collaborative partnership, ECPAT is responsible for a “contextual research” component of the project. ECPAT will undertake this research in two distinct phases: phase one of the project involves comprehensive exploration of the existing secondary data on legislation and systems addressing OCSEA at country level, and in phase two ECPAT will directly undertake primary research activities to fill gaps in the data that were identified in the first phase. This research will be tailored to the country contexts.

Fourteen national level reports and two regional level reports will be generated as well as data reports for the six major primary research activities. ECPAT’s role in the project includes the consolidation of findings of all three project partners in country and regional level reports.

With the technical advice and support from experts within ECPAT’s Secretariat, a project-team has been established, including a Project Manager, Regional Specialists and Research Officers, and a pool of about 12 specialised research consultants for country level research and regional consolidation.

Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse National Assessments

ECPAT International is seeking two Legal & Policy Research Consultants for the Southeast Asia region with a strong background in legal and policy frameworks in the region to support the first project phase and conduct primary research to fill in country-level gaps identified in the first phase of the project. The primary research will focus on collecting data from:

  1. National law enforcement and justice actors, including regional mechanisms;
  2. Hotlines and helplines;
  3. Frontline service providers;
  4. Child victims and survivors on Access to Justice related issues;
  5. Parents and caregivers;
  6. Boy victims of OCSEA.

Data will be collected through surveys, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions.

Based on expertise and experience of the two final candidates, each consultant will be assigned the full country research in a selected number of project countries.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Research, data entry and analysis
  1. Collaborate to design, contextualise and translate research methodologies with Regional Specialist as part of the research team;
  2. Support desk review on legal and policies;
  3. Identify and source national government documents, plans, agreements on laws and policies relating to OCSEA;
  4. Conduct key informant interviews with government, civil society, law enforcement actors;
  5. Collect information/ evidence of implementation regarding access to justice and compensation for victims of OCSEA;
  6. Organise, input and manage data collected;
  7. Support research activities in the analysis of data collected;
  8. Collaborate on country reports based on primary research;
  9. Provide support to Regional Specialist and other technical consultants as required.


Due Date

Data collected and entered from 30-40 KII (approximately 10-12 per country) with actors from the justice sector

28 February 2020

Data from interviews and focus discussions with criminal justice actors on access to justice to capture up to 30 actors on access to justice

28 February 2020

Data from helplines and hotlines or alternative sources

31 March 2020

Data entry and storage

30 April 2020

First draft subchapters for the country reports

15 May 2020 or earlier

Final subchapters for the country reports and data delivery (this deadline depends on when ethical clearance is granted in countries)

31 May 2020


Core Competencies
  • Deep understanding of the target countries’ development context, activities and actors ;
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of one or more languages from relevant countries is a requirement;
  • Significant experience in primary data collection and management.
  • Excellent time management and multi-tasking skills;
  • Ability to work autonomously;
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills;
  • Accountability.
Qualifications & Experience
  • Qualifications or relevant work experience in law, human rights, international development or related discipline;
  • At least three years of professional work experience in law, human rights, child protection, research or international development projects.



It is expected that each consultancy will require 80 - 140 working days over a period of 4 - 7 months depending on the agreed Terms of Reference (fulltime). Detailed planning and work plans will be established in the induction phase of the consultancy. Starting moments of the assignments in each of the countries may depend on ethical clearance given for the field research. In principle it is envisaged that the work will commence on 1 October 2019.

Management and Reporting Arrangements

The collection of data will be the responsibility of the Consultant. Throughout the project, the Consultant will report to the Regional Specialist. ECPAT International and ECPAT members will provide support to mobilize support from various national level government and civil society actors. Technical guidance will be provided by the Regional Specialist and Legal Consultant.



Additional Information

  • The consultant is expected to be home-based, using own computer and communication equipment and facilities
  • Consultancy payments will be based on a daily fee and actual working days carried out for the assignments
  • All discussions and documents relating to this Terms of Reference will be treated as confidential by the parties
  • It is envisaged that the Consultant will travel once to each assigned country for a period of 7-8 working days (average per target country). The travel will be carried out according to ECPAT International’s Travel Policies and Procedures and related costs will be compensated in addition to the daily consultancy fee
  • The Consultant is expected to act at all times in a manner consistent with the values of ECPAT International and in compliance with the organisation’s policies and procedures including Child Safeguarding Policy and the Code of Conduct


Expression of Interest:

Interested candidates are requested to send in their CV and a cover letter indicating an expected daily fee (in USD).

Submission of expression of interest by email to:; please mention in the subject line: DH Legal and Policy- Southeast Asia


Deadline: 31 August 2019

Candidates based in one of the research target countries are considered before any other candidates.

ECPAT International is committed to keeping children safe. The selection process reflects our commitment to the safeguarding of children. The process may include requests for criminal/ police records.

Contact :

ที่ปรึกษา / Consultant


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