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Call for Junior Consultant - Mapping Children’s Migration Journey with Parents Recruited into the Construction Sector

Call for Junior Consultant - Mapping Children’s Migration Journey with Parents Recruited into the Construction Sector

 

Organization Background

 

Baan Dek Foundation (BDF) is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization based in Bangkok & Chiang Mai. BDF supports access to essential services for more than 1,500 vulnerable children and their families living in construction sites and slums. Through specifically tailored educational programs and flexible individual support, Baan Dek Foundation protects endangered children, enables families to become self-sustainable and provides opportunities for a better future.

 

 

Project Background

 

In Thailand there are estimated to be around 60,000 migrant children living in construction site camps, who, due to their parent’s often precarious and irregular employment, tend to lack access to essential services. As BDF works to bring systemic change to the construction sector to improve children’s well-being, it is important to understand the full extent of children and parents’ migration journey before they arrive at a construction site camp, the gaps in policy and service, where and when they receive or do not receive identity documents, who they interact with etc. As safe migration initiatives begin to look more closely at the role of the recruitment process in improving migrant’s well-being, it is necessary to also factor in the place of children in this process. BDF are therefore commissioning the mapping of the child protection risks along the labor migration route.

 

Consultancy Objective

 

In order to produce this mapping, BDF is seeking a consultant to conduct a literature review to map the journey, as well as the main protection risks that children face, be it family separation, child sexual exploitation, abuse or child labor, of children migrating with their parents to the Thai construction sector and then to summarize in a more visual format (eg. a roadmap style format) the potential child rights risks at each potential stage of the migration journey (this roadmap may fork into potential pathways). Visual design skills are not necessary for this role, the visual product can be more of a sketch or flowchart for candidates without design software skills, as the main deliverable is the literature review and knowledge content.

 

The desk review should draw upon and summarize studies, reports, and academic papers in the last 6 years covering migration from Myanmar and Cambodia into Thailand, trafficking and exploitation of migrant children entering Thailand. The desk review should be no less than 15 pages and no more than 25 pages.

 

 

 Deliverables

 

  1. Literature Review on child-parent migration from Myanmar and Cambodia including but not limited to

 

    1. Legal framework concerning labor migration, protection of trafficking victims, and protection of non-Thai or stateless children
    2. Latest trends regarding movement, costs and documentation, especially for irregular movement and preferably in relation to the construction sector
    3. A comprehensive summary of the journey as experienced by migrants, from place of origin to construction site camps / projects in Thailand (various forking pathways included, from Cambodia and Myanmar especially, but also including Lao PDR)
    4. Key child protection risks, including family separation, child labor, child sexual exploitation
    5. Main civil society actors and initiatives to protect/support migrant workers and children,
    6. Evidence of reliance and use of informal networks, migrant worker assistance centers, migrant learning centers etc
  1. Summarized visual roadmap

 

 

Deliverables Timeline

 

  1. Desk Review First Draft - 18th June
  2. Desk Review Second Draft and draft visual roadmap - 2nd July
  3. Desk Review Submission of Final Draft and visual roadmap - 16th July

 

 Consultant Profile

  • Native Thai speaker proficient in English, speaking, reading and writing
  • Bachelor degree in political science, social sciences, international development, international relations, history or law
  • Master degree in one of the above fields is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of the migration landscape and politics of the Mekong Region
  • Knowledge of child protection concepts and issues is considered an asset
  • Ability to write clearly and succinctly in English, up to research paper level
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and with a team
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work flexibly
  • Highly motivated, driven and passionate about child rights and migrant’s rights

 

Remuneration and Payment Terms

 

The budget allocated to this consultancy is 20,000 THB. This will be paid in two instalments. The consultant is only responsible for the taxes assigned to the consultant as per law.

 

1st Payment: 30% of total sum upon submission of the first draft

2nd Payment: 70% of total sum upon BDF’s approval of the final draft

 

How to Apply

Interested applicants are kindly requested to send their CV and cover letter in English, as well as a writing sample in English of two pages via email to James Eckford, Impact Advisor at james@baandekfoundation.org and Werapong Peansupap, Director of HR and Public Relations at werapong@baandekfoundation.org.

In the subject line of the email, please write “External Consultant – Child Migration -(Your name)”

 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview in English. Baan Dek Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that selects candidates based on merit. The successful applicant will be expected to comply with Baan Dek Foundation's Child Protection Policy.

 

Closing date for applications: June 20th 2021

 

More details on Baan Dek Foundation’s programs on www.baandekfoundation.org

Contact : james@baandekfoundation.org


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