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Enhanced Capacities for Migrant Advocacy (ECMA) Project

  Term of Reference for Lessons Learned Workshop Facilitator

 

1.            Executive Summary

 

Request from:

ADRA Thailand

Type of Consultancy

Short-term Consultancy for Workshop Facilitation

Type of Program:

Migrant Right Advocacy         

Agreement Symbol

DCI-NSA-PVD/2015/370-329

Funding Source

The European Union

Project Title:

Enhanced Capacities for Migrant Advocacy (ECMA) Project

Project Duration:

36 months

Overall Project Objective:

To strengthen and empower marginalized and vulnerable migrant workers in Mae Sot, Thailand.

Specific Project Objectives:

Strengthened capacity of local CSOs (Thai and Migrant Worker led) to effectively advocate for improvements in labor/human rights and working/living conditions for vulnerable migrant workers in Mae Sot.

 

Objective of the Consultancy

The main objective of this consultancy is: a) to  facilitate the workshop in which each particpant  feel free to share success and challenges; b) to be able to document the lessons learned from the whole project implemention and make recommendations for improvement in the remaining period of the project. 

Consultant Approach

Participatory

Timeframe for the Workshop

2 day Lessons Learned Workshop in Mae Sot, 5 days preparation and reporting (Workshop is planned for early December 2018)

Participants of the workshop

CSO partners, factory owners, government partners

Total number of Participants

Approximately 20-30 people

 

 

 

Background to the Project

 

In January 2016, ADRA Thailand started a 36-month Project entitled Enhanced Capacities for Migrant Advocacy funded by the European Union that aimed at strengthening and empowering marginalized and vulnerable migrant workers in Mae Sot, Thailand.  The project targets 3,750 migrant factory workers in Mae Sot, Thailand.

Thailand’s rapid economic growth in the past few decades has created a high demand for low-skilled and low-cost labour, attracting a large number of migrant workers from the three neighbouring countries, namely Myanmar, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Cambodia, to fill the gap of labor shortage. An estimated 3 million migrant workers from these three countries hold either regular or irregular status in Thailand[1]. As located in a bordering province - Tak, Mae Sot has eventually become a transit and destination of Myanmar migrants because of its high concentration of factories. According to statistics from the Tak Provincial Office, there were 27,059 Myanmar migrant workers registered at the Mae Sot District’s One Stop Service Center during the migrant registration process in 2015. Migrant workers are employed in factories in textiles, garments, food processing and ceramics.  The majority of migrant workers are from Myanmar, with Burmese representing the largest ethnic group, along with other ethnic groups such as Karen, Mon and Arakanese.

The major problems facing Burmese migrant workers include: i) lack of awareness about their rights due to language barriers and accessibility to information. Importantly, a limited human resources of the local Labour Protection and Welfare Office compares to a large migrant population in the area; ii.) factory owners do not follow Thai labour law by registering their factories, leading migrant workers to become vulnerable in terms of working in unsafe, unhygienic conditions; iii) a major health concerns of migrant workers included skeletal or muscular illnesses due to heavy workloads and poor occupational health and safety standards; iv) lack of capacity of CSOs to engage in the dialogue process, at national level - little effective coordination, limited resources and travel restrictions, which are among major factors that limit the ability of CSOs to engage directly and actively in policy advocacy dialogue; and v) poor living and unhealthy conditions since migrants are often housed in overcrowded accommodation with inadequate facilities; some factories restrict their workers to the factory premises giving them no opportunity to find other accommodation.

It is envisaged that these identified problems will be tackled through the “Enhanced Capacities for Migrant Advocacy” project. The stated objective will be achieved by three expected results described below:

  • Result 1: Improved awareness of, and adherence to, labor law in factories employing migrant workers;
  • Result 2: Strengthen and develop the capacity of 8 CSOs to engage in policy dialogue through the INGO platforms and engagement with the private sector, and government duty bearers.
  • Result 3: Enhanced collaboration between CSO’s and government stakeholders to bring about improved health and safety conditions for migrant workers.

 

 

Project Activities

 

1.1 Conduct a project launch for joint initiative between LPO and ECMA project to increase systematic awareness raising on labour and human rights to cover a greater number of factories

1.2 Organize four (4) meetings on labour rights and migrant legislations for employers from 70 factories in Mae Sot, and organize seven (7) meetings on labour law awareness and safety employment with 20 factories in collaboration with the Labour Protection and Welfare Office (LPO), and the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

1.3 Conduct five (5) paralegal trainings for 150 members of community-based organization (CBO) and non-governmental organizations (NGO) led by Thai and Myanmar migrant community leaders in Mae Sot, in order to enhance their capacity on handling and presenting migrant legal case to the Labour Law Clinic (LLC) and LPO.  

1.4 Sub-grants and technical support provided to 2 CSOs (focused on labour/legal rights of migrants), to enhance their capacity for providing legal assistance/advice to migrant workers. This will provide a provision of direct assistance to facilitate 1,500 migrant legal caseworks of vulnerable migrants, in order to assist them to seek legal assistance and remedy.

1.5 Provide financial support to LPO to organize 3 workshops to present findings of monitoring results on labour rights legislation and standard monitoring systems.

1.6 Develop and produce promotional materials to distribute to all relevant stakeholders throughout the project implementation.

2.1 Facilitate eight (8) CSOs to participate in local and national networks meeting i.e. Migrant Rights Promotion Working Group (MRPWG), Community-Based Organizations (CBO) monthly meetings, and Migrant Working Group (MWG) through the provision of technical and financial support

2.2 Conduct six (6) workshops on labour and human rights advocacy, networking skills, and knowledge on migrant legislation and policy to eight (8) CSOs to strengthen their advocacy capacity, in coordination with LLC, LPO, and INGO.

2.3 Provide financial support to organize Migrant Rights Promotion Working Group (MRPWG) and Community-Based Organization network (CBO) monthly meetings, which serve as platforms for CSOs, INGOs, and government officials to strategise on the best ways to advocate for migrant rights.

2.4 CSO management/organization capacity building

3.1 Conduct three (3) ToTs for 120 members from different CSOs and factory Safety Officers on occupational health, work safety, and hygiene.

3.2 Support CSOs to organize 20 outreach activities to promote health and hygiene to 2,250 migrant workers from 20 factories.

3.3 Develop and produce 5,000 multilingual (Thai and Burmese) brochures on occupational health, work safety, and hygiene in order to increase awareness in target groups and their relatives.

3.4 Support CSOs to conduct five (5) trainings on occupational health and work safety to 250 migrant workers and provide 500 sets of basic safety equipment and manuals to migrants.

3.5 Hold an annual ‘lessons learned’ workshop upon the completion of each year’s project implementation. There will be a total of three (3) workshops.

 

Key Project Stakeholders

Migrant Factory Workers in Mae Sot have participated in project activities, such as safety and hygiene training, legal aid consultation, community outreach, and so on.

Labour Protection and Welfare Provincial Office (LPO) is an associate partner for providing guidelines on the implementation of this proposed action.  As a government agency working to promote and protect labour rights, LPO are expected to play a key role in providing legal assistance for migrant workers and monitoring the implementation of labour law in the target factories.

The Federation of Thailand Industries (FTI) is an associate partner for coordinating with factories and providing guidance on the project implementation.  FTI is expected to be part of a consultative team to identify target factories that ADRA will work with to promote labour law and improve working conditions.

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are local organizations led by Thai and/or Myanmar workers based in Mae Sot.  Six CSOs have been identified to provide legal assistance, disseminate and advocate labour law and migrant rights as well as delivering training on occupational health and hygiene promotion to migrant workers in factories. Eight CSOs who received sub-grant under this project are Human Right Development Foundation (HRDF)/Labor Law Clinic (LLC), MAP Foundation (MAP), Yaung Chi Oo Workers’ Association (YCOWA), Mae Sot Lawyer Association for Human Rights Foundation of Education and Development (FED), Migrant Working Group (MWG), and Migrant Development Center (MDC).

Factory Owners in Mae Sot have participated in project activities, particularly those who signed up for the “Safety and Happy Factory Model”.  Under this model, LPO will certify the factories as “Model Factories” when they comply with the 4 criteria that include: 1) management and administration, 2) Health, hygiene and the environment, 3) Physical and social safety, 4) Knowledge and awareness of employees and employers.

 

Key Tasks of the Facilitator

 

This workshop implements the project activities 3.5 and is the last lessons learned workshop for the project. The consultant will perform the following tasks to achieve the objectives of the workshop:

  • Review related project documents and develop the agenda of the workshop;
  • Lead and facilitate the two-day lessons learned workshop in Thai through participatory approach;
  • Have debriefing session with ECMA team by the end of each day during the workshop;
  • Draft the report in Thai language for this workshop including lessons learned from the whole project implementation period and recommendations for future improvement in a timely manner;
  • Write the Executive Summary in English that includes the key lessons learned;

 

  • Finalize the report and the Executive Summary after receiving feedback from ADRA Thailand within the agreed timeframe.

 

The ECMA project team in Mae Sot will provide planning and logistic support for the workshop.  Intepretation between Thai and Burmese will be provided during the workshop.

 

 

Timeframe of the Consultancy

 

A total of 7  payable working days are planned for this consultancy:

 

  • 2 day desk review (clarify matters arising from the documents read previously) and draft workshop agenda;
  • 2 day lead and facilitate the workshop in Mae Sot;
  • 2 day analyze feedback from the participants and draft the lessons learned report in Thai with Executive Summary in English;
  • 1 day finalize the report based on the feedback from the ECMA/ADRA team.

 

 

Background of the Facilitator

 

  • At least 7 years’ experience in development related field, experience in working with migrant communities or CSOs would be beneficial
  • Previous experience in workshop facilitation
  • Experience in writing Thai and English report

 

 

 

Submission of application

Applications should be submitted no later than 20 November, 2018.

Applications in English or Thai language, including i) a resume of not more than 3 pages; ii) a cover letter; iii) a budget proposal should be submitted by email to rit@adrathailand.org cc linda@adrathailand.org

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

[1] Thailand Migration Report 2014, International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Contact : rit@adrathailand.org


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