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Lead Consultant – Mapping, Learning and Best Practices Assessment on Victim Protection in ASEAN

About the organisation

Cardno is a global consulting organisation that manages projects for major donors, delivering aid work in various disciplines such as education, health, governance, resource and environment management and infrastructure. Our work expands across Europe, Latin and North America, Asia, the Pacific and Africa.  With over 6,000 staff worldwide, our vision is to be a world leader in the provision of professional services to improve the physical and social environment

About the program:

ASEAN–Australia Counter Trafficking (ASEAN-ACT) continues Australia’s long-running collaboration with ASEAN and its member states to end human trafficking in our region. The program will principally work on strengthening the justice sector response to human trafficking, while opening up new partnerships with allied government agencies, civil society and business. It will engage all 10 ASEAN Member States in some capacity and will continue national-level programming in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Program Outcomes

The overarching goal that ASEAN-ACT will contribute to is that ASEAN member states have effective justice systems that provide just punishment of traffickers and protect the rights of victims. Three end-of-program outcomes (EOPOs) together contribute to the achievement of this goal by 2028:

  • EOPO1: ASEAN’s planning, monitoring and reporting of ACTIP implementation is increasingly effective and advances the protection of victim rights.
  • EOPO2: ASEAN member state justice and related state agencies are increasingly capable of implementing their ACTIP obligations, in particular those that uphold victim rights.
  • EOPO3: ASEAN member state justice and related state agencies’ policies and practices are influenced by relevant stakeholders and better aligned with ACTIP, especially in connection to victim rights obligations.


ASEAN-ACT is engaging a consultant to support the design and delivery of mapping, learning and best practices assessment. The mapping, learning, and best practices assessment is intended to documented and examined the existing implementation of ACTIP obligations relevant to victim protection, to what extend victim-centered and gender-sensitive approaches are incorporated into legal, policy frameworks and practices within the national justice response to trafficking in persons before and during COVID-19. This learning and best practices assessment will support the implementation of ASEAN-ACT’s Equality and Inclusion (GESI) Strategy and Victim Rights (VR) Strategy and the achievement of EOPO 1 and 2.


The objective of this consultancy is to support the achievement of sharing knowledge and learning on ACTIP implementation relevant to victim rights, with the specific objective of conducting foundational work to establish the extent to which the realisation of victim rights, equality, and inclusion for trafficked persons are implemented in the region before and during COVID-19; risks predisposing marginalized or excluded groups/individual experienced trafficking in persons such as children, women, men, LGBTQI, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities in each stage of legal proceedings including during victim identification and other relevant processes; its manifestation; and what interventions are currently being undertaken to protect those diverse social groups of trafficked persons from this issues including its availability, accessibility, and quality of victim protection before and during COVID-19. The assessment findings will inform concerted efforts of ASEAN-ACT partner agencies and relevant stakeholders to prevent, mitigate and respond to trafficking in persons for better implementing their ACTIP obligations. The assessment will not only identify best practices but also identify the gaps and limitations that exist therein.    

Areas of Responsibility

At the direction of ASEAN-ACT Inclusion and Victim Rights Director (IVRD), the Lead Consultant is responsible for: 

  • Manage and coordinate the National Consultants if the Lead Consultant (individual consultant/firm/research institution/organization) is not part on one team that is located and familiar with 7 target AMS (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam), who will be responsible to support the Lead Consultant to collate local data/information, conduct interviews/meetings with local stakeholders, provides languages translation support relevant to the assignment including translated any relevant documents such as laws, policies or procedures from local languages to English, conduct national validation workshop to present the draft finding in local languages, provides inputs and gathered feedback from local partners as well as closely coordinate with ASEAN-ACT country team in its respective country
  • Produce an inception report that outlines the conceptual framework of the assessment, including important evaluation questions, data sources, methodology and approach, timeline and deliverables in close consultation with IVRD and the National Consultants
  • Work consultatively and collaboratively with the hired National Consultants to conduct literature review in 7 targets AMS to document the significant findings from earlier similar study/assessment that will serve as the foundation on which the conceptual framework for the current assessment can be based and developed.
  • Work consultatively and collaboratively with the hired National Consultants conduct the assessment in 7 target AMS within the agreed timeframe and expected deliverable
  • Refer to the key dimensional issues identified by ASEAN-ACT’s Gender Equality and Inclusion Strategy and Victim Rights Strategy in designing and delivering the assessment
  • Supervise and guide the hired National Consultant to conduct a national validation workshops to present the draft finding to relevant national partners in close consultation with ASEAN-ACT country manager/teams in its relevant country
  • Guide the hired National Consultant to draft the workshop notes from its national validation workshops, review and provide inputs prior submission to ASEAN-ACT.
  • Incorporate inputs and feedback gathered during the national validation workshops into the draft assessment findings of each targeted countries, prior submission to ASEAN-ACT for final review and approval
  • Incorporate final revisions from ASEAN-ACT and provide a final document to the IVRD
  • Other duties as requested


ASEAN-ACT will provide the following assistance to the Consultant:

  • Sharing any available materials relevant to the subject matter.
  • Provide necessary support to connect/link with ASEAN-ACT’s Partners Agencies and relevant stakeholders in its target countries
  • Provide logistic and administrative support to conduct national validation workshop
  • Provide working space within the available premises of the ASEAN-ACT Country Offices during field visits and at the ASEAN-ACT regional office.


Expected Outputs

Work consultatively and collaboratively with each hired National Consultants, the Lead Consultant is expected to deliver the following outputs:

  • An inception report with the proposed report format, approach, methodology, detailed work plan, proposed timeframe and implementation arrangements
  • Literature review report findings from 7 target AMS as the conceptual frameworks for the assessment
  • Draft assessment findings from each country 7 Countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) before conducting the validation workshops
  • Summary of workshop notes from each National Validation Workshops in 7 Countries
  • Full final assessment report, including 10-15 pages of executive summary and recommendations covering 7 ASEAN countries.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Post Graduate qualification (or equivalent advanced university degree) in Political Science, Social Science, International Relations, International Development, Law, or relevant areas
  • Excellent academic and research background and have a proven track record in conducting similar assignment
  • Research experienced on trafficking in person, criminal justice response, victim rights, inclusion and equality, migration, women and children issues, will be a strong advantage
  • Knowledge and experience of using research/survey/mapping concepts, approaches, tools, techniques, methodologies, sampling, etc.
  • Knowledge of and interest in the regional and international provisions and policies on trafficking in persons, labour migration, women and child protection, etc.
  • Strong and sound analytical skills on gender and victim-centered analysis in overall aspects of mapping designing and conducting
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple individuals and groups
  • Ability to develop high-quality research/survey/assessment/mapping in English under tight timeframes
  • Strong analytical, verbal, and report writing skills in English



  • Previous experience in counter-trafficking work and/or criminal justice response
  • Knowledge and experience of Australian Government development programs and reporting requirements
  • Proficiency in an ASEAN language and prior experience in the region will be highly regarded


Reporting Requirements

The Consultant will report directly to IVRD, provide regular updates and share expected delivery results with the IVRD for review and input. IVRD will provide timely comments to the consultant’s work and address any request by the Consultant within a reasonable timeframe.

The Consultant will determine his/her final work schedule, outline and methodology for the assessment at the beginning of the assignment. The work schedule will set clear deadlines for the completion of each expected deliverable.

How to Apply

The qualified firm, organisation, research institution or individual should submit by email to the following documents that respond to the objective and scope of the work mentioned earlier:  

  1. Letter of Interest (1-page max)
  2. Technical proposal ensuring the completion of all deliverable within the timeline
  3. Financial proposal with budget lines linked to relevant activities (including a budget line for the payment of national consultant, one per country in 7 target AMS)
  4. Sample of study reports that were previously develop by the firm, organisation, research institution or individual consultant
  5. Curriculum vitae of the Lead Consultant and key team members, describing specific assignment for this consultancy


Applications close on Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 5 PM Bangkok time.


ASEAN-ACT is committed to achieving workplace diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups, people with a disability, women and ASEAN nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

ASEAN-ACT does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Due to the expected volume of applications, only candidates under positive consideration will be notified.


Duration Up to 90 days inputs over a 6-month period (June – November 2020)

Remunerations B3

Reports to

Inclusion and Victim Rights Director


Bangkok, Thailand and travel requirements to all ASEAN Member States

Performance Management and Reporting Framework

DFAT Adviser Performance Assessment and relevant program reporting framework

t is essential that you quote Lead Consultant – Best Practices Assessment ‘’ in your e-mail title, or you may not receive a response.

Other Information

Amendments to the position’s Terms of Reference may be made during the period of the engagement as required.

Contact :

ที่ปรึกษา / Consultantผู้ประสานงาน / Coordinatorนักวิจัย / Researcher


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