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Enhanced Capacities for Migrant Advocacy (ECMA) Project

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Organization : ADRA Thailand
Type : Nonprofits / องค์กรไม่แสวงหาผลกำไร
Date : 27 Sep 2017
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Deadline : 12 / October / 2017

Term of Reference for Middle Term Evaluation

Terms of Reference for Mid-term Evaluation

 

 1. Executive Summary

Request from:

ADRA Thailand

Type of assessment:

¨ Appraisal            

¨ Monitoring                    

þ  Evaluation                               

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.

 

Expected Results of the Project

1.       Improved awareness of and adherence to labour law in factories employing migrant workers.

2.       Strengthen and develop the capacity of eight (8) CSO to engage in policy dialogue platforms in INGOs, private sector and government.

3.       Enhanced collaboration between CSO’s and government stakeholders to bring about the improvement of health and safety conditions for migrant workers

Objective of the Evaluation:

The main objective of this evaluation is to provide ADRA and the European Union (EU) with a review of the status, relevance, progress and performance of the project as compared to the project document. As well as to make suggestions and recommendations of potential adjustments to the project so that it meets intended results and objectives.

Evaluation results are envisaged to identify and describe the lessons learned, through measurements of the changes in the set indicators, summarize the experiences gained- technically and managerially, and recommend the approaches and methodologies for future sustainability.

Methodology

Key informants discussions, individual interviews, surveys, direct observations, document reviews (reports and project documents)

Period of field assessment:

Early November 2017 (can be adjusted)

Expected completion date: (Final report)

Second week of December 2017

 

 

Background to the Project

 

In January 2016, ADRA Thailand started a 36-month project entitled ‘Enhanced Capacities for Migrant Advocacy’ (ECMA) funded by the European Union, which targets 3,750 migrant factory workers in Mae Sot, Thailand. The project aims to strengthen and empower marginalized and vulnerable migrant 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 Thailand’s three neighbouring countries, namely Myanmar, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Cambodia, to fill the labour shortage gap. 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 for 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 Centre 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) a lack of awareness about their rights due to language barriers and accessibility to information. An additional problem is the limited human resources of the local Labour Protection and Welfare Office compared to the large migrant population within 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) 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, as 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.

 

Project Activities (according to the “Description of the Action”)

 

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.

Note: Please refer to the amended “Description of the Action” for further details on project activities.

 

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.  Eight 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), Arakan Labor Campaign (ALC), Mae Sot Lawyer Association for Human Rights Along the Border (LHB), 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.

Note: Please refer to the amended “Description of the Action” for further details on project stakeholders.

 

Key Components of the Mid-term Evaluation

 

The main objective of this evaluation is to provide ADRA and the European Union (EU) with a review of the status, relevance, progress and performance of the project as compared to the project document. As well as to make suggestions and recommendations of potential adjustments to the project so that it meets intended results and objectives.

 

Evaluation results are envisaged to identify and describe the lessons learned, through measurements of the changes in the set indicators, summarize the experiences gained- technically and managerially, and recommend the approaches and methodologies for future sustainability.  

 

To achieve the above objectives the Mid-term Evaluation will address the following:

 

A special attention should be given to the discussion and formulation of concrete recommendations for the remaining duration of the project.

 

Methodology of the Mid-term Evaluation

 

The evaluation will be based on the findings and factual statements identified from review of relevant documents including the project contractual documents and in particular the amended “Description of the Action”, the annual interim reports to the donor, the baseline survey report, findings from primary data collected from the field visit, as well as any technical reports, training materials and different promotional materials produced by the project.  A list of the above documents will be shared with the evaluator before the assignment begins. This assignment will also undertake field visits and interview the stakeholders including target beneficiaries, government officials, CSOs, etc.

 

Methodologies such as focus group discussions, semi-structured interviews, surveys, and direct observations, etc will be applied as appropriately.

 

Participation of stakeholders in the evaluation should be maintained at all times, reflecting opinions, expectations and vision about the contribution of the project towards the achievement of its objectives. In particular, the following stakeholders should be visited and interviewed:

 

 

 

 

Products expected from the evaluation

 

The evaluator will provide ADRA with a comprehensive draft report for review and comments. Please note that this is a working document and the suggestions, which are made for areas of improvement, are expected to be taken on board and incorporated in the final report. The report should be preceded by an executive summary. The report will include:            

                                                                         

                 

Note: We will encourage regular contact between ADRA and the evaluators to ensure a good understanding of the project activities and the evaluation recommendations. In this context, we envisage at least two meetings:

 

Timeframe and duration of the evaluation

 

A total of 14 payable working days are planned for this evaluation:

 

 

The ECMA project team in Mae Sot will facilitate the planning of the field itinerary.

 

Background of the consultant undertaking the evaluation

 

 

Submission of application

 

Applications should be submitted no later than 12 October 2017

 

Applications in the English language, including i) a resume of not more than 3 pages; ii) a cover letter; iii) detailed budget to carry out this evaluation, costs including consultant fee, international or domestic flight, accommodation and transportation in the field; iv) evaluation proposal detailing the methodology, approach, proposed timetable, as appropriate; v) contact details of 2 references should be submitted by email to linda@adrathailand.org and cc’d to emily@adrathailand.org

 

 

Evaluation of application

Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee within two weeks of the application deadline.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

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

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