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Consultant/ service contract for policy analysis on the benefit for Thai government in ensuring access to schooling for Cambodian migrant children

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Organization : Plan International Thailand
Type : Nonprofits / องค์กรไม่แสวงหาผลกำไร
Date : 8 Feb 2018
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Deadline : 21 / February / 2018

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Consultant/ service contract for policy analysis on the benefit for Thai government in ensuring access to schooling for Cambodian migrant children

 

 

  1. Introduction

Plan International Thailand is currently implementing the Stopping Exploitation through Accessible Services (SEAS of Change) project through the support of Plan International Sweden, Plan International USA, Plan International Finland, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Kesko Corporation, The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, and the Finnish Government’s Finnpartnership Programme.

SEAS of Change looks at critical entry points along the fishing supply chain to develop a multi-pronged approach to fortify it against exploitation and abuse. It envisions a fishing industry that is free from hazardous exploitative child labor and offers decent work opportunities for all, especially girls and young women among migrant populations.

Following a ‘net-to-napkin’ approach, interventions occur from source communities in Cambodia and destination communities in Thailand, to corporate engagements with retailers in consumer countries like Sweden and Finland, intermediary buyers, suppliers and brokers to promote transparency and accountability down the supply chain. Project activities aim to improve outcomes in education, livelihoods, social protection and supply chain engagement.

Due to the wide scope of the project, the implementation of SEAS involves Plan International Thailand, Plan International Cambodia, Plan International Asia Regional Office, Plan International Finland and Plan International Sweden.

  1. Research Title: Policy Analysis on the Benefit for Thai Government in Ensuring Access to Schooling for Cambodian Migrant Children

III. Background and rationale

 

After implementing the project for three years, Plan International Thailand is striving to influence changes in the project’s policy environment, to create enabling environment for stakeholder engagement and activity implementation at the community level. We intend to develop policy dialogue with relevant authorities in government agencies to influence those changes.

 

Among four components of SEAS project, which are education, life skills and livelihoods, social protection and supply chain engagement, providing children from Cambodian migrant communities in Rayong and Trat province access to education through the project’s two learning centres is our key activities. However, community-based intervention alone is not enough. To generate meaningful impact, enabling policy environment for migrant children’s access to education is necessary.

 

Consequently, SEAS project envisions that an analysis on education for children of Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand, particularly in Rayong and Trat province will build an effect case to influence changes at national policy level to ensure Cambodian migrant children and youth, especially girls, in Thailand have access to education and subsequently develop capacity to acquire decent job opportunities in the future. Currently, a few available studies look into education services for migrant children in Thailand, and they mainly discuss education services for migrant children from Myanmar.

 

  1. Research objectives and questions:

 

The primary objective of the assignment is to contribute to the effort to improve access to education for children of migrant workers in Thailand, as well as improving the quality of education services for them. The study is expected to build a factual case that will allow Plan International and others to effectively advocate for the two aforementioned issues (Increased access to education and improved quality of education services for the children of Cambodian migrants in Thailand).

 

It is expected to explore relevant policies of Thai government on access to education among Cambodian migrant children at the national and provincial level. The study should elaborate the following issues with additional focus on the situation of girl migrants:

 

  1. Research methods and stakeholders

 

The consultant/s will be responsible for all primary and secondary data collection, and will work closely with the Project Manager and Advocacy Specialist of the SEAS of Change project. The consultants are expected to arrange all meetings with respondents themselves. However, SEAS project will facilitate initial meetings with key informants in targeted communities.

 

This process will involve questionnaire survey for a maximum period of three [3] weeks, engaging approximately 300 respondents who are Cambodian migrant workers and their dependents, including their children, in SEAS Project’s 10 targeted communities in Rayong and Trat provinces, plus focus group discussion and key informant interviews with key stakeholder representatives identified below.

 

The consultant/s will:

 

Stakeholders in this analysis include:

 

  1. Research deliverables

 

  1. Users of the research: SEAS Project staff and Plan International Thailand’s programme team and resource mobilisation team
  2. Intended audiences of the research: The consultant/team of consultants will report findings and recommendation from the studies to the project manager of SEAS project, the project’s executive steering committee (ESC) and multi-stakeholder partnership coalition.
  3. Reports or other communication materials to be delivered and timeline:

 

Item No.

Deliverables

Due Date

1

Participation in a consultative meeting with SEAS project team to finalise the methodology and work plan for the studies (Task 1)

 

Within 1 week after signing the contract

2

2.1) Inception report for Plan International Thailand’s approval

2.2) Ethical approval from accredited institution or an academic institution in Thailand or from Plan International Headquarter

(Task 2)

 

Within 2 weeks after signing the contract

3

One set of questionnaires and list of respondents developed in consultation with three other research teams (Task 3)

 

Within 1 week after receiving ethical approval

4

4.1) Draft report in English with executive summary for Plan International Thailand’s review (Task 6)

4.2) One half-day presentation of key findings and recommendation to SEAS project’s executive steering committee and multi-stakeholder partnership coalition (Task 7)

 

Within 10 weeks after signing the contract and

5

Final report with executive summary (2 hard copies and 1 soft copy) (Task 8)

Within 2 weeks after receiving revision suggestion from SEAS project team

6

One half-day presentation on recommendations for project initiatives to SEAS project’s executive steering committee and multi-stakeholder partnership coalition (Task 9)

 

Within 2 week after submitting the final report and executive summary

 

The duration of the consultancy is approximately 16 weeks from January to May 2018.

 

VII. Ethics and child protection

 

The consultant/s shall, during and after the effective period of the contract, treat as confidential and not divulge, unless authorized in writing by the Plan, any information obtained in the course of the performance of the Contract. The ethics process and research will ensure compliance with:

 

 

Child Protection Statement: As an international child-centred community development organisation, Plan is fully committed to ensuring the fulfilment of children’s rights including their right to protection. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. Plan creates safe environments for children in all aspects of its work whether fundraising or program implementation, where children are respected, protected and empowered as their capacities evolve to contribute actively to the development of child protection measures within Plan International.

 

 

VIII. Selection criteria of consultants

 

A consultant/team of consultants will be recruited based on the minimum qualifications and experience identified below:

 


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