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Learning from our Actions – TCTIP Learning Papers

 

I. BACKGROUND:

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. Winrock’s five-year Thailand Counter Trafficking-in-Persons Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID Thailand CTIP) has goals to reduce trafficking in persons in Thailand and to better protect rights of trafficked persons.

As a source, transit, and destination country, Thailand faces multiple manifestations of trafficking in persons (TIP), including forced labor. These are fueled by growth and demand for low-skilled labor in sectors such as agriculture and fishing, construction, and food processing. According to the 2016 US Department of State report on trafficking in persons (TIP report) Thailand has 3-4 million migrant workers, many of whom arrived undocumented from neighboring countries to find better paying jobs. More than 53% of unskilled migrant workers are youth. Large populations of ethnic minorities, highland persons, children from rural areas, stateless persons, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) individuals are also at increased risk for trafficking and exploitation due to difficulties they face resulting from discrimination. Forced labor is reported in many sectors, but the number of victims identified remains low because of inadequate screening, combined with hard-to-reach sectors where many migrants work and a lack of self-reporting.

Objective:

USAID Thailand CTIP project is looking for a consultant to develop four learning papers based on the knowledge and lessons learned throughout the life to date of the project, and through the analysis of the  Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) data across projects. Overlapping themes will be chosen such Private Sector Engagement, Social Behavior Change communication, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, RTG engagement or others, as identified by the project.

 

These four papers will be produced in sets of two each: two to be completed by October 2021 and the final two to be completed by July 2022.  The consultant would be expected to design the methodology to answer the separate four research/learning questions (developed by USAID Thailand CTIP), conduct the research, and write the reports (approximately 15 pages each).

 

Tasks and Deliverables

The research consultant(s) would be expected to start July 15th and complete the first 2 papers by the 11th of October 2021. The second 2 papers will be completed by the 31st of July 2022.

Table 1: Details of deliverable with payment terms for first 2 papers 

  Task

Deliverable

Estimated Date of Completion 

% payment

Background preparation and agreed timeline/tasks/deliverables 

Inception report, Research protocol &

Copy of research tools

30 July

10%

Develop research tools to address each research question 

30 July

Conduct interviews and secondary desk review according to the research design 

Meeting minutes from consultations with draft recommendations and secondary data analysis result

20 August

20%

Conduct analysis according to the research design, conduct consultations with key service providers to verify recommendations

3 September

Develop the first draft of each learning papers for comment and feedback

Draft Learning Papers– 2

24 September

30%

Submit 2 final learning paper incorporating comments and feedback on the draft report 

Final drafts learning papers - 2

11 October

40%

                                

IV. QUALIFICATIONS:

The consultant is expected to have qualifications as provided below.

  • Minimum five to seven years of experience leading and managing research projects.
  • Demonstrable research skills such as data analytics, statistics, or survey design.
  • Proficiency in research design, analysis, editorial research report writing, and source analysis.
  • A thorough knowledge of research procedures and best practices.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, organizational and writing skills (including but not limited to report writing).
  • Ability to conduct research independently.
  • Knowledge of research and experimental techniques for gathering both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • A history of published articles, studies, Learning papers or research work.
  • Proficiency in applicable software programs (i.e., Microsoft Office, Excel, qualitative and quantitative data analysis software, data visualization software, etc.).

 

Contact person:

Please submit a letter of interest which includes CV, experience, consultancy fees and related expenses referencing TCTIP Learning Papers in the subject line to info.th@winrock.org by June 28, 2021.

 

Contact : info.th@winrock.org


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