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GESI Toolkit for MSMEs Consultant, USAID Thailand CTIP

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: Winrock International
: 7 Nov 2023
06 / December / 2023

 

Scope of Work

Consultant to Create Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Toolkit for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and facilitate the induction training.

USAID Thailand Counter Trafficking (CTIP) in Persons Activity

 

Location:                          Thailand

Reports to:                       Meghan MacBain – Chief of Party for the USAID Thailand CTIP Activity

Duration:                          Up to 6 months

Timeframe:                       February – July 2024

 

Background

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Thailand Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) Activity implemented by Winrock International aims to reduce TIP in Thailand and to better protect the rights of trafficked persons. The USAID Thailand CTIP activity is a ten-year activity, entering its seventh year of implementation. The activity has focused on supporting migrants from Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos by combating forced labor and human trafficking in the construction, agriculture, domestic work, and fishing sectors. The Activity is committed to gender equality and social inclusion (GESI), emphasizing diverse participation of survivors and at-risk groups, amplifying their voices in all CTIP responses, ensuring accessibility, enabling their agency, and offering equal opportunities for their influence on CTIP policies, laws, and decisions. GESI is integrated into all our interventions, acknowledging the intersectionality and power dynamics among men, women, gender-diverse individuals, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities. This approach helps us better understand the vulnerabilities faced by diverse populations, allowing us to develop inclusive protective measures tailored to their specific needs.

To achieve one of the Activity’s results with a GESI integrated approach, which aims to reduce the demands and incentives for trafficked labor, and to align the Activity’s Gender and Inclusive Development Action Plan (GIDAP), the Activity is exploring opportunities to design a GESI toolkit for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). This toolkit aims to equip businesses with resources to incorporate gender and social inclusion in their business practices and policies, ultimately reducing gender disparity and social exclusion, while addressing labor exploitation and TIP.

 

Assignment Summary

The consultant will deliver a GESI Toolkit tailored for MSMEs. As part of this, the consultant will conduct desk research to identify and collect existing best practices and tools within the private sector for integrating GESI into their operational procedures. These practices and tools include, but are not limited to, recruitment, employment, working conditions, human rights due diligence, skill development, welfare and benefits, and GESI-related policies and procedures. Once the desk research is completed with adequate information, the consultant will be required to conduct key informant interviews (KII) and/or focus group discussions (FGD) with relevant stakeholders to understand their current practices, challenges, and the feasibility of adapting to international standards or best practices related to GESI. The final product of GESI Toolkit must be user friendly, targeting private sector, especially MSMEs in Thailand.

 

Specific tasks to be carried out during this assignment are as follows:

  1. Conduct desk research and collect the best practices of the private sector in integrating GESI, including:
    1. International standards related to GESI.
    2. National labor laws
    3. Existing tools for integrating GESI into private companies, particularly for MSMEs.
    4. Best practices in GESI among private companies, especially MSMEs.

 

  1. Conduct KII and/or FGD with MSMEs or experts in GESI integration in the private sector to gain an understanding of the attitudes and perceptions related to GESI within private sector companies, especially MSMEs in Thailand. This will also help identify the needs, challenges, and current good practices that MSMEs face in incorporating GESI considerations into their operational procedures. The key questions may cover:
    1. The extent of understanding in GESI.
    2. Nature of policies and procedures related to GESI.
    3. Challenges in applying GESI to the workplace and operational procedures.
    4. Current practices.
    5. Ability to comply with international standards or best practices on GESI and the required resources to achieve GESI as outlined in international standards or best practices.

 

  1. Create a GESI Toolkit that is user-friendly and tailored to the context of MSMEs in Thailand. The GESI Toolkit for MSMEs will:
    1. Provide tools and guidance that MSMEs could use to integrate GESI into their operational procedures, which include but are not limited to:
      1. Recruitment
      2. Employment & Working Conditions
      3. Human rights due diligence
      4. Skill development
      5. Welfare and benefit
      6. GESI-related policies and procedures
    2. Inform MSMEs about national and international labor standards on GESI, including national labor laws.
    3. Illustrate best practices and lessons learned among private sector worldwide on GESI.
    4. Present the findings, including challenges and good practices, from the KII and/or FGD with MSMEs in Thailand.
    5. Clearly cite any outside resources

 

  1. Facilitate a consultation workshop to gather feedback from the expected users of the Toolkit, particularly MSMEs in Thailand. The feedback gathered during the workshop will be incorporated into the final Toolkit.

 

  1. Facilitate an induction training for MSMEs in Thailand. This training will be based on the content of the developed Toolkit and will guide how MSMEs can use it in their workplaces.

 

Deliverables and timeline:

Deliverable

Tentative Due Date

Submission of inception report, workplan and the Toolkit outline.

Within one week after signing a consultant agreement.

Submission of first draft of the Toolkit to the USAID Thailand CTIP team for comments and feedback.

Within two months after the workplan is approved.

Submission of second draft of the Toolkit to USAID Thailand CTIP team for comments and feedback.

Within one month after the first draft feedback are provided by USAID Thailand CTIP.

Facilitate consultation workshop to gather feedback from MSMEs.

Within two weeks after the second draft feedback are provided by USAID Thailand CTIP.

Submission of the final Toolkit which has been revised based on USAID Thailand CTIP’s comments of the draft versions.

Within two weeks after the consultation workshop is organized.

Facilitate one induction training based on the developed Toolkit to private sector, particularly MSMEs.

Within one month after the final Toolkit are finalized.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong experience in GESI and experience of working on a similar assignment is required.
  • Experienced working in the private sector is a plus.
  • Skilled in training and capacity building for diverse stakeholders, including the private sector.
  • Demonstrated skills in preparing quality reports and other knowledge products.
  • Ability to manage available time and resources and work on tight deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, cultural awareness, and sensitivity.
  • Fluency in English and Thai.

 

APPLICATIONS:

Applicants should send their expression of interest to TCTIP.recruitment@winrock.org and submit a current resume and a sample of related work/portfolio with the mention “GESI Toolkit for MSMEs Consultant” by December 6, 2023.

Winrock would like to thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are shortlisted will be contacted.

Contact : TCTIP.recruitment@winrock.org

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