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Construction Sector Research Consultant, USAID Thailand CTIP

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

Scope of Work

Research Consultant to Develop a Learning Brief on Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Risks and Vulnerabilities and Challenges in Conducting Effective Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) in Thailand’s Construction Sector

 

Location:                          Thailand

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

Duration:                          6 months (deliverable based)

Timeframe:                       January 2024 – June 2024

 

To strategically address the barriers to combating trafficking in persons (TIP) in Thailand, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Winrock International the USAID Thailand Counter Trafficking in Persons (USAID Thailand CTIP) program, which aims to reduce TIP and better protect the rights of trafficked persons in Thailand in 2017. Winrock and its implementing partners work to reduce demands and incentives for trafficked labor, empower at-risk populations to safeguard their rights, and strengthen protection systems for survivors. As a part of this objective, USAID Thailand CTIP strives to engage with business sectors that are high-risk and formulate strategic partnerships with private sector actors to implement innovative solutions to address associated human rights risks within business supply chains including the vulnerability to human trafficking and forced labor.

 

Objectives

Winrock International is looking for a consultant and/or firm to conduct research and develop a learning brief analyzing human trafficking and forced labor risks within Thailand’s construction sector and challenges in conducting effective human rights due diligence (HRDD) to address these risks for those working within the sector. The objectives of this analysis are to:

  • Gain more transparent understanding on the nature of the supply chain of Thailand’s construction sector and the nature of human rights risks across all tiers of the industry supply chain examining working conditions, recruitment pathways, employment practices and workers movement patterns, intersectionality of vulnerabilities (vis-à-vis migrant workers and gender) and other related aspects pertaining to human and labor rights.
  • Identify factors contributing to the vulnerability to human trafficking and forced labor of those working within the sector in and potential measures to reduce that vulnerability which might be applied by private sector and CTIP actors.
  • Illustrate current setbacks and challenges faced by private sector actors in construction in detecting and understanding these challenges and implementing HRDD to implement strategies that effectively mitigate human rights risks (including human trafficking/forced labor) and capture good practices currently adopted by the sector/industry stakeholders to address these human rights risks and impacts.

 

Responsibilities

  1. Develop a detailed research methodology, workplan, and stakeholder interview plans and questions. The consultant will be responsible for proposing the research methodology. At a minimum, the research should aim to cover the following topics. However, the consultant should contribute their expertise to the design of the research and may propose additional research topics of interest:
    1. Mapping of the construction supply chain, including a comprehensive analysis of key stakeholders, intermediaries, subcontractors, and labor sources within the industry. The mapping should trace the flow of materials, labor, and finances, examining the relationships between various entities, and assessing potential points of vulnerability or exploitation within the supply chain mapping.
    2. Recruitment pathways, employment practices, and movement patterns, including a mapping of how workers are being hired and factors contributing to vulnerability to human trafficking and forced labor in recruitment i.e. wage payment, modality of employment etc., as well as documenting how workers move from one workplace to the other, how long they are staying in each place of work, and factors contributing to vulnerability in worker movement;
    3. Working conditions, including identification of benefits that workers can access, benefits that workers have trouble accessing, and factors contributing to vulnerability in working conditions that may expose construction workers to risks of human trafficking and forced labor.
    4. Challenges in conducting effective HRDD; a mapping and analysis of how HRDD is currently implemented within the construction sector or the lack thereof, highlighting notable challenges that should be prioritized by the sector.
    5. Good practices in doing HRDD and addressing vulnerabilities to human trafficking and forced labor in Thailand’s construction sector; outlining remarkable examples adopted by private sector and industry stakeholder that are exemplary and can potentially be replicate sector wide.
    6. Conclusion and Recommendations
  2. Collect data through literature review and stakeholder interview. Stakeholders should include migrant workers, and the consultant should include estimated translator costs in the workplan. Other stakeholders can include local community organizations, workers associations, representatives from CTIP organizations, and/or government authorities. (The consultant should plan for onsite interviews but include contingency planning in the event there are unforeseen circumstances and/or restrictions that prohibit travel.)
  3. Produce a full report in English covering the objectives and information mentioned above, including any information from the research development planning stage with the project.

 

Consultancy Period

The consultancy period is estimated for January to June 2024.

 

Deliverables

 

Deliverable

Tentative Due date 

1

Submission of detailed research methodology and workplan and interview plans and questions – based on consultation with Winrock

Within 30 working days after signing a consultant agreement

2

Submission of interview notes and draft written learning brief, and presentation of findings to Winrock team for comments and feedback

Within 90 working days after Deliverable 1

3

Submission of final learning brief revised based on Winrock’s comments of the draft report

Within 30 working days after receiving final comments

 

Payment and Payment Schedule

Payment will be made upon timely submission of satisfactory deliverables per agreed work plan, and approval of the contractor’s supervisor. The payment will be made in 3 tranches after all the deliverables have been made.

The payment schedule is subject to negotiation between Winrock and selected Consultant.

The proposed payment schedule for the review is as follows:

  • 25% upon approval of research methodology, workplan, and interview plans and questions.
  • 35% upon approval of interview notes and draft written learning brief.
  • 40% upon approval of the submitted final learning brief.

 

Qualifications

The consultant should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience conducting human rights assessments and proposing recommendations/solutions to inform future approaches and activities for projects.
  • Experience working with migrant workers and/or workers in the industry/business proven to have high level of human rights risks in Thailand.
  • Strong research and analytical skills with a proven ability to produce concise, focused, and clear reports.
  • Proven ability to work independently to produce highquality deliverables under tight deadlines.
  • Advanced degree in a relevant field such as social science, international development, and human rights.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills in Thai. Respectful and professional, particularly when working with diverse cultures and populations, and on sensitive topics; and
  • Proficiency in written English. An excellent command in Thai or any spoken languages of migrant workers working in construction sector in Thailand namely Burmese, Lao, Khmer is a plus.

 

Proposal Submission

Interested firms and individual consultants should submit technical proposals as separate files. All documents related to this assignment should be in English and submitted in .PDF format. Proposals must be submitted electronically, with all pieces of the proposal labeled clearly. The maximum length for the proposal, both technical and cost portions together, is 15 pages (not including annexes), single spaced, Time New Roman Font 11.

 

The technical proposal should include the following components:  

  1. Cover page.
  2. CV or organizational profile & institutional capacity. The applicant must present in narrative format a description of:
  • Company/individual profile (supplemental material can be placed in an annex);
  • Organizational/individual capacity to conduct the scope of work, as well as relevant experience (include 13 examples of English reports from similar studies/assignments in the annex);
  • CVs for all proposed team members (included as an annex); and
  • Names and contact information for three references who can provide evidence of the candidate’s experience performing similar tasks on related assignments.
  1. Technical proposal. The applicant should describe in the technical proposal their approach and methodology for conducting the tasks listed above. A detailed workplan including activities, timeframes, staffing, and resources should be included in the technical portion of the proposal.
  • In the approach and methodology section, the applicant should plan for field visits and also propose an alternative (remote) plan in case domestic travel is not possible due to COVID19 situation.
  1. Timeline: Include an illustrative Gantt (or similar) chart that outlines activities and sub-tasks, responsible parties, and a timeline for completion and submission of deliverables.
  2. Quotation

 

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 “Construction Sector Research Consultant” by December 8th, 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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