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Consultant - Labor Migration Policy Status Review

Terms of Reference: Labor Migration Policy Status Review

POSITION: Consultant

DURATION: Mid November 2018 - January 2019

REPORTS TO: Deputy Chief of Party, USAID Thailand Counter Trafficking in Persons


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. The Thai labor migration policy review aims to promote a shared understanding of labor migration-related policies among the CTIP community in Thailand and sending countries to better communicate these policies to migrants and potential migrants and eventually to enhance the protection of the rights of trafficked persons and at-risk populations.


The Thai labor migration policy review will outline and analyze current migration and trafficking-related laws and decrees, and other legal instruments issued by the Royal Thai Government (RTG) such as policy, regulations, action plan, constitutional amendment, strategy and regulation, as well as declarations and conventions to which the RTG is a signatory (e.g. Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, ASEAN Convention against Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children (ACTIP)). The policy review will gather information from stakeholders including civil society, private sector, the RTG at both national and sub national level, as well as at risk populations including migrants and ethnic minorities, to assess the situation from various angle.


1. Develop a detailed policy review/research design and timeline outlining proposed methodology, research questions, data collections tools, and final report structure.

2. Conduct desk research and interviews with key informants to summarize current migration and trafficking-related laws, decrees, conventions and declarations and assess their effectiveness as well as existing gaps in relation to meeting the existing needs and vulnerabilities of each at risk population. Highlight ways in which the migration and trafficking-related policies, or absence of any policies, affect groups differently, such as men, women, LGBTQI and ethnic minorities.

3. Assess level of access to and/or inclusion of the above mentioned stakeholders in the labor migration policy-making process. Identify and outline opportunities to improve communication on migration-related policies among the CTIP community in Thailand, particularly migrants from sending countries. This should include identifying existing communications platforms that already are (or could be) used by both at risk populations and CTIP organizations (including the private sector and NGO counterparts in Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos) to obtain and disseminate migration policy updates.

4. Provide conclusions and recommendations to inform the project’s advocacy strategy for recommended changes within labor migration mechanisms that can reduce human trafficking and promote inclusiveness, gender equality, non-discrimination and other positive outcomes for labor migrants in Thailand.


Milestone  Deliverable  Tentative Due Date 
1 Submission of labor migration policy review design including timeline, research questions , data collections tools, and methodology November 30
2 Submission of the first draft of the policy review report January 11th
3 Submission of the final draft of the policy review report January 31st 


The Researcher should meet the following minimum requirements:

• Advanced degree or a combination of bachelor’s degree with work experience in public policy, law, political science, human rights, human trafficking, or other related fields

• Knowledge or understanding of social, economic and political context governing anti-trafficking and migration issues in Thailand

• Knowledge of laws and regulations pertinent to labor migration and human trafficking in Thailand

• Strong research and analytical skills with a proven ability to publish concise, focused and easily understood reports

• Proven ability to work independently to produce high-quality deliverables under tight deadlines

• Excellent interpersonal communication skills and able to demonstrate respect for people with diversity

• Proficiency in written English.


Applicants should send their expression of interest to and submit a current resume, cover letter and 3 reference contacts with the subject “Labor Migration Policy Status Review” by November 7th, 2018. 

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