Consultant, Best Practices for Community Engagement to Address Forced Labor - Bangkok

Long-term contract
Localisation Bangkok, Thailand
Partial remote possible
5 yrs of exp.
Posted on 06-28-2024

International Justice Mission

International Justice Mission (IJM) 's vision is to rescue millions, protect half a billion and make justice unstoppable.

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Scope and Objectives

The purpose of this consultancy is to inform the development of effective community engagement interventions for IJM’s justice system strengthening program and country projects on forced labor in Asia-Pacific.

The overall objective of this consultancy is ‘to document learning and best practices on community engagement to inform the development of effective community engagement interventions for IJM’s justice system strengthening program on forced labor in Asia-Pacific.’

The Specific Objectives Of The Assignment Are

  • Document past and existing practices within IJM’s APAC forced labor program and projects on community engagement to address forced labor.
  • Document best practices in community engagement in external forced labor, anti-trafficking, or similar initiatives.
  • Provide recommendations for the design of effective community engagement interventions that can address forced labor.

The primary stakeholder for this consultancy is IJM’s program teams working to strengthen Public Justice Systems (PJS) and mobilize and engage communities in justice system strengthening projects in source and destination communities for migrant and vulnerable workers in Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, and eventually the Philippines. However, the consultancy outputs will be shared more broadly among IJM’s other programs and with external stakeholders as appropriate.

Key Responsibilities

  • Document past and existing practices on community engagement being implemented by IJM’s country teams and implementing partners and assess the effectiveness of each. This will also include the links to interventions in other dimensions of IJM’s protection model and how community engagement supports these interventions and vice-versa, particularly the synergies with the survivor leadership, advocacy, and casework dimensions. This will be done through visits and consultations with IJM’s country teams and partners as well as communities and survivor leaders where feasible in program countries.
  • Conduct a literature review to draw out best practices for community engagement in forced labor, labor trafficking, or similar programs in the region and globally.
  • Distil and identify key components for effective community engagement interventions in forced labor / labor trafficking projects, particularly in IJM’s forced labor program countries.
  • Make recommendations to strengthen the effectiveness of existing interventions and to guide the design and development of new interventions that are viable in the contexts IJM works in.

Expected Outputs

  • An inception report and discussion with IJM on the proposed methodology, approach, timeline, and report structure.
  • Brief country-specific reports on past and existing practices on community engagement and an assessment of their effectiveness.
  • An overall draft report with best practices, key components, case studies, and recommendations for IJM’s forced labor program to design and develop effective community engagement interventions.
  • A presentation to IJM teams and implementing partners on the findings and recommendations of the consultancy.
  • A final report incorporating IJM’s inputs and feedback, with the country-specific reports included as annexes.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Demonstrated understanding and experience (minimum of 5 years) in:
  • Best practices in community empowerment and participatory approaches in development programming (anti-trafficking or labor rights programming desirable).
  • Participatory approaches to elicit stakeholder perspectives and feedback.
  • Knowledge and understanding of government structures and public justice systems in Southeast Asia.
  • Knowledge and understanding of approaches and best practices to address forced labor or labor trafficking preferable.
  • Connections with local consultants in each country that can support the assignment with language/interpretation and other inputs.