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UNICEF Thailand Country is seeking an individual consult to provide technical support on analysis on the possibility of withdrawing Thailand’s reservations on Article 22 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
For background and purpose of assignment, please see attachment:
Study the feasibility of withdrawing the reservation of Article 22 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and develop Policy Brief and Policy Advocacy Strategy.
The Policy Brief will review and analyze the following components:
- Interpretation of Art. 22 and the Committee on the Rights of the Child’s general comments on refugee child protection as it pertains to Thailand.
- Analysis of the Child Protection Act and other related law / policy for establishing the legal scope for protection and assistance of refugee children, identifying any gaps.
- Analysis of the situation of refugees (both in temporary shelters and urban areas) in Thailand, particularly children’s access to basic services, including child protection. This should include formal and informal practice in protection and assistance of refugee children.
- Documenting the reasons behind the government’s historical reservations to Art. 22 and on any current plans or previous attempts to withdraw those reservations.
- Comparison of the laws and policies of other countries that have no reservation on Article 22 but have not yet ratified the 1951 Refugees Convention (for example, China and Malaysia).
- Identify the necessary steps to be taken by a State when considering withdrawal of a reservation to the CRC, including documentation of Thailand’s previous withdrawal of its reservations to Articles 29 and 7.
- Recommendations to the government for steps to withdraw its reservations to Article 22, including any additional legal, policy, and guidance steps necessary to align practice with the article.
The Policy Advocacy Strategy will include:
- Identification of processes and related steps necessary for removing reservations to an article of the CRC.
- List of key actors with who to advocate.
- Structured plan for pursuing advocacy with these actors to achieve the documented steps.
- Key messages.
The consultant will be responsible for all research and analysis and will work closely with the UNICEF Child Protection Team. The consultant will manage and organize all necessary meetings with respondents. The Child Protection Team will provide technical comments and advice and may in some instances participate in meetings. The Policy Brief will be a UNICEF document and therefore final clearance on its content rests with UNICEF.
The consultant will:
- Task 1: Prepare a research and study plan and participate in a consultative meeting with the UNICEF Child Protection Team to finalize the methodology and work.
- Task 2: Prepare research tools.
- Task 3: Conduct desk review and key informant interviews and Focus Group Discussion.
- Task 4: Draft Policy Brief (with executive summary) and Policy Advocacy Strategy in English.
- Task 5: Present draft key findings and recommendation to UNICEF Child Protection Team.
- Task 6: Finalize report with executive summary.
- Task 7: Present key findings and recommendation at seminar.
Stakeholders in this analysis include:
- Thai government agencies involved in consideration of withdrawing the reservation of Art. 22 of CRC: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, National Security Council, Council of State.
- INGOs, NGOs and Civil Society Organizations that provide services and/or engage in policy advocacy.
- United Nations organizations, including UNHCR and OHCHR.
The consultant is expected to deliver the final Policy Brief with executive summary and final Policy Advocacy Strategy within 2 months during 22 April – 21 June 2019. The consultant will present the Policy Brief at Academic Seminar, which may be after 17 May 2019.
1. Deliverable: Participation in a consultative meeting with Child Protection Team to finalize the methodology and work plan for the study (Task 1)
Due Date: Within 1 week after signing the contract
2. Deliverable: Prepare inception report (Task 2)
Due Date: Within 2 weeks after signing the contract
3.1) Draft brief and strategy in English with executive summary (Task 4)
3.2) One (half-day) presentation of key findings and recommendation (Task 5)
4. Deliverable: Final Policy Brief with executive summary and final Policy Advocacy Strategy (Task 6)
Due Date: Within 2 weeks after receiving revision suggestion from Child Protection Team
5. Deliverable: Academic Seminar with Related Ministries and Stakeholders (Task 7)
Due Date: Date to be determined in consultation with Communications Team. May be after June 21.
End Product: Final Policy Brief with Executive Summary, Policy Advocacy Strategy
Estimated Duration of Contract: 42 working days within 2 months during 22 April – 21 June 2019, including one day for presentation of the brief.
Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required:
- University Degree in political science, human rights, social science, law, public administration, or related field.
- Understanding of Thai Law/Policy related to child protection and migrant/refugees and international child rights and refugee law.
- Experience in policy advocacy on human rights, humanitarian, or child protection issues is a benefit.
- Excellent writing skills in English.
- Thai languages skill is an advantage.
Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P-11, full contact information of minimum 2 references, availability, and proposed daily professional fee in USD by 28 March 2019.
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