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National Consultant: Researcher: Research and Documentation in Bangladesh
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Dhaka, BANGLADESH|
|Application Deadline :||23-Jun-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1st July 2018 – 31stOctober 2018 (20 working days)|
UN Women is committed to creating improved conditions of work for marginalized groups of women migrant workers, workers in the informal sector, and home-based workers. By designing and planning interventions that create fair and decent employment for women migrant workers across Asia through the provision of safe migration and by strengthening and safeguarding the processes and protocols which would better the working conditions and provisions offered.
Since 2001, UN Women’s Regional Programme on Empowering Women Migrant Workers in Asia has been advocating for the protection and promotion of the rights of women migrant workers in the region and has successfully contributed to key replicable results in protecting and empowering women migrant workers. The current project on ‘Empowerment of Women Migrant Workers in South Asia through Implementation of Standard Terms of Employment’ is being implemented by UN Women under the support of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation(SDC). The project is being implemented in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka through UN Women respective Country Offices, and coordinated at the regional level with countries of destination in the Middle East.
The project has engaged with national governments and CSOs on discussions of gender responsive guidance on employment contracts for women migrant domestic workers. It has been working through line ministries and relevant departments including the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment, Immigration Department and Labour Wing, among others. The implementation process is moving forward in partnership with regional civil society networks including Migration Forum in Asia(MFA) and international organizations, namely IOM and ILO. The focus of this initiative is on the promotion and implementation of gender-sensitive guidance on employment contracts, as this is a serious gap in the legal and normative framework governing the rights of the women migrant workers.
However, only a few agreements focus on women migrant workers and particularly on women domestic workers. Two of the notable ones are: the Bangladesh–Jordan memorandum (2012) that provides Bangladeshi domestic workers with protection and rights under the labour law of Jordan; and the Bangladesh-Saudi Arabia memoranda (2015) that focuses on the recruitment of domestic service workers . There has been a recent amendment of contract between Bangladesh- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) that adopted a number of terms of employment for the protection of rights of domestic service workers. However, implementation of these terms of employment is a significant challenge.
The Platform provides the following capabilities:
There is a need to better understand the potential of the platform for strengthening and streamlining recruitment and employment procedures for women migrant domestic workers, and in equipping women with the information needed to better understand their rights, and raise complaints through appropriate channels when those rights are violated. An analysis of gaps, opportunities and good practices from MUSANED can therefore also be used to support the Government of Bangladesh to identify transferable good practices from Musaned that might be applied in other migration corridors.
UN Women is seeking the services from a highly qualified international researcher to:
The National consultant will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh and work at the UN Women Office as required. Travel costs and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for authorized travel outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh will be provided as required.
Duties and Responsibilities
Overall Purpose and Specific Objectives: The overall purpose of this study is to conduct Gender Equality Analysis of online recruiting system (e.g. MUSANED) and intergovernmental mechanisms (BLAs, MOUs) to protect and promote the rights of women migrant domestic workers in Bangladesh-Middle East corridors.
Specific objectives of the study:
2. Conduct a review of the MUSANED platform to:
Scope of the work and main responsibilities:
Objective 1. Conduct a gender analysis of existing BLAs, MoUs and associated terms of employment signed between Government of Bangladesh and respective destination countries, including:
Objective 2. Conduct an in-depth review of the MUSANED platform to address the needs of women migrant workers and recommend ways to expand or develop this platform, including:
Tasks & Deliverables & Target dates:
2. Gather information, case stories, data through one to one, FGD and interview with key stakeholders through intensive field visit to
3.Support to organize Expert Group meeting for sharing the research findings to gather inputs before finalization. (national consultant to
Required Skills and Experience
Submission of application
All applications must include (as an attachment) the CV and the financial proposal. Applications without financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
. “Personal History Form - P 11” can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employme
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.