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Consultancy: Baseline study for the "Helping Protect Armenians' Rights Together" project
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Grade: Consultancy, Unspecified
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Job Description

Consultancy

No.: EXCOLL/YEREVAN/2021/02
Publication date: 14 October 2021
Application deadline (midnight Moscow time): 20 October 2021

Job ID: 6791
Department: RO-Europe and Central Asia
Organization Unit: DWT/CO-Moscow

The ILO is issuing a call for expressions of interest for external collaborators to carry out a baseline study for "Helping Protect Armenians' Rights Together" project who wish to be included in a consultancy database currently being compiled by the the ILO DWT and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Interested consultants are invited to submit their application on-line in order to establish their profile in the database from which they may be considered for consultancy opportunities that may arise. Inclusion in the database does not guarantee a contract with the ILO. You will be contacted directly by the concerned office if preselected.

Candidates also applying for fixed-term employment positions with the ILO are encouraged to respond to this call for expression of interest if they so wish.

The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. If you are unable to complete our online application form due to a disability, please send an email to ilojobs@ilo.org

Introduction

The International Labour Organization (ILO) seeks a consultant to:
• Carry out a baseline study for the “Helping Protect Armenians’ Rights Together” project. In particular, the study will be focused on the third Long-term Outcome (LTO): “Active participation of social partners in promotion of compliance and access to remedies”;
• Produce baseline values of indicators at start of project for the LTO specified above;
• Present a methodology that allows using the same approach to measure change of the indicators at the end of the project.

The work is to be carried out in the framework of the ILO development cooperation project Helping Protect Armenians’ Rights Together. The project is funded by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL), and the consultancy will run from 25 October to 27 December 2021.

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Background

The ILO Helping Protect Armenians’ Rights Together project aims to build a strategic compliance system in Armenia. Within the framework of the project, the ILO will provide tailored advice and tools to support labour market institutions to build a strategic compliance system, going beyond the traditional enforcement model. The ILO recognizes that there is a direct link between 1) high performing labour market institutions (labour inspectorate, courts, and workers’ and employers’ organizations); 2) the protection of labour rights; and 3) the rule of law. It is therefore fundamentally important to enable workers’ and employers’ organizations to enter into a constructive dialogue and possess the technical knowledge and abilities for promoting labour laws and standards.
In assisting Armenia in improving the government’s enforcement and promotion of labour rights, the project will simultaneously work on the achievement of three inter-related outcomes.
• LTO 1: Improved systems in the appropriate government institutions for enforcing and promoting Armenia’s labour laws and standards in the mining and services sectors;
• LTO 2: Increased access to judicial and non-judicial remedies related to labour laws and standards;
• LTO 3: Active participation of social partners in promotion of compliance and access to remedies.
The baseline study will be focused on the LTO 3 specified above. Underlying the ILO’s work is the importance of cooperation between governments and social partners, i.e., employers’ and workers’ organizations in fostering social and economic progress. In Armenia, ILO works closely with the Confederation of Trade Unions of Armenia (CTUA) and Republican Union of Employers of Armenia (RUEA) and their affiliates to promote workplace compliance. In the framework of this project, the active participation is defined as “the own initiatives of the social partners to promote compliance and access to remedies.”

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Objective of the Assignment

The overall objective of this consultancy is to carry out a baseline study for the LTO 3 of the project: “Active participation of social partners in promotion of compliance and access to remedies.” It is expected that the consultant will produce baseline values for the following indicators presented in the Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) of the project.
1. Percentage of workers’ and employers' organizations participating in project activities that promote compliance and access to remedies;
2. Number of tools available to workers, employers and their representatives in the target mining and service sectors;
3. Number of social partners who report increased motivation to promote workplace compliance following project support.
The consultant will also propose and develop methodologies, including data collection tools, to measure each of the above-mentioned indicators: The methodology of each indicator should allow using the same approach to measure the change for the indicator at the end of the project.

Scope of Work

The findings from the study should be generalized with confidence to the population of interest, i.e., CTUA and RUEA and their affiliates’ members. The consultant should propose a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods to provide a robust understanding of the dynamics of change that can be attributed to project interventions. Different methodologies can be used for the different indicators. Gender equality considerations will be integrated into the methodology development, data collection and analysis.

1st step – Desk review

The Consultant is expected to analyse secondary data, namely project document package and relevant materials/reports on issues related to compliance with labour law and access to remedies.

2nd step – Methodology and corresponding data collection tools for the three indicators

The proposed methodology shall include information on following elements:
• Data collection methods: This might include interviews, focus group discussions, observations; surveys; checklists, case studies, etc.;
• Proposed sampling approach;
• Tools for the data collection;
• Quality control measures.

3rd step – Data collection and analyses

The data collection and analysis plans should be shared with the ILO team beforehand. If the data is collected by other persons, the consultant should present that appropriate training is provided to the data collectors and they adhere to international standards for research. The consultant should also field test all data collection instruments and adjust if required. Datasets and/or interview transcripts should be provided the ILO. When relevant and appropriate the data will be disaggregated by gender.

4th step – Reporting and finalization

The consultant will present the draft report including desk review summary, produced baseline values and detailed description of the methodology. The findings will be presented to stakeholders for feedback, as required. The consultant will then revise/finalize the report to incorporate comments from ILO and other key stakeholders and submit the final report to the ILO.

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Reporting Lines

The Consultant’s work will be overseen by the Project Coordinator and M&E Officer and inputs will be provided by the Programme and Operations Team of the Labour Administration, labour inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch in ILO Headquarters in Geneva.

Deliverables

The following are the deliverables from the Consultant, which will be subject to review and approval of the ILO:
1. Plan of work, including tentative approach;
2. Proposed methodology, including data collection tools to measure change for each of the three indicators;
3. Datasets in SPSS or Excel and Interview transcripts;
4. Draft assessment report, including desk review summary, produced baseline values and detailed description of the methodology;
5. Presentation of draft report, including each of the above sections, to stakeholders for feedback as required; and
6. Final report incorporating comments from ILO and key stakeholders, as appropriate. The report must be no longer than 20 pages (excluding annexes), including a 1–2 page executive summary. The report must be in English.
All reports and documentation generated under this assignment will be delivered in electronic format (both as Word and PDF files) and they will remain the property of the ILO.

Timeline

The contract for this work will begin on 25 October and end on 27 December 2021. It is estimated that the work will take a total of 25 working days, accounting for the following:

Task Estimated work-days
Desk review 3
Draft methodology and data collection tools to measure change for the indicators 3
Data collection 7
Data analysis 3
Report writing 4
Revise draft report to incorporate comments from ILO 2
Preparation for and presentation of draft report to stakeholders 1
Revise and finalise draft report to incorporate comments from ILO and key stakeholders 2
Total 25
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Required qualifications

Education

Advanced degree in social science, sociology or other relevant field.

Experience

At least 7 years of experience in M&E systems and data collection tools development. Experience collaborating with the ILO or any other relevant international body would an advantage.

Languages

Fluency in Armenian and English.

Competencies

In addition to the ILO core competencies, this position requires:

Technical

Expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods and triangulation of data;
Excellent analytical and communication skills;
Knowledge of issues related to compliance with labour law and access to remedies.

Proposal Submission

Interested candidates intending to submit an expression of interest must supply the following information:

Via ILO Jobs by clicking Apply button and feeding into the necessary information to the system directly

• A brief cover letter describing of how the candidate’ enterprise skills, qualifications and experience are relevant to the assignment;
• A CV highlighting previous assignments that are relevant to the context and subject matter of this assignment;
• The names and contact details of two referees;

Applicants also will be required to send the following documents to the email harutyunyana@ilo.org

• Technical Proposal (no more than 6 pages), which description of tentative approach/methodology to complete the assignment;
• A financial Proposal with the candidate’s daily professional fees expressed in AMD, shown on the basis of working days specified above;
• Two reports/documents relevant to this assignment where the applicant was the lead author.

Recruitment process

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

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