Research on parliamentary strategies and good practices for effective implementation of laws and policies for the prevention of child marriage

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Organization: The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development
Closing date: 12 Oct 2015

Consultancy: Research on parliamentary strategies and good practices for effective implementation of laws and policies for the prevention of child marriage and trafficking

VA open number: 2-CONS-DFAT-2015

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AFPPD seeks a consultant to conduct a research on parliamentary strategies and good practices for effective implementation of laws and policies for the prevention of child marriage and trafficking

Background

The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) is a regional non-governmental organization which serves as a coordinating body of 28 national committees of parliamentarians on population and development across Asia and the Pacific.

AFPPD seeks to generate support and cooperation among Asian and Pacific parliamentarians in the areas of population and development and related fields following guidelines provided by the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action. AFPPD is committed to action that motivates, educates, engages and mobilizes parliamentarians on issues of national importance including sexual and reproductive health and rights, including family planning and STIs/HIV/AIDS, young people, gender equality, migration, ageing and sustainable development.

As part of the Phase II Programme on Mobilizing Parliamentarians for Ending Violence against Women and Girls in Asia and Pacific, AFPPD aims to promote the documentation and sharing of good practices in the area of prevention of child marriage in South Asia and trafficking in Southeast Asia. Specifically, AFPPD aims to document a range of proven and promising interventions by individual parliamentarians that meet at least two of the following criteria: leads to an actual change, has an impact on the policy environment, demonstrates an innovative or replicable approach, or demonstrates sustainability.

The research aims to examine the gaps and needs within the implementation of laws and policies on child marriage and trafficking in countries in sub-regions where these occurrences are most prevalent. Good models of monitoring systems, such as through national and sub-national action plans on child marriage and trafficking, will be identified and assessed to encourage parliamentarians to consider how existing laws and policies can be put into action and how prevention can be better addressed in national policies and programmes. The research will provide parliamentary strategies that facilitate effective implementation. Good practices will be drawn from multiple countries, according to the strengths of their national implementation of policies and plans. A “Good Practice” could be related to parliamentary advocacy or the implementation of a programme, a project, a policy, a legislation, a strategy, an activity, etc. Good practices are not necessarily perfectly successful, but do have lessons to be learned that are useful for others.

Objective of Assignment

To review, identify, collate, analyze, synthesize and document good practices and various initiatives parliamentarians can take to strengthen legislative frameworks and facilitate effective implementation of related laws and policies on child marriage and trafficking.

Activities required to reach this output

With guidance and supervision from AFPPD, the consultant will research and document parliamentary initiatives and selected good practices on (1) child marriage in South Asia and (2) trafficking in Southeast Asia.

More specifically, the consultant is expected to:

· Research parliamentary initiatives and good practices that facilitate effective implementation of laws and polices related to child marriage and trafficking through available information and background documents received from AFPPD and national committees.

· Together with AFPPD, select good practices cases on prevention of child marriage in South Asia and trafficking in Southeast Asia.

· Collect more detail information from the informants through interviews, visits (if necessary) and document reviews including both primary legislative documents and existing analytical reviews by various development agencies and non-governmental organizations together with pieces of research from Phase I Programme.

· Write up good practices, as per guidelines provided, and share for AFPPD’s review; and

· Finalize documents, incorporating any comments or suggestions made.

Deliverables

· Ten (10) selected parliamentary initiatives and good practice documents on**child marriage**(approximately two-four pages each)

· Ten (10) selected parliamentary initiatives and good practice documents on**human trafficking**(approximately two-four pages each)

The documents must be written in English in a simple, clear, concise and easy-to-understand

Key sections/contents of the document to be produced

(a)Title of the “Good Practice”

(b)Introduction:provide the context and describe issues that were addressed, with special focus on barriers to implementation of existing laws and regulations where child marriage and trafficking related laws are already in existence:

· What was the problem addressed?

· Which population group was affected?

· How is the problem impacting on the population?

· What were the objectives?

(c)Implementation of the Practice

· What were the main activities carried out?

· When and where were the activities carried out?

· Who were the key implementers and collaborators?

· How much did it cost?

(d)Results of the Practice – Outputs and Outcomes

· What was achieved in terms of output and outcome?

· Was an assessment of the practice carried out? If yes, what was the result?

(e)Lessons Learned

· What worked well, and why – what facilitated this (key ingredients for the success)?

· What did not work well – why did it not work?

(f)Conclusion

· How have the results benefited the population?

· Why should the intervention be considered as a “Good Practice”?

(g)Recommendations

· Recommendations on parliamentary strategies and initiatives using the documented “good practices” to encourage parliamentarians to consider how existing laws and policies can be put into action and how “prevention of VAWG” and “value of girls” can be better addressed in national policies and programmes.

Timeline

The consultant is expected to work for 50 days during October and December. The final product should be delivered by the end of December 2015.

ActivityTentative Date Selection of good practice cases based on the desk search and AFPPD documents 19 October – 30 October 2015 Good practice analysis and documentation 2 November – 11 December Consultation and integrating comments 14-25 December 2015 Final documents submission 28 December 2015

Qualification of the Consultant

The Consultant should have the following qualifications:

· Master’s degree, preferably in social sciences, communications or related disciplines;

· Familiarity with the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD PoA), especially gender issues in the Asia and the Pacific context;

· Full working knowledge of English and excellent writing skills;

· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;

· Demonstrated experience in research, writing and production of documents.

· Good skills and ability to work with people from different countries; Familiarity with parliamentary functions and procedures or experience working with policy makers and/or in policy advocacy is an asset.

How to apply:

Submission of Application

Interested candidates should submit the following documents:

· Cover letter introducing the applicant and highlighting the skills and competencies for this consultancy assignment;

· Proposal for the consultancy assignment with methodology and budget;

· Full CV in English;

· Professional References (minimum of three, with complete contact information); and

· A short sample of a previous publication.

All applications should be submitted as PDF or MS Word attachments to vacancies@afppd.org no later than 12 October, 2015 (Bangkok time). Please ensure that the email subject line is stated as “Consultancy: Research on parliamentary strategies and good practices on child marriage and trafficking

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