Gaya District, Bihar, Child Trafficking Prevention - Program Advisor

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Country: India
Organization: The Freedom Fund
Closing date: 12 Feb 2021

About the Freedom Fund

The Freedom Fund (www.freedomfund.org) is a leader in the global movement to end slavery. It:

  • invests in those countries and sectors with the greatest incidence of slavery.
  • analyses which interventions work best and shares that knowledge.
  • brings together a community of activists committed to ending slavery and empowered by the knowledge of how best to do so.
  • generates funding by demonstrating how effective interventions can protect those at risk of being enslaved and free those in slavery.

The Freedom Fund now has programs in India (Bihar, UP, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu), Ethiopia, Thailand, Nepal, Brazil and Myanmar. It currently supports and funds over 140 partners in these regions, the vast majority of which are frontline, community-based NGOs.

About the consultancy

This is a demanding and creative role for an individual who is determined to prevent children from being trafficked, and to help government and civil society to support better futures for these children. Initially, it will be a one-year appointment, but we hope to be able to extend the project. The successful candidate will support the work of an NGO that is based in Gaya District, Bihar to ensure that statutory Child Protection Committees at all levels are functioning to identify and protect children at risk. The work will include liaising with the Gaya District and Bihar government to enable use of its systems of child protection. S/he will be based in or near to Gaya district spending at least 50% time in the field supporting the partner’s work, as part of a wider team of program advisors based in India. The consultant will be an independent contractor to the Freedom Fund and not an employee. The consultant is not eligible for employee-related benefits, and is expected to provide their own workspace to successfully carry out the deliverables listed below.

About the program

The consultancy is a new role within an initiative started in 2018 - Child Labour Free Jaipur - to tackle the problem of child trafficking from Bihar to Rajasthan, as well as local child labour in Jaipur. In Jaipur, there is a large concentration of children trapped in hazardous workshops, producing bangles, embroidery, sarees and fashion jewellery, as well as in other forms of child labour across the city. Most of the trafficked children are from Bihar. In the workshops, many are forced to work for up to 15 hours a day in difficult conditions, leading to long-term damage to their physical and mental health.

Driven by a dynamic, expert team alongside a cluster of committed NGOs, and with engagement from Rajasthan and Bihar governments, Child Labour Free Jaipur (CLFJ) is achieving major changes. The overall hotspot program has the following components:

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  • Strengthening partnership with government against child labour and trafficking. This includes better care and counselling of rescued children in Jaipur, full documentation, and improved repatriation of children, mostly to Bihar.**
  • Improved reintegration support for children, back in home villages, ensuring they are not re-trafficked. We support 4 NGOs in Bihar who visit approx. 900 returned children regularly, helping their families to access economic entitlements, enrolling children in school, and following up their applications for compensation from the authorities.**
  • Building resistance to child labour in local communities in Jaipur. This includes improved access to incomes and entitlements, increasing enrolment, and building awareness about the harm caused by child labour. We support local families to move away from child labour in their homes as well as rejecting workshops that exploit trafficked children.**
  • Strengthening systems to increase successful prosecutions against traffickers. Jaipur has brought the impunity of traffickers to an end, with six convictions since Sept 2019, four of these with life imprisonment. CLFJ supports the police and judiciary to ensure better evidence collection, support for child witnesses, and legal assistance for the prosecutions.**
  • Partnering with leading business champions and industry associations, helping business supply chains to shift away from use of child labour.**

Key Deliverables

Within the overall program described above, and working closely with the CLFJ Bihar Reintegration Program Advisor and our NGO partner in Gaya, the Child Trafficking Prevention Advisor will be responsible for the following outcomes:
1. Activating Panchayat Level and Ward Level Child Protection Committees in several targeted blocks, to prevent children being trafficked:

Village level and Ward level CPCs are the lowest level of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme and they include headteachers, elected local officials, village health and childcare workers, youth leaders and community members. While connecting the CPCs to oversight by the District Child Protection Office, the Advisor will ensure that:

  • The NGO partner is providing intensive training, accompaniment and monitoring of the effective functioning of CPCs and supporting village-based volunteers to help in each location.
  • CPCs are systematically identifying returned trafficked children, and children most at risk, helping their families access services and entitlements.
  • There is a strong emphasis on ending discrimination against mahadalit children within all statutory services, and that the CPCs are focusing on their needs.
  • Collectives of trafficking survivors and individuals from affected families are supported to set priorities in their villages, for preventing exploitation of children.*2. Supporting effective delivery of rights and entitlements by Gaya District:*

To help with this, the project will maintain an online, realtime monitoring dashboard, showing the progress of Panchayat level CPCs in the targeted blocks towards functionality. This tool will help local and state government gain visibility on the duty performance of each department, i.e. by tracking the entitlement applications against actual delivery. The Advisor will:

  • Meet regularly with DCPO and other relevant departments to help resolve challenges of service delivery and jointly review the data on performance.
  • Support groups of trafficking survivors and their allies to meet with officials to urge for the required improvements.*3. Ensuring every returned trafficked child is reintegrated with follow up support, upholding their rights and supporting recovery, as well as access to justice.*

In addition to supporting the empowerment of CPCs and Gaya District’s child protection system, the Advisor will work with CLFJ’s Bihar Reintegration Advisor across multiple districts where children rescued in Jaipur are being returned. This will include:

  • Supporting NGO field staff and management, as they undertake home assessments and follow up visits towards the CLFJ reintegration standards.
  • Ensuring accurate and pro-active case management, including uploading data on Pathways digital case management system.
  • Helping survivors who wish to pursue their cases to access legal justice, preparing them to give their testimony, including supporting the logistics for travel to Jaipur or for video testimony.
  • Liaising with police and district legal services authorities to ensure witness protection is provided and that whenever possible, the whole trafficking chain is investigated.
  • Contribute to relevant training programs for officials as well as for over 40 NGO partner reintegration field staff, as needed.*4. Wider program support*

  • Ensure high quality narrative and impact data reporting is provided by the local partner, by checking and helping to improve their reporting. Help to address any financial weaknesses.

  • Contribute to strategic development of the program, as part of the CLFJ 7-person team.

  • Ensure that all hotspot program activities are consistent with Freedom Fund standards of quality, safeguarding and protection of human rights.

  • Contribute to research, M&E and other support as directed.

Qualifications, experience and personal attributes

The Freedom Fund seeks an energetic, committed Program Advisor, able to bring to life the last mile protections for some of the most vulnerable children in India. The PA will need to overcome practical challenges on their own initiative within a challenging environment, and operate with a consistently high level of professionalism. Essential

  • At least 4 years of directly relevant experience, including:
  • Involvement in implementing essential support to vulnerable individuals/households
  • Significant time working in marginalised communities
  • Working with local organisations to strengthen their actions
  • Working closely with government bodies to ensure access to rights and entitlements – both in individual cases and to help make systemic improvements in delivery
  • Awareness of the legal framework for labour standards and knowledge of the systems for child protection in India.
  • Masters degree (e.g. MSW, Master in Rural Development or relevant degree) or equivalent.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (especially Word and Excel).
  • Entitled to work in India, and residing in or near Gaya district (or willing to move there).
  • Team player committed to the Freedom Fund’s values and passionate about human rights especially for children.
  • Ability to work respectfully while accompanying local partner organisations and seeking to strengthen their performance and their accountability to the communities.
  • Ability to build relationships with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds – from survivors of bonded labour to senior government officials.
  • Detail oriented, with ability to manage, track and organise data, including numerical data.
  • Ability to work independently (including undertaking own administration), displaying strong initiative and self-motivation in solving day-to-day problems.
  • Flexibility in working hours and willingness for frequent travel and field work (within Bihar).
  • Excellent oral and written English and Hindi communication skills (local dialects, an advantage).
  • Strong group facilitation and listening skills.

Compensation

  • US$17,000 – US$18,500 per annum, depending on experience.
  • 33 days of annual leave, inclusive of national holidays.
  • US$500 per annum for health insurance.

How to apply:

Applications should be submitted in English and include a CV, cover letter (maximum one page) and contact details of two professional referees, one of which must be the applicant’s current / most recent line manager or current / most recent Head of HR.

Please send applications by email in PDF format to jobs@freedomfund.org, including ‘‘Gaya Child Trafficking Prevention Advisor’’ in the subject line before 5pm IST on 12 February 2021. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis before then.

Please note that only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please. No agencies please.

The Freedom Fund is an equal opportunities employer. In line with our values of respect, agility and excellence, we value the strength of a diverse workforce and encourage applications from people with disabilities, minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBT+ and from different socio-economic backgrounds. Applicants must be eligible to work in India. The Freedom Fund is committed to the importance of meaningful survivor inclusion and leadership. As such, particular consideration will be given to applicants with lived experience of trafficking and/or bonded labour.

The Freedom Fund prioritises safeguarding. As part of our commitment to the protection of children and vulnerable people in our work, any offer of consultancy with the Freedom Fund will be subject to satisfactory background checks to help ensure we recruit only those who are suitable to work with children and vulnerable persons. These checks include criminal records checks, satisfactory references, and checks against the Office of Foreign Assets Control data list (OFAC] which highlights any connections to terrorism or trafficking. Any offer will only be made following successful background checks and receipt of satisfactory references by former employers. Such checks may be updated periodically during the course of the consultancy. By submitting a formal application, you agree to the Freedom Fund carrying out these checks.



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