Request for Proposals - Preparation of Training Manual on Decent Work

Call for Proposals - Preparation of Training Manual on Decent work, social protection, eradication of poverty, diversity at work and social inclusion

Empowering CSOs for Decent work and Green bricks in India’s brick kilns

'' Preparation of Training Manual on Decent work, social protection, eradication of poverty, diversity at work, financial literacy, social inclusion and advocacy

The Call

Centre for Education and Communication, as a labour resource Centre, is committed to protect the rights of unorganised and migrant workers. CEC undertakes research, designs campaigns and advocates on the issues of labour rights. It brings to the centre of debates key concepts, ideas and policies that helps to enhance dignified and sustainable livelihood options for workers, in particular the informal workers and small producers.

CEC invites applications from consultants having proven expertise and experience in the Development of Training Tools on Decent work conditions for Brick Kiln workers, which will be used for providing training to brick kiln workers and representatives of civil society organisations.

If you feel you are the right candidate, please submit your application by e-mail to on or before May 30, 2017 along with a detailed Proposal and Cost Plan based on the Terms of Reference given below:

The Context

ILO’s Declaration of Philadelphia, talks about conditions of "freedom and dignity, of economic security and equal opportunity" in which "all human beings, irrespective of race, creed or sex, can pursue both their material well-being and their spiritual development". This, in the context of the brick kilns, points at the need to emphasise the UN Slavery Convention 1926, and UN Supplementary Convention 1956 and ILO’s fundamental principles and rights at workplace - freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; effective abolition of child labour; and elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. Further, explicating Decent Work ILO notes that decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives. It involves opportunities for work that are productive and deliver fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men. This project reemphasises this perspective and takes forward the decent work agenda in the brick kilns.

Aspects of precariousness, insecurity and discrimination intrinsic to employment in the brick kilns necessitate the need for a meaningful engagement by the CSOs. Decent work, social protection, eradication of poverty, diversity at work and social inclusion are mutually interdependent and reinforcing.

We intend to enhance CSO capacities as well as workers organisations through structured trainings on decent work. The trainings intend to integrate elements of workers’ access to education, skills, health care, social security, gender rights, social and legal protections, occupational safety and health, along with fundamental rights at work and decent work opportunities.

Preparation of training manual

The training manual must be developed for CSOs and worker leaders through a consultative process including partners and other stakeholder. The manual must contain the following modules, prepared in practical way, in a language that people will understand – so that people can take them away with them and use them in the field:

1.     Labour rights – this module will include legal entitlements of workers, especially right to organise and bargain collectively, non-discrimination at work, against forced labour, bonded labour and child labour, payment of wages, minimum wages, overtime, weekly rest, right to have certain facilities including sanitation facilities, regulation of advances and deductions, rights of migrant workers and role of recruitment agent etc.

2.     Safe work – this module will explain what is occupational health and safety (how is it more than accident prevention), why do we need to be safe, basic messages on safety at the brick kilns, body and how it is exposed to risks and hazards, what to do to protect, use of personal protective equipment, basic techniques to handle weight/keep one- self protected.

3.     Entitlements and social protection – this module will cover the available social security schemes, social protection and entitlements. It will explain how to link up with existing entitlement such as the PDS, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Old age pension, aaganwadi, benefits under the BOWCC including educational scholarship for children, accidental and injury allowance etc

4.     Gender rights – this module will emphasise on equality and rights of women workers. it will explain the concept of gender and sex, men and women’s work, their role in the kilns, what are the stereotypes and how they can be broken, unremunerated work of women and girls in brick kilns and in household, care and subsistence activities, gender equality, gender discrimination, role of men and boys in promoting gender equality, women’s right to be paid wages for the work, equal pay for work of equal value (as men), non-discrimination in assignment of work/wages, health protection at the workplace, right to maternity leave, maternity benefits, protection of job, right to have crèche facility for babies and small children, safety at workplace and prevention of sexual harassment/gender-based violence.

5.     Child rights – this module will elaborate on rights of children, rights of young girls and boys, gender issues in child labour, right to education, access to skills training, how can children help parents (what they can do and what they should not), why children should not work, short and long term impact of child labour, hazardous child work, impact of hazardous child work, punitive actions for engaging child labour, implications for children of parents being bonded, unpaid child work etc..

6.     Right of representation and forming collectives – this module will emphasise on how CSOs can sensitise workers to organise, what is a collective, what is strength of numbers/collective voice and representation, role of members and leaders, concept of freedom of association, collective bargaining, social dialogue, role of trade union leaders etc. What are constraints to organizing? What to do when things go wrong? Complaints procedures, labour inspectors, DVCs, role of DM, courts and legal processes and recourse, compensation/payment of wage arrears, BL release and rehabilitation and child labour remedies.

7.     Financial literacy – this module will explain to the workers basics about savings and spending, household financial management/simple budgeting for income and expenses; credit (loans and advances), borrowing from banks/borrowing within limits/why repay loans in time, calculation of interest rates/why not moneylenders; risk and risk management, insurance for life, crop/livestock, health; use of formal banking channels vis-a-vis the institutional sources.

8.     Safe migration - the module on safe migration will cover all the topics mentioned above in a concise form. In addition, it will cover possibilities and challenges of working in kilns - the role of agents, areas of caution and rights, who to contact during an emergency etc., legal provisions and the idea of Labour Exchange.

9.     Advocacy – local, state, national and international - The module on advocacy will cover how to advocate for change at all levels of government, including at the international level. The module will cover practical steps on how to develop and implement an effective advocacy strategy, as well as specific information on relevant bodies and mechanisms that can be used at different levels of government. The module include steps on how to ensure the advocacy is participatory and inclusive, reflecting the aims and views of the beneficiaries, particularly those traditionally excluded, as well as a section on developing community/worker skills and confidence to advocate for their needs themselves. This module will feed into Activity 4.3, capacity building for CSOs on international advocacy.

Responsibilities of the Consultant

Development of training tools for Training in Worker Skill Development Centre involve

        conducting need assessment survey, if required

        developing training tools and/or curriculum for Skill Development Training incorporating graphic designs keeping in mind the theoretical and practical components and the previous non-experience of potential workers in skill development training activities

        revising training tools in consultation with the Contracting Authority and the Worker Skill Development Centre

        making available the final training tools / curriculum in English and Hindi

        participating in the execution of skill development training as required by the Skill Development Centre and making necessary modifications

Required Skills, Availability of Resources and experience

        Advanced prior theoretical and practical knowledge in brick kiln technology and its application

        Prior experience in development of training tools with focus on brick kilns

        Prior experience in imparting training to brick entrepreneurs of brick workers


CEC is open to a competitive remuneration in line with NGO payment norms. The payment will be disbursed, upon submission of the deliverables set in the ToR and approval by the designated authority of CEC that the services have been satisfactorily performed.




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