Empowering CSOs for Decent work and Green bricks in India’s brick kilns
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 Building and Implementing effective mechanisms to promote rights of brick kiln workers vis-a-vis the National and Multilateral Institutions, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org on or before September 7, 2018 along with a detailed Proposal and Cost Plan based on the Terms of Reference given below:
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. Decent work, social protection, eradication of poverty, diversity at work and social inclusion are mutually interdependent and reinforcing.
Aspects of precariousness, insecurity and discrimination intrinsic to employment in the brick kilns necessitate the need for a meaningful engagement by the CSOs. Focus will be on building the capacities of Partners, CSOs, worker organisations engaged in the project to promote rights of brick kiln workers through engagement at all levels. Using the module developed as part of this assignment, CSO capacity will be built on how to develop and implement effective strategies for promoting rights of brick kiln workers in line with the mechanisms developed by national and Multilateral Institutions. Focus will be placed on ensuring that the strategy is participatory and inclusive, reflecting the aims and position of the beneficiaries.
We intend to enhance capacities of CSO as well as workers organisations through structured trainings. The trainings intend to integrate elements of effective mechanisms for promoting rights, planning and implementation, the different local, state, national and international mechanisms available and how to use these to ensure change in the national setting. In addition to building CSO capacity, training and materials will also focus on how to build and support communities/brick kiln collectives in understanding their rights, ensuring greater participation in local, state and national affairs, promoting inclusion, empowerment and sustainability.
The training manual must be developed for CSOs and worker leaders through a consultative process including partners and other stakeholder, to be facilitated by the contracting authority. The manual must contain both training modules and a practical handbook to be used in the field by CSOs and Worker Leaders, on how to undertake planning and implementation for effective actions to promote rights, the different local, state, national and international mechanisms available and how to use these to ensure change in the national setting.
The manual must be 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.
In addition to building CSO capacity in planning and implementing mechanisms for promoting rights of workers, the training and materials will also focus on how to build and support communities/brick kiln collectives to promote their rights, ensuring greater participation in local, state and national affairs, promoting inclusion, empowerment and sustainability. To carry out the above, training and capacity building sessions will be organised throughout the project period, as well as individual mentoring sessions for the selected CSOs/worker collectives.
With reference to conducting effective actions on promoting rights at all levels, information developed will outline how to use a number of mechanisms including (i) United Nations Universal Periodic Review mechanism; (ii) ILO mechanisms (iii) United Nations Special Procedures; (iv) other multilateral mechanisms, including using the Organisation for Economic Development Guidelines for Multinational Corporations and the Indian National Contact Point.
The module on mechanisms for promoting rights will cover how to ensure change at all levels, both local, national and international. The module will cover practical steps on how to develop and implement an effective strategy, as well as specific information on relevant bodies and mechanisms that can be used at different levels of government towards promoting rights and entitlement of brick kiln workers. The module will also include steps on how to ensure that the process 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 promote their rights and needs themselves.
Development of training tools for Training CSOs, partners and Worker organisations will involve:
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.