Terms of References - National Consultant
For providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (MoOP&HRD), Government of Pakistan in the preparation of a comprehensive Model Law on Forced Labour
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ILO Conventions on forced labour, the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No.29), and the Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105), have played a key role in establishing an overarching framework to combat the practice of forced and compulsory labour. These Conventions remain among the most widely ratified ILO instruments across the globe.
Pakistan has ratified these Conventions (No.29 and No. 105) in 1957 and 1960, respectively and they have been instrumental in establishing an overarching framework to combat the practice of forced and compulsory labour in Pakistan, including bonded labour. Over the past few decades, the Government of Pakistan has adopted a series of measures to eliminate forced, compulsory and bonded labour in Pakistan. Significant efforts have been made to eliminate traditional forms of forced labour and to release and rehabilitate those workers. After the 18th Amendment in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the provincial governments have adopted provincial labour policies and labour legislation to tackle and prevent decent work deficits, including modern systems of forced labour and trafficking to abolish forced and compulsory labour in all its forms. The federal government also came up with a National Strategic Framework to Eliminate Child and Bonded Labour in Pakistan to assist the provinces. This has involved a range of legal reforms, reviews of existing mechanisms and programmes, and the development of new legislation, framing of rules of business, agreements, and sector-specific interventions. However, despite efforts, forced labour persists in Pakistan and among Pakistani migrant workers engaged in economic activities outside of Pakistan.
The current laws on forced and compulsory labour have a particular focus on bonded labour, and they are not necessarily comprehensive enough to cover the more modern forms of forced and compulsory labour. Moreover, not all provinces and territories are still in the process enacting such laws, but are relying on the laws from before the 18th Amendment and ultimately the Constitution of Pakistan, that prohibits forced labour.
As a recipient of GSP Plus status, Pakistan is committed to strengthening the application of the ratified ILO Conventions on forced labour, child labour, freedom of association and collective bargaining, non-discrimination, and equality in employment. In this regard, the MoOP&HRD has requested the ILO to extend its technical assistance to draft a stand-alone law on forced labour covering all aspects of the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29) and the Abolition of Forced labour Convention, 1957 (No 105) and potentially the provisions of the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention. While the stand-alone law may be applicable to Islamabad Capital Territory, the law may also serve as model law for other provinces and territories.
These Terms of Reference covers the assistance by a consultant to prepare such law.
This activity contributes to the Pakistan Decent Work Country Programme 2016-2020 (extended to 2022), Priority Area 3: “Strengthening compliance with International Labour Standards through Social Dialogue” and specifically Outcome 3.3 “Workers protected from unacceptable forms of work”.
Globally, this work contributes to Outcome 2 “International Labour Standards and authoritative and effective supervision” as envisaged in the ILO Programme and Budget for 2020–21.
In turn, the work would contribute to UN Strategic Development Framework 2018-2022 (Pakistan), Outcome 2 “Decent Work” and the SDG target 8.7.
Scope of the Assignment
Preparation and finalization of a draft comprehensive model law on forced labour covering all aspects of relevant ILO instruments, and with the inputs from/in consultation with ILO tripartite constituents. The assignment would take place in regular coordination and consultation with the Federal Government and the ILO.
Under the overall coordination of the ILO Country Office for Pakistan, and with technical guidance from ILO technical specialists, the consultant is expected to perform the following tasks during the assignment:
All deliverables are to be presented in English, both in electronic and hard copies of each indicated below:
The consultant will work from home and will communicate with ILO and MoOP&HRD through skype or telephone as and when required, in addition to email communication. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the consultant will be encouraged to communicate with the stakeholders through telephone or other electronic media. No face-to-face or group meetings are expected until advised by the ILO.
26 October – 25 December 2020 (25 workdays)
Consultant is required to quote a lump sum daily rate, which shall be the sole remuneration and include provision for any incidental expenses such as stenographic expenses etc. The Consultant/ External Collaborator shall not, in any circumstances, be entitled to any payments other than those expressly provided for above. DSA for approved official travel (if any) will be paid at per ILO’s rules/ policies, but at this stage, no travel is anticipated due to the pandemic.
50% on the delivery of deliverable-1, 2 and 3and acceptance thereof by the ILO. Remaining 50% on the delivery of deliverables 4, 5 and 6 and acceptance thereof by the ILO.
Qualification and Experience
The external collaborator will work in coordination with the National Project Coordinator of the Trade for Decent Work project and under the overall guidance of the Country Director, ILO Office for Pakistan. The Country Office will provide programmatic and administrative backstopping, while the Decent Work Technical Support Team for South Asia (DWT) will provide the technical backstopping.
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST SHOULD BE SUBMITTED DETAILING A WILLINGNESS TO UNDERTAKE THE WORK OUTLINED, ATTACHING A CV AND STATING A PROPOSED DAILY RATE. EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY EMAIL BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON 19 OCTOBER 2020 TO Islamabad@ilo.org
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