Child Labour Specialist, Bangkok, Thailand

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Thailand

City: Bangkok, Thailand

Office: FAO ROAP Bangkok

Closing date: Monday, 5 April 2021


Child Labour Specialist

Job Posting: 15/Mar/2021

Closure Date: 05/Apr/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : RAPr

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Thailand-Bangkok

Duration : Up to 11 months

Post Number : N/A

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Organizational Setting

The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) is responsible for leading FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at Headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO’s strategic response to regional priorities.

Poverty and hunger are different but connected. RAP contributes to FAO’s strategic programme on reducing rural poverty through different regional initiatives. FAO is taking a broader view to tackling rural poverty. Our programmes and policy guidance focus on the following areas to address and improve the many different factors that contribute to poverty. Worldwide and in Asia, most of child labour is found in agriculture. The sector hosts 58% out of 62 million child labourers on the continent. Child labour perpetuates a cycle of poverty for the children involved, their families and communities. Without education, these boys and girls are likely to remain poor. The prevalence of child labour in agriculture violates the principles of decent work. By perpetuating poverty, it undermines efforts to reach sustainable food security and end hunger. 2021 has been declared the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour and child labour is monitored in the 2030 Agenda through indicator SDG 8.7. FAO is contributing to this important effort to accelerate efforts by giving voice and building commitment among agricultural stakeholders at regional level and increasing the visibility of ongoing accomplishments and achievements.

Given the COVID situation and continued travel restrictions, the consultant may be working remotely until conditions allow for travel to Bangkok.

Reporting Lines

The child labour specialist will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Regional Programme Leader and the module leader of "socio-economic inclusion, rural poverty, and gender equity" module and technical supervision of the FAO Focal Point for Child Labour in Agriculture, based in the Inclusive Rural Transformation and Gender Equity Division (ESP). The Child Labour Expert in the regional office of FAO for Asia and the Pacific (RAP) will contribute to the regional component of the FMM-funded project titled ‚Generational gaps and Eliminating child labour in agriculture‘ (FMM.GLO.137.MUL).

Technical Focus

Support to FAO’s regional work on child labour elimination in agriculture.

Tasks and responsibilities

S/he will work in close collaboration with the technical team in FAO HQ and will be responsible for the following tasks:

Contribute to regional and national processes in relation to the observance of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour including: i) Provide technical and organizational support to the preparation of FAO’s regional Conference (virtual event), including support the preparation of relative background and outcome documentation ii) Support relevant FAO Country Offices in preparing inputs from agriculture stakeholders that will feed into the regional conference;
Carry out regional capacity development programme, drawing from the FAO-ILO e-learning course (FAO elearning Academy) for government representatives and agricultural stakeholders on addressing the root causes of child labour in agriculture;
Mainstream child labour activities in agriculture into FAO’s regional activities and plans and strengthen country initiatives in coordination with the UNCT (United Nations Country Team) given also attention to Alliance 8.7 Pathfinder countries;
Develop a strategy for disseminating good practices and experiences in preventing and eliminating child labour in agriculture in Asia, particularly from Alliance 8.7 Pathfinder countries, FIRST programme countries and other agrifood systems/rural areas where agricultural activities provide the major livelihood opportunities;
Develop a strategy for disseminating good practices and replicating activities/experiences in preventing and eliminating child labour in agriculture in Asia, particularly among Alliance 8.7 Pathfinder countries, FIRST programme countries and other agrifood systems/rural areas where agricultural activities provide the major livelihood opportunities;
Support the production and dissemination of communication outputs (Video in Pakistan, Podcasts) in collaboration with the ESP/HQ as part of the global strategy for the visibility of FAO’s contribution to the International Year;
Contribute to regional policy processes by providing technical input (i.e. ASEAN) and facilitate collaboration between FAO and ILO at regional level on child labour elimination in agriculture;
Facilitate the upscaling of results from FMM-supported interventions in Pakistan including through: 1) Support towards income generating activities for women in Punjab and 2) Support towards the research on the nexus between child malnutrition and child labour;
Foster partnerships, advocacy work and resource mobilization efforts at country and regional level, including support to FAO country in engaging with EU Delegations in EU-FAO joint programming at country level.

Support FAO/RAP’s work in promoting decent rural employment and reducing rural poverty.

Perform other tasks as needed to support the work on ending child labour in agriculture in the region.


Minimum Requirements

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Advanced university degree in rural development, political or social sciences, law, agriculture or other related field.

At least 5 years for Level B and at least 2 years for Level C of relevant experience in policy assistance and programme development in the field of rural development and/or poverty reduction and/or rural employment, with experience related to child labour.

For consultants: Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian)

For PSA: Working knowledge of English.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Selection Criteria

Extent of knowledge and experience in policy support and technical assistance as well as programme/project development in the field of child labour prevention/reduction in agriculture.

Level of knowledge and experience in concepts and methodologies related to child labour in agriculture.

Extent of experience in advocacy, policy support, capacity development and technical assistance related to child labour in agriculture.

Experience in working in multidisciplinary and multi-cultural teams.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


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