Category Archives: MMN Activities

Beyond “Tolerance”: Living Together with Migrants

Mekong Migration Network (MMN) and SEA Junction invite you to attend a photo exhibition on GMS migrants on 8-16 October at SEA Junction, Room 408 (4th fl), Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC). The exhibition is part of our ongoing project entitled Beyond “Tolerance”: Living Together with Migrants, supported by the Toyota Foundation.

The opening event will take place on 8 October from 3-6pm in Room 501 (5th fl) of BACC. It includes a cultural performance by migrant community members as well as a public discussion on migration. A multimedia presentation highlighting the impact of the social exclusion of migrants, produced by MMN, will also be launched at the event.

A second event will take place on 15 October from 5:30-7:30pm at SEA Junction, Room 408 (4th fl), BACC. Documentary photographer, Mr. John Hulme, who has been collaborating with MMN on this project, will discuss the exhibited photos, followed by a Q&A period.

A broad range of photos capturing the aspirations and struggles of migrants in destination and home countries, including Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Japan, will be showcased at the exhibition. We hope that the event will help generate broader discussion on what needs to change so that we can go beyond “tolerance” and embrace the friendship and contributions migrants bring to society.

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Introducing an MMN-AIT Joint Project: “Jobs at the border: Promoting gender-sensitive policies for Special Economic Zones in the Mekong region”

On 15 July 2016, the Mekong Migration Network (MMN) and Asia Institute of Technology (AIT) co-hosted a public workshop in Bangkok to introduce the project titled: “Jobs at the border: Promoting gender-sensitive policies for Special Economic Zones in the Mekong region,” supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada.

This three-year project, which is composed of both collaborative research and advocacy phases, will explore the policies and practices of the garment industry operating in industrial zones and Special Economic Zones in Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia and their impact on women migrant workers’ working and living conditions and life choices. The project will also investigate how these particular environments influence internal and cross-border migrant women’s participation in collective action and relationship with local communities.

The workshop generated a space to begin mapping out issues surrounding labour migration, the garment industry, and industrial zones and Special Economic Zones in the Greater Mekong Sub-region from the perspective of government, business, and civil society actors. The resource persons for the workshop were: Ms. Sonomi Tanaka, Technical Advisor (Gender Equity) of the Asian Development Bank’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department; Mr. Bent Gehrt, Field Director of Worker Rights Consortium, an independent labour rights monitoring organization; Mr. Thit Lwin Aung, a member of 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, a political civil society organization operating in Burma/Myanmar; Dr. Termsap Telakul, a policy and plan analyst from the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board of Thailand; Ms. Khine Khine Nwe, General Secretary of the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association; and Dr. Ken Loo, Secretary-General of the Cambodia Garment Manufacturers Association.

The public workshop, and succeeding two-day internal meeting with project partners, provoked discussion on the scope, methods, and potential benefits of MMN and AIT’s joint field-based research project. It is hoped that the project will continue to foster regional dialogue as research activities progress across each of the three countries.

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Vacancy announcement: ADVOCACY AND BUILDING CAPACITY OFFICER – DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Mekong Migration Network is looking for an ADVOCACY AND BUILDING CAPACITY OFFICER to join our team. Please see the job announcement below.

 

Deadline for application: 31 August 2016

Reports to: MMN Regional Coordinator
Job location:
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Salary and Benefits: 
Local NGO rate subject to qualifications and experience.
Start Date: 
1 October 2016
Contract Duration:
 One year contract (subject to 119 days probation at the beginning of contract); renewable depending on work performance.

 

Overview of the Mekong Migration Network

MMN is a sub-regional network of civil society organizations and research institutes working on migration issues in Mekong countries. MMN’s joint areas of work include advocacy, information monitoring, research, capacity building and networking. Please see www.mekongmigration.org for more information about MMN.

 

Roles and responsibilities:

1. Capacity Building (Focus especially on Burma/Myanmar)

*Coordinate the implementation of capacity building activities for migrants’ rights advocates in Burma/Myanmar

*Assist the implementation of capacity building activities in the Mekong.

2. Research and advocacy projects

*Carry out research on migration policies in Burma/Myanmar and ensure MMN has up-to-date information

*Act as the communication point to coordinate with MMN members and other partners in Burma/Myanmar for various projects

*Assist in carrying out research and advocacy work in Myanmar.

*Assist in the coordination and implementation of MMN’s ongoing research and advocacy projects as assigned by the Regional Coordinator.

3. Coordination and management of MMN partnerships and contacts

*Update MMN members’ contacts and membership statuses to ensure smooth communication with members

4. Information Monitoring and Dissemination

*Collate and circulate information regarding migration in the Mekong

*Alert MMN members and the Secretariat when there are urgent issues to which MMN should respond, to enable MMN to carry out timely advocacy work

5. MMN Webpage and Social Media

*Update the MMN website and other social media tools

*Pro-actively develop the MMN webpage and social media presence to maximize their usefulness as a tool for advocacy and information dissemination

*Update MMN’s online resources including “Legally Binding” (summary of national labour laws in the Mekong countries) and “Online Annotated Bibliography”

6. Translation

*Translate materials between Burmese and English when necessary

*Provide Burmese-English interpretation in MMN meetings and training programs

7. Other tasks

*as assigned

 

S/he will work as a part of the small multi-cultural team and report directly to the Regional Coordinator. As a sub-regional network, the job involves frequent travel.

 

Qualifications and Experience

Essential

*Relevant degree or equivalent experience

*Fluency and strong written skills in English and Burmese

*Strong public speaking skills in English and Burmese

*Strong commitment to and understanding of migration issues in Mekong countries

*Good understanding of the country context for Burma/Myanmar

*Experience working on issues relating to human rights, migration, gender or development

*Ability to work independently and as part of a small team

*Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines

*Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

*Excellent attention to detail

*Proven computer literacy (Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint)

*Commitment to MMN’s approach and values

*Abilityto travel

Desirable

*Some experience on website and database management

*Experience working with social media (Twitter, Facebook etc.)

*Experience of national and regional advocacy

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

For those interested, please email your CV and a cover letter along with a list of two referees’ contact details and a writing sample in English for the attention of MMN Regional Coordinator, Ms. Reiko Harima at application@mekongmigration.org by 31 August 2016.  Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Short listed candidates will also be asked to submit a sample Burmese-English translation.  Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Vacancy announcement: ADVOCACY AND BUILDING CAPACITY OFFICER

The Mekong Migration Network is looking for a ADVOCACY AND BUILDING CAPACITY OFFICER to join our team. Please see the job announcement below.

 

Deadline for application: 31 July 2016

Reports to: MMN Regional Coordinator
Job location:
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Salary and Benefits: 
Local NGO rate subject to qualifications and experience.
Start Date: 
15 August 2016
Contract Duration:
 One year contract (subject to 119 days probation at the beginning of contract); renewable depending on work performance. 

 

Overview of the Mekong Migration Network

MMN is a sub-regional network of civil society organizations and research institutes working on migration issues in Mekong countries. MMN’s joint areas of work include advocacy, information monitoring, research, capacity building and networking. Please see www.mekongmigration.org for more information about MMN.

 

Roles and responsibilities:

  1. Capacity Building (Focus especially on Burma/Myanmar)
  • Coordinate the implementation of capacity building activities for migrants’ rights advocates in Burma/Myanmar
  • Assist the implementation of capacity building activities in the Mekong.
  1. Research and advocacy projects
  • Carry out research on migration policies in Burma/Myanmar and ensure MMN has up-to-date information
  • Act as the communication point to coordinate with MMN members and other partners in Burma/Myanmar for various projects
  • Assist in carrying out research and advocacy work in Myanmar.
  1. Coordination and management of MMN partnerships and contacts
  • Update MMN members’ contacts and membership statuses to ensure smooth communication with members
  1. Information Monitoring and Dissemination
  • Collate and circulate information regarding migration in the Mekong
  • Alert MMN members and the Secretariat when there are urgent issues to which MMN should respond, to enable MMN to carry out timely advocacy work
  1. MMN Webpage and Social Media
  • Update the MMN website and other social media tools
  • Pro-actively develop the MMN webpage and social media presence to maximize their usefulness as a tool for advocacy
  • Update MMN’s online resources including “Legally Binding” (summary of national labour laws in the Mekong countries) and “Online Annotated Bibliography”
  1. Translation
  • Translate materials between Burmese and English when necessary
  • Provide Burmese-English interpretation in MMN meetings and training programs
  1. Other tasks
  • as assigned

 

S/he will work as a part of the small multi-cultural team and report directly to the Regional Coordinator. As a sub-regional network, the job involves frequent travel.

 

Qualifications and Experience

Essential

*Relevant degree or equivalent experience

*Fluency and strong written skills in English and Burmese

*Strong public speaking skills in English and Burmese

*Strong commitment to and understanding of migration issues in Mekong countries

*Good understanding of the country context for Burma/Myanmar

*Experience working on issues relating to human rights, migration, gender or development

*Ability to work independently and as part of a small team

*Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines

*Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

*Excellent attention to detail

*Proven computer literacy (Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint)

*Commitment to MMN’s approach and values

*Ability to travel

Desirable

*Some experience on website and data management

*Experience working with social media (Twitter, Facebook etc.)

*Experience of national and regional advocacy

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

For those interested, please email your CV and a cover letter along with a list of two referees’ contact details and a writing sample in English for the attention of MMN Regional Coordinator, Ms. Reiko Harima at application@mekongmigration.org by 31 July 2016. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Short listed candidates will also be asked to submit a sample Burmese-English translation.  Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

MMN holding five-day training course in Bangkok

The Mekong Migration Network (MMN) is currently holding a five-day training course, “ASEAN Advocacy Training,” from June 4 to 8 in Bangkok. A total of 17 trainees from Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam have participated in the training. Four trainers and six keynote speakers have engaged with the trainees.

The training course seeks to enable trainees to better understand how to advocate to ASEAN and to stimulate action within MMN. The program is designed to be practical in nature, as it focuses on building the trainees’ advocacy and analysis skills. It also informs trainees with critical information about ASEAN and how ASEAN can be utilized for advocating for migrants’ rights.

The majority of the trainees work with NGOs advocating for migrant rights in their respective countries, and are expected to remain engaged in MMN ASEAN advocacy activities following the training.

The main trainers are Jackie Pollock from ILO (Yangon), Debbie Stothard from the International Federation for Human Rights (IFHR), Pranom Somwong, Brahm Press from the MAP Foundation, and Reiko Harima, the Regional Coordinator of MMN. All of the trainers are highly experienced in advocacy and knowledgeable on issues related to migration in ASEAN.

While the trainers engage with the training in a highly interactive way and encourage the trainees to think more boldly and critically, the external resource persons equip them with crucial information and insightful perspectives on the broader picture of labor migration in relation to ASEAN. The speakers are renowned activists, journalists, scholars, and leaders of NGO and international organizations. The external resource persons include: Yuyun Wahyuningrum (Team Leader of Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument Human Rights Facility), Sukanya Thongthumrong (National Project Officer for the Migration Programme, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific), Sinapan Samydorai (Convenor-Consultant of the Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers), Dr. Rosalia Sciortino Sumaryono (Associate Professor at Mahidol University), Premrudee Daoroung (environment activists and co-chair of the Steering Committee for ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum 2014), and Achara Ashayagachat (journalist of the Bangkok Post).

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