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Press Release: Mekong Migration Network Convenes Multi-stakeholder Meeting to Discuss Challenges Arising From Labour Migration from Cambodia to Japan

21 February 2019

MMN Press Release: Mekong Migration Network Convenes Multi-stakeholder Meeting to Discuss Challenges Arising From Labour Migration from Cambodia to Japan

On 18 February 2019, the Mekong Migration Network (MMN) held a multi-stakeholder meeting on labour migration from Cambodia to Japan. The meeting was convened in anticipation to changes in Japanese immigration law which will enter into force in April 2019. The new law will create a new migration pathway for Cambodians who are considered “specified skilled workers”. Along with the Technical Internship Training Programme (TITP), the new immigration law is intended to attract foreign workers to fill gaps in Japan’s labour market created by rapidly ageing population. Direct hiring of foreign workers and change of employers within the same sector will now be allowed under the new migration pathway. Cambodia is considered by Japan to be a key source of migrant workers and is reported to be one of eight Asian countries in which a bilateral agreement on managing labour migration will be put in place.

Over 50 participants exchanged views at the event, including representatives of the Cambodian government, civil society organisations, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Association of Cambodian Recruitment Agencies (ACRA), Manpower Association of Cambodia (MAC) and private recruitment agencies, and academic experts on Japanese migration.

In a keynote speech delivered by Her Excellency, Ms Chou Bun Eng, Secretary of State, Permanent Vice President of the National Committee for Counter-Trafficking (NCCT), Royal Government of Cambodia expressed concerns that the direct hiring process may still not prevent unscrupulous brokers from cheating workers. She called for more robust regulation of direct hiring procedures and clarification on the roles of recruitment agencies. She remarked, “The workers’ hopes are also the government’s hope…we want to see fair migration, good departure training, and happy returnees; we want to see workers being safe and free from exploitation and cheating.”

Representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training shared similar concerns about the continued exploitation of workers by unlicensed brokers. They reported that the government is currently negotiating with Japan for a new Memorandum of Cooperation that will allow Cambodian workers to migrate more safely through the migration pathway. This will likely conclude in March 2019.

Associate Professor Asato Wako from Kyoto University noted that under the new immigration policy, Japan now officially recognises incoming migrant workers as “workers”. However, he stated that though direct hiring sounds good on paper, in practice, workers do not have comprehensive information, and therefore cannot make informed decision. Unless appropriate measures are taken to regulate recruitment fees and prevent unscrupulous brokers, it will not prevent deception, abuse or trafficking. Professor Asato also highlighted the confusion that remains over how the new visa category is related to other existing and already complicated migration pathways to Japan. He called for greater transparency in the system.

Currently, there are already around 9,000 Cambodian migrants working in Japan under the TITP, a number expected to rapidly rise. Participants discussed possible causes for a number of Cambodian migrants leaving their jobs in Japan without completing their contracts. These may include high recruitment fees resulting in workers being indebted. There is currently no standard recruitment fee in Cambodia. Another factor may be poor labour conditions in Japan. An earlier report by the Japanese government revealed that 70% of employers who hire TITP workers engaged in rights-violating practices. Despite this, migrants are often vilified for leaving their jobs and labeled “runaways”. Ms Reiko Harima, MMN Regional Coordinator, urged stakeholders to refrain from using such loaded derogatory term when referring to migrant workers.

Finally, participants called for the Japanese and Cambodian governments as well as Cambodian private recruitment agencies to play a more active role in monitoring workers’ labour conditions. Suggestions were also raised for the Cambodian government and private recruitment agencies to develop better pre-departure training that informs workers about existing channels of overseas assistance in the event that they encounter exploitation and abuse.

ABOUT THE MEKONG MIGRATION NETWORK

The Mekong Migration Network (MMN) is a sub-regional network of CSOs and research institutes that has been working towards the protection and promotion of migrants’ rights in the Mekong Sub-region since 2001. MMN members operate in both countries of origin and destination and have unique expertise in the field and close contact with migrant workers at a grassroots level. MMN also has regular dialogue with government stakeholders in the Mekong Sub-region. In 2017, MMN published a report “Safe from Start: Roles of Countries of Origin” in which it calls for more pro-active action by the countries of origin in protecting migrants’ rights. For more information about MMN, please visit our webpage at: www.mekongmigration.org.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information about the consultation meeting, please contact the following:

Ms. Reiko Harima, MMN Regional Coordinator, at reiko@mekongmigration.org (English or Japanese)

Mr. Sokchar Mom, Executive Director of the LSCW, at sokchar_mom@lscw.org  or by phone on 012943767 (English or Khmer)

MMN at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (ACSC/APF), 2-4 November 2018, Singapore

The ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (ACSC/APF) 2018 took place in Singapore from 2-4 November 2018 with the participation of more than 200 people coming from 11 Southeast Asian countries, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam and regional civil society groups. The overarching theme of this year was “Empowering Peoples’ Solidarity Against All Forms of Discrimination” in Southeast Asia, with thematic “convergence spaces” on: Just and Sustainable Development; Safe Movement of Migrants; Life with Dignity; Peace and Security; Human Rights and Access to Justice; and Against All Forms of Discrimination. For more information about ACSC/APF 2018, please visit: https://www.acscapf2018.org.

On 3 November 2018, the second day of the APF/ACSC, the Mekong Migration Network (MMN) organised a workshop titled: “Examining the impact of social exclusion on ASEAN migrants” under the convergence space on Safe Movement of Migrants in collaboration with MMN members and partner organisations, including Future Light Center (FLC) from Myanmar, Foundation for Education and Development (FED) from Thailand, and Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) from Singapore. More than 20 participants attended the workshop. The main objectives of the workshop were: (i) to generate critical discussion on the underlying factors, including discriminatory policies and practices of both countries of origin and destination, leading to the social exclusion of migrants across the region, and (ii) to provide a space for participants to jointly strategise and develop recommendations that renounce all forms of discrimination, promote the social inclusion and empowerment of all migrants, and build solidarity amongst migrants’ rights advocates across countries in ASEAN. The workshop commenced with a MMN Multimedia presentation titled: “Beyond ‘Tolerance’: Living Together with Migrants”, which was followed by a panel discussion involving Mr. John Gee (TWC2), Ms. Thet Thet Aung (FLC), and Ms. Ei Ei Chaw (FED).

In his presentation, Mr. John Gee (TWC2) pointed out the impacts of the Myanmar government’s migration ban on domestic workers heading for Singapore, which had been imposed since 2014 and reaffirmed in 2015. Despite the ban, a significant number of women continue to leave Myanmar to work as domestic workers in Singapore, while recruitment agencies in Singapore continue to advertise for domestic workers from Myanmar. Myanmar women are much more likely to come to Singapore via irregular routes, which reduces their chances of obtaining information on the legal scope of their work, their rights, and the sources of help and counsel in the destination country. Due to their irregular status, many women are further discouraged from seeking help from their embassy in the event that they experience abuse or are subjected to bad employment conditions. Rather than protecting Myanmar domestic workers, therefore, the ban makes this group of women more vulnerable to abuse. Among different groups of domestic workers in Singapore, those from Myanmar are, as a result, most likely to face abuse, the lowest paid, and the least likely to have days off. In the long run, development within countries of origin is crucial in eliminating abuse and making migration for work a real matter of choice. Mr. Gee concluded his talk by emphasising the role of countries of origin in protecting and respecting the rights of their nationals working overseas, providing overseas assistance more effectively in destination countries, and making migration for work “a real matter of choice”.

Following Mr. Gee’s discussion, Ms. Thet Thet Aung (FLC) presented on issues relating to Myanmar migrants before deployment and upon return. Myanmar women head to Singapore to work as domestic workers with the hopes of overcoming poverty, at times paying up to six months of their salary to brokers or other intermediaries to pursue their dreams of working in Singapore. However, a number of them lack or find it difficult to obtain information before deployment, especially on the channels of assistance in the event that they are abused or face other issues. Upon return, they also cannot access any kinds of assistance because they migrated in spite of the ban and are made legally liable. After bringing to light the plights of Myanmar domestic workers, Ms. Thet Thet Aung shared some grass-roots initiatives of her organisation in supporting migrant workers.

Ms. Ei Ei Chaw’s (FED) presentation focused on the vulnerabilities of migrant workers that have emerged owing to the constant changes in Thailand’s policies. She explained that the process migrants have to go through to apply for work permits in Thailand is lengthy, expensive and often impeded by bureaucratic requirements. Furthermore, many migrant workers do not enjoy a decent wage and decent work, as they are often paid twenty-five percent less than the minimum wage and work under unsafe and harsh conditions. Ms. Ei Ei Chaw also pointed out that child labour remains an issue in Thailand. With regards to social protection, migrant workers face many challenges in accessing social security programmes. In light of the difficulties many migrant workers face, FED has come up with different programmes to support migrant workers in Thailand, such as raising awareness among them, providing legal support, and advocating for their rights.

The workshop ended with open discussion from the floor and participants developing joint recommendations. These recommendations mainly called for ASEAN member states to collaborate with each other and other stakeholders, including civil society organisations, to protect and promote migrants’ human rights and their communities; and their welfare in destination countries and origin countries without discrimination. Two of the six key recommendations include:

no.4. Bans on migration must be evaluated and assessed before being imposed and they need to be in line with migration policies and enforcement for safe migration; and

no.6. Mutual portability of social protection including healthcare, child education and welfare amongst ASEAN member states should be developed to ensure the inclusion of ASEAN peoples;

The MMN secretariat submitted the recommendations from the workshop to the Local Organising Committee (LOC), all of which were adopted in the ACSC/APF 2018  Statement (jointly discussed and developed on 4 November 2018) under the section of “Ensuring the Safe Movement of Migrants(recommendations 2 to 7).

Presentation and pictures of MMN’s workshop and delegates’ activities can be accessed from this link.

Workshop on Frameworks on Migrant Labour in the Fishing Industry in the Mekong

On 5 August 2018, Mekong Migration Network (MMN) organised a workshop entitled “Frameworks on Migrant Labour in the Fishing Industry in the Mekong” at the Empress Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The workshop aimed to: 1) clarify the concepts of various frameworks surrounding/relating to labour migration, such as trafficking, slavery, forced labour, etc; 2) examine the implications of these frameworks on labour migration, particularly on migrant labour in fisheries; and 3) exchange views on what can be done to protect the rights of migrant workers and their families in fisheries. Approximately 30 representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs) working on labour migration throughout the Greater Mekong Sub-region attended the workshop.

The workshop started with a presentation by Ms. Jackie Pollock, a representative from the International Labour Organization (ILO), Myanmar, who clarified the concepts of various frameworks. Ms. Pollock provided definitions on the key terms often applied to the conditions of migrant labour in the fishing industry, including human trafficking, smuggling, forced labour, slavery and decent work. She emphasised that international laws do not clearly specify the situations under which each framework should be adopted. This has led to the different approaches adopted to address the exploitation of migrants in the fishing industry, including the 3Ps/4Ps (Prevention, Protection, Prosecution & and Partnership), anti-slavery, corporate social responsibility, United Nation Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Decent Work and FLEX (Focus on Labour Exploitation). During the discussion following the presentation, Ms. Pollock also pointed out the need to challenge the Thai government’s use of an anti-trafficking framework to address the issues in the fishing industry. Such a framework draws energy, resources and commitment away from the empowerment of migrants and the promotion of their labour rights, and instead places its focus on prosecuting traffickers and victimising migrants. She believed that the government’s adoption of this framework reflects its fear that migrants would be able to unionise, exercise their rights and become a threat to be reckoned with.

The plenary session was followed by the screening of a recent Human Rights Watch’s documentary entitled, “Thailand: Forced Labour, Trafficking Persist in Fishing Fleets,” which explores the changes (and the lack thereof) in the fishing industry after the Thai government stepped up its efforts to stop human trafficking and forced labour in the industry. To view the documentary, please visit:  https://youtu.be/8FbrfgRmfyI.

In the second plenary entitled, “Understanding the Day-to-Day Reality of Working at Sea”, Mr. Sompong Srakaew from the Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN) presented on the situation of migrant workers in the fishing industry in Thailand and LPN’s initiatives to provide assistance to workers in the industry. Mr. Sompong expressed his concerns about the effectiveness of government measures, especially the implementation of mechanisms to manage and protect migrant workers. In one case where several fishery workers were stranded in Indonesia and continued to endure physical abuse and severe working conditions that sometimes resulted in their deaths, the Thai government only offered support to the Thai workers on board, rather than the Myanmar and Cambodian workers who were also on the Thai vessel. In light of this, LPN aims to support both Thai and migrant fishery workers by assisting them in forming unions to raise their voices and promote their rights.

Mr. Tun Lin from the Thai and Migrant Fisheries Union Group (TMFG) then presented on his 11 years of experience working as a fishery worker.  He spoke of the exploitative and rights-violating practices that he lived through first hand, such as not being paid his salary, not receiving rest periods even when he was sick, and not being compensated when he lost his fingers from an accident in Indonesia–experiences that motivated him to become a migrant leader and collaborate with Thai fishery workers to help other migrants exercise their rights. Mr. Tun Lin and LPN’s mission to assist fishery workers stranded in Indonesia was filmed and made into a documentary titled, “Ghost Fleets”. For further information about the documentary, please visit: http://www.vulcanproductions.com/ghostfleet/TheFilm.

In the last plenary entitled, “How are different frameworks used to understand the situation of migrant labour in the fishing industry and what are the implications for policy and programme formulation?”, Mr. Sokchar Mom from Legal Support for Children and Women (LSCW) discussed the frameworks adopted in Cambodia to protect fishery workers. Mr. Mom noted that laws and policies related to migrants in the fishing industry in Cambodia remain unclear, as the government neither regulates nor bans practices in the industry, which causes migrants to become more vulnerable. He highlighted that current protection programmes focused on trafficked victims have been established under multi-responsive approaches, but seemed to fail when people under the programme continue to re-migrate instead of going through the government assistance process.   

Mr. Phil Robertson from Human Rights Watch (HRW) then shared the findings of a recent HRW report that discussed the ongoing cases of forced labour in the fishing industry. Despite the Thai government’s efforts to regulate migration and employment in the fishing industry, unlicensed brokers continue to operate and working conditions have not improved in reality. HRW key recommendations include: drafting a stand-alone law on forced labour, ending restrictions on freedom of movement, granting permission to travel out of province, delinking the status of migrant workers to their employers, implementing an effective complaint mechanisms, publishing a watch list of companies and CEOs with history of Trafficking In Person (TIP) and forced labour, amending the Labour Relations Act to permit migrant workers to form and lead their own unions, ratifying ILO Conventions 87 on the Freedom of Association, Convention 98 on the Right to Organize and Collectively Bargain, and Convention 188 on work in Fishing.

In the ensuing discussion, participants raised their concerns with the ongoing harsh working conditions in the fishing industry and the dysfunctional protection mechanisms. Aside from the ineffective laws and regulations concerning migration management, fishing associations often serve as additional obstacles to migrants obtaining and exercising their full rights. Participants also shared their own experiences with advocating for migrant workers’ rights and made suggestions on advocacy strategies to more effectively promote migrant workers’ rights in the fishing industry.

 

 

Joint Civil Society Statement concerning Ratification of the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188)

Joint Civil Society Statement concerning  Ratification of the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188)   
 
Fishing workers, through the very nature of their work, are especially vulnerable to human trafficking as well as forced, bonded and slave labour, operating as they do in isolated and hazardous conditions. To protect this vulnerable group, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has established basic standards of decent work in the fishing industry.
 
In Thailand, there are an estimated 4.5 million migrant workers with over 222,000 migrant workers in the seafood sector and approximately 71,000 migrant workers on board fishing vessels. Thailand’s seafood exports are valued at over US$5.8 billion annually, making it the third largest seafood exporter in the world. However, the Thai fishing industry has been responsible for systematic illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices, and pervasive, horrific human rights abuses.
 
Over the last five years, both the US State Department and European Commission have issued formal warnings to Thailand about its fishing industry. The US sanction came in the form of a downgrade to Tier 3 in the Trafficking in Persons Report, while the European Commission issued a ‘yellow card’ warning to Thailand on combatting IUU fishing that could lead to a ban on importing Thai seafood products into the European Union. Several non-governmental organizations and prominent international media outlets (such as the Associated Press, New York Times, Guardian, and others) also published critical reports and articles exposing abuses in the Thai fishing industry. The result of this pressure is the Royal Thai Government set about reforming the industry to address the issues of human trafficking, and forced, bonded and slave labour.
 
Ratifying and implementing the ILO’s Work in Fishing Convention (C188) would ensure vulnerable fishing workers are sufficiently protected while they work in one of the most dangerous working environments in the world. The Convention establishes minimum labor standards to improve the safety, health and medical care for workers on board fishing vessels, as well as ensuring they have the protection of a written work agreement and the same social security protections as national workers. The Royal Thai Government has already taken several important steps towards ratification of C188, including holding an initial tripartite meeting as well as numerous public hearings. These consultations have paved the way for the successful ratification of this critical convention in the near future.
 
We respectfully urge the Royal Thai Government and the Ministry of Labor to pursue a robust and ambitious approach to ensure ratification of C188 before the end of 2018.  Efforts to reject the C188 by the National Fishing Association of Thailand (NFAT) are sadly unsurprising given NFAT’s reneging on its previous promises to cooperate with the Royal Thai Government to eliminate human and labor rights abuses in the fishing industry. Specifically, we call on the Royal Thai Government to ensure the key provisions of the Convention are included in any final legislation that the Royal Thai Government adopts.We strongly recommend that protections be preserved that provide for decent working and living conditions for the fishers onboard vessels and social security protections. These provisions are vital in preventing workers from being exploited by unscrupulous employers who pay sub-minimum wages, refuse to ensure overtime is voluntary and compensated, and engage in debt bondage and forced labor. Ensuring fishers are included fully in the social security system is critical to protect them if they suffer an occupational accident or an illness. Furthermore, including these provisions will grant workers much needed statutory social security benefits. Other core principles that need to be maintained in the legislation include ensuring a minimum age for fishers, payment of minimum wages, and enforcing limits on working hours.  Current Thai labor law already restricts children under age 18 from working in dirty and dangerous work, in line with ILO Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, which Thailand has ratified. NFAT’s continuing demand for exemptions to the child labor laws in the abusive Thai fishing industry demonstrates shocking disregard for the safety of children. The Royal Thai Government should defend its principled stance and reject any proposals to allow 16-year-olds to work on fishing vessels under any circumstances.
 
Discussions between Thailand and migrant worker origin countries (such as Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam) aimed at formulating new Memorandums of Understanding between the respective parties have not succeeded in addressing the current labour shortage in the Thai fishing industry. The primary reason is self-evident – the Thai fishing industry has a well-deserved reputation for serious and pervasive labor rights abuses. It is little wonder that several origin countries are resistant to formalizing a flow of workers into Thailand to work on fishing vessels without any certainty about the legal protections and enforcement provided to their nationals going to work on fishing boats. One way of addressing these issues would be to expedite ratification of C188 and formalize a set of labor and occupational protections that would reassure origin country governments that labor standards on board Thai fishing vessels meet international standards. With adequate protections in place for fishing workers, Thailand would be in an excellent position to persuade neighboring governments to allow their nationals to work in the fishing sector, thus addressing the current labour shortage.
 
We are ready to work with the Ministry of Labour, industry representatives, fishers and their representatives, and civil society organizations to ensure that the C188 ratification process and domestic legislation is as effective and as far-reaching as possible. We believe the ratification and full implementation of C188 is one of the most tangible measures available to reduce the likelihood of workers falling victim to human trafficking, forced labour, and exploitative working conditions. For this reason, we urge the Ministry of Labor to persevere in fulfilling our mutually shared goal of protecting workers’ rights in Thailand’s fishing industry.
 
The ratification of C188 would allow the Royal Thai Government to send a credible and powerful message to the international community that Thailand is firmly committed to eliminating human trafficking, forced labour and other forms of exploitation from its fishing industry. Adopting C188 would also give seafood buyers and retailers around the world greater confidence that Thai seafood is ethically sourced.
 
For this reason, the undersigned groups urge individuals, businesses, institutions, and governments around the world to call on the Royal Thai Government to demonstrate its leadership in protecting fishers as well as elevating working and living conditions on Thai vessels through the ratification and implementation of this pioneering convention.
 
Sincerely,
 
Anti-Slavery International
Business and Human Rights Resource Center
CENTRAL
Conservation International
Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF)
Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF)
Human Rights Watch  Humanity United Action
International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)
FinnWatch
FishWise
Focus on the Global South Fortify Rights
Foundation for Education and Development (FED)
Freedom Fund
Freedom United
Green America
Greenpeace Southeast Asia
Labor Safe
MAP Foundation
Mekong Migration Network (MMN)
Migrant Working Group (MWG)
Migrant Workers Rights Network (MWRN)
Raks Thai Foundation
Slave Free Seas
Stella Maris Seafarers’ Centre
Stop The Traffik Coalition
Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania
Verité
 
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Vacancy announcement: RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY OFFICER

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

The Mekong Migration Network (MMN) in coordination with the Foundation for Migrants from the Mekong Neighbourhood (MMN Foundation) is hiring for the position of a full-time RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY OFFICER. The position requires the successful applicant to be based in the MMN Secretariat office in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and work 5 days (40 hours) a week. There is no special support (i.e. support for relocation costs, etc.) for people applying for this position from overseas or other provinces. This initial contract is for one year (March 2018-February 2019) and is renewable up to December 2020 depending on job performance and availability of funds.

Deadline for application: 10 March 2018

Reports to: Project Coordinator
Job location:
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Salary and benefits: 
Local NGO rate subject to qualifications and experience.
Start date: 
20 March 2018 (negotiable)
Contract duration:
 One-year contract (subject to a 119-day probation period at the beginning of the contract); renewable annually up to December 2020 depending on work performance.

Overview of the Mekong Migration Network

MMN is a sub-regional network of civil society organisations and research institutes working on migration issues in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). 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.

Overview of the Project on Migrant Labour in Informal Sectors

MMN, with support from Swiss Solidar, is currently carrying out a collaborative research and advocacy project focusing on migrant labour in informal sectors in Thailand. The main focus of this project is on migrant labour in agriculture and fisheries, while also examining the impact of more general migration policies on migrant workers in Thailand. The project involves collaboratively conducting research with MMN project partners in respective Mekong countries, organising workshops to enhance the capacity of civil society organisations to advocate for migrants’ rights, developing materials to raise awareness, and organising policy dialogues. The successful applicant will play a key role in implementing this project along with the Project Coordinator based in Chiang Mai. The MMN Regional Coordinator will provide overall supervision of and guidance for the project.

 Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Research on Migrants in Informal Sectors in Thailand

*Carry out desk research on migrant labour in informal sectors, with a special focus on migrants in agriculture and fisheries, in Thailand.

*Develop a research design, questionnaires and other documents necessary to carry out the MMN collaborative research project on migrants in Thailand in consultation with the MMN project partners.

*Assist the Project Coordinator with following up with the project partners to implement the collaborative research project and provide technical assistance when necessary.

*Assist the Project Coordinator with writing relevant reports.

  1. Organise Project Consultation Meetings and Workshops

*Assist the Project Coordinator with organising relevant meetings and workshops.

*Document discussions during meetings.

*Assist the Project Coordinator with writing reports about the relevant meetings and workshops.

  1. Information Monitoring and Dissemination

*Collect and circulate news related to labour migration in the GMS, with a special focus on migrant workers in Thailand.

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

  1. Advocacy

*Assist the Project Coordinator with formulating MMN position papers, press releases, and other materials necessary to carry out effective advocacy.

*Pro-actively develop the MMN webpage and social media platforms to maximise their usefulness as tools for advocacy and information dissemination.

  1. MMN Webpage and Awareness Raising

*Regularly update relevant sections of the MMN webpage.

*Assist the Project Coordinator with developing materials aimed at raising awareness on key issues (i.e. flyers, posters, other visual materials, etc.).

  1. Other Tasks

*As assigned.

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

Qualifications and Experience:

Essential

*Minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as development studies, migration studies, gender studies, international relations or law.

*Minimum of 1 year of relevant work experience in a field related to human rights, migration, gender or development

*Fluency in speaking and strong written skills in English

*Strong public speaking skills in English

*Strong research skills

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

*Ability to work independently and as part of a 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       

*Speaking and writing skills in Thai, Burmese or Khmer

*Experience in carrying out collaborative projects

*Experience doing national and regional-level advocacy

*Experience using social media (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc.) for awareness raising

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

For those interested, please email your CV and cover letter along with two referees’ contact details and a writing sample in English to MMN Regional Coordinator Ms. Reiko Harima at application@mekongmigration.org              by 10 March 2018.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

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