สมัครงาน Consultancy for campaigning to counter stigmatization of migrant workers in the context of COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand

Consultancy for campaigning to counter stigmatization of migrant workers in the context of COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand

ActionAid is an international social justice organisation operating in over 45 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Americas for a world free from poverty and injustice. With Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA), it aims to strengthening the capacity of active agency of people living in poverty and exclusion to assert their rights. We believe in the power of people to bring change for themselves, for communities and for whole societies.

ActionAid has been working in Thailand since 2001 and registered as ActionAid International (Thailand) Foundation-AAITF in 2011 as local non-profit organization. ActionAid works all over Thailand with communities, civil society organisations, small schools’ networks, government entities, academia, and media to support for changing the lives of the poorest and the most disadvantaged women and children.

In the realm of COVID-19 pandemic, ActionAid International has been responding to most of the countries it operates in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Americas. ActionAid is on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis helping to stop the spread and save lives as the pandemic hits the world’s poorest countries. We are also calling on governments to involve women and their movements in all stages of the response as they know best what their needs are.

Project background:

With the support of European Union (EU) funded project EU COVID-19 Response and Recovery in Thailand – Nationwide, ActionAid Thailand is responding to the critical needs and challenges that the most marginalised communities have been facing since the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand.

This project is being implemented in a consortium approach along with three co-applicants, Bio Thai Foundation (BTF), Chumchonthai Foundation (CTF) and Foundation for Labour and Employment Promotion (FLEP).

This project responds to different kinds of communities in 38 provinces with their specific needs for relief, recovery, and possible resilience- stateless people residing across the borders of Thailand and Myanmar, migrant working groups from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia who could not leave Thailand when the lockdown was announced, informal sector workers in urban areas, poor communities in semi-industrial and rural areas, rural poor including smallholder farmers and ethnic minority groups.

As part of the project, ActionAid Thailand involves with different stakeholders on Campaigning to counter stigmatization and vulnerability in the contact of COVID-19 - AAIT (Act 1.2).

Purpose of the consultancy:

Social media has been a hub for fake news across the world with Thailand being no exception. Due to the large segment of people who do not have access to clear, credible communication about what COVID-19 is, how to protect themselves against it or what measures the government is taking to provide relief and socio-economic support to vulnerable sections of the society, there is rampant sharing of fake news on the social media, which the target groups are falling prey to. The problem of stigma caused by need for quarantining those who test positive to COVID-19, there is also a fear of suppressing symptoms. Today, the current number of cases in the country are increasing and there is uncertainty about how the situation would evolve.

Furthermore, due to news and reporters mentioning that migrant workers could be the main reason who brought the second wave of the pandemic in Thailand, people stigmatize them. From this, we aim to shift and reduce intention of stigmatization of people towards migrant workers in Thailand by providing clear information about COVID-19 and counter the stigma caused by it. To deliver the first pillar of the expected outputs of the project to provide access to information for vulnerable communities affected by COVID-19, ActionAid Thailand is looking for consultant or agency to provide consultancy service to run the campaign on counter stigmatization in the context of COVID-19 together with ActionAid Thailand.

The action will run online campaign continually throughout the action period through public messaging on social media, and mainstream media. ActionAid Thailand experiences on running a successful Safe Cities Campaign on raising awareness on sexual harassment by using digital platform and working with online and off-line media will contributed to effective campaigning. In the end, progress and achievement will be presented in the Project-end conference to CSOs, vulnerable communities, women groups, media agencies and government agencies.

Objectives:

    • To hire consultancy service to design and run an online campaign to counter stigmatization of migrant workers in Thailand in the context of COVID-19 together with ActionAid Thailand.
    • To promote and raise awareness among the target audience on the online platforms to counter stigmatization of migrant workers in Thailand in the context of COVID-19
    • To encourage engagement among the target audience on the online platforms to counter stigmatization of migrant workers in Thailand in the context of COVID-19

Process of recruitment:

This consultancy services will be procured through Tender Process about two weeks’ time after tender is published.

Specification requirement:

    • An outsourced consultant who has at least 3 years of work experience organizing national campaign, especially for NGO or INGO projects.
    • Has a good reputation in promoting national campaign.
    • Strong social commitment, analytical and research skills.
    • Sound understanding on local context of Thailand.
    • Sound knowledge of the online campaign (preferable).

The selection will be processed by the ActionAid Thailand Procurement Committee.

Expected outcome:

    • Consultancy service with experience to design and run an online campaign to counter stigmatization of migrant workers in Thailand in the context of COVID-19.
    • The target audience on the online platforms have more awareness to counter stigmatization of migrant workers in Thailand in the context of COVID-19.
    • The target audience on the online platforms have more engagement to counter stigmatization of migrant workers in Thailand in the context of COVID-19.

Deliverables:

    • 1 campaign and communication strategic plan developed.
    • 10 infographics or visuals produced (graphics and cartoons).
    • 3 short clips produced.
    • 1 online event with at least 1 key opinion leader (KOL).
    • News coverage by at least 20 mainstream media and/or digital media.
    • Reach and Engagement from all the media and publication’ posts under the consultant.
    • At least 1 million of Reach from the target audience.
    • At least 400,000 of Engagement from the target audience
    • Design and production of the informational and educational communication materials.
    • Be part and support on content, data, and research collection together with ActionAid Thailand.
    • Responsible for monthly social media journey of the campaign and comments response from the online materials posted by the consultant.
    • Monthly narrative report of the deliverables.
    • Meeting with ActionAid Thailand project team at least twice a month to follow up.
    • 1 final report and presentation, which includes activities summary (executive summary, plan, activities), impact & key result (analytical qualitative and quantitative) – (deliverables against indicators), challenge, future recommendation, and expenditure breakdown by deliverables.

Duration of the campaign:

24 January 2022 – 30 May 2022

    • Supplier receives the brief from ActionAid Thailand during 17-21 January 2021.
    • Supplier starts the campaign on 24 January 2021.
    • Supplier submits final report during 30 May 2022.
    • ActionAid Thailand will review and endorse the deliverables before the payment under the condition that the Grant Contract (Special Conditions) is signed by European Union and ActionAid Thailand.
    • The installment payment will be paid according to service agreement contract.
    • The final payment will be paid after the final report is submitted within 30 days.

Estimated Budget:

727,000 THB

Code of conduct:

The consultant shall abide by ActionAid Thailand’s Code of Conduct during the duration of the contract. The consultant shall also abide by ActionAid’s Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse (SHEA) and other safeguarding related policies including the Overarching SHEA and Safeguarding Policy, the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Policy, the Child Safeguarding Policy, and the Sexual Harassment Exploitation and Abuse at Work Policy. The consultant shall also abide by other core ActionAid policies such as the Anti-Corruption, Bribery and Fraud policy and the Anti-Terrorist Funding policy. Breaches of any of these policies may lead to termination of the contract. Details of those policies will be provided upon request.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are requested to submit an electronic copy of a curriculum vitae, campaign proposal and financial proposal by January 3, 2022 with the subject Consultancy for Campaigning to counter stigmatization to Kanchana.Somsakul@actionaid.org.

For inquiries contact Kanchana.Somsakul@actionaid.org or call 097-2129152.


Covid-19 response story Ratchanee Paeseng

"At least someone sees that we are here": Ratchanee Paeseng

“The government should come to see what support the community is seeking, if they are too much for the government to provide. What we really need is a fund that allows each of us to start a livelihood. We can do the rest with our hands and strength. If it comes as the 50-50 co-payment scheme, it doesn’t last, better to put money in career support.”

Ratchanee Paeseng, a villager of the Sa Ton Pho community in Phuket Province, is affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Previously, she was forcefully evicted from a land where she put up her house seven years prior.

Ratchanee moved to Phuket from Nakhon Si Thammarat Province seeking career opportunities. She was evicted from the land she settled along with many others, but later the group joined the Phuket Community Development Rights Network and participated in social activities. Supported by Chumchonthai Foundation, People's Movement for a Just Society (P-move) and ActionAid Thailand under the EU-funded Land is Life Project, the community’s the land right issues were raised to the state and eventually a new Sa Ton Pho community was created in an area next to the old place.

Before the pandemic, Ratchanee had worked in a spa in Phuket, earning about 800-900 Thai baht per day. With it, she could live with little difficulty. After the outbreak, the spa was shut down, and income dried up. She was struggling to buy food for survival. Investing in a new occupation was out of the question. And because Ratchanee was a non-registered person in Phuket, she could not receive any support from the provincial authority.

Fortunately, the community once again received emergency assistance from the Chumchonthai Foundation and ActionAid Thailand under the EU COVID-19 Response and Recovery Project. On top of distributing relief packages, the project hosted a meeting where everyone could exchange and share issues, to find solutions together in response to the current and future disasters in the community.

Ratchanee reflected that past hardships taught that one had to fight to get through, expressing gratitude for the help and moral support from the Community Development Rights Network and the EU COVID-19 Response and Recovery Project.

“The help from the project made me feel better and strong enough to fight on. At least someone sees that we are here and doesn’t leave us behind.”

"อย่างน้อยมีคนมองเห็นว่ามีเราอยู่": รัชนี แป๊ะเซ็ง ชุมชน สระต้นโพธิ์ จ.ภูเก็ต
รัชนี พร้อมชาวบ้านชุมชนสระต้นโพธิ์ / ภาพ: สุริยะ ผ่องพันธุ์งาม / แอ็คชั่นเอด ประเทศไทย

Food security: sustainable lessons for future crises

Sustainable lessons for future crises

Due to the surge of the pandemic, many vulnerable communities were struggling to survive. They could not afford enough food and necessary daily nutrients. Food security was one of the solutions that the EU COVID-19 Response and Recovery Project, led by ActionAid Thailand in cooperation with BioThai Foundation, implemented. The aim was to reduce food expenses, improve nutrition in target groups, promote chemical-free vegetable cultivation, encourage growing for family consumption and spreading the practice in the community, and improve target groups’ overall physical and mental health.

In 2020, BioThai Foundation held workshops on basic food cultivation, from soil preparation to food production, for 30 community leaders from Pho Rieang, Thai Kriang, Thai Noi, Amnat Charoen, Chumphon, Wat Sawat, Suan Luang, Wathai Ayutthaya, and Wathai Nonthaburi.

ชุมชน มั่นคงทางอาหาร เสริมสร้างความยืดหยุ่นในยุคโควิด
ภาพ: มูลนิธิชีววิถี

Phonnarong Punthong, a leader of a northeastern network from Amnat Charoen Province, said that during the pandemic, his community was severely affected. Earnings dropped precipitously. Yet, food supply was not a problem, because his network had been working with and assisted by the BioThai Foundation on organic farming. As a result, his community was able to cope with food shortage during the pandemic.

Phonnarong recognised the importance of food security and decided to take part in the training because he hoped to enhance his food security skill and knowledge to sustainably develop his community.

“Joining this training is very useful. It helps create skills in agriculture from scratch. Instead of the uninformed traditional approach, there was the methodical instruction on growing vegetables and proper storage.”

พรณรง ปั้นทอง แกนนำเครือข่ายภาคอีสาน / ภาพ: สุริยะ ผ่องพันธุ์งาม / แอ็คชั่นเอด ประเทศไทย

Phonnarong added that the factor that changed his life after the training was the proper knowledge that was practical and highly beneficial to his family and his community. It led to his intention to pass on the knowledge from the training to other areas in his northeastern network in future.

Sukanya Kerdtim, from an Ayutthaya community network, said that before the spread of COVID-19, she had been a company employee in Bangkok. When the outbreak occurred, her working hours were reduced until she was finally dismissed. She did not have the income to support her family. Then there was the food shortage as it was very difficult to buy food during the crisis.

After joining a training about soil preparation and vegetable growing, Sukanya could better appreciate the importance of food security and would raise awareness on the issue, starting by growing greens at home and transferring this knowledge to friends in the community.

“I believe the vegetables that I grow will be shared with colleagues and friends. The sharing is not limited to vegetables, knowledge can be shared too.”

ขจร ฉูตรสูงเนิน จากชุมชนไทยเกรียง / ภาพ: สุริยะ ผ่องพันธุ์งาม / แอ็คชั่นเอด ประเทศไทย

Kajorn Chutsungnoen, from the Thai Kriang community network in Samut Prakan Province, was a repairman. During the pandemic, he struggled with food shortage. Sometimes his wife could not make her daily trip to the market. With his interest in food security and experience of growing vegetables at home, he was interested to join this training. He wanted to properly grow his own food and to set an example for his community.

“I have never known some of the information taught in the training, like in planting, I didn’t know that you have to clean it first. Coming to this training, I’ve gained a lot of knowledge, which is truly practical.”

After the training, Kajorn would be able to have his own vegetable garden, eat them every day, and share them with his neighbours. Importantly, he believed that this knowledge would help him survive this pandemic and any future crises to come.


สมัครงาน Consultancy for campaigning to counter stigmatization of migrant workers in the context of COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand

Research Consultant on Budget Tracking

ActionAid is an international social justice organisation operating in over 45 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and Americas for a world free from poverty and injustice. With Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA), it aims to strengthening the capacity of active agency of people living in poverty and exclusion to assert their rights. We believe in the power of people to bring change for themselves, for communities and for whole societies.

ActionAid has been working in Thailand since 2001 and working all over Thailand with communities, civil society organisations, small schools’ networks, government entities, academia and media to support for changing the lives of the poorest and the most disadvantaged women and children.

In response to the Coronavirus, many governments have made commitments to provide financial and other resources to their citizens, either through reallocation of funds, receipt of grants and even access to loans from the IMF and World Bank for COVID-19 containment and relief measures. Unfortunately, in many instances, there has been a lack of transparency and accountability for these “COVID funds”, therefore it remains critical for citizens to hold their state to account by tracking the location, utilisation and allocation of these budgets.

Even as the world grapples with the crises brought about by COVID-19, reports show that young people are demonstrating their continued leadership in their communities and countries. Though they are some of the most affected in terms of socio-economic impacts, they are also the most active in terms of response and recovery.

Project background:

Budget tracking is already a major component of the Youth-led Digital Engagement (YDE) project, which is piloting in six countries (Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Palestine and Zambia) between Q4 2020 and Q1 2021. The project in part aims to support young people to mobilise themselves to utilise platforms and avenues available to collect data and conduct expenditure tracking to ensure transparency and accountability for the funds. By comparing budget allocation and spend data, communities will be empowered to “follow the COVID-19 money” and advocate for transparency and accountability from duty bearers. As part of this project ActionAid International Thailand has been part of second phase multi-country project tracking COVID-related public finance expenditure. ActionAid is looking for a consultant to undertake this consultancy in Thailand and work closely with Country team and ActionAid International Team.

Purpose of the research:

Provide an overview of what is happening on Budget Tracking Thailand, particularly over the past 18 months, looking at budgets funded by the government of Thailand’s own revenue or special donor / loan fund and spending for public services, for social protection and for the economic response to COVID-19.

Scope of research:

    • To ascertain organisations that have done the most systematic and effective budget tracking work (whether university departments, government agencies / audit offices, AA and partners, other NGOs, coalitions, movements or thinktanks)
    • To note and compile tools, approaches and methodologies that have been employed in budget tracking which have proved most effective. Which efforts have been most effective at involving the perspectives of (or tracking the impact on) women / youth / excluded groups? Collate the best examples.
    • What findings have been most significant / clear / useful – collate a summary of key findings and the analysis of these:
      • What has happened to government revenue / overall tax intake over the past 18 months? Have there been significant changes in tax policies in response to COVID-19?
      • What has happened to public spending on health / education / other services / social protection – which sectors have gained or lost most?
      • What economic stimulus measures / subsidies have been introduced and who have these benefited most – have they reached women / youth / excluded groups?
      • Is there evidence of misuse or wasteful or nepotistic of public funds / dodgy deals with private sector? What have been the most shocking stories / examples?
    • How have budget tracking findings been communicated and acted upon?- what has had most pick up in different media? What examples are there of changes in policies or practice as a result of budget tracking work.
    • Produce a comprehensive report and summary report of study.
    • Contribute to the global level advocacy on similar crosscutting issues on financing and spending by providing strong recommendations for national level programme and budget.

Methodology

The overall approach to research design, protocol and guidance must recognize that both the process and final products of the research should be empowering, build solidarity and shift power to young people and communities. It must follow ActionAid’s Feminist Research Guidelines, to adopt an intersectional feminist approach, ensuring participation of those who are normally excluded and have no access to resources in the pandemic.

Responsibilities of the consultant:

    • Develop detailed plan for conduction research in Thailand including methodology, questionnaire, stakeholders’ identifications, etc.
    • Collate latest data and trends on public spending on COVID-19 response in Thailand with relation to gender responsive public services, youth-led climate justice, tax reform, economic opportunities and livelihoods, and education.
    • Mapping all initiative relates to budget tracking on COVID response.
    • Follow ActionAid’s Feminist Research Guidelines, adopt an intersectional feminist approach, and ensure participation of those who are normally excluded and have no access to resources in the pandemic.
    • Document the state of the latest dealings any bi-lateral/multi-lateral funding agency with relation to COVID response – whether new loan deals are being considered or discussed (often this is kept very secretive so this may require digging e.g. with direct questions to senior officials / ministers / parliamentarians).

Deliverables:

Collate a country report based on all the above scope and methodologies and sharing with ActionAid Thailand Country Team.

Duration:

September to October 2021

Desired skills:

    • A minimum 5+ years in designing and implementing evaluations/surveys and correlation studies in young people related studies and development studies, program evaluations, etc.
    • Experience in conducting budget analysis and budget tracking.
    • Experience in studies in humanitarian crisis situations, with women and girls with psychosocial, legal, and economic interpretations.
    • Proven track records in leading study teams and producing quality reports for public consumption.
    • Quantitative research and data analysis experience using statistical software (SPSS, Stata, SAS, CISPRO and others).
    • Expertise in designing statistically significant and representative sampling strategies across multiple strata, including cluster sampling, stratified sampling techniques.
    • Proven ability to work with community and national government stakeholders.
    • Excellent writing and presentation skills.

Code of conduct:

The consultant shall abide by ActionAid’s Code of Conduct during the duration of the contract. The consultant shall also abide by ActionAid’s Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse (SHEA) and other safeguarding related policies including the Overarching SHEA and Safeguarding Policy, the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Policy, the Child Safeguarding Policy, and the Sexual Harassment Exploitation and Abuse at Work Policy. The consultant shall also abide by other core ActionAid policies such as the Anti-Corruption, Bribery and Fraud policy and the Anti-Terrorist Funding policy. Breaches of any of these policies may lead to termination of the contract. Details of those policies will be provided upon request.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are requested to submit an electronic copy of their CV and proposed consultancy fee by September 19, 2021 with the subject Research Consultancy on Budget Tracking to jobs.thailand@actionaid.org; tauhid.farid@actionaid.org.


จดหมายข่าว โครงการอียูรับมือโควิด ฉบับที่ 1

EU COVID-19 Response & Recovery Project Newsletter Issue 1

Since the emergence of COVID-19, Thailand's national economy and society have been affected on an unprecedented level. With the support of the European Union, the EU COVID-19 Response and Recovery Project marches forward to consistently launch activities for the benefit of vulnerable groups and communities, such as provision of survival bags and training, with no undue delay in several areas of Thailand. All activities have met with positive feedback from the target groups and associated organisations taking part in shaping them with an objective to ensure a sustainable triumph over the pandemic.

Read the first issue of the EU COVID-19 Response & Recovery Project Newsletter


สอนคิด คำนึงถึงความแตกต่าง: คุยกับครูบัว–บุณฑริก ซื่อสัตย์ โรงเรียนบ้านฮากฮาน จ.น่าน โรงเรียนสอนคิด เครื่องมือสอนคิด

Critical thinking, individual differences: what Khru Bua's small school fosters

After a successful recruitment procedure, Ms. Bua Buntharik Suesat or, as her students call her, Khru Bua (khru is Thai for teacher) had her first teaching job at Ban Si Wa Doe School in Sop Moei District, Mae Hong Son Province, teaching Karen children from remote communities four years before making her transfer to Nan.

Today Khru Bua is teaching sixth graders at Ban Hak Han School, located in Nan’s Wiang Sa District. The school is under the Nan Primary Educational Service Area Office 1 and, with it being a small school of only 57 students and much fewer teachers, Khru Bua has to teach every subject required by the curriculum.

What made Khru Bua who she is today traces back to her childhood: coming from a low-income family, she had received student aid over the years. Although her family faced financial challenges, her education wasn’t overlooked. At fifteen, Khru Bua had to make a choice between pursuing vocational training or a university education. Choosing to follow her childhood dream of becoming a teacher, she got a student loan and applied for various scholarships. Eventually, the then-high school senior Khru Bua secured her place in the Bachelor of Education Program in Elementary Education at Chiang Mai University.

The reason she wanted to be a primary school teacher stems from her own experience with a short-tempered teacher who tended to hit students. The disdain for this particular teacher made Khru Bua feign mild sickness many times in order to miss the teacher’s class. But skipping lessons took its toll when her own grades worsened. For future students to like their teacher and not be driven away from school, Khru Bua wanted to start with herself and become a teacher. “Primary school is too important,” she said. “Kids shouldn’t feel like fending off the very foundation of their education.”

Photo: Patchgorn Pattawipas/ActionAid

Before getting to know Thinking Tools, a set of innovative pedagogical tools that Ban Hak Han School has incorporated in their curriculum, Khru Bua was skeptical. But she took time to reflect, as a teacher, what resources could be leveraged to help students develop critical thinking skills. “I came around,” she said. “It would be useless if a teacher has their students repeat things after them. That's rote learning and it does very little to help them solve problems in real life.”

“It would be useless if a teacher has their students repeat things after them,
That's rote learning and it does very little to help them solve problems in real life.”

On classroom management, Khru Bua notes, “positive disciplinary behaviour development is crucial. The teacher has to provide understanding, guidance and warmth. There should be no punishment and violence. The classroom should be a safe, stress-free space where students can express themselves and their views, where they can also laugh and play. That’s the ideal classroom. Its size may be small and we may not be equipped with the latest technology – only old fans and worn wooden desks – but if the teacher and students understand each other, that’s what makes a happy classroom.”

“Personally, I think physical tools and resources are necessary, but no more so than a good teaching method and how the teacher is towards the students. Even though Ban Hak Han School is a small school with no abundance of resources, we will overcome any material challenges.”

Khru Bua’s ideal school is not different from what society expects: a sufficient number of adequate classrooms, structural durability, a bright and well-stocked library, a playground and other physical environments that enhance learning. However, there’s no denying that small schools, particularly those in remote areas or in the mountains such as Ban Hak Han, don’t have everything of the ideal. They still face limitations running on funding the central government has allocated.

In many ways, a public school teacher is a civil servant working according to their line of duty. On her specific line of duty, Khru Bua reflects, “Thailand’s education system is always changing. When the person at the top changes, the policy changes. The system never stays still, and teachers need to keep pace with it and be ready for change. At the same time, we teachers have to be firm in the goal of student development. Like bamboos bending with the wind, we’re firm on the ground, but we’re also malleable.”

"The Thai education system needs to do better in recognising individual differences.
Forcing a fish that swims well to compete with other animals at
climbing trees is impossible and of no use. It’s the same with students.
As long as we use the same set of academic standards to appraise them,
there will only be 'smart' and 'slow heads'.

Ban Hak Han School became a Thinking School after the teachers had taken a learning visit to Chiang Rai Provincial Administrative Organisation School (the first school in Thailand to adopt the Thinking School methodology). The trip was supported by ActionAid Thailand. "We learned from hands-on experience and came back inspired to put the Thinking Tools to practice," she called. "We met with positive results and were able to create a positive learning environment. We’ve been doing this for about three years now.”

“Implementing the ten Thinking Tools in class has led to significant changes. Firstly, there’s change within the teachers – we’re more proactive, always learning. We make use of technology and don’t just recite books like before. I also personally see changes in the students. They’re more focused, responsive, expressive, and understanding of other people’s views. They’re able to communicate their thoughts more coherently, explain their reasons, make comparisons, summarise information, and make their own decisions.”

Cause and Effect, Compare and Contrast, and Mind Mapping are some of the Thinking Tools used at this school. Photo: Burassakorn Gitipotnopparat/ActionAid

For Khru Bua, the Thai education system needs to do better in recognising individual differences. “Forcing a fish that swims well to compete with other animals at climbing trees is impossible and of no use. It’s the same with students. As long as we use the same set of academic standards to appraise them, there will only be 'smart' and 'slow heads'. The current system takes teachers away from students. It takes away the students’ humanity and encourages them to be more like a machine."

Khru Bua is a notable example of a teacher who has adopted Thinking Tools. She has proven that an effective classroom doesn’t necessarily need to be equipped with abundant resources. This is because learning can take place in any circumstance, even in a Thai highlands community shared by various ethnic groups like Ban Hak Han. Today, Khru Bua remains committed to guiding and developing youth through innovative tools that not only teach them how to think, but how to exercise empathy – how to be human. She is an important player in the movement that’s bringing about change in the area and making an impact on many other schools in Nan and beyond.


ประกวดราคา: Telemarketing / Lead Generation Agencies

Face-to-face (F2F) Fundraising Agency - Merchandise Campaign

Tender announcement: Face-to-face (F2F) Fundraising Agency - Merchandise Campaign

ActionAid is an international organisation working with over 25 million people in 45 countries for a world free from poverty and injustice. ActionAid Thailand (AAT) is part of the ActionAid International Federation and has been working with people and communities in Thailand for over a decade addressing issues related to poverty, human rights, education, and women and youth’s empowerment.

More information on the organisation will be made available upon request or can be accessed through our website and ActionAid International.

As a charity, one of our main objectives is to use our resources wisely and effectively and we are continuously looking for ways to save time and money. To that end, it is the responsibility of the Fundraising & Communications Manager and the Contracts & Procurement Manager to ensure that all F2F vendors are managed by trusted suppliers who will work with us to deliver services with high integrity and ethics.

This request for proposal (RFP) is established on behalf of ActionAid Thailand to contract an organisation or company to work with us in the management and delivery of our F2F activities.

Programme objective:

    • Merchandise/one-time giving: To effectively represent AAT in driving one-time donations through the merchandise programme.

Qualifications:

    • An outsourced F2F agency who has at least 3 years of work experience organising events and booth activities in Bangkok shopping malls, event venues, etc.
    • Has good reputation in F2F ethics.

Contract period:

6-12 month contract.

Tender submission:

Tender submission can be made at jobs.thailand@actionaid.org no later than 20 November 2020. The required documents for the submission include:

    • Agency/company Profile.
    • Proposal for 6 and 12 month plan and expenses.

The proposer which fails to include any of those documents mentioned above may not be contacted in accordance with ActionAid policy.


COVID-19 Response & Recovery

Project

Enhancing Civil Society Organisations’ Capacities in Response to COVID-19 in Thailand- Nationwide Intervention (EU COVID-19 Response and Recovery in Thailand – Nationwide Intervention)

Background 

ActionAid International (Thailand) Foundation has been responding to the challenges that the most marginalised communities have been facing since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in Thailand, along with project co-applicants Bio Thai Foundation (BTF), Chumchonthai Foundation (CTF) and Foundation for Labour and Employment Promotion (FLEP). We have come together to respond to a range communities and their specific needs for relief, recovery and possible resilience, namely stateless people residing across the borders of Thailand and Myanmar, migrant working groups from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia who couldn’t leave Thailand when the lockdown was announced, informal sector workers in urban areas, poor communities in semi-industrial and rural areas, rural poor including smallholder farmers and ethnic minority groups. We have been providing relief to the vulnerable communities. This action ramps up the relief efforts, followed by recovery and possible resilience in the medium term of two years. The co-applicants and ActionAid International (Thailand) Foundation collaborated to prepare the action design. Women and children, people with disability and elderly people amongst all targeted communities will be the primary focus for the action.

Locations

28 provinces in 5 regions – Central, North, South, East and North East

Timeframe

July 2020 - July 2022 (24 months). This considers the possibility of subsequent waves of COVID-19, time taken to gradually open the economy and support needed for communities to rejoin the workforce.

Objectives

    • Overall objective:  To increase the participation of Thai civil society organisations (CSOs) working with the most vulnerable communities in Thailand in preventing, addressing, and mitigating risks and vulnerabilities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    • Specific objective: To support and strengthen the capacity and engagement of Thai CSOs in response, recovery and building resilience of the most vulnerable communities, and to mitigate the health and socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Target groups

    • Vulnerable communities affected by COVID-19 including: migrant working groups from adjacent countries – Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos; informal sector workers in primarily urban locations; ethnic minorities (Chao Le); stateless communities; urban poor communities; rural poor communities including smallholder farmers; and schools and community centers with 12,970 children (including 5,780 girl children). The approximate number of this target group is 387,038 individuals.
    • Co-applicants – Bio Thai Foundation, Chumchonthai Foundation, Foundation for Labour and Employment Promotion – and seven third-party grantees.
    • Government officials from the Ministries of Labour, Social Development and Human Security, Agriculture and Cooperatives, Interior, and Finance; and local government officials.

Final beneficiaries

9,500,000 people reached through advocacy and relief outreach programmes.

Expected outputs

    • Provision of relief to the most marginalised communities: CSOs support the immediate relief and access to essential public services including health care systems and access to information for vulnerable communities affected by COVID-19.
    • Socio-economic recovery and rehabilitation: CSOs support and advocate towards local authorities and other government authorities for social security and sustainable and inclusive socio-economic measures to assist the most vulnerable communities in Thailand to help in their recovery to recover and rehabilitate from the impacts of COVID-19.  
    • Building resilience and preparedness of vulnerable communities: CSOs strengthen preparedness and resilience of communities and local authorities to help them withstand future health, social and socio-economic crises. 

Main actions

    • Food support, temporary shelter, access to health services, personal protective equipment, relief kits for target populations (with focus on women and children among them), legal assistance for migrants, campaigns on information related to COVID-19.  
    • Skills development and building resilient livelihoods for target vulnerable communities, supplementing food needs through innovative solutions, policy advocacy on social security, and occupational health and safety training.
    • Pilot green communities: set up community product exchange system and resilience building for the target communities. 

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