Research Consultant

Save the Children, Singapore City, Singapore

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
23rd September, 2015


Job Description

The role

Save the Children International Asia Regional Office in Singapore (SCI Asia) is seeking to engage a lead research consultant to carry out in-depth study on the protection of children on the move in Southeast Asia along the migration corridor Bangladesh/ Myanmar → Thailand/ Malaysia/ Indonesia/ Australia. The purpose of the research is to:

  • Help Save the Children develop regional/ national approaches and a regional strategy to better protect children on the move
  • Inform Save the Children's programme design and delivery in countries of origin, transit and at destination
  • Develop an informed and evidence based policy position on children on the move in Southeast Asia
  • Advocate with key advocacy targets for improved protection of and support to the children on the move in Southeast Asia
  • Propose concrete actions to implement the recommendations put forth by regional governments, with a focus on ensuring that the recommendations are implemented in a child sensitive manner

The research objectives are:

  • To identify migration patterns, main characteristics and protection of the Children on the Move along the corridor Bangladesh/ Myanmar → Thailand/ Malaysia/ Indonesia/ Australia
  • To assess the immediate interventions and measures being put in place to mitigate risks for children in country of origin, in transit and at destination and the identification of durable solutions
  • To map put national and regional legislation and policies related to the protection of children on the move in the countries of origin, countries of transit/ destination and at the regional level. Also to map out the key actors and players (i.e. national agencies, international institutions, NGOs, civil society, donors) in the region and their current interventions and approaches
  • To aid in the development of a longer-term regional strategy on Children on the Move in terms of programmatic response, research needs and advocacy objectives and capacity

Key research questions include:

  • Who are the children on the move? What are the patterns and reasons for migrating?
  • What are the main protection issues and needs for children in transit and at destination?
  • What are the immediate interventions and measures being put in place to mitigate protection risks for children and to respond to their needs? What are the gaps in basic services provided?
  • What are the national and regional legislation and policies related to the protection of children on the move in the countries of origin, in the countries of transit/destination and at the regional level?
  • What are the mechanisms for transnational coordination and cooperation that exist between countries e.g. bilateral agreements, multilateral agreements and MoUs?
  • How are these mechanisms implemented on the ground and which informal mechanisms exist that are implemented by local actors? (to be explored through field work)
  • What are the current policies and procedures on resettlement of refugees (including in Australia and other countries in the region)?
  • What would be the key measures to advocate for in the immediate, mid and longer term to better protect children on the move in the considered migration corridor?

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