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Jan 062018
 

Organization: ECPAT International
Country: India
Closing date: 15 Jan 2018

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Consultancy Assignment :
[Advancing] Responsible Business Practices to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism in India
January -May 2018

SUMMARY

ECPAT International seeks to engage the services of an individual or an institution to support and facilitate a collaborative process to strengthen the role of the private sector to protect children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism in India; through conducting background research, engaging with key actors, organising a multi-stakeholders’ national-level consultation, and drafting a strategy to move forward. The consultancy will be carried out from end of January till the end of May 2018.

BACKGROUND TO THE ASSIGNMENT

The Global Study on SECTT was conducted by ECPAT International in coordination with 67 partners from around the world. The background research and final report documented that this phenomenon has expanded worldwide; that with the continuing rise of globalisation and digitisation more children are being victimised than ever before; and that the problem is truly global, with no region untouched and no country immune. The Global Study and supporting materials are available at: www.globalstudysectt.org.

The study confirmed that children’s vulnerability to SECTT is directly related to the growth of tourism. Perpetrators can be foreign, domestic or regional tourists as well as persons travelling for work, business, volun-tourism or other purposes. Effective prevention and protection strategies call for a multi-stakeholder approach, with the involvement of governments, regional entities, law enforcement, civil society and the private sector. The travel and tourism sector is a key ally in combatting SECTT.

The Global Study makes a total of 46 Recommendations towards ending child sexual exploitation by travelers and tourists, for action by governments, the private sector, international and regional entities, and civil society organisations (please see Annex attached.) Many of the Study partners are working to implement the recommendations, with firm commitments already made by Government and civil society in a number of countries. As the Secretariat of the High-Level Task Force which was established to support the follow-up process to the Global Study outcomes, ECPAT International is committed to support the process of wide consultation and consensus building for the implementation and monitoring of the recommendations at regional and country level.

Implementation of the Global Study recommendations is critical for achieving the four Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets that call for an end to child sexual exploitation, namely, targets 5.2, 5.3, 8.7, and 16.2. The recommendations also link to SDG targets 8.9 and 12b that call for sustainable tourism development. The Government of India is working actively towards the achievement of these and other SDG targets.

In South Asia, the Global Study was presented at the 4th SAIEVAC Ministerial Meeting on Ending Violence against Children, hosted by the Government of India in New Delhi in May 2016. This was followed by a national launch in Kathmandu, Nepal in June 2016 by the Tourism Minister and by Nepal Country Level Policy Round Table on SECTT organized in June 2017. National consultation with the private sector was also organised in Colombo, Sri Lanka in December 2017. These country level consultations have endorsed a range of concerted and concrete actions to address SECTT.

In 2010, the Indian Ministry of Tourism developed a ‘Code of Conduct for Safe and Honourable Tourism’ but little information is available on its impact. In 2014, India became the first country in the world to introduce a law which requires all companies (with annual revenues of more than 10bn INR) to give 2% of their profits to charities focusing on social development. Again, little is known about the effectiveness of this law and its impact on improving child protection.

The India Code for Safe and Honourable Tourism provides guidelines for the tourism industry and key messages for awareness-building to effectively protect children from SECTT. These guidelines are further supplemented by the recommendations of the Global Study, and by the provisions of the global Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics, which was adopted in September 2017 by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly, covering the responsibilities of all stakeholders in the development of sustainable tourism. The Framework sets out an ethical and sustainable modus operandi for tourism development, including for respecting the rights of children by travellers and tourists.

OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY

The aim of the Consultancy is to support and facilitate a collaborative process to strengthen the role of the private sector to protect children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism in India, taking forward the recommendations of the Global Study on SECTT and the regional / country level policy implications. The tasks of the consultancy will consist of background research, engagement with key actors, organisation of a multi-stakeholder national-level consultation with the ECPAT Team and the India Coalition, and assisting the preparation of a strategy for advocacy and action with the Travel and Tourism industry in India. The consultancy will start at end of January and finish at the end of May 2018. Selected representatives of the private sector from India, will be invited to the Global Summit on SECTT, which will be hosted by the Government of Colombia on 6-7 June 2018.

A sound understanding of the current situation and mapping of opportunities for strategic intervention will be developed in the background paper prepared by the Consultant, in a desk review and direct meetings with mobilisation of the travel and tourism industry. The process to organise the national consultation should be designed to foster buy-in from the key partners from the outset, resulting in demonstrated ownership and commitment for collective action against SECTT and the implementation of the relevant recommendations. The consultant will bring to the effort a thorough understanding of and experiences with responsible business practices and in working with a wide range partners such as the UN agencies, private sector, industry federations, law enforcement agencies, academia and civil society organizations.

The Consultant will work in collaboration with the National Coalition against Sexual Exploitation and other ECPAT counterparts in India, in coordination with the ECPAT International Secretariat and, in particular, the ECPAT Regional Coordinator for South Asia for supportive supervision and coordination.

Specific responsibilities

The Consultant will:

  1. Prepare a Briefing Paper on the role of the private sector in addressing SECTT in India, to provide a picture of how the SECTT challenge is understood; the existing legal framework governing child protection in the travel and tourism sector; current efforts being made by the private sector and other key actors to address. This includes through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives; and identification of needs, gaps and opportunities within various groups of the travel and tourism sector. The Briefing Paper will be developed through a combination of desk reviews, and interviews with representatives of the private sector and other key stakeholder representatives. Based on a Terms of Reference to be agreed with the partners and a first draft, the final paper is foreseen to be approximately 30 pages in length, plus supporting materials. It is expected to be prepared by the end of March 2018.

  2. Coordinate the organization of a National Consultation on Responsible Business Practices to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism in India, to be held in May 2018, focusing on the role of the private industry and other key actors. The Consultant will prepare a concept note and plan the Consultation, identify potential participants and develop a draft agenda, for discussion with the ECPAT team, partners and other stakeholders. Based on the agreements reached, the Consultant will work with the ECPAT’s Regional Coordinator for South Asia and the National Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation to coordinate the preparation process, and facilitate the meeting. The National Consultation is expected to be held for a day, with approximately 50 participants, in New Delhi or any other metro city based on feasibility.

  3. Prepare a report of the National Consultation, summarizing the key actions, the focus of deliberations, specific recommendations, and commitments made by stakeholders. Based on the meeting outcomes, the Consultant will then prepare the first draft of a strategy for advocacy and action with the private sector to advance protection of children from SECTT in India. The outcome of the Consultation and strategic plan will be presented during the Global Summit on SECTT, in June 2018. The Consultant will be tasked to prepare the presentation for this event.

Key stakeholders to be approached:

  • Travel, tourism and entertainment sector (big companies, SME, hotels, private accommodation services, travel companies, restaurants, bars, taxis and other transport etc);
  • Government and regional bodies
  • Chamber of commerce and tourism organisations
  • Civil society organizations involved in child protection and combatting SECTT

WORKING ARRANGEMENTS

  • The Consultant will be based at their home location in India, with travel within the country to consult with the private sector from the travel and tourism industry as well as other partners.
  • The Consultant will be responsible for overall coordination of the tasks in cooperation with the National Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation and other relevant ECPAT counterparts in India, under the technical supervision of ECPAT International Secretariat in Bangkok and locally coordinated by the Regional Coordinator for South Asia based in India
  • The timeline and responsibilities of the Consultant will be further refined with ECPAT International
  • Resource materials will be provided to the Consultant by ECPAT International at the start of the assignment.
  • The Consultancy fee will be paid on a lump-sum basis, in three instalments based on deliverables and approval (1) Briefing Paper, (2) Completion of National Consultation, and (3) report of the consultation, draft strategy and preparation of a presentation for International SECTT Summit.
  • Travel arrangements in India and costs compensation will be in accordance with ECPAT International travel policies and procedures.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Mid to senior level professional level. The Consultant (or, if institutionally based, the Lead Consultant) should hold a relevant advanced university degree and have a minimum of 10 years of relevant program management experience
  • Proven knowledge of children’s rights and child protection issues
  • Knowledge of the business sector in India and Corporate Social Responsibility trends and practices. Ideally, the Consultant should have experience working with the travel and tourism sector
  • A track record of developing high quality, results- based and impact oriented strategy documents
  • Strong networking, organisational, communication and public relations skills
  • Excellent English and Hindi language skills with previous publications in English
  • Proven ability to work independently and meet deadlines, while coordinating with partners.

How to apply:

To apply: Please submit a cover letter with your CV. The cover letter should include (1) a summary of your qualifications against those listed above, (b) a brief outline of how you would carry out the assignments, and (c) estimated daily professional fee for the four-months assignment.

Please submit your application by 15th January 2018 to vacancy@ecpat.net, please mention in the email subject line: India SECTT Consultancy.

Qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews on the following week.

For more info, please visit http://www.ecpat.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Consultancy-ToR-India-SECTT-Consultation-and-Strategy-2018-01.docx.pdf

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