Terms of Reference – Research Consultant: Industrial Relations
Better Work Jordan
Application Deadline:September, 24, 2020
The General Trade Union of Workers In Textile Garment & Clothing Industries/Jordan (thereafter referred to as the JTGCU) has an important history of internationalism; leaders recognized early on the value of migrant worker membership and migrant worker organizing to the sector, as well as linkages with trade unions in other countries including migrant worker countries of origin. At the same, the union faces internal and external challenges to deepening its ability to adequately represent the rights of all workers in the sector. Strengthening the participation in union activity of key worker constituencies, including migrant workers and women, as well as their representation in union leadership, will be key to preserving and building upon the JTGCU’s gains into the coming period.
Jordan’s garment industry is one of the leading exporting industries in the country. In 2019, garments and related exports were valued to over US$1.7 billion and accounted for about 25 percent of the country’s total exports in that year. Since its inception, Better Work Jordan has aimed to improve the working and living conditions and productivity in Jordan’s garment sector through collaborating with various stakeholders to create sustainable solutions. The mandatory status of the programme for all garment factories exporting to the US has helped BWJ create industry-wide impact. As it progressed throughout the years, the number of garment exporting factories registered in the Programme has increased. Currently, 86 garment factories are registered with Better Work (50 direct exporters, 21 subcontractors and 15 satellites), employing approximately 70,000 workers, of whom 75% are migrants.
By operating within the dialogue spaces already established by the JTGCU, with critical support from the Better Work Jordan program, this project will work with JTGCU elected leaders and worker’s representatives to identify specific steps, coming together as a strategy, that has the potential to formalize the union’s commitment to achieve decent work through gender mainstreaming, migrant worker representation, cross-border worker dialogue, and an improved grievance mechanism.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The consultant responsibilities and specific deliverables are as follows:
- A baseline report, to be shared with ILO staff and relevant stakeholders, to include a review of the current union structure, bylaws, practices, and financial systems, membership (disaggregated by gender and national origin), decision-making process, services, staff, communication channels, activities, branches. The report will be prepared through desk research and consultation meetings. This document will reflect a baseline picture of the union and will be prepared in Arabic and English in the first phase of the consultancy.
- A table of worker organizations in countries of origin (especially Bangladesh and Nepal), including current available services and contact information. The table should also include a list of agreements that the JTGCU has signed with different Garment Unions in sending countries, and a review of the agreements’ content with a view to suggest a template to be used in the future that includes communication channels and ways to support migrant workers. This table will be an active document during the course of the project and will be used to facilitate communication between JTGCU’s constituencies and counterparts, specifically around information that could be used in pre-departure trainings and information sessions, such as migrant workers’ rights in Jordan, the JTGCU and the sector collective bargaining agreement (CBA). It will be prepared in Arabic and English.
- A description of a new organizational model, to propose a new organizational model that enhances internal democracy, through increased worker participation in JTGCU efforts at the factory, industrial zone, and sector levels. This model will be developed jointly with the JTGCU with the aim of ensuring full and effective participation of all (in particular, women and non-Jordanian workers) and will specify mechanisms for union elections. This document will present a vision of what the JTGCU hopes to look like in the coming period, and will be prepared in Arabic and English.
- A detailed review and assessment of the available internal union grievance mechanisms. Afterwards, an establishment of a new internal union grievance mechanism, including a description of the process in a format that is user-friendly to all sector workers.
- JTGCU strategy and workplan. This document will be prepared in Arabic and English. Sections will include:
- Insights about past strategies from a range of stakeholders,
- Description of all consultations with JTGCU leadership and membership constituencies and stakeholders through this project,
- JTGCU strategy for the coming period, developed in collaboration between the consultant and relevant stakeholders, including employer representatives, workers from all nationalities, and the Ministry of Labour. The strategy will reflect the JTGCU consideration and level of commitment to a participatory approach to building its capacity, with particular sensitivity to mainstreaming gender issues, rights of migrants and Syrian refugees, leadership development, and communication with external stakeholders.
- Suggested JTGCU work plan for the coming period, developed in collaboration with involved stakeholders. This will be based on the JTGCU strategy as well as the gender audit report
A Final Report to be shared internally with the ILO. This report should describe the consultant’s approach and methodology to support the JTGCU in developing the strategy, observations, challenges, limitations in the strategy, and the reasons behind them, as well as a way forward. This will represent the final report of the consultancy.
Throughout the completion their deliverables, the consultant is expected to continuously engage with employer representatives, worker representatives, representatives from the Ministry of Labour as well as the General Federation of Jordanian trade Unions. The consultant’s engagement should include one-on-one meetings with each of the parties, as well as consultation sessions when required.
- AN ADVANCE DEGREE, PREFERABLY IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES OR RELEVANT FIELDS.
- Extensive Experience conducting research and familiarity with principles of research ethics;
- A minimum of seven year’s experience in industrial relations fields in the Middle East and Jordan;
- Thorough knowledge and experience in working with migrant workers.
- Good knowledge about Jordan’s garment sector and the challenges facing the sector and workers;
- Maintains working relationships with all project stakeholders;
- A proven ability to deliver quality research in a timely manner;
- Ability to maintain social dialogue among concerned stakeholders;
- Professional writing and analytical skills.
- Fluent in English and Arabic.
- Proposals for this ToR shall be split to two: Technical Proposal and Financial Proposal, and sent by email to the contact details below.
- The deadline for submitting applications is (24/09/2020) (23:00 GMT+2).
- The full completion of deliverables is expected within 90 calendar days from the day of signing the contract.
- The number of days expected for the full completion of deliverables are subject to change depending on the health situation concerning COVID19.
The interested candidates are invited to submit a technical and financial proposal, including his/her daily rate and number of workdays, to [email protected] by 24 September – Please indicate “Research Consultant” in the email subject.