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National Consultant

 

Consultancy 

Vacancy no.: EXCOLL/BANGKOK/2019/02
Publication date: 9 January 2019
Application deadline (midnight Bangkok time): 24 January 2019

 

Job ID: 936 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: DWT-Bangkok 
Location: Bangkok   (presence may or may not be required at the duty station)


 

The ILO is issuing a call for expressions of interest for experts in Thailand who wish to be included in a consultancy database currently being compiled by Decent Work Technical Support Team for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific.

 

Interested consultants are invited to submit their application on-line in order to establish their profile in the database from which they may be considered for consultancy opportunities that may arise. Inclusion in the database does not guarantee a contract with the ILO.  You will be contacted directly by the concerned departments/office in that regard if preselected.

 

Candidates also applying for fixed-term employment positions with the ILO are encouraged to respond to this call for expression of interest if they so wish.

 

The ILO values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. 

Background

 

In low-income countries an estimated 90 % of people have no financial protection against catastrophic health expenditures. Globally, about 39 % of the population is lacking such coverage. As a result, about 40 % of health expenditures globally are shouldered directly by the sick and their families. Countries in Southeast Asia are no exception to this global trend. However, Peace, sustained economic growth and political commitment led to major progress on social health protection in countries across the region, in terms of coverage but also in relation to systems strengthening, legal reform and financial sustainability.

In this context, the development of a Regional Technical Facility (RTF) on Social Health Protection is at the heart of the ILO-Lux’s project outcomes and will be the first of its kind in this area of work in the Asia-Pacific Region. The RTF aims to support the extension of social health protection coverage at country and regional levels by strengthening the capacity of target countries to develop and implement strong, sustainable and comprehensive health policies, strategies and plans towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). As a regional centre of excellence it will provide and promote good practices, leadership and joint research opportunities and will deliver training and technical assistance in the region. In order to increase regional capacity and knowledge on social protection, the facility will promote South-South cooperation initiatives, as a complement to on-going national efforts and in support to already existing national policies.

 

For the development of the RTF, partnerships with academic and research institutions as well as national foundations working in the field of Social Health Protection in the region, will be created. The initial focus will be on institutions in Thailand, though in accordance with the regional aspect of the facility, the aim will be to expand its network and partnerships to other stakeholders in the region in order to enrich the work and research capacities of the facility at country level and to contribute to the its sustainability.

While the initial efforts of establishing the Regional Technical Facility are supported by the ILO-Luxembourg project, the medium-term objective is to establish an independent and sustainable facility that will live beyond the ILO-Lux project’s lifetime thanks to regional partnerships and its members’ commitment.

 

The establishment of the RTF will be closely linked to the set-up of the Ministry of Public Health’s health institutions coordination unit. Indeed, the Ministry ambitions to set up a unit and corresponding mechanisms to coordinate the support Thai health researches and training institutions are providing to developing countries. In that respect, the role and ambitions of the unit are very similar to those of the Regional Technical Facility and the unit is seen as the starting point for the establishment of the RTF.

 An installation commission/ task force is being set up in order to guide the conception, development and establishment of the RTF. The mandate of the installation commission is to give strategic guidance on the RTF conception and strategic orientations, in the context of the MOPH’s coordination unit.

The founding members of the Installation commission are made of the same institutions that are associated with the development of the MoPH’s coordination unit. This includes but is not limited to representatives of institutions leading social health protection policy making, implementation, research and capacity building efforts in Thailand, including various departments from the MOPH and universities such as Naresuan and Mahidol University.

 

The ILO is seeking to recruit a national legal and governance expert(s) to explore the complementarities between the RTF and the coordination unit, and to identify and assess the available options for the legal and institutional establishment of the RTF.

 

 

Objectives of the consultancy

 

The consultancy aims to identify and assess the complementarities between the RTF and the MoPH’s unit and to identify the available options for the legal and institutional establishment of the Regional Technical Facility to ensure the sustainability of the institution and the efficient and effective delivery of its mandate.

Scope of works

For this work, the ILO will contract both one international consultant and one national consultant who will work together. The tasks listed below are comprehensive:

i. Establish a mapping of all Thai institutions and regional networks working on health policy making, capacity building, knowledge sharing and develop a short description of their main mandates,  and specific areas of expertise and services provided to other countries;

ii. Document regional networks and platform as well as Thai research and capacity building institutions’ legal status, institutional set up and establishment process.

iii. In close collaboration with and in support to the MOPH and Thai partners, identify and refine the role of the MOPH’s coordination unit, included with regards to the intended objectives of the RTF.

iv. Identify possible legal status options for the regional facility, in line with the intended objectives of the facility, as follows”

  • Establish a typology of the existing partnership types and types of business entity in Thailand, focusing on status for socially oriented enterprises
  • For each type, provide a summary of the key characteristics and implications in terms of legal liability, financial resource mobilization, tax regime, start-up requirement and costs, accounting and audit requirements, autonomy in business decision, governance requirements etc.;
  • For each type, identify the possible advantages, challenges and implications in their collaboration with the ILO, other national stakeholders and regional institutions;
  • Identify the applicable corporate laws forming and administrating the entity under each option;

v.  Identify RTF’s roles and intended objectives that are beyond the Unit’s mandates and explore possible modalities, including legal and institutional options to complement the Unit’s mandate, as follows:

  • On the basis of the outputs of the task (iv) above, assess the coherence of these options with the RTC’s envisaged mandate and objective of sustainability with the consideration to partnerships that need to be established for the good running of the RTF implementation;
  • On the basis of the findings above, provide scenarios and recommendations to the installation commission/task force on the suitable legal status for the RTF institutional sustainability and mandate, including the following aspects:
    1. In line with the RTF’s goals and objectives, propose a Governance model to provide clear oversight, and including roles and responsibilities, accountability and authority, modalities and principles for decision making as well as modalities for close collaboration with MoPH’s coordination unit;
    2. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed organisational structure and organisational capacities;
    3. Review the risks related to the RTC legal status and governance structure within the Thai legal system and highlight any aspects that might be in conflict with the ILO’s mandate and objectives;
    4. Analyse RTFs assumptions and assess whether they are legally viable, e.g. management of procurement and contract aspects (recruitment of international experts/facilitators, and possible conflict with Thai law, other conflicts and limitations);
    5. Identify other legal risks that need to be addressed and allocated under the proposed organisational structure;
    6. In collaboration with the ILO legal specialist, assess which institutional option is realistically the most viable one and in harmony with the ILO’s standards and administrative and legal procedures.

vi.  Develop a brief advising the setting-up commission on the best options (top 3) to establish a long term sustainable and efficient RTF.

Expected deliverables, time lines and payment schedule

The consultant is expected to finish the work within 1 month from the date of signature of the contract. The work is estimated to correspond to a total of 15 working days.

 

Specific tasks, proposed time and payment schedule are as follows:

 

 

Deliverable

Deadline

Working days

Payment schedule

Deliverable 1: Written report covering Tasks (i) to (iv) on the situation analysis regarding the existing Thai offer for capacity building and knowledge development and complementarities between the RTF and the coordination unit

 

25th February

15 days

100%

TOTAL PAYMENT

 

15 days

100%

      

Requirements of the services provider

The review exercise will be led by the Task force. The service provider is expected to accompany and facilitate the process in support to the core team to promote synergy, collaboration and coherence to the final outputs of the consultancy.                              

The service provider is responsible for the overall management, coordination and delivery of the different tasks outlined in these TORs.

The ILO will provide overall coordination among the different stakeholders, facilitating the service provider’s contact with key stakeholders and partners. The ILO will provide technical backstopping to all tasks.

ILO and the Task force will validate the methodology. The Task force will provide feedback to the outputs, through a dedicated meetings and will additionally facilitate data and contacts as appropriate.  

Qualifications

The national consultant is expected to have the following background and expertise

Advanced academic degree in Laws,

Proven experience in legislative review

Experience working in the Thai Health sector, with good knowledge of main stakeholders is an added advantage

Ability to produce high quality deliverables in a timely manner, in English language.

Thai national.

                            

Medical clearance and accident insurance

The consultant (hereinafter referred as “External Collaborator”) must be aware that the ILO accepts no liability in the event of illness, injury or death of the External Collaborator.

The External Collaborator must attest that he/she is adequately covered by insurance for these risks.

In no circumstances shall the External Collaborator be covered by any ILO insurance.  It is the External Collaborator’s own responsibility to take out, at their own expense, any personal insurance policies that are considered necessary, including a civil liability insurance policy.

 

Additional Information

Interested service providers should attach only 1 document to their application.  This should include  their financial proposal (detailed budget) and a one pager methodology separate technical.


 

Recruitment process

 

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website at https://jobs.ilo.org. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.

 

Fraud warning

 

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