Conducting base-line study within the project “Contributing to better protection of migrant workers through strengthening partnership in Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia”
The Project Summary:
The project is the 2ndphase of the pilot regional project launched in 2017 in partnership with 5 NGOs working with labor migrants in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan as migrant sending countries and in the Russian Federation as a migrant receiving country and supported by Secours Catholique – Caritas France. Three NGOs in Kyrgyzstan and one NGO in Armenia are working with migrants, their families and the potential migrants, leaving predominantly to Russia through providing them an update on legal conditions and how to defend their rights with the help of a partner organization in Russia. The project aims at promoting the rights of the migrant workers in Russia, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan through building a network of partner organizations in these countries. Having designed the project for 3 years, the project is presently in the beginning of its first year during which it is planned to conduct a baseline study to have an outlook of the initial situation of migrants. The baseline study will allow measuring the initial conditions and specify the indicators with regard to some of the project objectives and to compare them with the results of the project by the end of the 3rdyear.
Overall Project Goal: promoting the rights of migrants of the Republic of Armenia and the Kyrgyz Republic in the Russian Federation in accordance with international treaties and conventions
The Specific Project Objectives:
- Migrants and their family members actively protect their rights in the countries of destination and departure;
- Enhanced cooperation within the civil society, including organizations of migrants, state authorities, local governments and international organizations in solving problems and ensuring the rights of migrants and their family members;
- Reforming the migration laws in order to improve the conditions of migrants’ rights at the local, national and international levels.
The overall goal of the base-line studyis analyzing the situation in the beginning of the project against the planned outcomes at the level of the overall project objective to be able to compare with the situation after the project ends and evaluate the level of achievement of the objectives and outcomes and the impact of the project to better protection of the project target groups. The indicator of measuring the planned outcomes at the level of the overall project objective is as follows: Migrants from the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Armenia confirm that their situation and the situation of their family members, related to the exercise of their labor rights, social security rights, the rights to medical care, access to information and legal protection, has improved since the start of the project.
This indicator was translated into the specific criteria indicated below for the base-line study objectives.
The main objectives of the study:
- To analyze the situation of migrant workers on the following criteria:
- Migration registration (access to migration registration at the place of factual residence, to free of charge migration registration, violation of migrants’ rights during registration and prolongation of registration, frequency of verification of migration registration by police, violation of migrants’ rights during such checks, impact of migration registration on processing of other documents for migrants, the impact of migration registration on other areas of life of a migrant, other violations of migrants’ rights in connection with migration registration);
- Official employment (the degree of documentation of migrants’ labor, the impact of the documentation of migrants’ labor on the observance of their labor rights, conclusion of employment contracts with actual employers, excluding private employment agencies, and other intermediary companies, reliability of information written in contracts, the dilemma of labor and civil law contract, awareness of migrants themselves about the need to document labor relations and readiness for such documentation);
- Migrants’ access to social and pension security (factors that facilitate access and factors that restrict access; problems in legislation or law enforcement practices that impede access; awareness of migrants about access to social and labor rights and the desire for this access);
- Access of migrants to medical care (the level of accessibility of medical care, free of charge and affordability of services provided by medical institutions, the professionalism of personnel serving migrants, the awareness of migrants about access to medical care, the demand for medical care among migrants – the priority level of this problem);
- Migrants’ access to legal assistance (the level of availability of legal assistance, free of charge and affordability of services provided by the institutions, the professionalism of personnel serving migrants, the awareness of migrants about access to legal assistance, the demand for legal assistance among migrants – the priority level of this problem);
- Migrants’ access to information directly affecting their rights and legitimate interests (information on migration registration, information on entry restrictions, information on the validity of documents, information on tax status, information on pre-departure training programs, legal and other assistance in countries of origin and in countries of destination, access to vacancies and information about the possibility of professional training courses, etc.)
- The degree of corruption when obtaining documents and during the police checks.
It is also proposed to add a few questions about the income of migrants, plans regarding migration, marital status and family members left at home, as well as the attitude of the population towards migrants in the country of destination.
Methodology:face-to-face interviews with 400 migrants from Armenia and 400 migrants from Kyrgyzstan in the countries of origin (in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan) with migrants who had recent migration experience in Russia (from July 2018); collection of additional information from different sources. Minimum of 400 interviews is estimated as the limit in terms of study representativeness and solidity of data collected.
The random sampling is required to allow the largest coverage and to include: men, women, beneficiaries of the implementing NGOs and beneficiaries/migrants of other project partners. The interviews are to be held in a variety of locations: airports, bus/train stations, regions mostly affected by migration and other places to ensure representativeness.
An expert can also propose his/her own methodology for implementing the Terms of Reference which will be reviewed and approved by Caritas France, the project Coordinator and the project partners.
One local expert will be selected in each of the target countries. Both experts will jointly develop a methodology, a questionnaire, and the format of the report, discuss, and approve them with the Caritas France before conducting the study. The experts will prepare the base-line study report on each country. One of the experts, in cooperation with another expert, will coordinate the course of the study (Lead expert) and combine the two reports into one consolidated report. The final version of the report should be provided in Russian and English.
The expected results of the study:
- Baseline methodology including the questionnaires and the working plan;
- Executive Summary of the report;
- Detailed report on the results of the study, conclusions, and recommendations on two countries (Armenia and Kyrgyzstan) in Russian and English. The proposed format of the report will be provided upon request.
The timeframe for the study:15.01-15.04.2019. The report on the results of the study should be submitted by April 15, 2019.
The schedule for conducting the study:
Types of activity
Discussion and approval of the methodology and the format of the report
Before signing the contract
Experts, managers of Caritas-France, The Project Coordinator and partners
Development of the questionnaire and conducting the surveys
Preparation of the draft report
Providing the draft report to Caritas France for the comments
Providing comments on the draft report
During 5 days
Caritas France, the project partners
Providing final report
During 10 days
Qualification requirements for consultants (experts) performing the study:
- The experts should have a higher education, at least Master’s degree in social sciences: of sociology, law, political sciences or related sciences
- Knowledge and experience in conducting studies in the field of migration in the target countries (at least 5 years);
- Experience in preparing analytical reports in the field of migration.
- Experience in conducting base line studies and research in social development;
- Fluency in the state language of the country in which the research is conducted. Proven written English and Russian is required. Knowledge of Kyrgyz and Armenian is preferred or provide for the services of an interpreter from/to local languages;
- Independence and analytical skills: analysis and use of statistical programs and tools.
The proposed budget structure (you may add additional items if needed):
Interview with migrants
Decoding and encoding
Honorarium of the expert
Honorarium for consolidation of the report
Honorarium for translation into English
The detailed project information with the logical framework in Russian will be provided during the selection process.
Requirements for request of proposal for conducting the base-line study:
Candidates for conducting the base-line study should submit their proposals in a free format, but with an obligatory indication of their compliance with the qualification requirements (with copies of diplomas and the reports on the conducted studies attached), detailed methodology, schedule, and budget of the study. If an expert will conduct the study in a team with other experts, he/she should describe their functions in the implementation of the Terms of Reference, as well as their knowledge and experience. The expert may hire interviewers to conduct interviews with migrants.
The proposals for conducting the base-line study should be submitted not later than by January 24, 2019, on the following e-mail addresses:email@example.com