Terms of Reference: Academic Trainer for the workshop on migration issues to three universities in Yangon and Mandalay

Short-Term Expert


Terms of Reference: Academic Trainer for the workshop on migration issues to three universities in Yangon and Mandalay


Location: Yangon and suburbs


Assignment: 9 working days in April, 2020 (TBC)


 1) Background


The Denmark-Myanmar Programme on Rule of Law and Human Rights (2016-2020) supports the Union Attorney General’s Office, the Office of the Supreme Court of the Union, lawyers, CSOs as well as the law departments of Dagon and East Yangon Universities (DU and EYU) in strengthening capacities on core aspects of rule of law and human rights and supporting reform in relevant areas. From 2020, the programme will also support and work together with Mandalay University (MU) as an additional partner to implement the activities in Mandalay. The programme which has a total grant of DKK 70 million (approximately USD 10 million) is based on participatory approaches supporting partners to identify their own needs and priorities and taking lead in implementation of activities.


The governance of the programme is based on joint decision-making with partners through co-chaired Steering Committees. The programme is part of the Denmark-Myanmar Country Programme (2016-2020) endorsed by a bilateral government-to-government agreement between Myanmar and Denmark as well as MoUs with all key stakeholders. A Joint Venture comprised of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) has been contracted to provide technical assistance to the programme through a team of experts supporting implementation.


2) Description of the Assignment


There is increased awareness around Human Rights Education (HRE) at university. The HRE programmes and trainings have been conducted since 2014-2015. Previously, human rights courses were taught part time with small number of lecturers but now it is taught at eighteen universities in at least two degrees – LLB and International Relations degree – by more than fifty lecturers.


In connection with the JV’s work with the law department staff of both partner universities that express a strong interest in learning migration issues, applying Human Rights Education teaching methods, and enhancing class interaction and discussion to ensure student-centered learning.  The teachers would like to enhance their knowledge on migration, human rights and the interrelated areas and issues from migration which impact the labor workforce and related human trafficking regionally and globally.  The workshop is requested to include for the 2020 work plan when there was consultation with the universities partners and is agreed to have a 3-day workshop on migration issues.  It will support the teachers of the law department in developing a diverse topic relating human rights and especially on migration issues which are prominent across the developing countries in Southeast Asia and in ASEAN.


During the process of elaboration of the 2020 work plan, the JV identified the need for an expert who would have the required expertise and the time to design and deliver a 3-day training on migration issues tentatively scheduled in March for the law departments in Yangon and Mandalay.


This is as per the 2020 approved workplan and budget specifically Activity 1.1.1 - Training of and ongoing advice to the law departments Dagon, East Yangon and Mandalay Universities, specifically activity 1.1.1b.


3) Objectives


The objective of the assignment is to

  • strengthen the knowledge of the law department staff in the migration and human rights related issues


  • improve the critical thinking and analysis as well as problem solving skills that are important for academic and professional sectors


  • improve the migration concepts, principles and protection provided under international Human Rights Law and in Myanmar to be able to effectively integrate the new knowledge into their teaching


4) Outputs


The following outputs have been identified:


  • Organize and deliver 3-day workshop on migration issues focusing on International Law on Migration and covering relevant legal norms as well as, concepts, definitions and practice;


  • Evaluation of the participants through the training and provide recommendations to the Programme in a brief report highlighting key issues and challenges and areas where there might be needed additional support


5) Activities of the Short-Term Expert


The short-term expert will:


  • Design, develop and deliver a 3-day workshop on migration to the law department professors and lecturers from three partner universities: Dagon and East Yangon Universities in Yangon and Mandalay University in Mandalay


  • The training shall cover the following key aspects:
    • Source and scope of international law on migration including international and legal norms relevant for migration
    • Key terms, concepts, and definitions on migration


  • The training shall also cover an introduction to one or more of the following topics:
  • Globalization of migration
  • Refugees and environmentally displaced persons
  • Citizenship and migration
  • Right to mobility and global governance


  • Ensure the training incorporate country studies relevant to the region (Asia/ASEAN)


  • Include national experts and/or NGOs in Myanmar as appropriate who have the knowledge, skills and experience on migration issues internationally and locally


  • Evaluate the training and compile recommendations for the JV on how to continue working on the migration issues


6) Timing and Costs Schedule





Preparation of a 3-day workshop

April 2020 (TBC)

3 days

Workshop on migration issues for law department staff of DU, EYU and MU

April 2020 (TBC)

3 days

Produce report evaluating the training, including recommendations for the migration issues

April/May 2020

1 day



2 days


Total inputs – 9 days


7) Qualification of the short-term expert


The short-term expert should have:


  • PhD in Law, preferably in international human rights law and migration topics;
  • Experience working in the academic sectors and institutions;
  • Experience delivering training related to the human rights and related topics in the local and international contexts;
  • Experience in working with universities in developing countries;
  • Experience in working within human rights sectors and with other stakeholders (e.g. civil society organizations, NGOs);
  • Experience in working in projects related to improving the rule of law and human rights in developing countries;


8) Application


Applicants for the consultancy may be Myanmar based, or located outside the country. Applicants need to provide 1) their CV, 2) a technical bid outlining draft agenda or training programme as well as training methodology that the Expert will apply (max 2 pages) 3) A brief cover letter detailing key qualifications and expertise in undertaking the assignment (no more than 1 page), 4) 2 references that can speak to the consultants training and/or human rights capacity, and 5) a financial bid that includes daily rates and any other expected expenses (not including local travel in Myanmar). Applications will be evaluated both on technical and financial grounds, however, technical factors will be given greater weight if the consultant’s offer is within the activity budget.


Supervisor: Deputy Team Leader of HRE and/or her assignee where appropriate


The following financial arrangements will apply:

  • (a) Fees for services

The applicant will propose a daily rate for the services under these terms of reference.

  • (b) Travel expenses

All travel related expenses for work under this consultancy (visa fees, hotel, airport transfers, local transportation and daily subsistence allowance to cover food and incidental expenses) will be covered. Any international travel must be included within the financial bid.


Applications conforming to these requirements should be sent to the email address

myanmar.recruitment@icj.org not later than 10 March 2020.


For any further information, please contact Ei Yin Yin Phyu: eiph@humanrights.dk  



The JV reserves the right to change or cancel this TOR at any time during the selection process. Those who have applied for this consultancy need not apply.


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