Elimination of child labour

National workshop and drafting process to develop the National Action Plan (NAP) on Child Labour and Forced Labour in Timor-Leste

As part of the immediate actions against child labour, the Government of Timor-Leste has formally established the National Commission against Child Labour. The National Commission aims to implement and monitor the ILO Convention No. 182 concerning the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour.

Background

The Terms of Reference come under the framework of the project Global Action Programme to Combat Child Labour (GAP 11), funded by the United States Department of Labour. The project is implemented by the Branch on Fundamental Principles and Rights and Work (FPRW) at the International Labour Organization, in particular by the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) and the Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour (SAP-FL).

The ILO Global Action Programme (GAP) aims to build critical knowledge and capacity for accelerating progress against child labour and, where relevant, forced labour in targeted countries, with particular reference to the Roadmap for Achieving the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour by 2016 as adopted at The Hague Global Conference on Child Labour in 2010. The Project has interventions across three related components: (1) capacity building and strategic policy development (2) research and statistics and (3) protection of child domestic workers.

The drafting process and the workshop build on work already carried out in Timor Leste. Interventions are taking place under both research and statistics and also capacity building and strategic policy development. To date, the project has supported an assessment on the legal and regulatory framework under child labour and forced labour; adoption of a Hazardous Child Labour List; the completion of a law enforcement workshop with labour inspectors, police and other actors; the establishment and functioning of the National Committee on Child Labour (CNTI); and the completion of a background assessment on the situation of child labour and forced labour in the country. A national survey on forced labour and child labour in Timor Leste is nearing completion and will be a key input to the NAP.

As part of the immediate actions against child labour, the Government of Timor-Leste has formally established the National Commission against Child Labour. The National Commission aims to implement and monitor the ILO Convention No. 182 concerning the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour. The National Com actions concerning education and special programmes, such as “bolsa mae”, aimed to reduce poverty, promote social integration and combat child labour.

In February 2016, a national and an international consultant were contracted by the project to support the development of a NAP. The international consultant came to Timr Leste in February 2016 on a scoping mission. During the mission, consultations were held with key stakeholders and a one-day orientation workshop was held in Dili. The scoping mEliission produced the NAP development plan for Timor Leste. The plan was subsequently revised and approved by the CNTI. The revised plan is attached to this ToR.

The National Workshop

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together all relevant key stakeholders from Government, workers’ and employers’ organisations, other civil society organisations and international partners to produce a framework for the NAP on child labour in Timor Leste.
By the end of the workshop, a framework – or skeleton – NAP will be available for the drafting group to elaborate upon. As a minimum, the NAP framework will contain:
  • The overall long-term objective of the NAP
  • Confirmed time-frame for the NAP (during the scoping mission in February it was agreed that the NAP will follow the national development cycle and that the first phase of the NAP will be five years)
  • Immediate objectives and/or outcomes to be achieved through implementing the NAP
  • Key indicators for measuring impact (achievement of objectives) and means of verification
  • Key activities that must be implemented in order to achieve the immediate objectives
  • A list of implementing partners for each activity
  • A tentative indication of the resources required for each activity
  • Time-frames for the implementation of activities
The workshop will be conducted in a participatory manner, using group exercises and discussions aimed at reaching consensus and building ownership among stakeholders. In addition to the exercises aimed at developing the NAP framework, the workshop will open with a thorough presentation of the (tentative) finding of the National Child Labour Survey.

The workshop will be led by SEPFOPE and the CNTI. The consultants, contracted under the GAP 11 project, will advise the CNTI and support the organisation of the workshop. The international consultant will facilitate the workshop itself and the national consultant will draw up a short report of the workshop for reference.