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Fairwork Ghana is looking for an Individual Legal Consultant

Posted on 14.03.2022
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General Information

  • Services/Work Description: Recruitment of an Individual Legal consultant to develop a policy document for platform work in Ghana
  • Project/Program Title: Standards for Fairness in Ghana’s Platform Economy
  • Post Title: Individual Legal Consultant
  • Reporting Office: Principal Investigator, Fairwork Ghana
  • Duty Station: Accra, Ghana
  • Expected Places of Travel: Within Accra
  • Contract Duration: 2 Months
  • Expected Start Date: After Signing the Contract and inception meeting

Background

Thousands of people around the world rely on platform work to earn an income. However, existing employment laws or collective bodies do not protect most platform workers. This lack of protection means that workers are subjected to low pay, precarity, and hazardous working conditions. Realizing this, Fairwork Foundation under the auspices of The Oxford Internet Institute and the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre commissioned a project dedicated to highlighting the platform economy’s best and worst labour practices. The project seeks to evaluate the working conditions of digital platforms and rank them based on five Fairwork principles. The Fairwork project is currently active in 26 countries spread across five continents. In these continents, the teams in each country collaborate with workers, platforms, advocates, and policymakers to envision and build a more equitable future of work.

In Ghana, there has been a significant rise in platform economy participation, which has resulted in thousands of job prospects for its citizens. However, the project in its first phase realized that existing labour laws do not effectively safeguard these workers, who primarily work for ride-hailing and delivery platforms. Despite these concerns, there is the absence of clear standards of decent work for platform workers in Ghana’s Labour Law-Act 651 which undermines some of Ghana’s international commitments in relation to the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Thus, in Ghana, the rise of platforms has surpassed labour enforcement. It is now evident that governmental action, including responsive legislation, is required to combat predatory and exploitative activities that have grown pervasive and institutionalized in Ghana’s platform economy.

To this end, Fairwork Foundation in collaboration with the Fairwork Ghana team seeks to engage an individual legal consultant to undertake the development of a policy document (in English) to inform future regulations for platform work in Ghana.

Objective

The objective is to develop and formalize a Standard Policy document for regulating the platform work in Ghana.

Scope of Work and Expected Outputs

The scope of work and expected outputs/deliverables will be the following:

  1. Collect, review and analyse all necessary documents to fully substantiate all stages of labour engagement in independent work/contracting in Ghana.
  2. Collect, review and analyse international and national level approaches for providing better conditions for platform workers.
  3. Take part in stakeholder engagements and analysis to bring out the roles and responsibilities of key players and institutions that are vital in providing better protection to the rights of platform workers and develop recommendations to strengthen linkages between agencies (internal and cross-border).
  4. Documentation and analysis of current interventions at the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, the Labour Department, Road and Transport Ministry and Ministry of Communication and Digitalization in Ghana.
  5. Based on the processes mentioned above and in consultation with the Project Team, prepare a comprehensive list of contents to be included in the policy document to ensure that all the required contents are included.
  6. Actively participate in stakeholder workshops (organized by Fairwork) and present the draft of the policy document to the key stakeholders including agencies in Ghana.
  7. Finalize the policy document incorporating all the inputs.
  8. Produce a well-written and comprehensive policy document highlighting:
    – Current legal lapses in the regulation of platform work under the labour laws on Ghana
    – The need for Responsive Regulation of the platform work in Ghana
    – Policy recommendations for regulating the platform work in Ghana
  9. A detailed presentation to be made by the consultant after the completion of the policy document on the salient features of the document at Fairwork country and Global levels.

Methodology

The consultant will strictly follow the work plan and the time schedule agreed with Fairwork in undertaking the contract assignment.

  1. An appropriate methodology will have to be determined by the consultant in consultations with Fairwork.
  2. The consultant will work in close collaboration with Fairwork.
  3. The consultant will undertake the collection of all the required data/information from various sources, including Government departments, Ministries and other relevant sources;
  4. Fairwork shall facilitate the collection of the data/information with required official letters and contact with focal person(s) wherever required;
  5. The consultant will undertake review, assessment and judgment of the data/information in close consultation with Fairwork;
  6. The consultant will participate in presentations and coordinate the stakeholder workshops/consultations organized as per the agreed work schedule

Required expertise and qualifications

  • A post-graduate or equivalent qualification/ degree in Law with specialization in contract law, employment law or related field;
    At least three years relevant experience in providing legal services at least two (2) of which should be in the area of labour law;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in undertaking research especially in the area of employment and labour;
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in facilitating stakeholder/working group consultations;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in developing policies, and regulations especially in the area of employment and labour;
  • Familiarity with, as well as experience concerning, the instruments of ILO and international intergovernmental organizations;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • Relevant regional and international experience will be an added advantage
  • Familiarity with Fairwork activities and interest in gig workers welfare will be a
    plus.

Financial Proposal

The financial proposal should be submitted separately and should include all administration costs including overheads, printing, posting, copying, and presentation.

Application Deadline: 22 March, 2022

See here for more information.

Or, for enquiries, please contact:

Dr. Joseph Budu
Country Manager, Fairwork Ghana
Room #F113, School of Technology Building, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Achimota , Accra, Ghana
Email: josbudu@gimpa.edu.gh