Internship

The eradication of child labour in coffee and tea production in Malawi and Uganda

The International Labour Office (ILO) is implementing a project entitled ‘Accelerating action for the elimination of child labour in supply chains in Africa.’ The project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. It has the aim to accelerate the elimination of child labour in Africa, through targeted actions in selected supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda. The project will work on a) public policy and good governance; b) empowerment and representation, and c) partnership and knowledge sharing among global supply chain actors working in Africa. Gender is considered as cross-cutting theme; all outcomes will address gender-strategic needs.

What are they looking for?
An enthusiastic and proactive MSc-student in a relevant field with the following profile/skills:
1. Experience with value chains (coffee and tea) and child labour challenges (ideal)
2. Agro/development background
3. Experience with field work or no problems living in communities and so, and to work with translator if needed
4. Experience in Uganda or Malawi
5. Experience developing frameworks, data collection tools, and conducting in-deep interviews

What will you do
?
- Review of previous experiences of child labor programmes within value chains  
- Understand household dynamics in terms of household membership, aspiration, gender roles, asset ownership, income generation activities, labor capacity, and risk mitigation
- Identify and assess production systems (across value chains) at the household level to measure the labor force demand along a yearly calendar and the household strategies. 
- Understand the financial strategies undertaken by the farming households to cover the labor force needs and the use of child labor as a not-paid an easy access solution
- Identify risks at the household level that will affect the household strategies and labor force needs and hence put in danger the use of child labor as a not-paid an easy access solution
- Assess the labor force dynamics in terms of availability, accessibility, and affordability 
- Identify initiatives to increase and train the labor force market in rural communities 
For more information and applications, contact Birgit de Vos: birgit.devos@wur.nl.