Job Title: Intern
Organisation: Asian Development Bank
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Closing Date: 7 October 2020
Salary: Not Stated
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Full Time
Sponsors international candidates? No
ADB estimates that 3.1 million Thai workers could become unemployed due to COVID19. The most vulnerable sectors are manufacturing, wholesale, and retail trade, accommodation, and restaurants. The impact will be most severe on informal workers, accounting for 54% of the labor force (20.4 million out of 38 million people, 45% of whom are women), who are not covered by any social protection scheme and cannot work from home. This translates into an additional 5.2 million poor people in 2020, using the national poverty line of $5.50 per person per day at the 2011 purchasing power parity.
Most informal workers have basic skills and education and therefore opportunities for new employment is limited. This internship will review the current situation of informal workers and propose options for re-employ those workers. The options will include recommendations for sovereign and/or non-sovereign assistance to support the transition towards new employment for these workers. Specific assessment and consideration of women and other vulnerable people will be a key aspect of the internship. Consultation with government and non-governmental organizations will assist the intern in preparation the recommendations.
Role and Responsibilities
A demographic assessment of the informal sector workers who were displaced due to a downturn in the relevant industries such as manufacturing, wholesale, and retail trade, accommodation, and restaurants.
An assessment of potential areas of new employment for displaced workers, with a particular emphasis on women and other vulnerable people.
Recommendations for government and non-government support that will be needed to enable the transition to new employment of these informal workers.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
Currently enrolled in a Masters or PhD program in social sciences, economics, development studies, or gender studies.
Experience or coursework in gender studies, development studies, and/or poverty assessments;
Experience or coursework in working on issues related to sectors that carry informal employment (e.g. tourism, manufacturing);
Ability to conduct statistical analyses on socioeconomic data;
Coursework in macroeconomics; and
Strong writing and analytical skills.)
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Upload the following documents in the “Attachments” section of your application:
1. Curriculum vitae (CV)
2. Proof of enrollment to a Masters or PhD program. Inclusive dates should confirm that you will be enrolled during the intended period of assignment.
3. Essay in MS WORD or PDF document, maximum of 1500 words per question. (Please see essay questions below)
(1) Describe one example of your experience that demonstrated your interest in working in ADB.
(2) Highlight your qualifications that will help accomplish this internship assignment (e.g., coursework, research, work experience, etc.).
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