Terms of Reference for Media Consultant Background The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted millions of migrant workers in destination countries, many of whom have experienced job loss or non-payment of wages, been forced by employers to take unpaid leave or reduced wages, been confined in poor living conditions. Countries of destination and origin have begun repatriation procedures of these workers, without giving thought to their predicament and presenting the returns as inevitable. Under these repatriation programs, millions of workers are repatriated to situations of debt bondage as they will be forced to pay off recruitment fees and cost. On June the 1st, 2020, a large coalition of civil society organizations and global trade unions launched a campaign to demand an urgent justice mechanism for repatriated workers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three calls for action were launched in June, July and August 2020. Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) is seeking a media consultant to develop the campaign’s communication strategy and maximize all communication and content efforts created by MFA under this initiative. The media consultant will be responsible for the production and publication of media and communication content and the coordination of the campaign’s communication efforts. Duration 6 months from 19 October 2020 to 19 April 2021. Extension of the duration of the contract will be upon the agreement of the two (2) parties. Responsibilities The media consultant will be responsible to carry out the following tasks: 1) Communication Strategy: - Develop a campaign communication strategy for different types of audiences including the general public, governments, and UN agencies. The communication strategy should be targeted at both traditional media and social media. - Develop campaign communications content including the writing of news articles, press releases, and other material as requested. - Develop key messages for communication in consultation with campaign partners. - Identify and ensure campaign coverage in global English language media, including securing coverage in outlets with a wide distribution that are well-positioned to influence target audiences. - Produce special content for the campaign website and ensure website is up-to-date.

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