Seeking Applications: Engagement and Resources Consultant - Malaysia

11 November 2017


Consultancy: Engagement and Relations Consultant

We are looking for a short-term resourceful consultant in Malaysia to provide logistical, interpretation and local knowledge for an international research team

Embode is an international consultancy focusing on social protection, responsible business and organisational dynamics. See www.embode.co for more details.


Embode is conducting an assessment of migrant labour in relation to the Malaysian Palm Oil sector, commissioned by Mondelēz International as part of their commitment to sustainable palm oil.

Scope of Work

Embode is looking for a dynamic and resourceful Malaysian national to support consultations and field research visits in Malaysia. The assignment will take place over two visits from late 2017 to early 2018 (dates are to be finalised). The consultant’s specific responsibilities will consist of facilitating the smooth engagement of the Team Leader with national and local stakeholders in Malaysia. This will include:

  • Coordinating, communicating and liaising regularly with the Team Leader before and during the visits in Malaysia.
  • Making logistical arrangements, scheduling and bookings for meetings and events during each visit.
  • Where required, writing formally to government or other organisations to request meetings and consultations.
  • Coordinating with research partners in organising and scheduling visits with stakeholders.
  • Organising and ensuring the itinerary of the Team Leader is updated during the visit.
  • Providing translation and interpretation, where required, for meetings, interviews and other research events.
  • Attending and participating in all meetings and events as part of the consultations and field research in Malaysia.
  • Accompanying the Team Leader to the sites around Malaysia for the research.
  • Facilitating meetings with high-level national and local government, and other relevant organisations.
  • Supporting and assisting the Team Leader in group discussions and consultations in communities as and when required.
  • Providing insight and relevant local knowledge where requested in areas such as local infrastructure (i.e. transportation, government), culture/norms and such conditions.

The consultant will report to and be supervised by the Team Leader. Where the consultant has technical expertise in the area of migrant labour rights, there may be further scope to provide technical input to the assessment.

Required Competencies

  • High-level of proficiency (or fluency) in spoken and written English and Bahasa.
  • Well-spoken and experience in formal and informal meetings and events.
  • Significant experience and credible background working with government, international organisations or corporations in Malaysia.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; able to work with people from diverse backgrounds and maintain good relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong information technology skills and competency in using Microsoft Office software
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to take initiative in delivering results.
  • Ability to think on your feet and take initiative.
  • Capacity to understand purpose of project and contribute creatively.

Desirable Competencies

  • Technical background and experience in the field of development, government relations or research, particularly labour rights.
  • Graduate qualifications in development studies, human rights, labor rights or other related field.
  • A commitment to social protection and responsible business.

Child Protection Requirements

As this position may involve direct interaction with children, the consultant will be required to undergo preliminary background and records checks before the finalisation of contract, in accordance with Embode’s child protection policy.

Application process

Interested applications are requested to send a cover letter and CV to Aarti Kapoor aarti@embode.co outlining you key strengths/suitability for the position and your proposed day rate by 24th November. Please note that we retain the choice of selecting a candidate before the deadline and therefore encourage applicants to submit CVs as soon as possible.