Senior Migration Expert, Multiple positions

Organization: UNOPS
Closing date: 08 Jan 2018

Background Information – Job-specific

Cities Alliance is prioritising migration as one of four thematic areas in its 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. To lead this new work on migration which is predicated on a positive view that links migration to development and cities, the Cities Alliance will convene a Joint Work Programme on Migration and Cities. Joint Work Programmes are Cities Alliance Members’ working groups for carrying out analytic and strategic activities designed to tackle major global policy challenges affecting cities and sustainable development. JWPs are multi-year activities and are directly facilitated by the Cities Alliance Secretariat. The JWPs act as a coordination and harmonisation platform among diverse institutions, a knowledge hub to share information and sector experiences, a think tank able to support diagnostics and evidence-based policy recommendations, and to collectively advocate common messages.

The JWP on Migration and Cities is expected to inspire new and reinvigorated global thinking on the role and potential of cities in managing and seizing the opportunities and contributions arising from migration, and how that will interact with, and impact, urban programming over the long-term.

Cities Alliance is seeking some reputed senior experts of international stature to provide strategic advice, technical inputs and quality assurance to the Cities Alliance Joint Work Programme on Migration and Cities. The Senior Expert Advisor will report to the Programme Manager of the JWP.

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

The assignment covers the following areas:

  • AREA 1: Advising on the general substantive and operational directions of the JWP and the engagement of Cities Alliance on the subject;

  • AREA 2. Providing substantive support to global policy dialogues on the subject.

  • AREA 3: Technical drafting and peer review support of proposals, knowledge products, diagnostic work and other materials on the subject.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

The assignment will include the following tasks:

  • As part of a group of experts on the subject, the consultant will provide intellectual and strategic and operational advice of the programmatic engagement of Cities Alliance on the matter and the Joint Work Programme (JWP) specifically. This may include but not limited to: providing inputs to the general programmatic directions of the JWP and its result framework, acting as part of an advisory board/scientific committee to the JWP, providing technical guidance on how to integrate migration into country programming. Experts may also be requested to advise on the general positioning of the Cities Alliance in the field and provide support in resource mobilisation and communications efforts on the subject.

  • The consultant will support on the conceptual design, facilitation and documentation of a series of global policy events and dialogues in the context of the JWP and at the corporate level. This may include the drafting of background documents, provide key inputs to the proceedings, such as presentations, and help in the facilitation of sessions or delivery of keynotes.

  • The consultant will provide technical input, drafting and peer review support in a variety of materials linked to the JWP and the subject of migration and cities. The work may include technical drafting support for knowledge products, diagnostic work and other materials being produced by the JWP or related to migration. The expert may also provide quality assurance and peer review functions for knowledge products and other materials.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced university degree in economics, law, demography, or relevant urban, political and development studies is required.
  • The consultant needs to show documented knowledge publications, assignments and certificates on the subject of migration and cities.

Work Experience

  • At least 10 years of work experience on migration issues is required. Complementary work experience in urban development is an asset.
  • Experience in research and policy work on migration and urban issues and/or other related areas;
  • Proven experience of applied international development assignments as well as outstanding analytical and advisory work documented through publications.
  • Previous field experience in countries in Africa, MENA or Asia will be an advantage.

Language Requirements

  • Proficiency in oral and written English is required.

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