International Consultant – Comprehensive Global Guidance on Developing and Implementing Bilateral Labour Migration Agreements (BLA) Project

Organization: International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 20 Jul 2018

Position Title : International Consultant-Comprehensive Global Guidance on Developing and Implementing Bilateral Labour Migration Agreements (BLA) Project

Duty Station : Homebased/Field Travel

Classification : Consultant, Grade OTHE

Type of Appointment : Consultant, Five months

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 20 July 2018

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading

UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and

non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

Context:

Nature of the Consultancy

Under the overall supervision of the Head of IOMs Labour Migration and Human Development Division and direct supervision of the Senior Labour and Human Mobility Officer, the selected candidate will contribute to the successful implementation of the project “Towards Comprehensive Global Guidance on Developing and Implementing Bilateral Labour Migration Agreements (BLA): Unpacking Key Obstacles to Implementation in the African Region” implemented jointly by IOM and ILO Geneva, through the financial support of the Government of Sweden. The objective of the project is to contribute to a strengthened global guidance and architecture to govern labour mobility through bilateral labour migration arrangements as a tangible step towards effective implementation of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular migration (GCM), Sustainable Development Goals (targets 8.8 and 10.7), African Unions Vision 2063 and other relevant regional cooperation and development frameworks.

The Consultancy envisions the conduct of the research and production of a report consisting of the following: collection and collation of existing IOM field experience and practice, tools and instruments which will feed into a common methodology for rapid assessment of BLA development and implementation; application of the developed methodology to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) labour migration corridor. Based on the above an annotated list of available international guidance materials and tools will be developed together with a list of international labour standards and international human rights instruments.

Similar work will be conducted by an ILO expert within the framework of the same project. The ILO consultant will be collecting and collating existing ILO experience and practice, tools and instruments which will feed the development of the common methodology for rapid assessment of BLA and its application to the North Africa labour migration corridor. It is therefore crucial that IOM consultant coordinates and synchronizes the work on the common methodology and the rapid assessment with the similar work which will be done by the ILO consultant.

IOM Project to which the Consultancy is contributing:

The consultancy contributes to the successful realisation of the project “Towards Comprehensive Global Guidance on Developing and Implementing Bilateral Labour Migration Agreements (BLA): Unpacking Key Obstacles to Implementation in the African Region” implemented jointly by IOM and ILO Geneva, through the financial support of the Government of

Sweden. The objective of the project is to contribute to a strengthened global guidance and architecture to govern labour mobility through bilateral labour migration arrangements as a tangible step towards effective implementation of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular migration (GCM), Sustainable Development Goals (targets 8.8 and 10.7), African Unions Vision 2063 and other relevant regional cooperation and development frameworks.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Tasks to be performed under this contract:

The International Consultant will contribute to the development of a report “Stocktaking study for the development and implementation of BLAs by the African Union Member States”. The relevant parts of the study shall be coordinated and synchronised where relevant (also as specified below) with the relevant parts prepared by the ILO consultant within similar timeframes. In particular, the IOM consultant will be responsible for:

  1. Collection and collation of existing IOM global and field experiences and practices, as well as tools and instruments, in order to contribute to the development of a common methodology, in coordination with the ILO consultant, for a rapid assessment of BLA development and implementation. The practices and tools for review will include relevant UN human rights instruments and ILO standards, existing international policy and operational guidance and IOM’s work on facilitating south-south labour mobility in Southern Africa and the “Regional Guidelines for the Development of Bilateral Labour Agreements in the Southern African Development Community” as well as other relevant tools, documents, recommendations and guidelines.

The methodology will inform the assessment done along the migration corridor in SADC and be finalized based on the results and experience of the assessment, making up a chapter of the preliminary stocktaking study report and recommendations.

  1. Development of a common methodology for rapid assessment of BLA development and implementation based on the collection and collation of IOM global and field experiences and practices, as well as tools and instruments. The common methodology shall be coordinated and synchronised with the methodology which shall be developed by the ILO consultant based on ILO global and field experience.

  2. Development as a background to the above methodology of an annotated list of available international guidance materials and tools and a list of relevant international labour standards and human rights instruments. These will form annexes of the overall study report.

  3. Carrying out a rapid assessment of experiences in developing and implementing BLAs along the selected corridor and development of a “Migration corridor brief” to be included as a chapter of the preliminary stocktaking study report. The Migration corridor brief shall focus on SADC countries (Lesotho-South Africa and/or Mozambique-South Africa – to be coordinated and confirmed later). This work is to be conducted under the overall guidance and supervision of IOM Labour Mobility and Human Development Division in Geneva and a Senior Reginal Thematic Specialist on Labour Mobility and Human Development based in Pretoria, South Africa in line with the above developed methodology for the rapid assessment in order to: (i) research past experiences, including good practices, challenges and bottlenecks, opportunities, as well as lessons learnt in the development, implementation, and monitoring/evaluation of BLAs (including past and recently concluded BLAs) for the identified migration corridor, paying particular attention to issues related to specific needs and vulnerabilities of women migrant workers, and (ii) based on the identified practices and lessons learnt, to draw conclusions and prepare recommendations to inform the process of developing and implementing contemporary or forthcoming BLAs in the migration corridor in particular, and on the African continent in general. This work shall take into consideration and be synchronised with the similar endeavour

focusing on the North African Region by the ILO consultant to avoid contradictory messages, gaps and inconsistences.

Tangible and measureable outputs of the work assignment

• A report containing collection and collation of existing IOM global and field experiences and practices, as well as tools and instruments.

• A common methodology for rapid assessment of BLA development and implementation based on the above report and including relevant ILO standards and UN human rights instruments, existing international policy and operational guidance mentioned above in section 3 point 1. This work shall be done in coordination with the ILO consultant to ensure a common approach and messages, as well as to avoid contradictions, gaps and inconsistences.

• An annotated list of available international guidance materials and tools as well as a list of relevant international labour standards and human rights instruments in coordination with ILO consultant, to be presented as an annex of the above methodology and an integral part of the overall study report.

• Elaboration of rapid assessment of experiences in developing and implementing BLAs along selected corridor focusing on SADC countries (Lesotho-South Africa and/or Mozambique-South Africa) and development of a “Migration corridor brief” to be included as a chapter of the preliminary stocktaking study report. This work is to be conducted in line with the above developed methodology for the rapid assessment for the purposes defined in Section 3 point 4 above. This work shall take into consideration and be synchronised with the similar endeavour focusing on the North Africa labour migration corridor by the ILO consultant to avoid contradictory messages, gaps and inconsistences.

• Depending on availability of resources and the final work plan, it might be foreseen for the consultant (possibly jointly in team with ILO consultant) to collect data and initial feedback from relevant stakeholders in the target corridors through a validation/debriefing meeting(s) with the relevant stakeholders to ensure coherence, ownership and endorsement. This may envision for the consultant preparation of and participation in a regional validation round table.

Realistic delivery dates and details as to how the work must be delivered

The consultancy will take place during the period of August – December 2018. The report containing all its elements, chapters and annexes shall be finalized and presented to IOM by or before 31 December 2018. The following milestones shall be respected :

• Coordinated with ILO consultant outline of the report which shall be presented by 10 August

2018 and finalized (including coordination with the ILO consultant) following IOM comments by

17 August 2018.

• Draft methodology coordinated with ILO consultant for rapid assessment to be presented to IOM by 24 August 2018 and finalized, (including coordination with the ILO consultant) following IOM comments, by 31 August 2018.

• The first version of the report coordinated with ILO consultant to be presented to IOM on 1

October 2018. Following IOM comments (including coordination with ILO consultant) an advanced report to be presented to IOM on 31 October 2018.

• The pre-final version of the report coordinated with the ILO consultant is to be presented to IOM on 30 November 2018 and, following IOM comments, the final draft (including coordination with the ILO consultant) for final comments to be presented to IOM on 14 December 2018.

• Following IOM comments, the final version of the report (including coordination with ILO

consultant) to be presented to IOM before or by Monday 31 December 2018 at the latest.

• Depending on availability of resources and the final work plan, it might be foreseen for the consultant (possibly jointly in team with ILO consultant) to collect data and initial feedback from relevant stakeholders in the target corridor(s) through a validation/debriefing meeting(s) with the relevant stakeholders to ensure coherence, ownership and endorsement. This may envisage preparation of and participation in a regional validation round table to be conducted no later than

30 November 2018.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

Education

• Master’s degree in social sciences, law, international relations or migration studies.

Experience

• Excellent knowledge of labour migration issues in Africa and at least 5-year experience in assisting governments in developing labour migration policies and legislation, bilateral labour agreements and labour migration schemes.

• Good knowledge of the UN system and organizational mandates as well as interagency cooperation platforms on migration.

• Knowledge of contemporary developments in migration in SADC countries and global processes such as GCM and SDGs.

• Knowledge of international labour migration law.

Languages

• Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French and/or Portuguese is a distinct advantage.

Note

• The timeframe under the realistic delivery dates are indicative and will be confirmed / finalized by 1 August in coordination with ILO.

• Duty station is Home based with travel to Geneva and possible travel to Southern and / or

Northern Africa.

Desirable Competencies:

Behavioral

• Accountability – takes responsibility for action and manages constructive criticisms

• Client Orientation – works effectively well with client and stakeholders

• Continuous Learning – promotes continuous learning for self and others

• Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience

• Creativity and Initiative – actively seeks new ways of improving programmes or services

• Leadership and Negotiation – develops effective partnerships with internal and external

stakeholders;

• Performance Management – identify ways and implement actions to improve performance of self and others.

• Planning and Organizing – plans work, anticipates risks, and sets goals within area of responsibility;

• Professionalism – displays mastery of subject matter

• Teamwork – contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns and promotes equal gender participation.

• Technological Awareness – displays awareness of relevant technological solutions;

• Resource Mobilization – works with internal and external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.

Other:

Note

• The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.

• Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment or visa requirements and security clearances.

• No late applications will be accepted.

How to apply:

How to apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 20 July 2018 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to:

http://www.iom.int/cms/en/sites/iom/home/about-iom-1/recruitment/how-to-apply.html

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system.

Posting period:

From 10.07.2018 to 20.07.2018

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