Call for CVs: Consultancy service to Conduct Rapid Migration Trends Analysis

Job
from International Organization for Migration
Closing date: 02 Jun 2017

Expression of Interest to Conduct a Rapid Migration Trends Analysis for the Republic of South Sudan

Background

The Republic of South Sudan is the world’s youngest nation. It is the 54th member state of the African Union. The country gained independence on 9th July 2011 following a self-determination referendum in which the citizens overwhelmingly voted for Independence from the Sudan. The referendum, conducted in January 2011, was one of the provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2005. Following the CPA, many of the displaced population returned either voluntarily or with the assistance of the UN and IOM. As reflected in the IGAD Regional Migration Policy Framework two factors influence migration in South Sudan as follows: 1) Emerging and post conflict environment and 2) Country’s strategic position in relation to several key trans-African Migration routes.

Migratory movements in the South Sudan context are mixed in nature, consisting of various categories of migrants that include refugees, asylum seekers, job seekers, business investors and entrepreneurs, migrant workers and their family members, as well as those in an irregular situation (victims of human trafficking and smuggling). Some people move in search for a better livelihood, to join family members or for jobs and others are forced to flee their home countries due to environmental impacts or protection concerns that drive them to seek protection in other countries. Some journeys are hazardous and migrants are exposed to severe abuses and violations of their basic human rights. Facilitating irregular migration is a profit industry and migrants can be deceived and exploited by smugglers and traffickers. As such, IOM seeks to facilitate orderly, safe, and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies.

South Sudan is a land locked Country and is bordering six Countries namely Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, DRC and Central African Republic. Large population movements have been characteristic between South Sudan, Northern Kenya and Uganda, North Eastern DRC, South Western Ethiopia, Eastern CAR and Eastern Chad. There is also a large Somali and Eritrean population in South Sudan. These movements have largely been driven by cycles of conflict and resource scarcity that have come to characterize the region. South Sudan has been an attractive transit and destination country because of work and economic opportunities it offers being a new nation with a huge potential for resources. The imposition and enforcement of borders by the colonial and later national administrations seems to have had a negligible effect on the control of population movements where these countries converge. This is in part due to the remoteness of these areas from the administrative centres. It is also due to the informal support structures that developed out of a culture of ‘bartered sanctuaries’ between the resident

communities in times of crisis. The communities hosting refugees in South Sudan were once refugees themselves in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and DRC during the civil war with the Sudan.

Since the crisis broke out in December 2013, the IDP situation presents a major challenge to the new republic with currently 1.6 million people internally displaced IDP’s throughout the country, and over 624,300 people having fled to neighbouring Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan. South Sudan is host to over 265,000 refugees mainly from Central Africa Republic, Sudan, Ethiopia and DRC.

Rationale

South Sudan as a member of IGAD is committed to improving migration governance systems at the national level and also to collaborate regionally to address common migration challenges. The IGAD Migration Action Plan 2015-2020 (MAP) identified 8 key strategic priority areas, one of which is the need to have in place a coordination mechanism that promotes effective migration management at the national level, that is regionally coordinated, harmonized and aligned to the IGAD Regional Migration Policy Framework. Prior to the IGAD recommendation, South Sudan had established a high-level Migration Committee known as National Alien Committee (NAC) consisting of all key government agencies to promote inter-agency cooperation and collaboration in migration management. Therefore, the mandate of NAC was expanded to cover the broader spectrum of migration governance through the establishment of a National Coordination Mechanism (NCM) on migration, including Migration Management based on legal framework at the national level. This committee was tasked then to guide the development of a comprehensive migration policy and action plan for the next five years. However, prior to developing the policy using an evidence based approach, it is important to conduct a rapid migration trends analysis to determine what are the key migration challenges in South Sudan that need to be addressed by the policy. It is envisioned that the committee will remain as a sustainable institution for sharing information and policy formulation in the Republic of South Sudan.

Job Description

Under the overall supervision of the IOM Chief of Mission and direct supervision of the Migration Management Project Manager in Juba and in cooperation with the nominated focal points in the government Migration Committee, the Migration Consultant will:

  1. Conduct a policy gap analysis by making reference to the policy review conducted previously by IOM and any other reviews taking into consideration recommendations from any other available sources deriving from activities on migration and security (border management), labour migration, migration and environment, migration data, human trafficking and smuggling, migration and health; diapora engagement, remittances and other relevant migration sectors;
  2. Meet relevant stakeholders and collect information form key sources to determine the major migration challenges for South Sudan;
  3. Deliver training to members of the Migration Policy Committee on policy development and inter-agency cooperation as well as other identified relevant stakeholders with migration functions;
  4. Share migration trends analysis report with relevant stakeholders for validation of information and adoption as a basis for developing the migration policy;

Time Frame

1st June – 30th September 2017

Tangible and measurable output of the work assignment

  • Inception report submitted by 1st July 2017

  • Training on policy development and interagency cooperation for Migration Policy Committee and other relevant stakeholders by 15th September 2017;

  • First draft of migration trends analysis report submitted and validation workshop conducted by 23rd September 2017

  • Final Migration Trends Analysis report for South Sudan by 30th September 2017

    Desirable Qualifications:

  • Advanced University degree in Political, Social Science or Public Administration, International Relations, Law or alternatively an equivalent combination of relevant training and experience in policy development;

  • At least five years’ work experience in migration and/or related fields of policy review and development, including possibly the civil service;

  • Knowledge of migration issues and migration policy frameworks in the region an added advantage;

  • ability to work independently with minimum supervision as well as work well as part of a team;

  • Excellent operational, organizational and communication skills and the ability to work harmoniously with other colleagues from diverse backgrounds;

  • Strong computer skills, specifically hands-on experience in usage of MS Office;

  • IOM functional competencies required: Effective communicator, successful negotiator, active learner, team player, and cross-cultural facilitator

  • Fluency in English required & fluency in Arabic language is an added advantage
  • Consultants can apply as individuals or legally registered institutions,
  • if applying as an institution a proposal with budget will be required
How to apply:

Interested candidates are required to send a letter of motivation and curriculum vitae with their credential documents to: vss@iom.int

When you send your application through email, please make sure to put the title of the position on the "Subject line".