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CON 2018/39 - Consultant (Assessing Inter-State Consultation Mechanisms on Migration) - Geneva Switzerland

Geneva (Switzerland)

Position Title Consultant (Assessing Inter-State Consultation Mechanisms on Migration

Duty Station :Geneva, Switzerland

Classification Consultant, Grade OTHE

Type of Appointment : Consultant, Five months Estimated Start Date :As soon as possible

Closing Date : 27 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:

Assessing the continued relevance and contribution of inter-State consultation mechanisms on migration (ISCMs) to migration governance at all levels (national, regional and international) and synergies among ISCMs and with other regional actors.


Migration governance includes legislation, policies, practices, common principles and approaches for facilitating orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people. While States are the primary actors in national governance, international partnerships and cooperation on migration are vital to migration governance beyond national borders. ISCMs are State-led, ongoing information-sharing and policy dialogues at the regional, inter-regional or global level for States with an interest in promoting cooperation in the field of migration. Among ISCMs, those at the regional level are referred to as regional consultative processes on migration (RCPs), those connecting two or more regions interregional forums on migration (IRFs) and ISCMs at the global level global processes on migration. ISCMs emerged in many regions from the mid-1990s onwards to address specific migration issues within identified regions and contexts. Over time, they have expanded in number and diversified geographically and in focus. While some remain informal and non-binding, some are officially associated with established institutions. Both the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (paragraph 54) and the Global compact for migration Modalities Resolution (paragraph 22) refer to ISCMs as valid existing mechanisms contributing to the preparatory process and negotiations towards the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. ISCMs are referenced in the global compact for migration zero draft as “platforms to exchange experiences on the implementation of the Global Compact, share good practices on policies and cooperation, promote innovative approaches, and foster multi-stakeholder partnerships around specific policy issues.”

The increasing recognition of the importance of concerted approaches to migration calls for a review of ISCMs’ practices and partnership models and a reassessment of their role in current migration governance setting.

Page 1 / 6Objective:

To assess inter-State consultation mechanisms on migration and prepare its analytical report. The assessment will seek to meet the following aspects:

(A) Thematic focus and contribution to migration governance.

• provide an updated overview of the ISCMs’ work; where possible, compare developments of individual ISCMs with earlier assessments (e.g., 2010, 2013) .

• Assess ISCM contribution to migration governance at (i) the national level for those States which are members of ISCMs, (ii) regional level; (iii) interregional level and (iv) global level. • Develop case studies highlighting ISCM’s contributions to regional / interregional policies on free movement (including labour mobility schemes, skills recognition and equal treatment), assisted voluntary return and sustainable reintegration, etc.

• Outline regional governance elements and possible indicators to measure ISCM contribution to migration governance.

• Articulate ISCMs’ possible role in the global compact for migration implementation and follow-up; ISCMs’ comparative advantages vis-à-vis other regional actors, including the UN Regional Commissions.

(B) Structures

• Analyse ISCM structures, such as effective membership, observership, administration (including knowledge management) and operating modalities.

• Analyse ISCM funding modalities, including their cost-effectiveness and sustainability. (C) Synergies and partnerships:

• Identify ISCMs’ effective practices and partnership models (by theme, type and region). • Assess synergies among ISCMs.

UN Regional Commission, African Union regional economic communities).

The assessment will include: desktop review of existing literature and reports ; data collection and analysis; interviews; survey among ISCM Chairs and Secretariats. An analytical report cataloguing each ISCM and highlighting effective practices and partnership models will reflect the findings of the assessment. The report should offer a comprehensive summary of the diverse approaches among ISCMs on how they operate administratively and thematically, the challenges identified and recommendations arising from interviews and surveys. The assessment report will have a shorter, external version. An IOM Inter-departmental review panel on the Report will oversee the production.


IOM, ISCMs, Governments, also intergovernmental organizations, academia, migration practitioners, and interested public.

Page 2 / 6Core Functions / Responsibilities:

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

• Become familiar with the background materials provided by IOM.

• Develop the assessment methodology and questionnaire and structure of the assessment report and share it for approval with IPD.

• Conduct face-to-face or tele- interviews. Where necessary travel for face-to-face interviews. • Take own notes at interviews.

• Conduct a survey among ISCMs.

• Produce assessment analytical report based on the desktop research, interviews and survey questionnaires. The report should address at minimum:


-Sections on each ISCM.

-An analysis of ISCM contribution to migration governance with breakdown by global, inter-regional, regional and national levels.

-Analysis of selected ISCM effective practices per area of migration management, region and type of practice.

-Analysis of synergies among ISCMs and with other entities.

-Analysis of selected successful partnership models per region and per partner organization. -Analysis of ISCM operating and funding modalities and structures, including their cost-effectiveness and sustainability.

-Recommendations on the role of ISCMs in the current migration governance environment -Conclusions.


• Consult with the Organization on appropriate and agreed approaches to the specified tasks prior to assumption of the tasks. Incorporate inputs by Review panel conveyed by IOM IPD. • Upon completion of the tasks provide to the Organization a final report on the consultancy assignment and its outcomes, offering observations on the impact of the consultancy for the national/regional programme it is supporting and any future assignments by the Organization. • Meet the deadlines set for the assignments.

Tangible and measurable output of the work assignment:

Analytical report that includes recommendations supported by the material obtained. The findings of the assessment will be addressed at the 8th Global RCP Meeting. The report is meant to input the process leading to the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration and specifically the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Morocco on 10 – 11 December 2018.

It is expected that the assessment report will published under IOM Migration Research Series (MRS) in English and possibly also in French and Spanish.

Page 3 / 6Realistic delivery dates and details as to how the work must be delivered: • Detailed workplan > 15 August 2018

• Draft assessment methodology > 15 August 2018

• Draft survey and interview questionnaires > 20 August 2018

• Conduct interviews with ISCM Chairs and Heads of Secretariat > August – September 2018 • Administer survey among ISCMs > August – September 2018

• 1st draft of the report to be submitted to IOM for discussion and feedback > 1 October 2018 • 2nd draft of the report incorporating IOM comments to be submitted for discussion and feedback > 20 October 2018;

• Final report incorporating all comments from IOM > 15 November 2018. • External (abridged version) of the Assessment Report > 30 November 2018 Performance indicators for evaluation of results (value of services rendered in relation to their cost).

• Satisfactory completion of tasks indicated in these ToR-s.

• Quality of the elaborated analysis.

• Adequate and prompt provision of the technical inputs. Timely delivery of drafts and deliverables as indicated these ToR-s. Periodic and regular updates on the progress of the assessment provided to IOM.

• Level of adherence to the objectives.

• Compliance with the IOM Guidelines on Research Report Writing; IOM House Style Manual and IOM Data Protection Principles.

• Delivery of any other tasks indicated above.

Payment Methodology

Payment will be made in two 50% instalments, the first upon submission of the first draft report and the second after submission and approval of the Final assessment report and all tasks mentioned in this call and under the Consultancy contract and its annexes. Duration of the contract

The Consultancy Contract will be for a duration of five months.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Advance university degree in relevant social sciences field; preferably in Political science, International relations, Law, Economics or Social Sciences.


• Experience in policy dialogue on migration;

• Experience in conducting assessments of regional structures;

• Proven experience in reports on migration.

Page 4 / 6Languages

• English fluency is required.

Desirable Competencies:


• 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.



• 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:

system, by 27 July 2018 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.

For further information, please refer to: 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:

Page 5 / 6From 13.07.2018 to 27.07.2018

Requisition: CON2018/39-CNLST(Assessing Inter-State Consultation Mech. on Migration-Geneva,CH (55567453) Released

Posting: Posting NC55567454 (55567454) Released

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  • Organization: IOM - International Organization for Migration
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security policy
    • Migration
    • Social Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-27

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