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Migration and Refugee Policy Expert- IICA-2

Tunis (Tunisia)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Tunis (Tunisia)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Migration
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-18

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This Job Opening is available to eligible UNHCR staff members and external applicants. 2. Job Purpose
Under direct supervision of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the AU/SRCC, the Expert  will contribute to strengthening the coordinative efforts of the AU-EU-UN Task Force and the AU Commission in addressing the multifaceted migration and refugee issues in Libya as concerning the situation of asylum seekers, refugees and African migrants in Libya.

Scope of work

a. Act as the AU focal point to coordinate with the UN and the EU on issues pertaining to migration and refugee protection including the protection of the rights of migrants and refugees in Libya.
b. Facilitate liaison with AU governments neighboring Libya to promote cross border collaboration including on labour migration and protection sensitive border management.
c. Support the liaison with African embassies and consular offices in relation to the assisted voluntary return of African migrants in Libya, working closely with key stakeholders including concerned Member States and the Libyan authorities;
d. Support the liaison with African State authorities in relation to the pursuit of solutions to refugees including evacuation to a first country of admission and evacuations to Rwanda and Niger, evacuation to previous country of admission or return to the country of origin in safety and dignity;
e. In coordination with the SRCC ¿ AU/LO, ensure the efficient organization and coordination of the AU-EU-UN Task Force meetings and other activities;
f. Liaise with the Libyan authorities to facilitate access by concerned Member States Consular Officers to government-controlled detention centers where their nationals are detained and to enquire about the whereabout of missing persons or victims of human trafficking released by law enforcement authorities and taken to unknow locations;
g. Liaise and provide support to the AU Member States in connection to voluntary repatriation of their nationals from Libya and report such information to the UNHCR and AUC and to the Technical Working Group in Addis Ababa, including providing information from returns monitoring by the different actors;
h. Liaise and work with concerned Libyan authorities and concerned stakeholders to organize visits to the government-controlled Detention Centers in Libya;
i. In collaboration with IOM and UNHCR, organize and attend regular meetings to brief African Embassies in Tunis on activities undertaken on the situation of migrants and refugees;
j. Work closely with concerned AUC departments in Addis Ababa on the issues related to migration and refugee issues;
k. Undertake missions to Libya to meet officials and attend any meeting scheduled to be held regarding the situation of asylum-seekers, refugees and stranded African migrants in Libya, and prepare regular reports on the outcome
l. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

3. Monitoring and Progress Controls
- Holding of regular coordination meetings with AU countries embassies/consulates;
- The recording of each meeting of the AU-UN-EU Task Force related to the assisted voluntary humanitarian repatriation of migrants from Libya, to home country, the evacuation of refugees from Libya to Niger and to Rwanda ETMs or other solutions for refugees
- Summary reports related to the situation of asylum-seekers, refugees and stranded African migrants in Libya. The report must be forwarded to the concerned departments in Addis-Ababa
- Summary report on the outcome of the missions undertaken to Libya
- Summary report on the outcome of meetings to be attended in Tunis.
Reporting dates:

Monthly reports to the Supervisor
Final Evaluation: The final evaluation will be carried out by the Supervisor.

4. Qualifications and Experience
(List the required education, work experience, expertise and competencies of the individual contractor. The listed education and experience should correspond with the level at which the contract is offered.)

a. Education (Level and area of required and/or preferred education)
- 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree in Law; Political science; International relations; Human Rights; or another related field;
¿¿¿¿¿b. Work Experience
(List number of years and area of required work experience. Clearly distinguish between required experience and experience which could be an asset.)

1) Essential
Experience in policy analysis and development in international context. Demonstrated experience in drafting and editing, in particular on protection and solutions strategies, advocacy strategies, or partnership building.
Experience in a liaison function in a multilateral set up involving different stakeholders (States, UN, multilateral organisations)

2) Desirable
Experience in coordination of UN interventions with other actors, in a refugee or humanitarian context. Strong experience in conducting research, fact sheets, global appeals, speeches and concept papers.

c. Key Competencies
(Technical knowledge, skills, managerial competencies or other personal competencies relevant to the performance of the assignment.  Clearly distinguish between required and desired competencies)
¿ Functional Skills

¿ PO-Policy Advocacy in UNHCR and IOM;
¿ PO-Policy Development, Evaluation, Research, Publication;
¿ MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation;

Core Competencies:

¿ Accountability
¿ Communication
¿ Organizational Awareness
¿ Teamwork & Collaboration
¿ Commitment to Continuous Learning
¿ Client & Result Orientation

Cross-Functional Competencies:

¿ Analytical Thinking
¿ Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
¿ Policy Development and Research SRCC (line supervision), IOM Libya an UNHCR Libya (functional supervision) TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR A MIGRATION/REFUGEE POLICY EXPERT - AFRICAN UNION under the Individual Contractor Agreement; UNOPS Contract at the IICA-2 level. If you encounter problems submitting your application before the deadline, please contact us at
See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== 1. General Background

The rise in human mobility within Africa has posed many challenges that can only be addressed through the establishment and implementation of effective migration management and refugee protection policies on the continent. While the focus of the western countries has been mainly on mobility from Africa to Europe, human mobility in Africa is primarily intra-continental.
Current international, regional and national dialogues on migration management and refugee protection  at local, national and international levels reflect a consensus that comprehensive migration and refugee policies need to address drivers and root causes but also be developed in line with good governance and human rights principles as well as be coherent with overall sustainable development and sectoral policies.

IOM and UNHCR propose to support the African Union Commission to strengthen its capacity to promote effective and comprehensive migration and refugee policies in Libya in line with the Migration Policy Framework for Africa (MPFA) and other relevant policies. 

Since 1995, IOM has been working in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), the African Union (AU), migrants¿ associations, private sector and other stakeholders to uphold the rights and needs of migrants, promote the benefits and address the challenges of migration, and mitigate the related risks for the advantage of all.  On refugee protection, the OAU Convention of Refugees, the 50th anniversary of which was celebrated in 2019, sets out the standards and principles for the treatment and protection of refugees in Africa with Libya being one of the 47 signatory States. UNHCR has been working with the African Union and IGAD in support of efforts to uphold the rights of refugees and ensure a protection sensitive approach to border and migration management. Closing date : 18 June 2021
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