A Call for Application - Consultant Oversight Mechanism

Job Description


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. Kenya has been described as a country of origin, transit and destination for human trafficking by various reports including by the National Crime Research Center in 2015. This report points out the most prevalent forms of trafficking in Kenya as labour and sex trafficking especially along the coastal and major urban cities including Nairobi, and Kisumu. The clandestine and under reported nature of human trafficking, has led to a shortage of data regarding prevalence of the crime. The US Trafficking in Persons Report for 2020 ranked Kenya in the second tier as it does not meet the minimum standards for the elimination of Trafficking in Persons (TIP). Like many countries in the continent and globe, Kenya faces the great challenge of the growing number of unemployed youths, both from rural and urban areas who are increasingly seeking employment and opportunities abroad, and while pursuing their dreams, some fall into the trap of human trafficking/forced labour and exploitation. In the given context and through this action, IOM Kenya is proposing a multi-stakeholder approach that will contribute to the transformation of the recruitment industry in Kenya towards ethical recruitment practices. This project “Fostering recruitment agencies’ ethical practices and accountability, as well as supporting the Government of Kenya (GoK) to pilot a recruitment oversight mechanism to prevent TIP will support the creation of sustainable business models for recruitment of migrant workers that are consistent with international ethical recruitment standards. The project will address the drivers of vulnerability that aggravates forced labour/human trafficking and exploitation by enhancing ethical recruitment services on the supply side, and also aims to pilot an oversight mechanism with the National Employment Authority (NEA) to monitor and report unscrupulous practices by recruitment agencies. This will be done by supporting the GoK with establishing and piloting an oversight mechanism through which illegal and unethical recruitment practices of recruiters are identified and reported.


Under the overall guidance of the Chief of Mission, of IOM Kenya, the direct supervision of the Project Manager of Labour Mobility and Human Development and Migrant Protection and Assistance Department, the Consultant will undertake the below responsibilities: -

1. Participate in an inception meeting with IOM & NEA and prepare an inception report, detailing the general understanding of the assignment, work plan and deliverables.
2. Finalize a jointly agreed work plan with timelines for sharing drafts.
3. Undertake desk review of the existing monitoring mechanism as well as migrant feedback mechanism at NEA and review best practices that can be replicated in Kenya.
4. Work closely with the GoK/NEA/IOM to establish a multi-stakeholder technical advisory committee. This committee will advise and guide the oversight board how to set up the mechanism. The technical advisory committee is expected to comprise vast range of industry stakeholders including trade unions, NGOs, human rights CSOs.
5. Draft detailed terms of reference for the technical advisory committee with deliverables and timelines.
6. Liaise closely with IOM & NEA in the official launch of the technical advisory committee to introduce the team and begin awareness raising for the general public, Private Recruitment Agencies (PRAs) that an oversight mechanism is in the process of being developed.
7. Coordinate and convene meetings with the technical advisory committee to assist/support NEA in setting up structures and framework for the piloting of an oversight mechanism.
8. Draft a road map to setting up the oversight mechanism and structures, the community feedback mechanism and through consultations include feedback received and embedded within the road-map discussions.
9. Select and pilot oversight mechanism and the community feedback mechanism roadmaps across selected regions within the country.
10. Map out existing community feedback mechanism in select counties, develop/strengthen the feedback mechanisms.
11. Work closely with the GoK/IOM in linking the Ethical Recruitment component, Oversight Mechanism and existing government mechanisms e.g., the National Referral Mechanism for Victims of Trafficking.
12. Launch and train the GoK, Advisory Committees and selected Training of Trainers (TOT) focal persons on the Oversight Mechanism and Community Feedback Mechanism.
13. Develop sustainability plan or institutional framework that can be adopted by GoK. This sustainability plan or institutional framework will include inputs from the training participants to increase feasibility of the sustainability plan or institutional framework.
14. Any other duties as assigned.
1. Master’s degree in Monitoring and Evaluation, International Development, International Relations, Social Sciences or related fields.
2. At least 8 – 10 years of experience in the design and implementation of M&E/MIS in development projects implemented by national/international NGOs/UN bodies/ Government.
3. Minimum of eight (8) years of relevant experience working with setting up monitoring and evaluation structures/mechanism/tools; Develop and strengthen monitoring, inspection and evaluation procedures.
4. Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in protection and or migration.
5. Preferred: work experience in Kenya and familiarity with the existing National Employment Authority (NEA) Policies, Regulations and Vetting systems for the Private Recruitment Agencies.
To apply for this consultancy, interested and eligible applicants can send copies of the following documents to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Human Resources Department at hrnairobi@iom.int
1. Cover letter and CV describing previous experience providing similar services to clients.
2. Samples of previous similar works (e.g. documents and/or links to websites).
Closing Date: 24 February 2021
Only Shortlisted Applicants will be contacted.