Consultant on Migration, Environment and Climate Change Research and Policy in the IGAD Region

Job Description

CONTEXT

IOM is carrying out a project on “Addressing Drivers and Facilitating Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in the Contexts of Disasters and Climate Change in the IGAD Region” together with participating UN Agencies: the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD, hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services, UNOPS) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and partners the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC), funded by the Migration, Multi Partner Trust Fund (MPTF). This joint programme contributes to facilitating pathways for regular migration in the IGAD region and minimizing displacement risk in the context of climate change, environmental degradation and disasters in line with the vision and guiding principles of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES

Outputs expected under this study:

1. Identify references to human mobility (internal and cross-border, forced and voluntary, permanent and temporary, regular and irregular ) in regional and national policies, strategies, frameworks and plans (forthwith termed ‘policies’) including but not limited to; Green Economy including green jobs creation policies; ‘Just, Green transition’ policies; labour, employment and decent work creation policies; and National Development Policies (forthwith termed Green Economy related ‘policies’) in the IGAD region countries (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda).
2. Undertake an in-depth analysis of the integration of human mobility in the existing Green Economy related ‘policies’ in the IGAD region. This could include labour mobility and migration, livelihoods and economic development and harnessing the skills of migrants, and of host communities in environment/climate-fragile areas, and the diaspora, with particular emphasis on women and youth. The report is expected to provide clear and concrete recommendations on the coherence and adequacy (or lack thereof) of migration references in the policies analyzed, considering climate change impacts, and necessity to reduce vulnerabilities to adverse effects of climate change such as through job losses and livelihood destruction. The analysis should also include a comparison of all IGAD Green Economy related ‘policies’ that exist , including climate-change related articles embedded within migration documents such as Article 16 in the IGAD Protocol on the Free Movement of persons.
3. When inadequate or no mentions of human mobility or integration of human mobility is identified in Green Economy related ‘policies’, the report is expected to provide contextually relevant, clear, and practical recommendations for how mobility can be better integrated in the identified documents, to enhance policy coherence and ensure that migration in all its forms are factored into these key documents. Examples could be the promotion of labour mobility and migration, harnessing the skills of migrants for development, and including communities in environment/climate-fragile areas, and the diaspora, particularly women and youth, in climate change adaptation plans, for the reduction of vulnerabilities to adverse effects of climate change including job losses and livelihood destruction. The recommendations should aim at ensuring migrants and their communities are included in the development of Green Economy including, but not limited to, green jobs and sustainable livelihood opportunities, in recognition of the current and future impacts of climate change. This component includes consultations with government counterparts, and other relevant stakeholders, and will necessarily include close discussion with the IGAD Secretariat, IOM and ILO.
4. Building from the regional aforementioned components, conduct in-depth case study analyses for Kenya and Somalia, and work closely with IOM and relevant stakeholders to ensure that the recommendations can be transferred into practical pilot projects at the local community levels.
5. In consultation with national governments/relevant stakeholders, the recommendations provided must necessarily:
a) Be specific to the Green Economy related ‘policies’ and the specific chapters and pages therein.
b) Be appropriate to the Green Economy related ‘policies’, such that it is tailored to the particular focus of those policies, and the focus of the study on, inter alia, integrating labour mobility and migration, development and harnessing the skills of migrants, members of host communities in environment/climate-fragile areas, and the diaspora, particularly women and youth, for the development of Green Economy including, but not limited to, green jobs and sustainable livelihood opportunities..
c) Provide practical examples of how the recommendations can be piloted in a climate-fragile, community setting, particularly in Kenya and Somalia, where the recommendations will be implemented under the Joint Programme.
 
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
 
• A minimum of a master’s degree in Political Science, Economic Policy, Migration Studies, development Studies or Law with focus on the East and Horn of Africa region/African continent.
• At least 7 years of professional experience in the East and Horn of Africa region, in research and policy work on migration, environment and climate change or preferably all three areas;
• Track record of research and policy publications on migration, environment and climate change or preferably all three areas combined;
• Demonstrated solid, in-depth understanding of IOM’s mandate and work on migration and in particular, the Migration Multi-Partner Trust Fund Joint Programme;
• Track record of effective coordination with multiple stakeholder for policy and research on migration, environment and climate change or preferably all three areas combined;
• Demonstrated ability to collate and synthesize a wide range of information and literature from multiple sources in an easily comprehensible, accurate and intelligible manner;
• Demonstrated ability to analyse a wide range of literature from multiple sources and present it in a comprehensibly summarized and intelligible manner;
• Ability to extract information from a wide range of literature from multiple sources, analyse it and customize it in a succinct, relevant and well-defined manner, tailored to the needs of the organization.
 
LANGUAGES
 
Fluency in English is required (oral and written). Fluency in Somali and/or Swahili is advantageous.
 
Mode of Application:
 
Interested candidates should submit a technical and financial proposal with examples of past, relevant research on soft copies, CV and a cover letter indicating the Position Title and Vacancy Number with three professional referees (previous and current supervisors), and their contacts (both email and telephone) to International Organization for Migration (IOM), RO Human Resources Department, via e-mail: ronairobihrdrec@iom.int
CLOSING DATE: 20 September 2021
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.